All-State Football: Underclass

Both Matt Katnik and Josh Rosen of CIF Open Division champion St. John Bosco of Bellflower are among the elite players named on  first team all-state juniors. Photo: Scott Kurtz.

Both Matt Katnik and Josh Rosen of CIF Open Division champion St. John Bosco of Bellflower are among the elite players named on first team all-state juniors. Photo: Scott Kurtz.

Headlining the first of the Cal-Hi Sports all-state football teams are the best of the best among juniors and sophomores. This post is for the first team juniors and first team sophomores. This is the 35th consecutive year we’ve presented California all-state football teams.

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RELATED: For writeups about some of the state’s top frosh, CLICK HERE.

Note: Criteria includes being chosen already to an all-city, all-area, all-CIF section team plus team success, individual statistics, strength of competition, and personal observations (in other words someone on our staff saw that person play). College recruiting potential is a part of it (it’s more of a factor frankly with offensive linemen) but this should not be viewed as recruiting lists for the Class of 2015 or 2016.



WR Desean Holmes (Alemany, Mission Hills) 5-10, 180
Super-fast talent with offers from Pac-12 reportedly has transferred to Muir of Pasadena but listed from team he played for during the season.

Bar Milo from Chaminade of West Hills is part of a great crop of juniors (especially receivers and offensive line) from the San Fernando Valley. Photo: Scott Kurtz.

Chaminade’s Bar Milo is part of a great crop of juniors (especially receivers and offensive line) from the San Fernando Valley. Photo: Scott Kurtz.

WR Trent Irwin (Hart, Newhall) 6-2, 190
Starter since freshman year, he could threaten career state marks next season.

WR Isiah Renfro (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) 6-3, 190
Returnee from last year’s all-state soph team; also outstanding DB.

OL Nick Capella (St. Bonaventure, Ventura) 6-6, 260
Voted lineman of year in Marmonte League, which had several top-notch juniors.

OL Tevita Halalilo (Rancho Verde, Moreno Valley) 6-3, 320
All-CIFSS for his division, all-Inland Empire and already on all major 2015 recruit lists.

OL Matt Katnik (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) 6-3, 300
Also a big-time performer in shot and discus in track and field.

OL Bar Milo (Chaminade, West Hills) 6-5, 315
Top offensive lineman for D2 state title team.

OL Zach Okun (Newbury Park) 6-3, 310
Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA and USC are among those who have offered.

QB Jake Browning (Folsom) 6-2, 180
He threw for state-record 75 TDs and has broken state record twice for yards in a season.

RB Marcel Brown (Rio Linda) 5-11, 185
All-Metro by Sac Bee and closest junior we saw this season to seniors like Tre Watson, Harris Ross, others.

RB Izzy Matthews (Enterprise, Redding) 5-11, 200
This spot was close to call, but Matthews led Enterprise to NorCal D2 title.

PK Kevin Robledo (Westlake, Westlake Village) 6-0, 170
He booted 20 field goals and was an obvious choice to be on this team.

Granite Bay's Cameron Smith has been a tackle machine for the past two seasons. Photo: Mark Tennis.

Granite Bay’s Cameron Smith has been a tackle machine for the past two seasons.


DL Jaquile Bradford (Hoover, San Diego) 6-0, 230
Racked up an amazing 28 sacks and first-team All-San Diego.

DL Jacob Daniel (Clovis North, Fresno) 6-4, 300
He was one of the top DLs (including seniors) at last year’s NorCal Nike camp.

DL Rasheem Green (Serra, Gardena) 6-4, 275
He had 14 sacks for the Cavs; voted second team Junior All-American by Student Sports.

DL Keisean Lucier-South (Lutheran, Orange) 6-6, 215
Big-time potential as a pass rusher earned All-Orange County honors.

DL Kahlil McKenzie (De La Salle, Concord) 6-3, 315
Just how good will Kahlil look and what will he do next season after a full year of training with the Spartans.

LB John Houston (Serra, Gardena) 6-3, 220
He had a fabulous jr year with 137 tackles. Regarded as one of top jr LBs in the nation.

LB Cameron Smith (Granite Bay) 6-2, 245
He led the Grizzlies in tackles as a sophomore when they won CIF D1 state bowl game.

LB Kyahva Tezino (Salesian, Los Angeles) 6-1, 205
He had one more tackle (122-121) than senior standout Jamardre Cobb, who is headed to Arizona.

DB DeChaun Holiday (Mission Hills, San Marcos) 6-2, 190
Probably one of the top 2-3 DBs in the CIF San Diego Section, including seniors.

DB Iman Marshall (Long Beach Poly, Long Beach) 6-2, 190
Already being called one of best DBs in Poly history. Tall, athletic, can play corner. Do we say it? Okay, compares to Richard Sherman when he was at nearby Compton Dominguez.

DB Darrien Molton (Chaparral, Temecula) 5-10, 165
He had six picks for Pumas, named All-Inland Empire and has D1 offers.

P Stephen Cansino (Rosemead) 5-10, 170
To go along with 44-yard punting average, Cansino also booted 16 field goals, including a game-winner from 51 yards out.


RB/LB/DB Ben Burr-Kirven (Sacred Heart Prep, Atherton) 6-2, 205
The San Jose Mercury-News Player of the Year as a junior, he led Gators to NorCal D3 bowl game win over El Cerrito.

RB/DB Dakari Monroe (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose) 6-0, 175
An all-state soph from last season, Monroe can beat foes in a multitude of ways.

WR/DB Stanley Norman (Culver City) 6-0, 185
He has been reported as transferring to Serra of Gardena where he could step in there and do some of the things that departing Mr. Football Adoree’ Jackson has done for the Cavs the last three seasons.

QB/RB Josh Rosen (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) 6-4, 205
We went with him (our State Junior Player of the Year) in multi-purpose category so that Jake Browning of Folsom could be listed at QB. Browning still doesn’t run too much while Rosen does.

QB/RB Travis Waller (Servite, Anaheim) 6-3, 185
All-Orange County, All-CIFSS Pac-Five performer will be leader of one of state’s top teams next season.

QB/RB Damion Wright (Jurupa Hills) 6-2, 190
The CIFSS East Valley Division Offensive Player of the Year passed for 2,512 yds and rushed for 1,001 yds.

Boss Tagaloa is part of a sophomore class at De La Salle of Concord that may rank as one of the best the storied program has ever had. Photo: Harold Abend.

Boss Tagaloa is part of a sophomore class at De La Salle of Concord that may rank as one of the best the storied program has ever had. Photo: Harold Abend.


WR Dillon Crawford (St. Francis, La Canada) 6-1, 170

OL Matt Crow (Alemany, Mission Hills) 6-2, 290

OL Clayton Demski (Marin Catholic, Kentfield) 6-3, 280

OL Frank Martin (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 6-5, 280

OL Boss Tagaloa (De La Salle, Concord) 6-3, 280

OL Soape Tupou (Grant, Sacramento) 6-4, 300

QB Malik Henry (Westlake, Westlake Village) 6-3, 180

RB Romello Harris (Tulare) 5-10, 165

RB Sean McGrew (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) 5-8, 175

RB Elijah Preston (St. Augustine, San Diego) 5-6, 170

RB Melquise Stovall (Paraclete, Lancaster) 5-10, 175

PK Caleb Watkins (Glendora) 5-9, 165


DL Alex Glover (St. Mary’s, Berkeley) 6-0, 230

DL David Letuligasamoa (Heritage, Brentwood) 6-0, 275

DL Cedric Muzik (Redondo, Redondo Beach) 6-2, 205

LB Matteo Biscotti (Redlands East Valley, Redlands) 6-0, 195

LB Josh Erickson (San Dimas) 6-1, 210

LB Lokeni Toailoa (Carter, Rialto) 6-2, 225

DB Myles Bryant (Loyola, Los Angeles) 5-10, 170

DB Treyjohn Butler (Etiwanda) 6-0, 170

DB A.J. Frazier (San Pedro) 6-2, 170

DB Trevon Sidney (Bishop Amat, La Puente) 5-10, 165

DB Shurod Thompson (Pittsburg) 6-0, 170

P Fidel Romo (Banning) 5-10, 190


QB/RB Eric Barriere (La Habra) 6-0, 180

QB/RB Ian Book (Oak Ridge, El Dorado Hills) 6-1, 175

RB/WR Zion Echols (Charter Oak, Covina) 5-11, 175

QB/RB Mique Juarez (North, Torrance) 6-1, 190

WR/ATH Dymond Lee (Chaminade, West Hills) 6-1, 170

QB/RB Clarence Williams (Sylmar) 6-0, 165

Thanks to Ronnie Flores for contributing to the selections. And thanks to all who sent in a player nomination.

Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of He can be reached at Don’t forget to follow Mark, Ronnie Flores and Harold Abend on the Cal-Hi Sports Twitter handle: @CalHiSports

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  1. sbarnes
    Posted January 23, 2014 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Mater Dei ‘s Malik McMorris should be on team instead of Orange Lutheran Keisean Lucier-South. McMorris was the Trinity League Defensive MVP and had a better season than South. According to the criteria McMorris should have been named first team. It states this is not based on recruiting, but this pick is obvious it is.

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted January 24, 2014 at 7:01 am | Permalink

      Good points. For that one, we already had a nose guard type on first team (McKenzie, who is better than McMorris) so we were thinking to get more of a pass rusher DE type chosen like South. Plus, after seeing MD, thought it was better to have two on second team (McMorris and Humphries) instead of splitting them up.

  2. Derry Eads
    Posted January 23, 2014 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Westlake’s Kevin Robledo made 20 field goals as a sophomore. In 2013 as a junior, Robledo made 11 field goals.

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted January 24, 2014 at 7:03 am | Permalink

      Will fix. He still had another very good season.

  3. K.K
    Posted January 23, 2014 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    Davir Hamilton from Verbum Dei HS should be on the all sophomore team..

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted January 24, 2014 at 7:04 am | Permalink

      Just didn’t see him on all-CIFSS team for that division nor on L.A. Wave team and no nomination was sent in on him, either. If he’s that good, he’ll prove it soon or next season and good luck to him in doing that.

  4. Toddhoppe
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    We’re there any Centers on 1st or 2nd team juniors? You put in a lot of work into this list, I appreciate it.

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted January 25, 2014 at 11:49 am | Permalink

      Your son was chosen for third team and almost made second team. It’s a very very good class of offensive linemen coming up statewide and only had room for five first team, five second team.

  5. TL
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    I find it interesting that DLS’ Boss Tagaloa was listed as an O-lineman, but hardly played there the last half of the year as junior Blake Ogburn took over the right tackle duties while Boss focused on defense. Also it’s surprising Antoine Custer was left off the soph list as a two way starter for DLS. Received about half or less of the carries that many of the other RB’s on this list did but put up 1,100 yards rushing and averaged 10 per carry.

    • KJ
      Posted January 25, 2014 at 7:33 am | Permalink

      I know that TeVon Rhynes only played in 2 games last year for Del Oro before a season ending injury, but he will be back for his Senior year!

      • Mark Tennis
        Posted January 25, 2014 at 11:55 am | Permalink

        We were there when he went down in game vs. Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks and it was obvious how much he meant to the team. Took them awhile to bounce back from it. If he hadn’t gotten hurt, he might have rushed for 2,000 yards or more (not to take anything away from the amazing season that Dylan Kainrath had).

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted January 25, 2014 at 11:53 am | Permalink

      Boss played offense in one of the games we saw and happened to fit best for sophomore team on offense. Custer is on the second team. We just had a couple of kids around 2,000 yards in addition to McGrew. Custer could have been higher than Preston of St. Augustine but he’s already been a star for that team two years not just one.

  6. John Herold
    Posted January 29, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Malik McMorris definitely earned and deserved 1st team honors. Recruiting should have nothing to do with hard work and talent

  7. PP
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    Thought Logan Baker would rank higher. I agree that recruiting, nominations and school ranking with hard work and talent plays a big part. It should especially if your lucky enough to have them all working together for you. Of course not everyone does. But like injuries limiting stats and time played in games etc it seems the win % and game ratio on stats should be easier to figure out and not short change a player. A player, (with 1 win and 10 less games) with clearly higher stats at that point (before playoffs) than another player should not be ranked the same and definitely not lower.

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