- Erik McKinney, RecruitingNation
1. LB Su’a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta) -- Arguably the top prospect in California for the class of 2013, Cravens is intriguing, as he could develop into either an outside linebacker or safety at the next level. He has already received 16 scholarship offers -- from the likes of Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Stanford, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Boise State and others -- and it wouldn’t be surprising to see USC step forward with yet another.
2. S Tyler Foreman (Encino, Calif./Crespi) -- Attention has been focused on Crespi offensive lineman Jordan Simmons and wide receiver Chris Harper this season, but college coaches will undoubtedly be impressed by Foreman, who stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 200 pounds. He has the ability to play anywhere in the Pac-12 and is receiving early interest from Oregon. Foreman grew up a USC fan and an offer from the Trojans would go a long way toward establishing them as his top school.
3. OL John Lopez (Orange, Calif./Lutheran) -- The 2012 class was the gold standard for offensive line talent on the West Coast, but Lopez would have fit in nicely with the latest crop of seniors. As a junior, he’ll likely headline the big-man class next season and already has picked up an offer from UCLA.
4. RB Deon Martin (Bakersfield, Calif./Stockdale) -- It has been a strange season for Martin, who kicked off his season with a 400-yard, five-touchdown performance before being declared academically ineligible for the remainder of this grading period. Martin will be able to return for the season’s final few games and it should be interesting to watch how he bounces back. Martin and Ventura St. Bonaventure’s Zachary Green fit the mold of small, tough tailbacks, and each could push to be recognized as the state’s best next season.
5. S Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif.) -- Redfield has made an impact on both sides of the ball this season, and at 6-2, 200 pounds, he is one of the more physically impressive and athletic two-way players in the junior class.
1. LB Su’a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta) -- Arguably the top prospect in California for the class of 2013, Cravens is intriguing, as he could develop into either an outside linebacker or safety at the next level.