All-State FB Nominations (Part 2)

Christian Washington of La Mesa Helix (left) had 337 yards and five TDs in a playoff game among his many top performances. At right, QB Cayden Muir of Hanford had a 409-yard passing game during his junior season. Photos: &

Nominating players like this for the annual Cal-Hi Sports all-state football teams wasn’t possible for the 2020-21 spring season, but the section-by-section lists and then the public adding to them is back. After posting the nominees from the CIF Central Coast, CIF North Coast, SF-Oakland, CIF Northern & CIF Sac-Joaquin Sections earlier this week, here’s the first run-through for the CIF Central, L.A. City & San Diego Sections. Players from the CIF Southern Section are next.

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Please send any nomination with each athlete’s height, weight, position, year in school, significant statistics. Comparing a player not on the board yet to one who already is also can be very important toward eventual selection. Limit each nomination to one page please. Send to: or text/call (209) 608-1317.

The format we will continue to use is to honor a 30-player overall all-state first team with 30 more on second team. Each first team player is written up. There also are 30 for medium schools and 30 for small schools and yes we are struggling with what’s medium and what’s small with competitive equity. All that is certain is that players from large, public high schools will not be considered “small school.”

Don’t assume we know all there is to know about a player on the list, either. Send us info to make sure all pertinent information is turned in and placed into our files.

Special thanks for the work done on these nomination lists to Northern California correspondent Daniel Poulter. He’s a great follow on Twitter and did great work for us on our State Top 50 rankings packages this season. Check him out at @DanielJPoulter.

Bakersfield Liberty’s Grant Buckey is a junior DL getting D1 scholarship offers. His older brother, Zach, is currently at Stanford, and there are two more sons of former State Lineman of the Year Jeff Buckey who are still coming up. Photo: Mark Tennis.

Manuel Andrade (Strathmore) DB Sr.
Josiah Ayon (Buchanan, Clovis) WR/DB Sr.
Max Bakker (Central Valley Christian, Visalia) QB Jr.
Casimiro Barragan (Dinuba) QB Sr.
Deashaun Bias (Sunnyside, Fresno) WR Sr.
Ryan Boivin (Righetti, Santa Maria) RB/LB Sr.
Logan Bowers (Garces, Bakersfield) LB Sr.
Grant Buckey (Liberty, Bakersfield) OL/DL Jr.
Andrew Camarillo (Orosi) RB Soph.
Dominic Castaneda (Liberty, Madera) RB/SS Sr.
Ty Chambers (Lemoore) QB/RB Jr.
Imari Conley (Central, Fresno) RB/DB Jr.
Edgar Cuevas (Firebaugh) WR/DB Sr.
Jayden Davis (Bullard, Fresno) WR/DB Sr.
William Dawes (Arroyo Grande) K Sr.
Kaelan Deloney (Foothill, Bakersfield) RB/LB/P Sr.
Chase Diaz (Kingsburg) LB Sr.
Jayden Dock (Bakersfield) DL/LB Sr.
Anthony Fernandez (Firebaugh) FS Soph.
Ah’marion Gaines-Smith (Central, Fresno) RB/LB Sr.
Aron Garcia (Clovis North, Fresno) OL Sr.
TJ Hall (San Joaquin Memorial, Fresno) WR Sr.
Jalen Hankins (Liberty, Bakersfield) RB/DB Jr.
Joseph Harris (Mission Oak, Tulare) DL Jr.
Will Henderson (Immanuel, Reedley) LB Jr.
Vinny Hernandez (Nipomo) DL Sr.
Shaine Heriford (Stockdale, Bakersfield) DB Jr.
Nate Johnson (Clovis) QB Sr.
Nicky Johnson (Morro Bay) QB Jr.
Keanu Kuma (Washington Union, Fresno) LB Sr.
Anthony Ledesma (Mission Oak, Tulare) WR/FS Sr.
Jesiah Lindsey (Central, Fresno) RB Sr.
Levi Little (Buchanan, Clovis) OL/DL Sr.
Mario Luera (Mission Prep, San Luis Obispo) LB Jr.
Noah Luginbill (Clovis) DB Soph.
Carlos Mack (Clovis) WR/CB Sr.
Jayden Mandal (Buchanan, Clovis) QB Jr.
Jojo Mata Jr. (Highland, Bakersfield) QB/SS Jr.
Darwin Melger (Central, Fresno) K Sr.
Darian Mensah (St. Joseph, Santa Maria) QB Jr.
Matthew Miller (Clovis) OL Jr.
Zach Mojarro (Bishop Union, Bishop) RB/DB Sr.
Steven Morgan (Centennial, Bakersfield) DL Sr.
Carlos Moreno (Strathmore) RB/FS Sr.
Jaeden Moore (Central Valley Christian, Visalia) TE/DL Jr.
Cayden Muir (Hanford) QB Jr.
Noah Noyola (Hanford) LB Sr.
Vince Oberti (Liberty, Madera) LB Jr.
Jason Oliver (Liberty, Bakersfield) WR/DB Sr.
Danny Olivera (Firebaugh) RB/LB Sr.
Sebastian Olivera (Dinuba) RB Sr.
Mikey Olvera (Dinuba) WR Sr.
Tyler Patrick (Clovis West, Fresno) QB Soph.
Evan Peaker (Independence, Bakersfield) RB/LB Sr.
Avian Pesina (Kennedy, Delano) RB/LB Sr.
Kai Preisendorf (Redwood, Visalia) DL Soph.
Brandon Ramirez (San Joaquin Memorial, Fresno) RB/SS Jr.
Marcus Ramirez (Central, Fresno) LB Sr.
Jerry Rangel (Buchanan, Clovis) DB Sr.
Tristan Risley (Clovis) RB Sr.
Wyatt Richie (Tehachapi) LB Jr.
Caden Rodgers (Buchanan, Clovis) RB/LB Sr.
Roland Russo (Bullard, Fresno) QB Sr.
Marshall Sanders (Clovis West, Fresno) WR/DB Soph.
Jack Susank (Mission Prep, San Luis Obispo) RB/DB Sr.
Dayton Tafoya (Central, Fresno) QB Jr.
JC Tapia (Dos Palos) OL/DL Sr.
Eddie Torres (Bullard, Fresno) DB Sr.
Dylan Turner (Morro Bay) WR/RB Sr.
Jalyn Utendahl (Bullard, Fresno) WR/DB Sr.
Ryan Warkentin (Reedley) RB Sr.
Braden Waterman (Bakersfield Christian) QB/FS Sr.
Bryson Waterman (Bakersfield Christian) WR/FS Jr.
Luke Wattenbarger (Liberty, Bakersfield) SS Sr.
Tanner Wilson (Sunnyside, Fresno) QB/FS Fr.
Carson Woods (Liberty, Bakersfield) QB Sr.

Thomas Kensinger of Venice was one of the top defensive linemen in the CIF L.A. City Section and helped Gondoliers win the D1 section title. Photo:

Marlon Abarca (South Gate) DL Sr.
Ilyas Abdullah (Westchester, Los Angeles) RB/DB Sr.
Christopher Alcantar (Cleveland, Reseda) OL/DL Sr.
Daniel Anoh (Palisades, Pacific Palisades) RB Sr.
Alex Arroyo (Roosevelt, Los Angeles) LB Jr.
Delamonte Barnes
(Birmingham, Lake Balboa) RB/LB Sr.
Arlis Boardingham
(Birmingham, Lake Balboa) WR/P Sr.
Trinity Camden (Palisades, Pacific Palisades) DL Sr.
Hector Ceballos (Franklin, Los Angeles) WR/FS Jr.
Joshua Coleman (Dorsey, Los Angeles) QB Sr.
Kayden Collins (Canoga Park) RB/FS Sr.
Damian Cornejo (Garfield, Los Angeles) RB Soph.
Isaiah Diaz (Franklin, Los Angeles) QB Sr.
Jermarion Dorton (Fremont, Los Angeles) OL/DL Sr.
Kameron Dover (El Camino Real, Woodland Hills) WR/SS Sr.
Kelvin Duran (Arieta) RB/LB Sr.
Ryan Feinberg (El Camino Real. Woodland Hills) QB/SS Sr.
Giovanni Ferrero (Palisades, Pacific Palisades) K Sr.
Jamier Flowers (Venice) DB Sr.
Jakob Galloway (Banning, Wilmington) RB/LB Sr.
Jacob Henry (Westchester, Los Angeles) DL/LB Sr.
Aidan Jackson (San Pedro) QB Sr.
Rashawn Jackson (Venice) WR/KR Jr.
Timothy Jackson (Birmingham, Lake Balboa) FS Sr.
Jaden Jones (Carson) WR Sr.
David Jordan-Oliveros (Birmingham, Lake Balboa) QB Sr.
Thomas Kensinger (Venice) DL Sr.
Makani Konopka (San Pedro) LB Jr.
Daniel Longoria (Hawkins, Los Angeles) DL/TE Sr.
Nikolas Love (Reseda) LB Sr.
Chris Nixon (San Pedro) WR/SS Sr.
Oscar Ochoa (Marquez, Huntington Park) RB Sr.
Deji Olabode (Reseda) DL/LB Sr.
Jordan Padilla (Birmingham, Lake Balboa) LB Sr.
Kain Parris (San Pedro) LB Sr.
Jaden Rattay (Lincoln, Los Angeles) WR/FS Jr.
Carlos Rivera (Birmingham, Lake Balboa) OL/DL Sr.
Adan Rodriguez (Maywood CES, Maywood) RB/DB Sr.
Moses Ross (Palisades, Pacific Palisades) WR Sr.
Robert Sarmiento (San Pedro) WR/DB Sr.
Justin Vergara (Garfield, Los Angeles) K/P Sr.
Anthony Villalobos (Canoga Park) LB Sr.
Markel Walton (Los Angeles) LB Jr.
Peyton Waters (Birmingham, Lake Balboa) DB Soph.
Andrew Watkins (Lincoln, Los Angeles) RB Sr.
Arthur Williams (Banning, Wilmington) OL Jr.
Mychai Williams (Dorsey, Los Angeles) DB Sr.

Linebacker Jaiden Letua of Mission Hills might have been the top LB in the San Diego Section counting the spring 2021 and fall seasons. Photo:

Nathan Acevedo (Lincoln, San Diego) Sr.
Sam Alligood (La Jolla Country Day) OL Sr.
Dennis Andrew (Orange Glen, Escondido) QB Sr.
Garrett Bass-Sulpizo (La Jolla Country Day) QB Jr.
Xzavier Bejarono (Palo Verde, Blythe) RB/DB Jr.
Ratumana Bulabalavu (Army-Navy, Carlsbad) LB Soph.
Zach Burton (Granite Hills, El Cajon) DL Sr.
Adrien Chargualaf (Steele Canyon, Spring Valley) DB Jr.
Joey Cheek (Cathedral Catholic, San Diego) PK Sr.
Eric Cole (Cathedral Catholic, San Diego) OL Sr.
Skylar Cook (Central, El Centro) DB Jr.
Samuel Cooper (University City, San Diego) QB Jr.
Jayden Cortell (Eastlake, Chula Vista) DB Sr.
Jalen Daniels (Lincoln, San Diego) QB/RB Sr.
Josh Davis (Carlsbad) WR/ATH Sr.
Zane Delcore (Coronado) LB Sr.
Tre Edwards (Mater Dei Catholic, Chula Vista) LB Jr.
Taejon Evans (Mira Mesa, San Diego) DB Sr.
Peter Eyabi (Mission Hills, San Marcos) DL Sr.
Anthony Ferrelli (Carlsbad) LB Sr.
Jahlil Flowers (Lincoln, San Diego) DB Sr.
Frankie Franchina (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego) RB Sr.
Ruben Garcia (Scripps Ranch, San Diego) OL Sr.
Wyatt Gardner (Torrey Pines, San Diego) RB/DB Sr.
Major Givens (Steele Canyon, Spring Valley) RB Jr.
Tyler Haley (West Hills, Santee) PK Jr.
Gracen Halton (St. Augustine, San Diego) DL Sr.
Omar Hammond (Patrick Henry, San Diego) DB/KR Sr.
Rex Holmes (Cathedral Catholic, San Diego) WR Sr.
Victory Johnson (Cathedral Catholic, San Diego) LB Jr.
Malachi Keels (Orange Glen, Escondido) WR Sr.
Jayden Kendricks (Eastlake, Chula Vista) LB Sr.
Conor Lawlor (Scripps Ranch, San Diego) WR Sr.
Jax Leatherwood (Scripps Ranch, San Diego) QB Jr.
Jayden Letua (Mission Hills, San Marcos) LB Sr.
Tanoai Letuli (Cathedral Catholic, San Diego) LB Sr.
Tevita Letuli (Cathedral Catholic, San Diego) OL Sr.
Elijaih Lux (Patrick Henry, San Diego) RB Sr.
Gabriel Lutz (Ramona) TE Sr.
Marcus Macon (Palo Verde, Blythe) RB/DB Jr.
Mackavelli Malotumau (El Camino, Oceanside) DL Sr.
Zach Marshall (Santa Fe Christian, Solana Beach) LB/TE Sr.
Jerry McClure (Mater Dei Catholic, Chula Vista) WR Jr.
Xander Medina (Scripps Ranch, San Diego) LB Sr.
Charlie Mirer (Cathedral Catholic, San Diego) QB Sr.
Jaxson Moi (Cathedral Catholic, San Diego) DL Sr.
Matt Moore (Carlsbad) WR Sr.
Dominic Nankil (Mater Dei Catholic, Chula Vista) QB Jr.
Clash Orsborn (Mission Bay, San Diego) QB Sr.
Mason Powers (La Jolla) WR Sr.
Connor Rath (Poway) RB/KR Jr.
Rodrick Robinson (Lincoln, San Diego) RB Jr.
Jonah Rodriguez (Madison, San Diego) Jr. OL
Zach Rowell (Torrey Pines, San Diego) DL Sr.
Sal Samano (San Ysidro) LB Sr.
Herman Savalinaea (Cathedral Catholic, San Diego) LB Sr.
Julian Sayin (Carlsbad) QB Soph.
Jalen Shaw (Scripps Ranch, San Diego) RB/DB Sr.
Seth Shaw (Imperial) RB/DB Jr.
Makai Smith (La Jolla) WR Sr.
Chris Snyder (Mater Dei Catholic, Chula Vista) WR/DB Jr.
Justin Stearns (St. Augustine, San Diego) LB Sr.
Jackson Stratton (La Jolla) QB Sr.
Lucky Sutton (Cathedral Catholic, San Diego) RB Sr.
James Tivao (Madison, San Diego) LB Soph.
Jalil Tucker (Lincoln, San Diego) WR/DB Sr.
Xavier Van (Helix, La Mesa) DB Sr.
Tanner Vielguth (Granite Hills, El Cajon) OL Sr.
Jayden Virgin (Mt. Carmel, San Diego) LB Sr.
Christian Washington (Helix, La Mesa) RB Sr.
Trey White (Eastlake, Chula Vista) LB Sr.
Chris Williams (Francis Parker, San Diego) WR/DB Jr.
Kendall Williams (Lincoln, San Diego) DL Sr.
Antwon Yokley (El Capitan, Lakeside) WR/DB Jr.
Savigon Yokley (El Capitan, Lakeside) QB/RB Sr.
Jonah Zimmerman (Oceanside) OL Sr.

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  1. Mama bear
    Posted December 30, 2021 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Incredibly happy for Kam and Ryan as they gave everything they had and more this season and dominated! I’m so disappointed for Troy to not see his name right there with them. He dominated as well and his stats speak for themself. Just another situation where you hold your head high and know your worth and who you are!!

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted December 31, 2021 at 8:28 am | Permalink

      No one has been chosen above anyone else at this point. There’s literally thousands of players from the biggest state in the nation by far to sort through. It’s impossible to do lists like this and not miss out on someone. Please send in a nomination of this player.

      • Mama bear
        Posted January 2, 2022 at 9:25 am | Permalink

        Thanks! That’s the point, the coach should’ve.

        • Mark Tennis
          Posted January 3, 2022 at 9:23 am | Permalink

          Coaches don’t send in nominations for every listed player. We’re doing our own research as well. Coaches probably only account for a small percentage of nominations when all is said and done. Can’t add your son unless it gets sent in. Thanks.

          • Mama bear
            Posted January 4, 2022 at 10:55 am | Permalink

            I am aware and fully understand and would never ask that. He should’ve been on here without a doubt was my point. But politics have their roles and it is the way it is. Just stinks for the kids when it happens and they know.

  2. Jimmy.delacruz
    Posted January 3, 2022 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Not enough lineman, what a shame

  3. Marcus Smith
    Posted January 11, 2022 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    Do you know when selections will be made?

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted January 12, 2022 at 8:29 am | Permalink

      First one (sophomores) will be by end of this week. Should all be out by around Friday-Saturday Jan. 21-22.

      • Marcus Smith
        Posted January 13, 2022 at 12:30 am | Permalink

        Thank you.

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