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November 13, 2002

Who is No. 1 in California?

When it comes to producing Division I talent, not many states are as golden as the Golden State of California. Rivals.com continues is Updated State Rankings Week with a new and updated release of the Rivals.com California Top 100.

The cream of the crop in California is still at the top as Steve Smith, Whitney Lewis, Kyle Wright and Reggie Bush are all having solid seasons and household names with almost every recruiting freak in the nation.

If there is a way to give the top player in the state honors to two or maybe three players, then Smith, Lewis and Wright would be ranked No. 1A, No. 1B and No. 1C. But since Rivals.com doesn't do that, the nod goes to Smith, who started out a little slow but turned on the jets midseason and became the dominant player that he is.

The rest of the top 20 could probably be pulled out of a hat in any random order and you could make an argument for those players because the high level recruits in California are all very talented.

But it's the middle of the top 100 where we see some interesting changes, compared to the first ranking done back in August.

One of the newcomers to the list is offensive lineman Bobby Byrd of Oceanside, Calif. Byrd, who is 6-foot-7 and 285 pounds, recently made a commitment to Washington State over offers from Kansas, San Diego State and Washington.

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco receiver Joe Cowan also moved onto the list and is ranked at No. 70. Cowan is the type wide receiver prospect every school is looking for. He is tall, can run, catch and can jump out of gym. Cowan was the co-MVP for his team as a junior with Derrick Williams and is a super all-around athlete that will only get better in college.

Stanford, Washington, Colorado State, Notre Dame, UCLA, Washington State and Wyoming top his list.

Athlete Daymeion Hughes with his nine interceptions this season moved onto the list and to the No. 79 spot. Arizona, USC, Washington, Oregon and Fresno State are all after him.

Those are just a few of the changes, but there is no question that this group of 100 prospects have what it takes to be significant impact players on the next level.


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