California is one of the best states for football talent in America. Many of the greatest players in the game come from the Golden State, as the weather there allows players to train throughout the year.
The 2014 college football recruiting class features a ton of elite prospects from California, and while several have already made up their minds, many remain uncommitted. College coaches are all flocking west for the top remaining recruits from California.
A cornerback prospect has many schools on his trail and he may want to play receiver in college. An offensive lineman from California is a wanted man on the recruiting trail, as is a speedy running back. Another athlete has a bright future at two different positions.
A former USC commit, Tashon Smallwood is a 4-star defensive tackle from central California. He is 6'1", 280 pounds and has the ability to cause problems at the line of scrimmage.
Smallwood has a quick first-step at the snap, can skinny through gaps and is slippery. His short stature allows him to play with solid leverage, as he can get under a guard's pads and walk him into the backfield. Smallwood flashes an adequate anchor, is tough at the point of attack and can explode to the ball in pursuit.
Oklahoma, Cal and Notre Dame are among his top options, says 247Sports.
Another great defensive tackle from California is Ainuu Taua. A 4-star prospect from Lompoc, Taua is often overlooked due to only standing 5'11.5".
However, the 287-pounder is tough and physical at the point of attack. Taua flashes some explosiveness at the snap, is stout versus the run and has great short-area quickness to pursue the football.
He plays with a chip on his shoulder, does a good job of reading plays and can generate a push in the middle of the pocket as a rusher.
This underrated recruit is going to make someone happy. UCLA, Ole Miss, Washington State and Oklahoma are his main schools scouting him, per 247Sports.
Bryce Dixon is an athletic tight end from California powerhouse St. Bonaventure, which is located in Ventura. He is lethal in the seams, as the 4-star prospect gives linebackers and safeties fits.
Dixon, who is 6'4" and 220 pounds, is a receiver stuck in a tight end's body. He has great speed, explodes out of his stance to drive upfield and shows great quickness to separate from coverage. Dixon has a large catch radius, thanks to his athleticism and soft hands.
He can be flexed to the slot or perimeter, is not afraid to come across the middle and has the ability to plays after the catch. Keep an eye on USC and UCLA, but Oregon and Texas A&M are also in the mix for Dixon, according to 247Sports.
A 4-star recruit, Dwight Williams is a linebacker who can play on all three downs. Although he is 6'1" and only 205 pounds, Williams has the toughness to hold his own on the second level.
The Gardena native has fluid athleticism, excellent speed and great range. He can beat offensive linemen to spots across the field, flows to the ball in a hurry and can chase running backs laterally through the box. Williams also has great cover skills, as he can latch on to running backs and tight ends in man coverage.
He also shows no issues buzzing back in coverage, flipping his hips to carry a pass-catcher through his zone and making a play on the ball. Florida leads UCLA, Oklahoma, Miami and Michigan for him, per 247Sports.
California's top tight end is Tyler Luatua, a 4-star prospect from La Mirada High School. At 6'4" and 230 pounds, Luatua has a chance to develop into a complete tight end at the next level.
He shows good speed for his size and position, as he can race upfield out of his stance. Luatua has solid quickness to detach from coverage, is quarterback friendly and shows outstanding hands. He tracks throws with his eyes, snatches passes with his mitts and can catch in a crowd.
As a blocker, Luatua has good strength and toughness at the point of attack. He can work well versus defensive ends and has the ability to get a hat on linebackers on the second level.
An Alabama versus Notre Dame battle is brewing to land Luatua, according to 247Sports.
Although he can play defensive back, 4-star athlete Michiah Quick will likely end up as a receiver in college. He's dynamic with the ball in his hands, as he has natural instincts as a runner.
Quick, who is from Fresno, is 6'0" and 170 pounds. He displays an excellent surge off the line, can avoid traffic at the stem of his route and shoots out of his breaks. Quick has solid hands, but is better after the catch.
His speed allows him to transfer upfield in a flash, pull away from defenders and score a lot of touchdowns. Schools such as Notre Dame, USC, Oklahoma, Oregon and UCLA are in the mix for him, says 247Sports.
Joe Mixon is a 5-star running back who can make an impact as a runner, receiver and returner. He is from northern California, stands 6'2" and weighs 195 pounds.
Mixon exhibits great speed, adequate elusiveness and good instincts with the ball. He runs with solid power, can break a tackle or two and can explode to the second level. Mixon has fantastic hands, can play like a receiver in the passing game and has the skills to be a terrific kick-off returner.
Oklahoma, Cal and Wisconsin are three schools to watch for Mixon, according to 247Sports.
At 6'4" and 370 pounds, Damien Mama is one of the most physically intimidating players in the country. He plays for southern California juggernaut St. John Bosco and has dominated defensive linemen for several years.
Mama's size immediately catches one's attention, but his strength and quick feet keep it. He's not just a stationary blocker, as he can slide well in short-areas to protect the passer. He plays to his size at the point of attack, has a powerful punch and can be a mauler on running plays.
He will likely move to guard in college, but playing right tackle is not out of the question for the 5-star prospect. USC, Alabama, Notre Dame and Wisconsin are just a few schools among several others to watch for his destination, per 247Sports.
John Smith is a 5-star athlete who can excel as a receiver or safety. He is 6'1", 200 pounds and possesses fantastic athleticism.
Smith, who plays for national powerhouse Long Beach Poly High School, also has a great work ethic. He is explosive and sudden on the field, accelerates when he sees he can get his hands on the ball and plays with good instincts.
As a receiver, Smith can not only elude defenders or run with strength after the catch, but also shows tremendous range, agility and versatility as a safety.
Schools such as Alabama, USC, Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State and UCLA are in the mix for him among a few others, according to 247Sports.
Adoree' Jackson is a 5-star cornerback prospect, but he's so good with the ball in his hands that it would not be shocking to see him play receiver in college.
Orignally from Illinois, Jackson plays for Serra High School in Gardena.
Jackson, who is nearly 5'10" and weighs 182 pounds, has incredible athletic ability. Although he isn't the biggest player in the country, his wiry strength and confidence allow him to play like he's 6'2". Jackson needs to polish his technique, but he possesses natural instincts, excellent quickness and makes a ton of plays.
Florida, LSU, USC, Illinois, Florida State, UCLA, Oklahoma and several other schools are among Jackson's top choices, according to 247Sports.
Use the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map to locate the best players in California, and all across the country. This is a great interactive tool for recruiting fans, as it serves as a valuable resource for recruiting information.