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OCVarsity's Fab 15 football team for 2013
The Register and OCVarsity.com have made their selections for their Fab 15 Team for 2013 - the top players from the western United States.
Here is the first team:
1. Su'a Cravens
Vista Murrieta (Murrieta)
DB, 6-1, 205, USC
Cravens is regarded as the top recruit in California. The Trojans lost Mission Viejo safety Max Redfield, but they are getting an outstanding safety/future linebacker in Cravens.
2. Max Browne
Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.)
QB, 6-5, 215, USC
Browne is known for making good decisions in the pocket and displaying excellent technique.
3. Eddie Vanderdoes
DT, 6-3, 310, uncommitted
Some school out there is going to be getting a powerful tackle who will be a big help to their defense. He made official visits to USC, UCLA, Notre Dame, Alabama and Washington.
4. Thomas Tyner
Aloha (Beaverton, Ore.)
RB, 6-0, 200, Oregon
Tyner features the kind of breakaway speed the Ducks crave. Scout.com reports that Tyner has "world-class" speed.
5. Max Redfield
DB, 6-2, 195, Notre Dame
The No. 1 recruit from Orange County is a gifted safety who blends speed, power and tremendous athleticism. Redfield also is a strong basketball player.
6. Priest Willis
Marcos De Niza (Tempe, Ariz.)
DB, 6-2, 185, UCLA
Willis could emerge as a physical corner capable of delivering big hits. But with his size, don't be surprised if he moves to safety.
7. Chris Hawkins
DB, 5-11, 170, USC
Hawkins gives the Trojans a lock-down cover-corner. Scout.com reports that Hawkins also has the skills to be a strong returner on special teams.
8. Damore'ea Stringfellow
Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley)
WR 6-2, 205, Washington
Stringfellow is a physical receiver who could create havoc for defensive backs in the Pac-12. Scout.com cites his hands as one of his strengths.
9. Steven Mitchell
Alemany (Mission Hills)
WR, 5-10, 176, USC
Mitchell, the scouts' consensus top-rated receiver in the West, is a burner with great hands. His best attribute might be his elusiveness, which allows him to create space.
10. Tahaan Goodman
DB, 6-2, 185, UCLA
His size, athleticism and polished skill set make him a candidate to play right away at the college level. He might be a bit underrated among a deep class of safeties.
11. Michael Hutchings
De La Salle (Concord)
LB, 6-2, 210, USC
He projects as an outside linebacker who can defend the run and pass equally well. He plays bigger than his size, and has great lateral movement and awareness.
12. Justin Davis
RB, 6-1, 194, USC
He is regarded as one of the nation's top 10 running backs — a well-rounded runner without one defining trait. He is one of seven early enrollees for the Trojans.
13. Cooper Bateman
(Salt Lake City)
QB, 6-3, 190, Alabama
Scouts vary on Bateman's accuracy and mobility but love his arm strength and mechanics. He is a pocket passer who played exclusively out of the shotgun.
14. Marcus Baugh
J.W. North (Riverside)
TE, 6-4, 233, Ohio State
He has the athleticism to play multiple positions at the next level, though his size and speed are prototypical of the modern tight end. He is regarded as a serious downfield threat.
15. Kylie Fitts
East Valley (Redlands)
DE, 6-4, 260, UCLA
He is known for being tough and relentless. He also is adept as a pass rusher and also against the run. He initially committed to USC.
Fab 15 second team
Troy Williams, Narbonne (Harbor City), QB, 6-0, 173, Washington
Chris Fox, Ponderosa (Parker, Colo.), OL, 6-6, 297, Michigan
Johnny Johnson, Central East (Fresno), DB, 5-10, 175, UCLA
Hayden Rettig, Cathedral (Los Angeles), QB, 6-4, 210, LSU
Darrell Daniels, Freedom (Oakley), WR, 6-4, 205, Washington
Tyree Robinson, Lincoln (San Diego), ATH, 6-4, 180, Oregon
Joe Mathis, Upland, DE, 6-4, 254, Washington
Nico Falah, St. John Bosco (Bellflower), OL, 6-4, 267, USC
Jared Goff, Marin Catholic (Kentfield), QB, 6-4, 190, Cal
Francis Owusu, Oaks Christian (Westlake Village), WR, 6-3, 195, Stanford
Hatari Byrd, Central East (Fresno) DB, 6-1, 190, Oklahoma
Cameron Hunt, Centennial (Corona), OL, 6-4, 267, Cal
Terrell Newby, Chaminade (West Hills), RB, 5-10, 180, Nebraska
Tyrell Robinson, Lincoln (San Diego), ATH, 6-4, 185, Oregon
Myles Jack, Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.), LB, 6-2, 215, UCLA