Here are the absolute headliners for the 42nd annual Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football Teams. Go inside this post for writeups of the 11 players on offense plus a kicker, then 11 on defense plus a punter and then six multi-purpose players who have been selected First Team Overall. This is the group that is being honored regardless of school size or year in school. We went with three RBs on first team with two WRs plus a 4-3-4 lineup on defense.
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Note: This has proven to be by far the most difficult all-state football selections in our 40-plus years. Most newspapers did not do their usual post-season honors and none of them did them as deep. More schools than usual were not on MaxPreps and there were very few who sent in nominations of their players. All-league teams were able to be seen for some players but others were not done. We still commend all of the players and coaches for working so hard to be able to play at all during the pandemic-impacted 2020-21 school year. Our goal despite the difficulties and despite the strange timing has been to recognize as many players for this season as in the past. We didn’t quite get there, but we were close.
(Thanks to Orange County correspondent Chuck Nan and Northern California correspondent Daniel Poulter for providing the writeups on all of these players.)
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE (OVERALL)
WR Tetairoa McMillan (Servite, Anaheim)
6-3, 185, Jr.
Known as “T-Mac,” he’s known for his tremendous athletic ability. McMillan, who also has been named 2020-21 State WR/End of the Year, played not only football at an extremely high-level for the Friars but also basketball and volleyball. He consistently uses his jumping ability to outduel defensive backs downfield. McMillan has the ability to be a two-way player but is being recruited primarily as a receiver. This five-star recruit is ranked in the top-15 overall nationally and one of the top two in the state and country at his position. McMillan has received countless Division 1 offers, but is choosing to take time to make his decision. He played in just four of his team’s six spring games but still caught 26 passes for 487 yards (18.7 average) and four touchdowns. He was still selected All-Trinity League First-Team Offense. Together with teammate QB Noah Fifita, the pair make up one of the deadliest tandems in the state. McMillan was the first Class of 2022 player invited to The Polynesian Bowl, to be held in January 2022 in Honolulu.
WR C.J. Williams (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 6-2, 175, Jr.
With so many mouths to feed on a loaded Mater Dei offense, Williams carved out a major role for himself on the top team in California this season. The four-star junior picked up 239 receiving yards from 16 catches during the five-game slate and was tied for the team lead with five touchdowns. Williams is one of the highest rated wide receivers in the 2022 class, with 247sports ranking him 47th overall regardless of position in the nation and sixth for wide receiver. He most recently picked up the pass-catching MVP of the Rivals Camp Series in Los Angeles in late May. Williams also sports an impressive 4.23 GPA.
OL Garrett DiGiorgio (Serrano, Phelan) 6-7, 295, Sr.
Although from a smaller school, this giant gained the attention of every school west of the Rockies. In the end, he chose UCLA as his next stop. In his first two years as a varsity starter for the Diamondbacks, DiGiorgio was a part of two deep playoff runs. Serrano earned berths in two CIF Southern Section semifinal games. DiGiorgio was kept plenty busy in the program’s run-oriented offense. In an abbreviated senior season, Serrano was 4-1 with routs in all of its victories and finishing second in the Mojave River League. Garrett played in all five games and continued to show improvement in all facets of his game.
OL Earnest Greene (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) 6-4, 330, Jr.
Boasting a frame like his, Green has drawn comparisons to another SJB great who went on to play at Ohio State — Wyatt Davis. He has been on the map for recruiters since he was a freshman. Greene is quite versatile and can play just about anywhere along the offensive line. He is described as having foot speed, lateral mobility and overall athleticism, which has led to him being ranked the No. 2 prospect at his position (No. 52 overall) in the nation. For this spring, Earnest was named an All-Trinity League and Los Angeles Times First-Team Offense selection and was a big reason for the success of the Braves’ potent attack. He’s also now been named as the 2020-21 State Lineman of the Year.
OL Elia Migao (Chaparral, Temecula)
6-3, 315, Sr.
As a three-year starter, Migao played a standout role in helping to spearhead the Pumas’ rushing attack. For the second consecutive season, Migao earned the Southwestern League’s “Lineman of the Year” MVP award. A BYU commit, he is a three-year All-State selection who can play both guard and tackle positions. The athletic department at Chaparral has said that Migao will go down as one of the best-ever to play at the school. The Cougars can’t wait for him as well. They are already expecting him to be a staple on the O-line in the future, perhaps even starting as a freshman. Described as a natural leader who moves well for his size. Elia’s twin brother, Enoka, who plays defensive end, is also a BYU signee. The pair has indicated that they may do their LDS mission prior to enrolling in Provo.
OL Mason Murphy (JSerra, SJ Capistrano) 6-5, 290, Sr.
It figured to be a tough spring for the Lions in the Trinity League so it wouldn’t have been a surprise if Murphy decided to skip it. But he played and gained all-league honors once again. Mason is built in the tradition of great USC offensive linemen, and that’s where his career will take him. “Big Murph” had offers from just about every Pac-12 school, but couldn’t wait to be immersed in the culture of Trojan football. Murphy follows in the footsteps of his prep coach, Pat Harlow, who also played offensive line at USC before a lengthy NFL career. Harlow recently stepped down from being JSerra’s head coach.
OL Noah Puleahii (Palma, Salinas) 6-, 315, Sr.
We decided not to punish Puleahii even though he and his team were only able to play one game this season. It wasn’t his fault that Monterey County was one of the last places to approve football and he did all of the work and all of the waiting that everyone else in the state did. Bottom line is he played this season. Despite that, Noah has been one of the best offensive linemen the Central Coast Section has seen in a long time. Heavily recruited early on during his high school career, the senior honed in on UCLA and signed with the Bruins.
QB Malachi Nelson (Los Alamitos) 6-3, 190, Soph.
This extremely talented sophomore checks all the boxes that college programs desire in a signal-caller: physical tools, athletic body, fluidity of motion, smooth and effortless release and maturity. Nelson led his school to a perfect 6-0 record and title of the Sunset League and a No. 11 ranking in California. No, we didn’t pick him State Player of the Year or State Sophomore of the Year, but he was considered as a finalist for the top honor and he’s now been named State QB of the Year. His statistics, although from a shortened season and without playoffs, are still impressive — 73% completion percentage, 1,513 yards passing and 24 touchdown passes. Nelson’s most impressive game put up cartoon like numbers. In addition to throwing for 376 yards, he set a school-record with seven touchdown passes in one half in a victory over Huntington Beach.. In short, Nelson is a five-star recruit with an exclamation point. A star in the classroom as well, Nelson has maintained a 3.72 GPA. Nelson’s announcement that he will share his college commitment on July 18 will be big news. At this point, Oklahoma appears poised as the frontrunner, but he reportedly is still speaking to coaches at Alabama, Clemson, Florida, LSU, Ohio State and USC.
RB James Bohls (San Clemente) 6-1, 195, Sr.
At first glance, Bohls just looks like a power running back. He sports a chiseled physique that makes defenses take notice. Bohls rushed for 655 yards and eleven touchdowns in five games this season. In the Tritons’ season finale against Mission Viejo, a contest that decided the league championship, Bohls rushed for 132 yards and one touchdown in the Tritons’ slim 10-7 win. He also had five receptions for 44 yards in the contest. Overall, SC was 5-0. Coaches describe Bohls as being a rare talent that can play both sides of the ball and return kicks. The Arizona-commit also is a burner and has been clocked at 11.00 in the 100-meter dash. Bohls’ dominance earned him the OC Register’s Orange County “Player of the Year” award and a Los Angeles Times First-Team Offense selection.
RB Hassan Mahasin (Serra, San Mateo)
5-11, 185, Jr.
There was no player that raised his stock more this short season than Hassan “The Missile” Mahasin out of Serra High in the Bay Area, as the do it all athlete burst to the forefront of the Northern California football landscape. Mahasin was the catalyst this season for the state top 10 team from San Mateo and jumped up to a four-star prospect status. The Bay Area News Group named Mahasin its player of the year, an honor recently picked up by Pittsburgh Steeler Najee Harris (Antioch) and Alabama’s Henry To’oto’o (De La Salle, Concord). He’s also now been named State RB of the Year. Mahasin racked up 745 yards of total offense on the season and had a team high 10 touchdowns. The junior has nine offers, with Arizona State, Colorado, San Jose State and Boise State leading the way so far.
RB Lucky Sutton (Cathedral Catholic, San Diego) 6-1, 205, Jr.
Cathedral Catholic bruised and bashed all five opponents it faced this past season and Lucky was at the forefront of that attack for the Dons. The San Diego Section squad was 5-0 and scored at least 41 points in each of its games. The 2022 three-star prospect was the main weapon for the high scoring offense. Sutton picked up a team high 721 yards on 78 carries and averaged 9.2 yards per carry. The junior also grabbed a team high six touchdowns and can be a weapon in the receiving game. Sutton was recently named a top three back at the UC Report Camp in Mission Viejo and will be one of the top returners in the state next season.
PK Cole Becker (Rocklin) 6-3, 205, Sr.
Over the past two years, there was one thing that Rocklin football didn’t have to worry about and that was the kicking game. Becker was one of the top kickers in the nation during his two seasons for the Thunder. The 6-foot-3 strong-legged three-star kicker is rated as the No. 1 kicker in the class of 2021 by KohlsKicking.com and is committed to play at the University of Colorado. Becker never played football before high school and was a perfect 45-for-45 on extra point attempts in a Rocklin jersey. The special teams ace only missed two field goals and was an impressive 17-for-19 overall on his field goal attempts over the two-year span.
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE (OVERALL)
DL Gracen Halton (St. Augustine, San Diego) 6-3, 270, Jr.
Bound eventually for the University of Oregon, Halton has been a menace in the San Diego Section and has been one of the top defensive linemen in the state. The edge rusher was double and triple teamed for most of his junior season, but still managed a sack and four tackles for loss in three games. Halton picked up the Defensive Line MVP at the Rivals Camp Los Angeles in late May and is rated as a four-star prospect. The 6-3 and 270-pound athlete was also a weapon for the Saints rushing attack, as he was St. Augustine’s second leading rusher with 130 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries. During his sophomore campaign, Halton had a team high eight hurries and picked up 3.5 sacks while snapping up two fumbles.
DL Jaxson Moi (Cathedral Catholic, San Diego) 6-4, 260, Jr.
On the first defensive snap of the season for the Dons, Moi was already making plays. The 2022 three-star recruit quickly ripped through the Torrey Pines (San Diego) offensive line and wrapped up the running back for a deep loss in the backfield. The Cal Berkeley commit lived in opposition backfield’s this season and was a main reason that Cathedral Catholic only allowed 14 total points this season. With his commitment to Cal Berkeley, it is also no surprise that the junior sports an impressive 4.2 GPA.
DL Kanious Vaughn (San Clemente) 6-2, 225, Sr.
Over the last decade, San Clemente has been known as a Division 1 quarterback factory, but this year the Tritons had one of the top stat-based linebackers/edge players in the state. Vaughn was everywhere for the 5-0 Tritons, as the senior was a key disruptor for the defense. The South Coast League Co-Defensive MVP wracked up 28 tackles, while grabbing 8.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss in just five games of action. Vaughn burst onto the scene as a senior, as he only played in four games during his junior campaign due to injury. Vaughn has been offered t be a preferred walk-on at the University of Arizona, but currently is still uncommitted.
DL Derek Wilkins (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM) 6-4, 255, Sr.
This three-year starter is one of the best defensive prospects to land at Santa Margarita Catholic in several years. A Cal commit, the defensive end has grown stronger and polished in his tenure with the Eagles. His coaches have described Wilkins as having a “non-stop motor” coveted by college coaches. Wilkins’ success lies in his understanding of angles and leverage from outside and inside of the tackle box. Wilkins brings the solid fundamentals to Berkeley: strength, quickness and relentlessness. He boasted impressive statistics at SMCHS: 95 total tackles (20 for loss), 10 sacks and four blocked punts.
LB Lando Brown (Serra, Gardena) 6-0, 230, Sr.
There are many things that can be said about the talents of Lando, but one that immediately pushes its way to the front is his ability to sack opposing quarterbacks. The three-star uncommitted prospect found his way to opposing quarterbacks with ease, even in a shortened season the numbers are staggering. In six games, Brown picked up 67 tackles, with 20 being tackles for loss and notched a team high nine sacks on the year. The senior linebacker was on pace to match his ridiculous junior stats, a season that saw Brown put up 99 tackles and 19 sacks in just 11 games. Brown was named the Mission League Defensive MVP for both his junior and senior campaigns.
LB Raesjon Davis (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 6-1, 225, Sr.
Already named the Cal-Hi Sports “Mr. Football” State Player of the Year, Davis is well-deserving of that selection. The defacto leader of the mighty Monarch defense, this three-year starter was an impact player since his sophomore year. Scouts admire Davis’ ability to make plays in space, being physical at the point of attack and footwork. In addition to his CHS honor, Davis was named the OC Register’s Orange County “Defensive Player of the Year.” As Mr. Football, he’s also this year’s SoCal Player of the Year and State LB of the Year. Over his four-year varsity career, he notched a combined 101 tackles, 16 sacks and three interceptions.
LB Bryun Parham (Long Beach Poly, Long Beach) 6-1, 225, Sr.
The Jackrabbits only had four games this season, but a 27-21 victory over Serra (Gardena) was a highlight for a quality group. One of the standouts on defense for Long Beach Poly was Parham, with the senior producing during the short season. Parham had a team high 27 tackles for the Jackrabbits and added 2.5 sacks on the year. The linebacker committed to San Jose State University in December after an impressive junior campaign.Parham was always around the ball much like his junior season, when he picked up 102 tackles in 12 games and was second on the team with eight sacks. Being named MVP of the Moore League also helped Bryun get up to the first team.
DB Zeke Berry (De La Salle, Concord) 6-0, 180, Jr.
One of the hottest recruits in all of Northern California over the past year has been Berry, as the athlete has quickly turned into a four-star recruit. Berry has been in the top 10 of the state as a recruit for the Class of 2022 by some analysts and has offers from the likes of Oregon, UCLA, Cal, Arizona, Tennessee and Pitt. The two-way player was one of the main cogs in the Spartans’ machine, as De La Salle wrapped up a 6-0 season and once again was the top team from Northern California. Berry jumped off the tape on both sides of the ball this season, as the athlete blew past defenders with ease on offense and was a quality kick returner.
DB D.J. Harvey (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth)
6-1, 180, Sr.
The only question about Harvey for this year’s all-state team is whether to put him on defense or multi-purpose. We went for defense so that we could get another elite athlete we liked as multi-purpose. Sierra Canyon has been on the rise over the last few years and one of the reasons has been the stellar play on both sides of the ball of Harvey. The Virginia Tech signee was a force during his time with the Trailblazers. Between his sophomore and junior seasons, he had a combined 11 interceptions and was a quality slot wide receiver. Harvey piled up 1,465 receiving yards on 84 catches and seven touchdowns during his junior campaign. He helped Sierra Canyon win its third straight Gold Coast Championship this year and finished No. 5 in the state with just one loss to St. John Bosco.
DB Domani Jackson (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
6-1, 185, Jr.
Five-star USC commit Jackson has all the tools to play football at the Division 1 level right now. A rising senior-to-be, Jackson is noted as the No. 3 overall prospect for the 2022 class and the top recruit in the state of California by many services and has been No. 1 in our own Hot 100 player rankings. By the time his senior season is complete, he could be the top recruit in the nation. His highlight tape shows physicality at the line of scrimmage, plus sound footwork and great ball skills downfield. But most importantly, this kid can fly. Just last week, Jackson ran a blazing 10.51 100-meter dash — the fastest in the state this year. As a sophomore, Jackson ran a hand-timed 4.21 40-yard dash. He also has stats from his games at Mater Dei, including his first pick six that came as a freshman.
DB Ceyair Wright (Loyola, Los Angeles) 6-1, 175, Sr.
This is a unique young man. In addition to playing football, the superb athlete would like to pursue an acting career. In fact, he grabbed national headlines in 2019 when he was cast as LeBron James’ son in the film Space Jam 2. Wright, who is a USC signee, is the No. 6 ranked corner in the nation and No. 8 in the state for the class. Wright’s talents include a long, athletic frame with very good top-end speed. He has a track background and has been clocked at 10.84 in the 100-meters and ran on the state-winning 4×400-meter relay team as a junior. A player who clearly could have skipped this spring season to focus on his future, Ceyair stuck with his teammates and helped the Cubs to a perfect 5-0 mark and championship of the Angelus League. He’s also now been selected as our State DB of the Year.
P Brendon Segovia (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village) 6-2, 215, Sr.
Yes, you could Segovia at punter was one of the no-brainer picks of this team.
Originally a UCLA commit, Segovia changed his decision recently to join the Maryland Terrapins. Named a U.S. Army All-American game selection, Segovia averaged an impressive 46.0 yards per punt. His long was listed as 72 yards versus Paraclete (Lancaster) and he also connected for a 68-yarder against Upland during the recent season. As a kicker, Segovia also connected for a 51-yard field goal. Also a soccer player, he has been a midfielder for the Real So Cal soccer team.
FIRST TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE (OVERALL)
RB/WR Raleek Brown (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 5-9, 175, Jr.
In his first season at Mater Dei after transferring from Edison (Stockton), Brown was as good as advertised against some of the best competition in the state. He finished with a team high 367 rushing yards on 53 carries in five games and was tied with fellow four-star junior CJ Williams for a group leading five touchdowns. The athlete was rated as the No. 1 running back for the 2022 class in the state and No. 4 overall player and also picked up All-Trinity League first team offense honors. Brown is currently committed to Oklahoma, but just last week he paid a visit to USC and happily tweeted out photos of himself wearing Trojan colors.
QB/RB Noah Fifita (Servite, Anaheim) 5-10, 180, Jr.
One of the most exciting athletes to watch is Fifita. On the scene for the Friars since his freshman year, he has built himself into being one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks around. The Arizona-commit is ranked as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the state of California and the No. 5 quarterback overall in the state for this class. Fifita’s success revolves around his big play ability at any time coupled with his sleek mobility. He fluidly moves around the pocket with ease and keeps plays alive and has an electric arm to boot. He boasts some impressive numbers. In the abbreviated 2021 spring season, he connected on 67.7% of his passes for 1,263 yards and 10 touchdowns. His sophomore (2019) campaign saw him throw an amazing 37 touchdown passes. He also rushed for 11scores that year. The Trinity League Offensive Most Valuable Player and our 2021 State Junior of the Year will look to finally get a win against one of the Trinity League’s “big two” in the upcoming 2021 fall season.
DB/KR/WR Lu-Magia Hearns (De La Salle, Concord) 5-10, 175, Sr.
Hearns and Zeke Berry made up one of the best cornerback duos in all of California this spring, with the tandem helping the De La Salle defense only surrender 84 points in six games. The son of former Pittsburg All-State player Lu Hearns also became a multi-faceted threat for the Spartans, as he was used on offense, defense and special teams. Hearns was used sparingly on offense this season, but still picked up three touchdowns on only four catches. The Cal-bound defensive back did most of his damage in the kicking game, returning two kickoffs against Monte Vista (Danville) and was the defensive quarterback for De La Salle. Hearns and starting Spartans’ quarterback Dorian Hale had originally planned to sit out the spring season, but changed their minds and completed the short slate of games. Hale has been named all-state overall second team.
QB/RB Jaylen Henderson (Chaminade, West Hills) 6-3, 190, Sr.
This versatile and confident competitor expects to compete for the starting job right away at Fresno State this fall. He actually wasn’t going to play this spring, but changed his mind after the first two games. Chaminade then won four in a row and forced a three-way tie for the Mission League title. For his senior season, Henderson threw for 1,402 yards and 15 touchdowns. His signature game this past spring was in a 38-19 win over Bishop Amat (La Puente). In that one, Henderson threw for 391 yards on 21-of-29 passing and three touchdowns. He also added 68-yards rushing for a total of 459 all-purpose yards. His extensive resume includes: First-Team All Mission League, All-Area, All CIF-SS and All-State selections. He also holds a GPA of 4.0 in the classroom.
WR/KR Jadyn Marshall (St. Mary’s, Stockton)
6-0, 185, Jr.
For elite athleticism, it’s hard to top Marshall. The junior is one of the top track stars in the nation and recently set a state record for the 100m hurdles at 13.76. St. Mary’s only had four games this season, but Marshall still shined, as the four-star prospect picked up 230 receiving yards on 15 catches and scored two touchdowns. The Rams’ star also had two special teams touchdowns. Marshall had 68 catches for 1,128-yards and nine touchdowns during his sophomore breakout season. The junior is uncommitted and has offers to run track as well as play football.
TE/DE/WR Matayo Uiagalelei (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) 6-4, 255, Soph.
When you have the nickname “Young Concrete,” people can use their imagination as to what type of football player you are. But fans who have seen Matayo play know his talent and ability surpass imagination. Already a national top-20, four-star recruit, this young man just completed his sophomore year. A pure two-way talent, Uiagalelei has the attention of every Power 5 Division 1 program. On defense, from his strong side defensive end spot, he routinely beats opponents lined-up across from him in one-on-one situations. Defensive coordinators frequently attempted to double-team him but the strategy backfired. Offensively, as a tight end, he is quite fluid in running his routes, especially given his size. He also can line up to the outside and force nightmarish matchup problems. Uiagalelei caught eight passes for 120 yards and three touchdowns on the season. On defense, he registered 16 tackles and one sack. Just a while back, Matayo was best known for being the younger brother of Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei. Now, he has created his own identity as one of the nation’s most versatile football prospects. He was named the Cal-Hi Sports’ “Sophomore of the Year” and was considered a finalist for Mr. Football State Player of the Year, an honor his brother got after the 2019 season.