There wasn’t enough time between the state providing the okay for football to start and the actual start of games later this week to do all of our usual preseason teams, but we do have a preseason all-state first, second and third team completed and know we’ll have to do the same this summer for the 2021 fall season. Of course, St. John Bosco and Mater Dei have the most players on first team, but others with more than one are De La Salle of Concord and Servite of Anaheim.
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There will be all-state overall, juniors, sophomores, medium and small school teams selected for the 2021 spring season, but there may not be as many players selected depending on how many schools are able to play.
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When the upcoming short season is completed, we already know we won’t have the time to produce extensive section-by-section all-state nominations lists. This list below is what we’ll go through when choosing the actual 2021 Spring All-State Football Teams. The teams chosen at the end of the 2021 regular fall season will be labeled 2021 Fall All-State Football Teams. Therefore, we would encourage any and all all-state nominations to be sent now or immediately after the upcoming spring games. Email info to email@example.com. Please include positions played, year in school.
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It hasn’t been widely reported who the starting quarterbacks will be at several high-profile schools, including St. John Bosco of Bellflower and Mater Dei of Santa Ana. We didn’t pick a QB from either school below, but there’s a good chance there will be one who has quarterbacked one of them to a Trinity League title and therefore that QB is probably going to be on the final all-state team without being on the preseason squad.
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
WR – Jadyn Marshall (St. Mary’s, Stockton) 6-0, 175, Jr.
It’ll be interesting to see if Jadyn goes straight to the track after this upcoming short spring football season because he showcased world-class hurdling and sprinter speed as a freshman in the spring two years ago. On the field in the fall of 2019, Marshall debuted at St. Mary’s with 68 catches for 1,128 yards and nine TDs. The all-state sophomore (who now has numerous D1 college offers) also scored five times on rushes and twice on punt returns.
WR – Tetairoa McMillan (Servite, Anaheim) 6-3, 185, Jr.
It’s between him and Mater Dei’s Domani Jackson as which should be tops for the state’s Class of 2022. McMillan had a breakout season in 2019 with 12 touchdown catches and nearly 900 yards receiving going against all those D1 DBs from the Trinity League.
WR – Kyron Ware-Hudson (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 6-1, 195, Sr.
He’ll be one of the major leaders of the Monarchs’ offense and is one of those receivers with the speed to burn deep plus battle for balls across the middle. Ware-Hudson had 13 TD catches as a junior and eventually signed with USC with other offers that came from across the country.
OL – Maximus Gibbs (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) 6-6, 340, Sr.
Even among the behemoths of the St. John Bosco linemen, Maximus looms large with his massive frame. He has continued to get better as a lineman and will be playing next at USC.
OL – Earnest Greene (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) 6-5, 330, Jr.
A name people have been mentioning since he was a freshman, Greene is now regarded as one of the top Class of 2022 offensive linemen in the nation. If Bosco’s offensive weaponry is spread out like it could be, he in fact could be similar to Wyatt Davis in 2016 in being the team’s top honors candidate.
OL – Elia Migao (Chaparral, Temecula) 6-3, 315, Sr.
The BYU-bound standout has continued to dominate since he was on the all-state sophomore team in 2018. Migao also was Lineman of the Year in 2019 in the Southwestern League and can play both guard and tackle positions.
OL – Mason Murphy (JSerra, San Juan Capistrano) 6-5, 290, Sr.
He’s one of the ones along with Noah Pulealii (listed just below) who really came on as a major college recruit last spring and in the summer as a big-time college recruit. Murphy realized a “dream come true” when he committed and later signed with USC.
OL – Noah Pulealii (Palma, Salinas) 6-3, 315, Sr.
Regarded as the top offensive lineman recruit from Northern California in the Class of 2021, Pulealii has signed with UCLA. According to his own tweet, Noah never stepped on to a football field until he was a freshman at Palma. Nice job coaches.
QB – Deacon Hill (Santa Barbara) 6-4, 225, Sr.
Once it was confirmed last week by his coach, J.T. Stone, and then himself on Twitter, Hill became the top college-bound QB in the state in our book who would be playing this spring. He signed with Wisconsin over other Power 5 offers and displayed one of the best arms at the Elite 11 QB event last March at Cerritos College. He rushed for more than 400 yards last season for the Dons in addition to passing for 3,102 yards and 33 TDs and therefore could have been listed as one of our multi-purpose players. Since he’s more of a pro-style QB and Servite junior Noah Fifita is more option based on recruiting we went with Hill for this spot and Fifita on multi-purpose. This is not picking one over the other. They’re both first team.
RB – Byron Cardwell (Morse, San Diego) 6-0, 195, Sr.
After scoring 34 touchdowns and gaining almost 2,000 yards over the 2018 and 2019 seasons, Cardwell moved from St. Augustine to Morse. Colleges have been lining up to get at him since he was an all-state sophomore. Cardwell has signed with Oregon.
RB – Kavika Tua (Oceanside) 5-8, 185, Sr.
Yes, we are going with two San Diego guys as our two RBs for this team. Tua doesn’t have the recruiting of Cardwell, but he was an all-state junior while leading the Pirates to the CIF San Diego Section D1 title. He piled up 2,166 yards rushing with 21 TDs plus two TDs receiving and he had more than 200 yards as a punt returner.
PK – Cole Becker (Rocklin) 6-3, 205, Sr.
It’s a close call between Becker and Sierra Canyon’s Josh Bryan and while Bryan is higher-ranked by some kicking services, Becker got the nod for all-state juniors in 2019 for making 14 of 15 field goals and was perfect on PATs. That edge wouldn’t change now. Bryan is headed next to Notre Dame, while Becker is bound for Boulder to kick in the high altitude at the University of Colorado.
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL – Nathan Burrell (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) 6-2, 255, Jr.
Talk about coming on strong at the end of the season. That’s what Burrell did as a sophomore rush end for the Braves. He was noticeable both in the second game vs. Mater Dei and in the state final vs. De La Salle. Burrell ended the season with nine tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and 58 tackles.
DL – Gracen Halton (St. Augustine, San Diego) 6-3, 235, Jr.
Yes, we went heavily with some big-time juniors for first team defense and it’ll be interesting to see how they hold up during the short season. Halton projects to be a rush end on defense and already has committed to Oregon. As a sophomore for the Saints, he had 55 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 12 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.
DL – DeJon Roney (Etiwanda) 6-4, 295, Jr.
An all-state sophomore in 2019, Roney has followed up with continued development in all facets of his game. He’s been offered by many major D1 colleges. Key stats from 2019 include 89 tackles and six tackles for loss.
DL – Jailen Weaver (Antioch) 6-8, 280, Sr.
He wasn’t comparable to Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove Arik Armstead earlier in his career, but now that Jailen has added considerable bulk to his frame that comparison is more legit. Weaver only played 10 games in 2019 since the Panthers didn’t make the CIF North Coast Section playoffs, but he still had nine sacks and 12 tackles for loss. Jailen has signed with Nebraska.
LB – Raesjon Davis (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 6-1, 210, Sr.
He’s considered one of the top five outside linebackers in the nation and is another preseason all-state player signed by USC. Even though Raesjon had 43 tackles and 7.5 sacks in 2019, given his impact as a freshman in 2018 we would assume that he would view those totals as lower than expected. He is the highest rated recruit from the Class of 2021 who has indicated he is going to play for his high school team this spring.
LB – Niufe Tuihalamaka (Alemany, Mission Hills) 6-3, 230, Jr.
A freshman starter for the Warriors in 2018, Niufe continued to come on strong as a sophomore and had 64 tackles, including seven for loss. He doesn’t yet have a college commitment, but it’ll be guaranteed to be from a major college powerhouse.
LB – Easton Mascarenas (Mission Viejo) 6-1, 205, Sr.
He covers a lot of ground going sideline-to-sideline and gained all-state juniors honors in 2019. Mascarenas also is one of the top returnees for a Mission Viejo that was pegged to be n the top five of the state if we had started in January. The Oregon State recruit logged 91 tackles as a junior (including 17 for loss) and he came up with three picks.
DB – D.J. Harvey (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) 5-11, 175, Sr.
We couldn’t miss D.J. as a sophomore DB and receiver for the Trailblazers in 2018. He had seven interceptions that season, added four in 2019 and has been highly-ranked as a recruit as a DB since then. Harvey has been just as spectacular as a receiver, too. Just last season he had 84 catches for 1,465 yards and seven TDs. D.J. will play next at Virginia Tech.
DB – Domani Jackson (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
6-1, 175, Jr.
Some think Domani is the top cover corner prospect in the nation among juniors. That might be selling him short, however. He might be the best DB period. It’s that track speed (10.78 as a freshman in the 100) is what really sets him apart. We have him No. 1 in our own Class of 2022 State Hot 100 (just ahead of Servite’s Tetaroia McMillan).
DB – Jalil Tucker (Lincoln, San Diego) 5-11, 175, Jr.
Transfer from St. Augustine has been blowing up recently with a reported 4.26 in the 40 and earning Defensive MVP honors at the Pylon 7-on-7 national championships in Orlando. Tucker also is one of the top-ranked DBs nationally for the Class of 2022. His 20th and most recent offer (according to his own Twitter page) came from Arizona.
DB – Ceyair Wright (Loyola, Los Angeles) 6-1, 175, Sr.
On the football field, Ceyair has worked hard to become one the top cover corners in the nation with a scholarship to USC. He’s also working as an actor and will be playing LeBron James’ son in the upcoming Space Jam: A New Legacy. Despite all that, he is playing for the Cubs in this upcoming spring season and that makes him a rather easy pick for this team.
P – Brendan Segovia (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village) 6-2, 215, Sr.
Addidas All-American Bowl selection has emerged as one of the nation’s best as a pure punter. Brenden will play next at the University of Maryland.
FIRST TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE
RB/WR/KR/DB – Prophet Brown (Monterey Trail, Elk Grove) 5-11, 180, Sr.
Based on the seniors who have indicated they are going to play this spring vs. those who are not, Brown looks like the top one from Northern California who is playing. He’s about as versatile as one can get. Helping the Mustangs beat Folsom en route to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D1 title game in 2019, Prophet rushed for nearly 800 yards and 11 TDs, caught five TD passes and had 340 return yards. Recruiting services, however, list him as a defensive back. Brown has signed with USC.
RB/WR – Raleek Brown (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 5-9, 175, Jr.
It’s been more than a year since the uber-talented Brown checked in at Mater Dei after sizzling as a freshman and sophomore at Edison of Stockton. We could have listed Raleek at running back, but having seen him play several times and knowing how effective he was at catching passes in 2019, his future at the next level (he has committed to Oklahoma) probably will be as a multi-purpose type of running back or slot receiver (used on fly sweeps and similar plays).
QB/RB – Noah Fifita (Servite, Anaheim) 5-10, 180, Jr.
Our 2019 State Sophomore of the Year hopes to take advantage of being the most experienced QB on the field when the Friars take on St. John Bosco and Mater Dei this spring. He passed for 2,892 yards and 37 TDs in 2019 with just four interceptions. Despite his lack of size, it’s been great to see him start to get college offers from major D1 colleges.
QB/RB – Dorian Hale (De La Salle, Concord) 6-1, 190, Sr.
Along with teammate Lu Magia Hearns, Dorian at first was reported to be not playing for the Spartans this spring. He later switched back to playing. In a normal year, being the QB of a team that went to the CIF Open Division state final two years in a row would make Hale a candidate for Mr. Football State Player of the Year. He won’t get a chance, of course, to perhaps lead a team to a state title so that will make player of the year odds a lot lower. Hale, who has signed with Sacramento State, should take his place among the best run-pass QBs in DLS history. In 2019, he passed for more than 2,000 yards and 17 TDs and he rushed for another 588 yards and seven TDs.
WR/DB – Lu Magia Hearns (De La Salle, Concord) 5-10, 175, Sr.
The son of former Pittsburg all-state player Lu Hearns has signed at Cal, where it’s been reported he’ll be working as a defensive back. At De La Salle, though, Lu Magia has been a home run threat as a pass catcher. He’s had 43 catches for nearly 700 yards and five TDs so far in his career.
WR/DB – Larry Turner-Gooden (St. Bernard, Playa del Rey) 6-1, 195, Jr.
A transfer from Calabasas, Turner-Gooden hopes to be a monster for the Vikings in some of their big upcoming games. He’s got a big body, but can hang with the quickest WRs in coverage. The key for him in getting on first team for this is that he also has shown explosiveness as a receiver and kick returner when he was at Calabasa s. Turner-Gooden has committed to Arizona State.
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
WR – Maven Anderson (Mission Viejo) 6-1, 175, Sr.
It’s been more than a year since the explosive playmaker for the Diablos committed to Cal and he stuck with that commitment through signing day.
WR – Kevin Green Jr. (Alemany, Mission Hills) 5-11, 170, Jr.
He caught 77 passes for nearly 900 yards as a freshman in the fall of 2018.
WR – C.J. Williams (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 6-2, 175, Jr.
More than 40 D1 colleges have offered Williams, who will join teammate Kyron Ware-Hudson in a potentially devastating 1-2 receiver punch.
OL – Garrett DiGiorgio (Serrano, Phelan) 6-7, 295, Sr.
All-State junior from last season could have just as easily been first team or second team. DiGiorgio has signed with UCLA.
OL – Ilaisa Gonebure (Rocklin) 6-6, 315, Sr.
Transfer from Capital Christian of Sacramento has outstanding power and size and has signed with San Diego State.
OL – Andrew Madrigal (Norco) 6-4, 290, Sr.
This three-year standout up front for the Cougars will trade his “N” for Norco to “N” for Nevada in the fall.
OL – George Miki-Han (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 6-1, 295, Sr.
An anchor for the Monarchs as the starting center, Miki-Han has signed with Colorado State.
OL – Devin Spencer (Centennial, Corona) 6-3, 275, Sr.
Three-year starter for the Huskies will play next at Pennsylvania of the Ivy League.
QB – Zevi Eckhaus (Culver City) 6-0, 190, Sr.
He’ll be the state’s No. 1 QB based on yardage from the 2019 season with more than 4,400. That also would be true including those juniors from 2019 who already are at colleges.
RB – Jonah Coleman (Lincoln, Stockton) 5-9, 175, Jr.
There wasn’t one (Raleek Brown) but two big-time sophomore RBs in Stockton in 2019. Coleman recently committed to Arizona.
RB – Reyshawn Luke (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) 5-9, 175, Jr.
Expected to step into a starring role due to grad losses and natural growth over the last 15 months, Luke is another of those we tend to like who’ve been sizzling as a track sprinter.
PK – Josh Bryan (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) 6-1, 190, Sr.
From a recruiting angle, the Notre Dame-bound Bryan is considered by many to be the No. 1 kicker in the nation.
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL – Evan Branch-Haynes (Sacred Heart Cathedral, S.F.) 6-3, 285, Sr.
Arizona recruit has made a name for himself in rugged West Catholic Athletic League.
DL – Victory Vaka (Westlake, Westlake Village) 6-3, 350, Sr.
It’s hard to miss the presence of Vaka in the middle of the Westlake defense, who has received multiple honors since sophomore season.
DL – Derek Wilkins (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM) 6-3, 255, Sr.
He had 15 tackles for loss as a junior, earned first team all-Trinity League honors and then signed with Cal.
LB – Jekob Jones (Central, Fresno) 6-0, 215, Sr.
One of the reasons that Central went 15-0 and won the CIF D1-AA title in 2019 was the improved play of its defense and Jones was the leader of that unit.
LB – Marco Notarainni (Torrey Pines, San Diego) 6-3, 205, Sr.
He hails from a great athletic family and will play next at Boise State.
LB – Moses Oladejo (Cosumnes Oaks, Elk Grove) 6-2, 210, Sr.
Top senior from emerging program in Sac-Joaquin Section has signed with Cal.
DB – Noah Avinger (Servite, Anaheim) 6-0, 170, Sr.
His sister, Asia, already is at San Diego State playing basketball. Noah will join her as a football player.
DB – Zeke Berry (De La Salle, Concord) 6-0, 180, Jr.
We first heard about Zeke as a freshmen playing for the Spartans’ nationally-ranked baseball team. He’s more football now and is rolling in the offers as a DB.
DB – Jaden Mickey (Centennial, Corona) 5-11, 175, Jr.
He was an all-state sophomore for the Huskies who was their team leader with six interceptions.
DB – Kamari Ramsey (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) 6-0, 190, Jr.
Many major colleges, including Ohio State, USC, Notre Dame and Oregon, have offered Ramsey.
DB – Zakhari Spears (Loyola, Los Angeles) 6-1, 175, Sr.
He earned All-CIFSS honors for D4 as a junior and has signed with Washington.
P – Jarrett Reeser (Canyon, Canyon Country) 5-10, 180, Sr.
Reeser the ripper doesn’t have that tall angular look of most elite punters, but he’s nonetheless quite elite. He led the state as a junior with a reported 47.1-yard average.
SECOND TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE
DB/WR Cole Batson (San Clemente) 6-3, 180, Sr.
Boston College recruit should fall in line nicely with some of the many other top dual-threat players that the Tritons have had in recent seasons.
TE/ATH Keyan Burnett (Servite, Anaheim) 6-5, 215, Jr.
Considered one of the top TE recruits nationally for Class of 2022, Burnett has committed to USC.
QB/RB Dominique Lampkin (Serra, San Mateo) 5-11, 175, Jr.
He showed what he could do as a sophomore when he had to step up during injury periods for starter Daylin McLemore.
KR/WR Jode McDuffie (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) 5-10, 180, Sr.
Brother Trent is emerging as an NFL prospect at Washington and it could be a season of emergence for Jode as a Bosco receiver.
WR/ATH Clay Petry (Helix, La Mesa) 6-2, 200, Sr.
Clay’s former teammate at Bishop’s and Helix, QB Tyler Buchner, is now at Notre Dame. He’s all set to play for the Highlanders, however. The Ivy League-bound Petry (Penn) had 68 catches for more than 1,200 yards and 14 TDs as a junior.
QB/RB Brandon Rose (Murrieta Valley, Murrieta) 6-3, 185, Jr.
Leader of Nighthawks to 8-3 record in 2019, he had 3,087 yards passing (30 TDs) plus 395 yards rushing (six TDs).
THIRD TEAM OFFENSE
WR Arlis Boardingham (Birmingham, Lake Balboa) Jr.
WR Jurrion Dickey (Valley Christian, San Jose) Soph.
WR Vance Jefferson (Poway) Sr.
WR Orion Peters (Inglewood) Sr.
WR Jordan Williams (Etiwanda) Jr.
TE Kamron Beachem (Oceanside) Sr.
TE J.P Murphy (San Ramon Valley, Danville) Sr.
TE Christian Pedersen (Serra, San Mateo) Sr.
TE Jack Pedersen (Vista Murrieta, Murrieta) Jr.
TE Brodie Tagaloa (De La Salle, Concord) Jr.
OL Kyle Ecker (San Ramon Valley, Danville) Sr.
OL Thomas Bouda (Corona del Mar, Newport Beach) Sr.
OL Matt Cushman (St. Mary’s, Stockton) Sr.
OL Christian Jones (San Luis Obispo) Sr.
OL Cle’Mone Kennedy (Liberty, Brentwood) Sr.
OL Dylan Lopez (Rancho Cucamonga) Jr.
OL Shawn Martinez (Helix, La Mesa) Sr.
OL Ross Maseuli (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) Sr.
OL Edward Riley (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) Sr.
OL A.J. Vaipulu (Centennial, Corona) Jr.
QB Walker Eget (West Ranch, Valencia) Sr.
QB Hudson Jones (San Juan Hills, SJ Capistrano) Sr.
RB James Bohls (San Clemente) Sr.
RB Floyd Chalk (Alemany, Mission Hills) Jr.
RB Jordan Hornbeak (San Joaquin Memorial, Fresno) Sr.
RB Christian Ridgeway (Cosumnes Oaks, Elk Grove) Sr.
RB Tristan Risley (Clovis) Jr.
RB Omari Taylor (Clayton Valley, Concord) Sr.
RB Christian Washington (Helix, La Mesa) Jr.
PK Brayden Blevins (Liberty, Bakersfield) Sr.
THIRD TEAM DEFENSE
DL Lando Brown (Serra, Gardena) Sr.
DL Kaleb Elarms-Orr (Moreau Catholic, Hayward) Sr.
DL Landon Gallagher (Vista Murrieta, Murrieta) Sr.
DL Jake Melander (Folsom) Sr.
DL Tyler Narayan (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) Sr.
DL Dominic Oliver (Valley Christian, San Jose) Sr.
DL Bobby Piland (Rocklin) Jr.
DL T’ky Posey (Bullard, Fresno) Sr.
DL Jacob Tuioti (Long Beach Poly, Long Beach) Sr.
DL Damonic Williams (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM) Jr.
LB Brady Anderson (Liberty, Bakersfield) Sr.
LB David Bailey (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) Jr.
LB Trey Edwards (Mater Dei Catholic, Chula Vista) Soph.
LB Ryan Enney (Oak Ridge, El Dorado Hills) Sr.
LB Jaden Genova (JSerra, SJ Capistrano) Sr.
LB Joshua Long (Loyola, Los Angeles) Sr.
LB Hunter Nabors (Oak Ridge, El Dorado Hills) Sr.
LB T.J. Patu (La Habra) Sr.
LB Dylan Seeley (Clayton Valley, Concord) Sr.
LB Drue Watts (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) Sr.
DB Tayvion Beasley (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) Jr.
DB Jomarion Briggs (Lincoln, Stockton) Jr.
DB Zamajay Duncan (Lincoln, San Diego) Sr.
DB Dylan Flowers (St. Bernard, Playa del Rey) Sr.
DB Carlos Mack (Edison, Fresno) Jr.
DB Nick Murray (St. Mary’s, Stockton) Sr.
DB Vincent Nunley (Freedom, Oakley) Sr.
DB Terrence Sweetman (South Pasadena) Sr.
THIRD TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE
WR/DB Dominic Arango-Serna (Chaminade, West Hills) Jr.
TE/DE J.T. Byrne (Carmel) Sr.
QB/RB Haden Mann (Liberty, Bakersfield) Sr.
QB/RB Maalik Murphy (Serra, Gardena) Jr.
QB/RB Kenyon Nelson (Lincoln, Stockton) Soph.
QB/RB D.J. Stevenson (Central, Fresno) Sr.
RB/WR Jaylen Thompson (St. Bernard, Playa del Rey) Jr.
QB/RB Mikey Zele (Grace Brethren, Simi Valley) Sr.