Southern California is filled with big-name high school football players. But there are just as many who fly under the radar, putting up big numbers and doing all the little things to help their teams win.
These 10 players might not make a lot of headlines or play for the area’s top teams, but they consistently produce. And they’re winners. Every player on this list plays for a team with a record at .500 or over.
Below is Scorebook Live California’s list of the 10 most underrated high school football players in the LA City and Southern Sections. (The list is in alphabetical order.)
Davon Booth – 2020 El Monte RB and DB
In only six games, Booth has already surpassed 1,000 yards rushing. He’s scored 13 rushing touchdowns and seven receiving touchdowns and has intercepted six passes. El Monte is 6-0 and ranked number one in the latest Southern Section Division 12 football coaches poll.
Sebastian DeLeon – 2021 Crescenta Valley LB, RB, WR
DeLeon is tied for the Southern Section lead in tackles with 86. The 6-foot 210 pound junior also contributes on offense for 6-0 Crescenta Valley; he’s rushed for four touchdowns and caught one more.
Grady Liddell – 2020 Camarillo DB
Liddell can’t stop intercepting passes from the opposing quarterback this season. He has six picks in six games for 6-0 Camarillo and three have been returned for touchdowns. Liddell will be playing football on Saturday’s for the next few years.
Chris Miller – 2020 Culver City WR
Miller leads the Southern Section in receiving yards (954) and receiving touchdowns (18). That’s through just six games. 6-0 Culver City hosts Lawndale Friday, the winner will most likely determine the Ocean League champion.
Mario Minor – 2020 Monrovia WR
Minor ranks fifth in the Southern Section in receiving yards with 809. He’s hauled in eight touchdowns. On defense, Minor’s made 45 tackles, seven of which have been for loss. He also has an interception.
Monrovia is 6-1 and has a great chance to win the Rio Hondo League this season.
Kariem Muhammad – 2020 Cleveland RB
Muhammad has rushed for 1019 yards and 12 TD’s on 67 carries in 2019. Cleveland has dealt with a few injuries to starters on their offensive line, but that hasn’t stopped the senior. Muhammad ran for over 200 yards in a defeat to San Pedro, one of the City’s top teams, two weeks ago. He’s also intercepted two passes on defense. Cleveland is 4-2.
James Ochoa – 2020 Arleta RB
Another season, another 1,000-yard rushing campaign from Arleta’s James Ochoa. The senior has rushed for 1,054 yards and 18 touchdowns through seven games. A year ago he nearly ran for 2,000 yards.
Arleta is 6-0 and are favorites to win the East Valley League.
Chris Parker – 2020 San Fernando WR/DB
One talent evaluator claimed that Parker has “legitimate speed.” He’s returned an interception and a fumble for touchdowns of over 100-yards so far this season. Parker can go.
On offense, he’s caught 22 passes for 513 yards and four TD’s. San Fernando is 6-0 and has a legitimate chance at running the table.
Carlos Ramirez – 2020 Muir DE
Muir has a few national recruits on its roster and although Ramirez hasn’t received that designation yet, he’s certainly playing like one. The senior has already put up 13 sacks and two forced fumbles for 5-1 Muir. Muir plays Crescenta Valley on October 25th in a huge Pacific League matchup.
Joseph Silva – 2020 Venice OL
Silva was an All LA City selection last season at left tackle. He helps protect one of the top signal callers in the section in Duke commit Luca Diamont. Silva stands at 6-foot-2 and weighs 275 pounds.