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The Times' top prep running backs

The Times' top prep running backs
Summit running back Stephen Carr catches a pass during a B2G summer passing league event at Orange Coast College. (Shotgun Spratling / Los Angeles Times)

Top high school football running backs to watch this fall in the Southland:

Player; School; Ht.; Wt.; Yr.; Comment

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Stephen Carr; Summit; 6-0; 195; Jr.; USC commit has burst of speed.

Zion Echols; Charter Oak; 5-10; 175; Sr.; California commit makes a difference in many ways.

Demetric Felton; Great Oak; 5-10; 180; Sr.; Rushed for 1,277 yards, 15 touchdowns.

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Chase Jasmin; Westlake; 5-11; 185; Sr.; Rushed for 1,413 yards, 13 touchdowns.

Leo Lambert III; S.O. Notre Dame; 5-10; 180; Sr.; Rushed for 1,320 yards, 20 touchdowns.

Sean McGrew; St. John Bosco; 5-7; 175; Sr.; Washington commit is faster and stronger.

Jalen Starks; Crespi; 6-1; 240; Sr.; Let's see who volunteers to tackle this UCLA commit.

Melquise Stovall; Paraclete; 5-10; 185; Sr.; Rushed for 1,603 yards, 20 touchdowns.

J.J. Taylor; Corona Centennial; 5-6; 160; Sr.; Arizona commit is big-play weapon.

Edward Vander; Paramount; 6-1; 210; Sr.; JSerra transfer picks up the tough yards.

Best of the rest

Drake Beasley; Loyola; 5-11; 190; Jr.; Uses size, speed to advantage.

Chance Bell; Burroughs; 5-9; 165; Jr.; Rushed for 1,124 yards, nine touchdowns.

Raymond Caldera; Oxnard; 5-7; 200; Sr.; Rushed for 2,352 yards, 30 touchdowns.

Anthony Carswell; LB Millikan; 5-11; 185; Sr.; One of the Moore League's fastest players.

Aundre Carter; Crenshaw; 5-8; 160; Sr.; Capable of All-City season.

Jacob Fimbres; Sonora; 5-9; 165; Sr.; Rushed for 1,622 yards, 28 TDs.

Devin Floyd; Citrus Hill; 5-6; 180; Sr.; Had six games with more than 100 yards rushing.

Marcus Gandy; Sylmar; 5-9; 185; Sr.; Capable of piling up big numbers.

Joey Harman; Redlands East Valley; 5-9; 155; Sr.; Rushed for 1,521 yards last season.

Ramses Hernandez; Fairfax; 5-9; 190; Sr.; Has run for more than 3,000 yards in prep career.

Freddie Holly; Norte Vista; 6-0; 200; Sr.; Rushed for 2,593 yards and 31 TDs.

Adrean Hooper; Carson; 5-8; 176; Jr.; Flashed big-play potential.

Donte Huddleston; San Pedro; 5-11; 195; Sr.; Headed for All-City honors

Gaven Hughes; Norco; 5-9; 180; Sr.; Rushed for 1,358 yards.

Greg Johnson; Hawkins; 5-11; 185; Jr.; Rushed for 2,371 yards, 20 touchdowns.

Deommodore Lenoir; Salesian; 5-11; 180; Jr.; Versatility makes him invaluable.

Aaron Manning; Rancho Cucamonga; 5-8; 170; Sr.; Has breakaway speed.

Perry Martin; Thousand Oaks; 5-8; 140; So.; His speed creates problems for defenses.

Alex Mattison; San Bernardino; 6-1; 195; Sr.; Rushed for 2,017 yards, 26 touchdowns.

Connor McBride; Woodbridge; 6-2; 220; Jr.; Had six games with more than 100 yards rushing.

Amon Milliner; La Salle; 5-8; 185; Jr.; Showed potential as a sophomore.

Areg Nazarian; St. Francis; 5-8; 180; Sr.; Rushed for 1,156 yards, 12 touchdowns.

T.J. Pledger; Chaminade; 5-9; 175; So.; Made a contribution as a freshman.

Deonte Perry; Canoga Park; 6-0; 180; Sr.; One of the fastest players in City Section.

Brandon Reees; San Clemente; 5-9; 165; Jr.; Lots of speed and ability

Sean Riley; Narbonne; 5-9; 150; Sr.; Arizona commit makes big plays.

Sterling Salguero; Birmingham; 5-10; 170; Sr.; Should reach 2,000 yards rushing.

Chris Santoyo; St. Bonaventure; 6-1; 180; Sr.; Scored 15 touchdowns last season.

Torreahno Sweet; Bishop Amat; 5-9; 185; Sr.; Had 138 yards versus Gardena Serra last year.

Dylan Thigpen; Damien; 5-11; 194; Sr.; Rushed for 1,254 yards, 12 touchdowns.

Nathan Tilford; Upland; 6-1; 210; Jr.; Ready for best season yet.

Joel Villarreal; Banning; 5-8; 175; Jr.; Rushed for 1,508 yards.

Schuyler Whitehead; Los Alamitos; 6-2; 198, Sr.; Can be a Sunset League standout.

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