This is the 35th consecutive season that there has been a preseason all-state teams by Cal-Hi Sports. We honored the all-state juniors just a couple of months ago, but it’s not as easy as you might think because there were some all-state sophomores chosen as well and these teams are a combination of those plus they reflect even more recent surging players in the recruiting landscape. We also have identified the top 10 Mr. Football State Player of the Year candidates to go along with these teams.
Note: There are no writeups for each player (like there will be for the official, end of season all-state first team) but all have writeups (or will have writeups) within this year’s various preseason all-section/all-area teams.
STATEWIDE LINEUP OF THE MORE LOCAL PRESEASON TEAMS
(ALL TO BE DONE IN NEXT TWO WEEKS):
CIF Sac-Joaquin Section | CIFSS (Orange County) | CIFSS (Long Beach-South Bay-SGV) | CIFSS (Inland Empire) | CIFSS (Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Fernando Valley) | L.A. City Section | San Diego Section | Central Coast Section (includes S.F.) | NCS (East Bay) & Oakland | NCS (Redwood Empire) | Central Section | Northern Section
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Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
WR Jadyn Marshall (St. Mary’s, Stockton) 6-0, 185, Sr.
WR Tetairoa McMillan (Servite, Anaheim) 6-3, 185, Sr.
WR C.J. Williams (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 6-2, 190, Sr.
OL Jackson Brown (San Ramon Valley, Danville) 6-6, 290, Sr.
OL Louie Canepa (Vintage, Napa) 6-4, 290, Sr.
OL Earnest Greene (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) 6-4, 330, Sr.
OL Kenji Swanson (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) 6-6, 305, Sr.
OL Sam Yoon (Loyola, Los Angeles) 6-6, 290, Sr.
QB Malachi Nelson (Los Alamitos) 6-4, 210, Jr.
RB Hassan Mahasin (Serra, San Mateo) 5-11, 190, Sr.
RB Lucky Sutton (Cathedral Catholic, SD) 6-1, 205, Sr.
PK Chase Meyer (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 5-10, 175, Sr.
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL Gracen Halton (St. Augustine, San Diego) 6-4, 255, Sr.
DL Hero Kanu (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM) 6-5, 295, Sr.
DL Jaxson Moi (Cathedral Catholic, San Diego) 6-4, 260, Sr.
DL De’Jon Roney (Etiwanda) 6-4, 295, Sr.
LB David Bailey (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 6-4, 225, Sr.
LB Trey Edwards (Mater Dei Catholic, Chula Vista) 6-1, 220, Jr.
LB Niuafe Tuihalamaka (Alemany, Mission Hills) 6-2, 235, Sr.
DB Zeke Berry (De La Salle, Concord) 6-0, 180, Sr.
DB Domani Jackson (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 6-1, 185, Sr.
DB Jaden Mickey (Centennial, Corona) 5-11, 165, Sr.
DB Kamari Ramsey (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) 6-0, 190, Sr.
P Chase Barry (JSerra, SJ Capistrano) 6-5, 215, Sr.
FIRST TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE
QB/RB Elijah Brown (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 6-2, 180, Soph.
RB/WR Raleek Brown (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 5-9, 175, Sr.
QB/RB Noah Fifita (Servite, Anaheim) 5-10, 180, Sr.
WR/DB Makai Lemon (Los Alamitos) 6-0, 180, Sr.
QB/RB Tyler Tremain (Folsom) 5-10, 175, Sr.
TE/DE Matayo Uiagalelei (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) 6-4, 260, Jr.
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
WR Jurrion Dickey (Valley Christian, San Jose) 6-2, 210, Jr.
WR Mekhi Fox (Pasadena) 6-1, 190, Sr.
WR Kevin Green (Alemany, Mission Hills) 5-11, 170, Sr.
OL Maika Matelau (Upland) 6-5, 320, Sr.
OL Wendell Moe (Long Beach Poly, Long Beach)
6-4, 330, Sr.
OL Tyson Molio’o (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) 6-4, 295, Sr.
OL Bobby Piland (Rocklin) 6-2, 280, Sr.
OL Michael Wooten (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) 6-6, 310, Sr.
QB Maalik Murphy (Serra, Gardena) 6-4, 225, Sr.
RB Jonah Coleman (Lincoln, Stockton) 5-9, 180
RB Rayshon Luke (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) 5-9, 185
PK Nicholas Pasquarella (Alta Loma) 6-1, 185
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL Ezekiel Larry (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) 6-2, 225, Sr.
DL Zach Rowell (Torrey Pines, San Diego) 6-5, 260, Sr.
DL Jeremiah Shelton (Central, Fresno) 6-1, 225, Sr.
DL Damonic Williams (Alemany, Mission Hills) 6-1, 300, Sr.
LB Taariq Al-Uqdah (Inglewood) 6-0, 200, Sr.
LB Braydon Brus (Glendora) 6-2, 210, Sr.
LB Jake Ripp (Los Gatos) 6-3, 215, Sr.
LB Leviticus Su’a (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 6-1, 215, Jr.
DB Jahlil Florence (Lincoln, San Diego) 6-1, 180, Sr.
DB T.J. Hall (San Joaquin Memorial, Fresno) 6-1, 180, Sr.
DB Josh Hunter (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 5-9, 165, Sr.
P Tate Zimmerman (Irvine) 6-1, 165, Sr.
SECOND TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE
WR/DE Arlis Boardingham (Birmingham, Lake Balboa) 6-5, 225, Sr.
QB/RB Katin Houser (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) 6-3, 200, Sr.
QB/RB Jayden Denegal (Apple Valley) 6-4, 215, Sr.
QB/RB Nicolas Iamaleava (Warren, Downey) 6-5, 205, Jr.
QB/RB Nathan Johnson (Clovis) 6-2, 190, Sr.
WR/DB Jalil Tucker (Lincoln, San Diego) 6-0, 180, Sr.
THIRD TEAM JUST MISSED
QB/RB Pierce Clarkson (St. John Bosco) Jr.
QB/RB Kyle Crum (Norco) Sr.
WR Rico Flores (Folsom) Jr.
DB Sione Hala (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) Sr.
QB Justyn Martin (Inglewood) Sr.
LB Jaiden Letua (Mission Hills, San Marcos) Sr.
QB/RB Dominique Lampkin (Serra, San Mateo) Sr.
OL Junior Taase Faumui (Aquinas, San Bernardino) Sr.
WR J.T. Thompson (Harvard-Westlake, Studio City) Sr.
QB Justyn Martin (Inglewood) Sr.
WR Braden Pegan (San Juan Hills, SJ Capistrano) Sr.
TE Jack Petersen (Vista Murrieta, Murrieta) Sr.
DB Ephesians Prysock (Alemany, Mission Hills) Sr.
QB Jaden Rashada (Pittsburg) Jr.
QB Jackson Stratton (La Jolla) Sr.
LB Trey White (Eastlake, Chula Vista) Sr.
WR Jordan Williams (Etiwanda) Sr.
TOP 10 MR. FOOTBALL STATE PLAYER OF YEAR CONTENDERS
(Based on projected team success & expected individual success)
1. Elijah Brown (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) Soph. QB
If MD wins out and ends No. 1 in the nation, it’ll probably be because the QB had a great season spreading the ball around to all of the big-time talent that will be on offense. That makes the sophomore one of the leading candidates regardless of his age.
2. Matayo Uiagalelei (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) Jr. DE/TE
Mr. Football is not position specific so someone who makes an impact on offense and defense can have an advantage. The younger brother of 2019 Mr. Football D.J. Uiagalelei certainly did that as a sophomore.
3. Earnest Greene (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) Sr. OL
He’s the type of lineman that could emerge as a top player of the year contender if Bosco goes all the way this season with the offensive leaders possibly spread all over the place (including two different QBs).
4. Malachi Nelson (Los Alamitos) Jr. QB
The returning QB of the year for the state should go nuts this fall, but the big question is what happens if the Griffins are in the CIFSS D1 playoffs and lose? Not saying it will happen, but a lopsided loss to MD or Bosco would certainly hurt Malachi’s player of the year evaluations.
5. Noah Fifita (Servite, Anaheim) Sr. QB
The top QB last spring according to Trinity League honors is a player we’ve liked a lot based on him being State Sophomore and State Junior of the Year. For both times, though, he was behind MD and Bosco’s leading candidates and unless the Friars can break through with a win or two against MD or Bosco this fall, we’d assume the same thing would happen again.
6. Tyler Tremain (Folsom) Sr. QB
It could be a historically great season for the Bulldogs and their QBs almost always have historically great seasons when that has happened in the past.
7. Domani Jackson (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) Sr. DB
Based on that track speed, he’s the most exceptional athlete among these contenders. But Jackson hasn’t been utilized by the Monarchs other than as a DB. Unless that were changed, State DB of the Year would likely be Jackson’s top football honor.
8. Tetairoa McMillan (Servite, Anaheim) Sr. WR
He’s regarded as more of an exceptional talent than QB Noah Fifita, but also will probably draw so much double coverage that Fifita’s ability to go to other receivers will be more crucial toward Servite’s success.
9. Zeke Berry (De La Salle, Concord) Sr. DB
If Berry becomes more like Lu-Magia Hearns from last season — someone who can make plays on offense, defense and special teams — he could definitely move up on this list. He clearly is the top honors candidate coming into the season at DLS.
10. Lucky Sutton (Cathedral Catholic, San Diego) Sr. RB
The Dons play the type of schedule (games against Corona Centennial and De La Salle), they have the type of offensive line and Sutton is the type of back who could take advantage for him to have a huge season.