A player we've always felt was a top five player in the state is Sylmar's (Calif.) C.J. Gable. Gable can do it all on the football field and showed that last Wednesday in leading the Spartans to a second round win in the city playoffs.
Gable, 5-11, 180 pounds is one of the nation's finest running back recruits and just went over the 2,000 yard mark for the season last Wednesday. On just 10 carries, Gable rushed for 94 yards including a 75 yard touchdown run. He also caught two passes for 85 yards including a 70 yard touchdown and returned an interception 75 yards for a score and added 14 tackles from his safety position in the teams 33-30 win over San Pedro.
"They were stacking the line so there wasn't much room for me to run," Gable said. "That's why I had so few carries but I found other ways to help us win. They kind of used me as a decoy and it opened up other players but I was still able to make a few other big plays in the game."
On the season, Gable has rushed 182 times for 2,023 yards (11.1 ave.) and 25 touchdowns. He also has 17 catches for 304 yards and four more touchdowns with 48 tackles and five picks on defense. Sylmar will take on the city's No. 1 seed, Taft, Woodland Hills this week.
On the recruiting front, Gable took his first official visit two weeks ago to check out Mississippi.
"It was pretty cool," Gable said. "It was small compared to Los Angeles and there wasn't a lot to do but I guess that could have its pluses and minuses. On one hand, I can focus on school and football and stay out of trouble pretty easily but at the same time, I could see myself getting a little bored at times.
"I liked the football parts though. The facilities and the indoor practice field are really nice. I like the coaches a lot and I'm really cool with Coach Orgeron. I've known him since he was at USC and I think he's doing a good job there."
Gable has trips lined up with Cal (Dec. 9) and Arizona (Jan. 20). He also has home visits set up later tonight (Nov. 27) with Oregon and USC.
"Oregon is coming at 5:00 and USC will be over at 8:00," Gable said. "I think Mississippi is coming over on Monday. I'm sure UCLA and Cal will be over too but I haven't heard from them about a specific date or anything.
"USC is still my leader right now but I don't know when I'll be ready to make a commitment anywhere. I think I just want to take my trips and may wait until Signing Day to announce something."
Gable will be in attendance this weekend when USC hosts UCLA and is expecting the Trojans to win fairly handily.
"I think it might be close for a while but I don't think UCLA will be able to stop Reggie Bush," Gable added. "I think it will be about 60-21. USC doesn't have a great defense either but UCLA's is struggling and I don't see how they can slow them down."