Not to be outdone by their Sunshine State counterparts, Team California is
loaded with several players to on the Rivals 100 of this year's class.
Here's a quick look at the Rivals100
players suiting up for this week's CaliFlorida Bowl III in Torrance, Calif.
No. 2 QB Ben Olson (Thousand
Oaks): Was rated the No. 1 player in the nation before Vincent
Young overtook him late in the season. Olson committed to Brigham Young
in October and hasn't nudged. The 6-foot-5, 205 pound Olson can also run and
is the nation's top pro-style quarterback.
No. 35 TE Marcedes Lewis
(Long Beach Poly): The No. 1 rated tight end prospect in the nation is a sleek
6-foot-6, 233 pounds. Throw in his 4.65 forty, 36-inch vertical with his soft
hands and you've got an offensive weapon every college desires. Lewis committed
to UCLA during the fall despite offers from the likes of Florida State, Oregon,
USC and Washington.
No. 53 Safety Darnell Bing
(Long Beach Poly): Part of a stacked Poly High squad, Bing still managed to
turn heads and become one of the most desired safeties. The No. 3-rated safety
in the nation runs a 4.5 forty at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds. With a reportedly positive
trip to Washington complete, Bing will await visits to Florida (Jan. 4), USC
(Jan. 11) and Oregon (Jan. 18) before making a decision.
No. 56 DB Jarrad Page (San
Leandro): Page was instrumental in leading San Leandro to a CIF North Coast
Section title game in 2001 (lost to No. 1 De
La Salle 48-13). The 6-foot-1, 190 pounder is one of the top cover guys
in this year's class. Rated the No. 4 cornerback in the nation, Page has visited
Illinois and his reported leader, UCLA, but says he will not make a decision
until he finishes trips to Oregon State (Jan. 4), Washington (Jan. 11) and Oregon
No. 57 OL Winston Justice
(Long Beach Poly): At 6-foot-7, 297 pounds, Justice is a presence on any football
field. A swift-footed big man and the No. 4-rated offensive tackle, Justice
has solid skills in both pass and run blocking. With only one visit down, a
trip to Washington on Dec. 14, Justice is scheduling trips to Tennessee, USC
64 RB Hershel Dennis (Long
Beach Poly): Finished 2001 rushing for 1,709 yards and 24 touchdowns for No.
3 Poly, this three-year starter is one of the biggest and most recognizable
names in this year's game. Dennis (pictured) hasn't listed any favorites, but
did have a successful visit to Washington. The No. 4-rated all-purpose back
in the nation is also considering Florida, Oregon, USC, and UCLA.
No. 75 DB Aaron Miller (Fresno
Edison): Another tall safety much like Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln's Pat
Watkins, at 6-foot-2, 175 pounds and a 4.4 forty, Miller is an impact
player. The No. 5 safety in the nation has already visited his early leader
UCLA and has set up visits with USC (Jan. 18), LSU (Jan. 25) and Oklahoma (Jan.
25). He still has scholarships from all of the teams on his list - except Oklahoma.
No. 90 WR Blake Mackey (Bakersfield):
Mackey 's stock rose quickly in 2001 with his rare combination of size (6-foot-3,
185 pounds) and speed (4.38 forty). After helping his team to an undefeated
season and CIF Central Section title, Mackey committed to Colorado.
No. 83 DT Manuel Wright (Long
Beach Poly): This 6-foot-7, 315 pound defensive tackle's future is becoming
more mysterious by the second. In a recent conversation with OUFans.com,
Wright mentioned that he didn't think he would take his scheduled visit to Oklahoma
and listed Washington, USC and Miami as teams he's looking at. Wright also mentioned
to RealDawg.com that he will visit
Florida. Regardless, the university that Wright signs with will gain an instant
impact player who can stop the run and has surprising quickness to rush the