Class of 21 FB: FINAL Hot 100

QB Jaylen Henderson (left) ended his career inside the top 45 of the final state player rankings. At right is Mr. Football State POY Raesjon Davis of Santa Ana Mater Dei, who moved up from No. 4 to No. 3 at the end. Photos: & @MDFootball /

Here’s one final look at the top 100 ranked football recruits from California for the Class of 2021. A good chunk of them did not get to experience a senior season, of course, due to the pandemic, but there were others who waited it out and were able to get in a short spring season. There weren’t big changes in the player rankings, but there were players who played and moved up based on how they did.

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The Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 will forever be known as the years of high school most impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The 2020 football players did have a normal fall 2019 season, but their other senior activities, including graduations themselves, were all drastically different as the pandemic began to rage in April and May.

For the Class of 2021, everything was up in the air. A regular California football season for the fall was pushed back to January and then had to be pushed back again and nearly didn’t happen at all until a coalition of parents, coaches and others got the attention of the highest levels of state government and the state health department. A spring season could be played after all, with guidelines, and many schools were able to play five or six games. There was even a Mater Dei-St. John Bosco showdown, which made picking a State Team of the Year very easy.

Ceyair Wright also is pursuing a possible future career in acting so his selection of USC for college makes even more sense. Photo:

For the final Hot 100 state player rankings, which are based mostly on a consensus of other player rankings done by the big three of 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN, the spring season didn’t matter that much. Many of the top prospects, led by No. 1 Korey Foreman of Corona Centennial and No. 2 Tyler Buchner from Helix of La Mesa, were already done with high school and already were at their colleges for the spring semester.

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