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NorCal Top RB's Class of 2017

Here is our NorCal Top Class of 2017 Running Back list. This list will expand as the off-season moves on with additional film review, recruiting news and camp/combine performances. Please submit any players you would like us to review to This list consists of players from CCS, NCS, SJS, OAL and Northern Sections.

On this list are versatile skill guys that can play special teams and catch the ball.

We are starting with players that we project at the Division 1 (FBS) and (FCS) Levels

6'3, 222 Najee Harris (Antioch) NCS

Committed: Alabama
2015 Season Stats: 2873 Total Yards, 39 Total TD

  • Rare athlete, could easily be one of the best Wide Receivers in the country
  • Incredible production to this point
  • Excellent cuts, great stiff arm, great vision for the edge
5'8, 170 Ronnie Rivers (Freedom) NCS

OFFERS: Sacramento State, Idaho

2015 Season Stats: 2318 Total Yards, 28 TD

  • Exciting juke moves and low running style make him hard to tackle
  • Phonomenal breakaway speed and acceleration - dangerous return man
  • Excellent receiver out of the backfield, nice hands and routes
5'9, 190 Montaz Thompson (Pittsburg) NCS

Committed: Sacramento State

  • Incredible speed, hits the hole and is gone, untouched on many runs
  • Great receiver out of the backfield and dangerous return man
  • Super elusive runner with good strength
6'0, 206 Tariq Hollandsworth (Sacramento) SJS

Offers; Boise State, Hawaii

2015 Season Stats: 1568 Total Yards, 23 TD

  • Big mature RB that can bounce any run to the outside
  • Runs downhill with a purpose, always gaining yards and is hard to slow down
  • Good balance and cuts, delivers the blow against defenders
5'8, 185 Jullen Ison (Moreau Catholic) NCS

OFFERS: Northern Colorado, University of San Diego

2015 Season Stats: 3678 Total Yards, 45 Total TD

  • Uses vision and patience to set up blocks and maximize yardage each play, great juke moves
  • Great speed and strength make him hard to bring down
  • Excellent overall football player, played full-time defense and recorded 80 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 Int
5'11, 200 Nick Calzaretta (Redwood) NCS

2015 Season Stats: 1314 Rush Yards, 19 Rush TD

  • Downhill runner who is extremely hard to tackle
  • Excellent moves and agility allow him to cut in and out of traffic
  • Mature football player who can contribute in a number of ways at next level (Safety, Slot, Return)
5'11, 235 Covossay Windham (Carmel) CCS

2015 Season Stats: 1729 Total Yards, 19 Total TD

  • Has excellent vision and finishing ability at the end of runs
  • Nice cuts and agility for a big back, downhill runner who is very tough to tackle
  • Good receiver out of the backfield, soft hands
5'10, 170 Jordan Mims (Menlo-Atherton) CCS

2015 Season Stats: 1772 Total Yards, 20 Total TD

  • Playmaker with excellent speed
  • Good vision allows him to slice and dice up the field
  • Versatile, excellent receiver who can split out and good return man
5'9, 190 Daniel Wright (Vacaville) SJS

OFFERS: Northern Colorado
2015 Season Stats: 1531 Total Yards, 16 TD

  • Amazing overall athlete, 111.24 Nike SPARQ Rating last season, should be one of best in nation this season
  • Nice combination of power and speed, hits the hole hard and accelerates well
  • Versatile player who can contribute in return game and possibly in the secondary at next level
5' 10, 189 Isaiah Montanez (Golden Valley) SJS

2015 Season Stats: 503 Total Yards, 6 TD

  • Sprinter speed with good strength
  • Amazing athlete who can easily play WR/DB at next level
  • Dangerous in return game with cold juke moves
6'1, 200 Jonathan Collazo (Stone Ride Christian) SJS

2015 Season Stats: 1758 Rush Yards, 23 Rush TD

  • Big, physical athlete who will most likely convert to WR/LB at next level
  • Nice agility and good open field speed for size
  • Sets up blocks well and displays good patience
5'9, 193 Camrion Davis (Del Oro) SJS

2015 Season Stats: 907 Rush Yards, 10 Rush TD

  • Powerful runner who regularly bounces off defenders
  • Excellent overall football player who contributes full time as OLB/Safety type
  • Huge upside at the next level, will find way on the field
5'6, 153 Rajah Ward (Homestead) CCS

2015 Season Stats: 1787 Total Yards, 16 Total TD

  • Great patience, sets up blocks well and uses speed to get away
  • Gets lost in traffic and can stop on a dime - Dangerous in return game
  • Good moves, can cut it back across field and make plays
5'9, 177 Omari Land (San Leandro) NCS

2015 Season Stats: 778 Rush, 9 Rush TD

  • Explosive athlete with great cutting ability
  • Can stop on a dime and change directions
  • Great strength for size, will run through arm tackles
5'9, 180 Ulonzo Gilliam Jr. (Merced) SJS

2015 Season Stats: 1104 Total Yards, 6 Total TD

  • Aggressive downhill runner with great acceleration
  • Good balance and cutting ability
  • Threat out of the backfield and in return game
5'10 175 Chris Brown (Modesto Christian) SJS

2015 Season Stats: 1771 Total Yards, 17 TD

  • Excellent return man, great cuts and playmaking ability with ball in hands
  • Can easily convert into the slot at next level, nice hands
  • Good open field speed
6'0, 185 Jerrell Alberty (McClymonds) OAL

2016 Season Stats: San Jose State

  • Good open field speed and nice size, upright runner
  • Strong athlete for age, breaks tackles and uses stiff arm effectively
  • Good cutback vision off of zone read
5'9, 176 Elijah Dotson (Antelope) SJS

Committed: Weber State

  • Big play guy, averaged over 10 yards per touch
  • Excellent speed and one cut ability, runs downhill
  • Can contribute in receiving game and return game at next level
5'8, 175 Jordan Cooley (Pleasant Valley) Northern

2015 Season Stats: 1379 Total Yards, 16 Total TD

  • Aggressive football player, versatile can play corner and return
  • Good balance and agility, surprisingly powerful for size
  • Good speed and high football IQ
5'8, 175 Dieontae Malan (Hercules) NCS
  • Explosive athlete with nice stride and good vision
  • Can change direction with ease, runs hard
  • Strong for his size, hard to tackle
5'9, 185 Emilio Martinez (Palma) CCS

Committed: University of San Diego

2015 Season Stats: 936 Rush, 13 TD

  • Exciting playmaker with great speed
  • Can change speeds to set up blocks and make defenders miss mid-run
  • Great vision, can contribute as WR and returner
5'11, 175 Austin Garber (Paradise) Northern

2015 Season Stats: 2074 Total Yards, 22 Total TD

  • Speedster who can easily return or convert to WR at next level
  • Excellent vision for cutback lanes
  • Extremely productive junior season, ran circles around competition
5'10, 185 Isoa Moimoi (Sacred Heart Prep) CCS

2015 Season Stats: 1260 Total Yards, 16 TD

  • Strong, physical downhill runner who requires multiple defenders to take down
  • Excellent pass blocker and lead blocker on runs
  • Agile in traffic knows when to change directions
6'1, 185 Raequan Washington (St. Bernard's of Eureka) NCS

2015 Season Stats: 1261 Total Yards, 16 TD

  • Good athlete who can and will probably convert to WR/DB at next level
  • Playmaker who is comfortable all over the field and can return
  • Nice soft hands
5'7, 170 Osiris Zamora (Analy) NCS

2015 Season Stats: 1675 Total Yards, 28 Total TD

  • Superb receiver out of the backfield, 52 Rec last season
  • Deceptive speed and good moves
  • Incredible production during junior season