Football Player Rankings: Nos. 16-20
Today was the last Friday without a football game until the day after Thanksgiving. Let that sink in. The season starts next week and the North State celebrated it by heading out to see some scrimmages.
Anderson High center and two-way lineman Joe Carrillo (50) enters his third year of varsity on the Northern Section runner-up Cubs. (Photo by Mike Daly Photography)
Today was the last Friday without a football game until the day after Thanksgiving. Let that sink in. The season starts next week and the North State celebrated it by heading out to see some scrimmages. Here’s the next installment of the Football Player Rankings as we creep inside the top 20.
Reminder: the player rankings are based on varsity experience and potential impact for the 2018 season, taking into consideration coaches input, stats, postseason awards and first-hand experience.
20. Justin Kelly, (5-7, 170), ILB/RB, Enterprise, Sr.
As a junior, Kelly was third on the Hornets in tackles with 81, including 21 solo tackles. This season, Kelly looks to step into a leadership role in Enterprise’s 4-4 defensive scheme. He’s a nice run-stopper on the edge who can also drop into coverage and blanket the flats. On offense, Kelly is not afraid to stick his nose into a defender as a lead blocker.
19. Tony DeBlasio, (5-8, 172), LB/RB, Shasta, Sr.
Pressed into service last season as a defensive end after Levi Peterson went down with a knee injury, DeBlasio proved he belonged on the field. He had 41 tackles for Kirk Ramage’s defense, including five tackles for loss coming off the edge at end. This season, DeBlasio will be looked to help fill the void at linebacker following heavy graduation losses for Shasta.
18. Noah Bishop, (5-6, 140), WR, Burney, Sr.
Bishop was a positive in a 3-7 year for the Raiders. He’s the top returning wide receiver in Shasta County, having caught 25 balls for 401 yards and two scores for Burney last season. He’ll be relied on to provide senior leadership on both sides of the ball for the Raiders.
17. Chris Jacobsen, (5-7, 165), WR/DB, Foothill, Sr.
Already a favorite target for Cougars’ gunslinger Jayden Gordon, look for Jacobsen to have a breakout year. Against Enterprise last season, Jacobsen caught Foothill’s go-ahead score from Gordon. He ended 2017 with 263 yards receiving and two scores.
16. Joe Carrillo, (6-0, 276), OL/DL, Anderson, Sr.
If you’re going to run for nearly 3,000 yards as a team, you need to have the blocking up front. The Cubs had that in spades and while a lot of attention went to Jarrett Kingston, Carrillo was just as dominant from his center position. He was second on the Cubs with four pancake blocks and was adept with the quarterback under center or in the gun. Defensively, Carrillo is a run-stopper who clogs lanes and makes runners wish they would’ve cut back sooner.
Release Schedule for Player Rankings
Aug. 15 – Nos. 36-50
Aug. 15 – Nos. 26-35
Aug. 16 – Nos. 21-25
Aug. 17 – Nos. 16-20
Aug. 18 – Nos. 11-15
Aug. 19 – Nos. 6-10
Aug. 20 – No. 5, Bailey Small, Fall River
Aug. 21 – No. 4, Jayden Gordon, Foothill
Aug. 22 – No. 3, Leslie Cummings, Enterprise
Aug. 23 – No. 2, Bailey Sulzer, West Valley
Aug. 24 – No. 1, Parker Phillips, Anderson