FOUR & MORE: Best Inland Area RBs


1. P.J. Walker, Perris Citrus Hill — The only returning player to rush for more than 2,000 yards (2,002 in 2012), Walker, a San Diego State commit, will be the focal point of the offense for the reigning CIF-Southern Section Eastern Division champions.

2. Tre Watson, Corona Centennial — Split time and carries last season but will carry more of the load in ’13. Was rated in June as the No. 8 RB in the state by Cal-Hi Sports, attended Nike’s The Opening in Oregon this summer, and will play his college ball at Cal.

3. Sione Takitaki, Menifee Heritage — At 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, Takitaki is a bruising force few defenders can stand toe-to-toe against. Committed to BYU, Takitaki rushed for 850 yards and 11 TDs last season while playing mostly FB. He’ll get more touches this season.

4. Nick Gibson, Corona — A highly-sought talent, Gibson rushed for 1,114 yards and nine TDs last season. He attended a Nike Camp in Oakland early the summer, earned running back MVP honors, and was then rated the No. 8 RB in the state by Cal-Hi Sports.

AND MORE: Joe Jeffers, Beaumont — What he lacks in size (5-8, 170) he makes up for in heart. Jeffers, who has yet to declare his collegiate intent, ran for 1,900 yards and 14 TDs in leading the Cougars to the semifinals of last season’s CIF-SS Eastern Division playoffs.

Devontre Hale, Riverside Poly — The Bears haven’t had a runner this good since Reggie Miller thought about playing football. Hale, just a junior, is ready to that kind of shooting star.

Paul Cortez, Rialto — Led San Bernardino County with 1,564 rushing yards and finished with 21 TDs last season to lead to Knights to the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Eastern Division playoffs.

Ruben Kelly, Riverside Arlington — Quietly put together an outstanding junior season, rushing for 13 TDs and more than 1,400 yards for the Lions, a CIF-SS Central Division quarterfinalist.

Shane Pico, Elsinore — Averaged 126 yards per game as a junior and had 11 TDs in just 10 games as the Tigers advanced to quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Central Division playoffs.

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