West '15: Preseason Top Ten Running Backs

Malik Lovette

Redlands (Calif.) East Valley running back Malik Lovette leads the positional group out West...

1. Malik Lovette, 5-11, 175, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley
Considering Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas A&M and USC

The Skinny: Lovette can play in the slot as a receiver or be a multi-carry a game running back and is one of the more versatile backs in the region, much like another back from Redlands East Valley seven years ago, Chris Polk.

2. Cameron Scarlett, 6-1, 210, Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic
Considering Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Washington

The Skinny: The top back in the Northwest and Oregon's top prospect in this class, Scarlett has a blend of power, vision and speed that make him one of the most difficult backs to bring down.

3. Myles Gaskin, 5-9.5, 185, Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea
Committed to Washington

The Skinny: Gaskin committed early on to the hometown Huskies and is one of the fastest and shiftiest backs in the region.

4. Bolu Olorunfunmi, 5-11, 210, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North
Committed to UCLA

The Skinny: Built like a power back but still runs light on his feet, Bolu did a number of camps this spring and summer and looked better each time.

5. Kirk Johnson, 5-11, 190, San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian
Committed to Texas

The Skinny: The future Longhorn committed early to his father's alma mater, then went to the Oakland NFTC and was the SPARQ MVP, showing the athleticism and skill set that made him a priority for Texas.

The Next Five:
6. Malik Roberson, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
7. Paul Lucas, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe
8. James Williams, Burbank (Calif.)- Committed to Washington State
9. Sheldon Croney, Bakersfield (Calif.) Ridgeview
10. Marcel Brown, Rio Linda (Calif.)

1. Ernie Timoteo, Richmond (Calif.) Kennedy
2. Michael Mack, Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes
3. Joey Wood, Los Gatos (Calif.)
4. Jackson Davis, Portland (Ore.) Wilson
5. Westin Hatcher, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North

National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins), National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman), Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell (@jason247scout) and Mountain Recruiting Analyst Doug Kimmel (@DougKimmelScout) contributed to these rankings.

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