This is the fifth preseason all-section or all-area football team we have compiled and covers schools from the entire CIF San Diego Section. Leading the way with four on the first team is St. Augustine and Oceanside.
Note: Writeups by new correspondent Thomas Gutierrez. Thanks Thomas for joining our team.
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FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
WR Jack Bailey (Torrey Pines, San Diego) 6-3, 190, Sr.
A tall and long-armed receiver with good hands, this recent San Diego State Aztec commit with seven TD catches from last season should continue his success this season with the Falcons.
WR Steffon McKnight (Mira Mesa, San Diego) 6-0, 165, Jr.
An elite 4-star split end who is No. 25 in the Cal-Hi Sports Hot 100 for juniors, McKnight has 4.48 speed and tremendous route running ability.
OL Cedric Bigge Duren (Oceanside) 6-6, 307, Sr.
He joins with teammate Christian Cronk to possibly give the Pirates the biggest offensive line in San Diego. This Washington State commit will be in the trenches playing guard with skill and strength that are as equally daunting as is his size.
OL Christian Cronk (Oceanside) 6-5, 260, Sr.
Under the tutelage of Oceanside line coach Rick Gerardi (has coached five former Pirates into the NFL), Cronk has developed into a Division 1 level (offers SDSU, Nevada, Hawaii) offensive lineman who should help the Pirates this season.
OL Kevin Estes (San Marcos) 6-6, 275, Sr.
He placed at No. 82 in the Cal-Hi Sports Hot 100 player rankings and is one of the top 100 offensive linemen nationally by most services. His work ethic, strength and skill were a big part to San Marcos’ first winning season (9-5) in several years. Estes has committed to Wisconsin.
OL Chris Gesell (St. Augustine, San Diego) 6-4, 255, Sr.
San Diego’s best center was the force that allowed his running back (Elijah Preston) to rush for 1,484 yards and 17 TDs. The Saints plan to continue their journey this season.
OL Jaylon Kuykendall (Helix, La Mesa) 6-1, 295, Sr.
Equally skilled on both sides of the ball, this guard is a force who can take on two defenders at once. His compact to the ground quickness will be a catalyst to Helix’s fast and powerful offense this season.
QB Brad Cagle (El Capitan, Lakeside) 6-1, 205, Sr.
With 472 yards rushing and eight touchdowns, who said that pocket quarterbacks can’t run? Despite the great stats on the ground, it is Cagle’s passing game that illustrates his talents with 2,707 yards in the air topped off with 31 touchdowns.
RB Elijah Preston (St. Augustine, San Diego) 5-6, 170, Jr.
A starter on varsity since his freshman year. Preston has been force for the Saints. In the last two seasons, he has run for 3,015 yards and 31 touchdowns.
RB Tyler Range (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego) 6-0, 220, Sr.
Clocked at 11.08 in the 100 meters at his size, Range will wreak havoc on defenses this year. The future Montana Grizzly also can catch the ball out of the backfield.
RB Isiah Strayhorn (Eastlake, Chula Vista) 5-7, 165, Sr.
Against the Oceanside last season in the first Open Division section semifinal, Strayhorn had 142 yards and two touchdowns before getting hurt in that epic game. In 2013, he rushed for 1,273 yards, 14 TDs, and close to 10 yards per carry.
PK Jake Bailey (Santa Fe Christian, Solana Beach) 6-2, 175, Sr.
Clearly one of the top kickers in the state with a recent commitment to Stanford, Bailey connected for a 50-yard field goal last season among six that he made. He also routinely landed his kickoffs out of the end zone and played defensive back and receiver.
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL Mau Ena (Vista) 6-2, 315, Sr.
A force in the middle who combines power with a first fast step and excellent swim move, Ena will continue to see teams avoid running in his gap. He collected 40 tackles last season and attracted double teams.
DL Luke Holloway (Helix, La Mesa) 6-4, 215, Sr.
This lean and strong three-sport athlete (football, basketball, track) uses his long reach and athletic skill-set to keep blockers at bay, escape double teams, and make tackles from all angles and distances.
If 36 tackles and six sacks were not enough, next year Smith is going to show the East Coast what San Diego football is about as he takes his talents to Boston College. He’s a legitimate D-1 nose guard ready to impress.
DL Tommy Woo (Oceanside) 6-2, 230, Sr.
Calling him a relentless beast is an understatement. He is quick off the snap, sheds blockers easily and is getting D1 college interest.
LB David Faatuiese (Vista) 6-2, 235, Sr.
Some are comparing David to former Vista standout Pisa Tinoisamoa (Chicago Bears). He only played in nine games last season, but had 68 tackles with 45 of them being solo.
LB Quinn Seau (St. Augustine, San Diego) 6-1, 213, Jr.
As Junior Seau’s nephew, Quinn has a lot to live up to and he does. As a sophomore starter last season, he had 77 assisted tackles (89 total). This season, he will be ready to take over the defense as his uncle once did at Oceanside.
LB Casey Toohill (Cathedral Catholic, San Diego) 6-3, 225, Sr.
Committing to Stanford two weeks ago, which was where Cathedral Catholic’s Tyler Gaffney starred at running back last season, Toohill will be ready to wreak havoc this year after missing seven games last season due to a broken arm. His high IQ will only augment his punishing tackles and 4.61 speed.
LB Jihad Woods (Helix, La Mesa) 5-11, 200, Jr.
Last season as a youthful 10th grader, Woods demonstrated his instinct for the ball and attacked it with fury and power. This young Highlander is only going to get better.
DB Frank Buncom IV (St. Augustine, San Diego) 6-2, 190, Sr.
Another 4 star recruit who is highly regarded statewide and nationally as a safety, Buncom had 91 total tackles last year and helps makes the Saints a legitimate contender among all San Diego powerhouses.
DB DeChaun Holiday (Mission Hills, San Marcos) 6-2, 207, Sr.
Regarded by some as among the top defensive backs in the nation, Holiday excels in press coverage and has the ability to play corner at his size. He was a Cal-Hi Sports all-state junior last season.
DB Jordan Miller (Oceanside) 6-2, 170, Sr.
Recently obligating his skills to the Washington Huskies with his 4.45 speed and a sixth sense for reading receivers tendencies, Miller is the latest Pirate DB headed to the Pac-12. He is No. 68 in the Cal-Hi Sports Hot 100 player rankings.
DB Troy Warner (Mission Hills, San Marcos) 6-2, 185, Sr.
With Holiday and Warner leading the way, the Grizzlies have one of the state’s top secondary. Warner already has an offer from BYU, which already has his brother, Fred, a standout from last year’s team.
P Brandon Hong (Torrey Pines, San Diego) 5-10, 170, Sr.
Hong went long on his punt to the tune of a 38-yard average last season. He also only missed one PAT and had a 39-yard field goal.
FIRST TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE
QB/RB Kareem Coles (Madison, San Diego) 6-1, 165, Sr.
The Utah State-bound Coles first established himself as a sophomore when he led his Warhawks to a 38-35 victory over Marin Catholic in the D-III CIF D3 state bowl game. A dual-treat QB with 4.59 speed, Coles threw for 1,174 yards with 11 TDs and ran for 451 yards and four more scores.
WR/DB Martrel Holmes (Mission Hills, San Marcos) 5-11, 160, Sr.
Speed athlete is expected to emerge as a two-way threat for the Grizzlies. His 4.49 clocking in the 40 and all-league honors has so far garnered one D1 offer from Nevada and others could follow.
DB/WR Quentin Meeks (Del Norte, San Diego) 6-2, 190, Sr.
With size and agility, Meeks is a dual threat on the highest level who consistently dominates on both ends of the field. His best bet for a D1 college scholarship is as a safety.
RB/DB Traylon Reed (Eastlake, Chula Vista) 5-11, 185, Jr.
A quality defensive back, but if it wasn’t for the crowded gifted backfield of Eastlake in 2013, Reed may have rushed for 1,500 yards. This year, he gets the chance to test his true potential as an all-around player for this top-flight program. He’s also regarded as one of the state’s top running back prospects for the junior class.
LB/RB D.J. Smith (El Capitan, Lakeside) 6-1, 215, Sr.
This Vaquero simply obliterated the Grossmont-Valley League in 2013. He rushed for 802 yards and stocked-piled 14 touchdowns. On the defensive side, he made 67 tackles and had eight sacks.
DE/TE Anthony Taele (El Camino, Oceanside) 6-3, 260, Sr.
Faster than many running backs and quicker than a multitude of receivers, Taele may be the most skilled big man since Charles Barkley. An athletic specimen, Taele could be the catalyst for El Camino to impress in 2014.
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE, DEFENSE & MULTI-PURPOSE
(20 players who just missed)
QB/RB Michael Austin (Helix, La Mesa) Jr.
WR/RB Alijah Avant (Grossmont, El Cajon) Sr.
LB Josh Bernard (Oceanside) Sr.
WR/RB/CB Isaiah Capoocia (El Capitan, Lakeside) Sr.
DL Jared Cheatwood (Mission Hills, San Marcos) Sr.
QB Seth Collins (Granite Hills, El Cajon) Sr.
DL Joey DeMarco (Torrey Pines, San Diego) Sr.
QB Will Freed (San Marcos) Sr.
OL Max Garner (Santa Fe Christian, Solana Beach) Sr.
OL Alfredo Gutierrez (Montgomery, San Diego) Sr.
LB Malik Hayes (Grossmont, El Cajon) Sr.
LB Justin Holloway (Otay Ranch, Chula Vista) Sr.
DB Nate Johnson (Vista) Sr.
DL Austin Lucht (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego) Sr.
QB Dakota Miller (Mission Hills, San Marcos) Jr.
WR Tyler Nix (San Marcos) Sr.
RB Isaiah Osborne (Madison, San Diego) Sr.
TE Dan Plum (Cathedral Catholic, San Diego) Sr.
QB Matthew Romero (Oceanside) Sr.
DB Kameron Santos (Madison, San Diego ) Sr.