In conjunction with the final overall selections for the 42nd annual Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football Teams, here are the winning names of several honors that that have been added to our archives and reflect the most outstanding players in the state according to position (QBs, RBs, Ends, Linemen, LBs & DB) plus region (NorCal & SoCal). Thanks to managing editor Ronnie Flores, we also have done the research to have positional players of the year going back to the 1950s.
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2020-21 NorCal Player of the Year:
Lu-Magia Hearns (De La Salle, Concord)
This marks the third straight year that the NorCal POY has come from DLS. Hearns follows RB/DB Shamar Garrett for 2019 and linebacker/running back Henry To’oto’o for 2018. In addition to being a key contributor since his sophomore season, Hearns emerged as a triple-threat this spring on offense, defense and special teams. He ran back two kickoffs for scores in a win vs. Monte Visa of Danville. Hearns’ next stop will be at Cal.
For all-time list of NorCal Players of the Year,
2020-21 SoCal Player of the Year & State Linebacker of the Year:
Raesjon Davis (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) Sr.
We’ve already announced Raesjon as the Mr. Football State Player of the Year for his accomplishments with the Monarchs over the last three seasons, including No. 1 teams for the state twice. That logically makes him the SoCal Player of the Year and the State Linebacker of the Year. The last State LB of the Year from Mater Dei was Solomon Tuliapupu for 2017. The Monarchs have had three Mr. Football winners in the last four years so the other two (Bru McCoy 2018 and J.T. Daniels 2017) also are listed as SoCal POYs. The school’s previous SoCal POY before that was WR/DE Thomas Duarte in 2012. Davis will play next at USC.
2020-21 State Running Back of the Year:
Hassan Mahasin (Serra, San Mateo)
We don’t want to put any extra pressure on Hassan, but the last junior to gain this nod was recent NFL first-round pick Najee Harris of Antioch for 2015. Mahasin added 20 pounds of muscle to his frame and grew two inches since he was a sophomore, but continued to show the elusiveness that gained him the nickname “The Missile.” Chosen as the Bay Area Player of the Year, Mahasin rushed for nearly 800 yards for the 6-0 Padres. He’s the first ever from Serra to be RB of the Year and is the first from a West Catholic Athletic League team since Jim Josephson of Bellarmine or 1957.
For all-time list of State RBs of the Year, CLICK HERE.
2020-21 State End/WR of the Year:
Tetairoa McMillan (Servite, Anaheim)
It’s a phenomenal group of wideout prospects in the state for the Class of 2022. McMillan is the consensus choice as the most dominant among a group that includes Mater Dei’s C.J. Williams, St. Mary’s of Stockton’s Jadyn Marshall, Alemany’s Kevin Green Jr. and San Diego Lincoln’s Jalil Tucker (if considering him as a WR and not as a DB). He now has a chance to be the first back-to-back State WR of the Year since current L.A. Ram Robert Woods did it for 2008 and 2009 at Serra of Gardena. It’s the second straight year the choice has gone to an Orange County player after John Humphreys of Corona del Mar. McMillan is the first player ever from Servite to collect this honor.
For all-time list of State Ends/WRs of the Year, CLICK HERE.
2020-21 State Lineman of the Year:
Earnest Greene (St. John Bosco, Bellflower)
He’s drawn comparisons to former Mr. Football Wyatt Davis for his work as an offensive lineman for the Braves and now he joins Davis as a State Lineman of the Year. It’s also important to note that defensive linemen can get this selection, but we went for offense for the second straight year after possible NFL No. 1 draft pick Kayvon Thibodeaux from Oaks Christian of Westlake Village (a defensive end) was the choice for 2018. Greene, who will play next at USC, also is the third from Bosco to gain this honor in the tenure of head coach Jason Negro. The first was Damien Mama for 2013.
For all-time list of State Linemen of the Year,
2020-21 State Quarterback of the Year:
Malachi Nelson (Los Alamitos)
Yes, it does cause reluctance to pick a sophomore for this category, but Nelson had a great season and there were many, many Class of 2021 quarterbacks who will be stars in college that didn’t play for their high school teams as seniors. He led Los Al to a 6-0 season by passing for 1,513 yards and 24 TDs. He’s going to announce his college choice in July and it for sure will be to one of major powerhouse programs. We only show one sophomore on the State QB of the Year all-time list, but that was J.T. Daniels of Mater Dei for 2016 and he later reclassified. The only other QB from Los Al has been Kevin Feterik for 1995.
For all-time list of State QBs of the Year,
2020-21 State Defensive Back of the Year:
Ceyair Wright (Loyola, Los Angeles)
Of the players for the Class of 2021 who’ve generally been in the top 10 as ranked college prospects, Ceyair and Raesjon Davis were the only two who decided to play for their high school teams this spring. Wright didn’t just go through the motions, either. He led the unbeaten, league champion Cubs in interceptions and was a deep threat as a receiver on offense. He’s the first DB of the Year for the state from Loyola since longtime NFL player Matt Ware for 2000. Loyola’s only other player on that list is Art Alvarado for 1974.
For all-time list of State DBs of the Year, CLICK HERE.