For various reasons, it’s more of a mixed bag surrounding California’s top Class of 2022 football players entering the 2020 season. The group of wide receivers does seem exceptionally strong, but for this first in-depth look at the state’s leading recruits we went with a DB from Mater Dei of Santa Ana in the No. 1 slot. The Monarchs also have two others near the top and of course there are plenty of those ranked in our Hot 100 of the state from St. John Bosco.
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Unlike California’s Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 groups of highly recruited high school football players, this first in-depth dive into those near the top for the Class of 2022 shows that there’s not a strong consensus of who should be ranked where.
Part of the reason for that is that there aren’t two QBs like Class of 2020 standouts Bryce Young of Santa Ana Mater Dei and D.J. Uiagalelei of Bellflower St. John Bosco (not to mention a linebacker like Justin Flowe of Upland). There also isn’t some universally acclaimed monster defensive end like Korey Foreman, the current senior at Corona Centennial who many have No. 1 in the nation not just in California.
It also was much more difficult coming up with 100 players and ranking them this time because the three major recruiting networks that are used to serve as a sort of consensus for state rankings have not done much ranking of the Class of 2022 just yet. There was a list of 247 top recruits done by the 247/Scout network, but we think that not that many of its analysts have yet seen very many players from Northern California. Otherwise, how could there only be one NorCal player on the entire list compared to more than 30 from the south? We’re not arguing it should be even close to 50-50, but for all the years we’ve followed California prep football there’s never been any evidence that NorCal is that bad. Plus, we have seen a lot of the NorCal juniors up close and personal and some of them are definitely at the same level as the top prospects from the south, especially receiver Jadyn Marshall of Stockton St. Mary’s.
Defensive back Domani Jackson of Mater Dei has been placed in the No. 1 position for this first Hot 100. Jackson also just happened to be the only Class of 2022 prospect who was considered to be the Cal-Hi Sports State Sophomore Athlete of the Year. He was able to get on that list for clocking a 10.78 time in the 100 meters for the Monarchs’ track team before that season got shut down in March. A 10.78 for early in the season in the 100 for a sophomore is definitely impressive and it also was the top reported time in the state. We went with a phenom golfer as the overall Soph Athlete of the Year, but Domani was close.