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The Sacramento Bee’s prep football preseason player rankings: Nos. 1-25

By Joe Davidson, Sac Bee, 08/05/18, 9:45AM PDT


Compiling a list of top players in any sport at any level is purely subjective, but not complete guess work.

So here we are, gluttons for punishment in our effort to unveil The Sacramento Bee’s first Top 50 list. Just as well strap me to a blocking sled and unleash the overlooked for additional grief, right?

We’re confident in our top players, but, really, who’s to say that No. 12 on this list is any better than No. 27? Or 44? Or 50?

Not all of these players will land scholarships as fewer than 2 percent of high school athletes in the U.S. receive rides. Size, skills, grades, effort, character and film that pops land players on the recruiting radar.

The Top 50 was compiled based on college recruiting projections, past performances, input from area coaches, media and scouts, as well as personal observations.

8. Zach Larrier, Monterey Trail, QB/DB, 6-0, 190

A standout sprinter in track, Larrier does it all for the Mustangs, with leadership his best strength.

15. Jehiel Budgett, Monterey Trail, RB/DB, 5-11, 175

Do the local colleges offer locals? Sacramento State and UC Davis are hot on Budgett, with some Pac-12 interest as well.