10 to Watch in 2010
Ten juniors to watch during the 2010 football season:
RB, Mullen (Denver, Colo.)
Ameen-Moore is at his best in big games. In this year's Class 5A state championship, the 5-foot-10, 210-pounder bulled his way for 152 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries to help Mullen edge Pomona (Arvada, Colo.), 27-24, for a second consecutive Class 5A state title. He finished the year with 1,638 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on 236 carries. As a sophomore, he ran for 132 yards and two scores in the state finals.
WR, Glades Central (Belle Glade, Fla.)
At 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, Benjamin already looks like Randy Moss. Now that he has the look down, Benjamin is starting to resemble Moss on the field, too. Benjamin caught 32 passes for 781 yards (24.4 yards per catch) and five touchdowns as a junior. The scary part is he hasn't even started to realize his enormous potential. Good luck, defensive backs.
QB, Miami Northwestern (Miami, Fla.)
Following in the footsteps of Miami Hurricanes star Jacory Harris, Bridgewater is the next great signal-caller at Northwestern. He set a Miami-Dade County record with seven touchdown passes in a win over Hialeah-Miami Lakes (Hialeah, Fla.) this past season, completing 141-of-234 passes on the year for 2,156 yards and 28 touchdowns. Bridgewater added 366 yards and five scores on the ground and led the Bulls to the Class 6A regional semifinals.
RB, Steele (Cibolo, Texas)
Texas' Class of 2011 is loaded with elite running backs, including Brown, Herschel Sims of Abilene (Abilene, Texas) and Aaron Green of Madison (San Antonio, Texas). Brown, a 6-foot, 200-pounder, rushed for 1,832 yards and 32 touchdowns on 162 carries as a junior. Brown, Sims and Green will battle for top back honors in the Lone Star State next year.
WR, Junipero Serra (Gardena, Calif.)
Elite senior wide receiver Robert Woods got all the attention this year, but Farmer also played a huge role in Serra's undefeated season and CIF Division III championship. Farmer caught 41 passes for 891 yards and 12 scores while adding four rushing touchdowns. In the CIF Northwest Division championship, he hauled in five passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns.
RB, Patterson (Patterson, La.)
Hilliard, who has already committed to LSU, is a beast in the backfield. He was named Gatorade State Player of the Year as a junior after rushing for 2,512 yards and 32 touchdowns. He added 17 catches for 332 yards and four more scores.
RB, Crenshaw (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Thomas was slowed by injuries as a junior, but when he got on the field he proved to be one of the most explosive players in the country. Think a high school version of Tennessee Titans speedster Chris Johnson. Thomas ran for 198 yards and three touchdowns in a win at the L.A. City Section championship. He followed with two touchdown runs in a loss at the CIF Open Division bowl game.
James Wilder Jr.
LB, Plant (Tampa, Fla.)
The latest stud recruit to suit up for Plant, Wilder shined at both running back and linebacker as a junior after transferring from Chamberlain (Tampa, Fla.) last spring. He was especially dominant come playoff time. In the Class 5A state semifinals, Wilder ran for 92 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries and spearheaded a defense that shut out nationally ranked Lakeland (Lakeland, Fla.). In a 21-14 state-title victory over Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.), Wilder ran for 137 yards and a touchdown on offense and tallied four tackles and two sacks on defense.
WR, Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.)
Physically, there aren't too many receivers more impressive than Williams. And he's got plenty of skills to boot. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder caught 74 passes as a junior for 1,209 yards and 20 touchdowns to help lead Skyline to its third consecutive state title. This followed a sophomore year in which he hauled in 56 receptions for 939 yards and 13 scores.
QB, Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.)
Defenses know all about Worley, but that hasn't stopped the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder from picking apart secondaries the past two seasons. As a sophomore, Worley set a state record for completions in a season with 309 while throwing for 3,641 yards and 50 touchdowns. This past season, he had 4,364 passing yards and 42 touchdown passes while guiding Northwestern to a Class 4A, Division II state runner-up finish.