SBLive California is previewing the Top 50 high school football teams in the state ahead of the 2020-2021 season. Here’s an inside look at the Mater Dei Monarchs of the CIF Southern Section, the No. 2 team in our countdown.
MATER DEI HEAD COACH
Bruce Rollinson, 33rd season (312-86-2)
2019 AT A GLANCE
- 12-1 record
- 5-0 in Trinity League (1st)
- Southern Section Division 1 runner up
- After playoff wins over Bishop Amat and Mission Viejo, Mater Dei lost in the CIFSS Division 1 title game 39-34 to St. John Bosco
ALL-SOUTHERN SECTION DEPARTURES
- Bryce Young – QB (Alabama)
- Ray Leutele – LB (New Mexico)
- Kody Epps – WR (BYU)
- Myles Murao – OL (Washington)
- Martin Salazar – DT (Portland State)
- Jaylin Davies – CB (Oregon early enrollee)
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Raesjon Davis (Senior-LB) (6-1, 215)
Offer sheet: 22 Division 1 offers
The skinny: Davis is one of the top uncommitted seniors in the nation. He was previously committed to LSU. He’ll sign in February. USC and Ohio State are in the mix.
2019 stats: Made 43 tackles, 16.5 for loss. Had an interception, recovered three fumbles. Forced one fumble.
Kyron Ware-Hudson (Senior-WR) (6-1, 200) (USC signee)
The skinny: Ware-Hudson was a long-time Oregon commit before flipping to USC and signing in December. He’s one of the top receivers in the nation.
2019 stats: Made 59 catches for 853 yards and 13 TDs.
Cristian Dixon (Junior-WR) (6-2, 190) (Michigan signee)
The skinny: Dixon is another top receiver in the nation. He would have been a big part of Mater Dei’s loaded receiving corps in 2020.
2019 stats: Caught 35 passes for 611 yards and six TDs.
George Miki-Han (Senior-OL) (5-11, 310) (Colorado State commit)
The skinny: Miki-Han is the returning leader on the offensive line following the graduation of Myles Murao.
Marceese Yetts (Senior-RB) (5-8, 160) (Air Force commit)
The skinny: Following a good sophomore season at Narbonne, Yetts transferred to Mater Dei and split time at running back with Quincy Craig in 2019.
2019 stats: Had 68 carries for 578 yards and five TDs. He also caught 12 passes for 121 yards.
Tyler Narayan (Senior-DE) (6-1, 255) (Navy commit)
The skinny: Narayan was second in tackles for loss on Mater Dei last season. He is one of the leaders on defense.
2019 stats: Made 50 tackles, 18 for loss. Forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.
Domani Jackson (Junior-CB) (6-1, 185)
Offer sheet: Jackson has 39 Division I offers.
The skinny: 247Sports.com ranks Jackson as the third best 2022 prospect nationally. He’s scheduled to commit to a school on Jan. 23. USC, Michigan, and Ohio State are the favorites.
2019 stats: 48 tackles and a pick six.
C.J. Williams (Junior-WR) (6-2, 195)
Offer sheet: Williams has 48 Division I offers.
The skinny: Williams is the third blue chip piece of the puzzle on the Mater Dei receiving corps. He’s an elite talent who may have the highest ceiling out of the whole group.
2019 stats: 50 catches for 684 yards and four TDs.
David Bailey (Junior-LB) (6-3, 220)
Offer sheet: Bailey has nine Division I offers, including Alabama and USC.
The skinny: The 2020 season was going to be a big one for Bailey. He was set to play alongside Raesjon Davis following the graduations of senior linebackers Ray Leutele, Jacobah Fuamatu and Dean Neeley.
2019 stats: Made 21 tackles and had two sacks. Forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.
Quincy Craig (Junior-RB) (5-9, 175)
Offer sheet: Craig has an offer from Arizona State.
The skinny: 247Sports National Recruiting analyst Greg Biggins described Craig as “one of the most versatile players in the state who looks primed for a breakout junior season.”
2019 stats: 53 carries for 367 yards and five TDs. Caught 16 passes for 283 yards and three TDs. Also returned kicks.
Josh Hunter (Junior-DB) (5-9, 175)
Offer sheet: Hunter has offers from LSU, Oregon and UNLV.
The skinny: Hunter and Domani Jackson will lead Mater Dei in the secondary following the early graduation of Jaylin Davies, who is now at Oregon.
2019 stats: Made 40 tackles and had two interceptions. Returned a punt for a TD and blocked a punt.
BJ Tolo (Sophomore-OL) (6’1, 290)
Offer sheet: Tolo has offers from Colorado State, Kansas and Oregon.
The skinny: Tolo started on the offensive line as a freshman for Mater Dei and performed very well.
Leviticus Su’a (Sophomore-LB) (6-1, 210)
Offer sheet: Su’a has offers from Oregon and Washington.
The skinny: Su’a is one of the top linebackers nationally in the 2023 class. The Monarchs will be very strong at linebacker if there’s a season.
2019 stats: Made seven tackles. Had an interception and a forced fumble.
Ramere Davis (Freshman-LB) (6-1, 190)
Offer sheet: Davis has offers from Florida State, Maryland and UNLV.
The skinny: Ramere is the younger brother of Raesjon Davis. He most likely would have contributed as a freshman for the Monarchs.
Mater Dei will have to find a new quarterback following Bryce Young’s graduation. Beau Green, a quarterback from Northern California, briefly checked into Mater Dei, but has since left. The two main names to know in the Monarch QB race are junior Emmett Brown, a transfer from San Marcos, and freshman Elijah Brown.
- Shoes Brinkley — 2021 RB/ATH (Northeast High School in Philadelphia, Pa.)
- Chase Meyer — 2021 K/P (Chaminade)
- Ross Maseuli (SDSU signee) — 2021 OL (JSerra)
- Champion Johnson — 2021 TE/LB (JSerra)
- Emmett Brown — 2022 QB (San Marcos)
- Raleek Brown — 2022 RB (Fresno Edison)
- Malaki Teo — 2022 LB (JSerra)
- Cooper Bartake — 2022 WR (Mission Viejo, but last played at St. Margaret’s)
WHO TRANSFERRED OUT?
- Miller Moss – 2021 QB (Alemany and then enrolled early at USC)
- Tobey Schmidt – 2022 QB (Maranatha)
- Beau Green – 2022 QB
HOW COVID-19 HAS AFFECTED MATER DEI FOOTBALL
COVID-19 has affected every high school football team differently. Senior running back Marceese Yetts shares how COVID-19 has impacted Mater Dei football over the past several months:
“We keep the same intensity every week as if we have a game on Friday,” Yetts said. “We’re locked in with our conditioning and lifting. It’s been really nice to see my teammates because we don’t get to see each other at school.
“This whole experience has been challenging though because one day we have a set schedule and then the next day it’s something else. We just gotta keep on going and try to stay in shape to prepare for whatever happens.”
BEST-CASE SCENARIO FOR MATER DEI
Mater Dei lost to archrival St. John Bosco in the Division 1 Southern Section championship last season. The best case scenario for the Monarchs is to get revenge and win a title this season.
“Our expectations are the same as last year,” Yetts said. “After coming up short last year, we want it bad this season. I’d say that’s the strength of our team.”
MOST REALISTIC SCENARIO
The most realistic scenario for the Monarchs is to make the Division 1 playoffs and contend for league and Section titles.
It’s been a while since Mater Dei has had a true quarterback competition. Replacing Bryce Young will be challenging and the quarterback spot will be an x-factor whenever high school football is played again in the state. Mater Dei has an elite receiving trio in Ware-Hudson, Williams and Dixon and the backfield is stacked with Yetts, Craig and Fresno Edison transfer Raleek Brown. Whoever wins the QB job will have plenty of weapons.
Defensively, the linebacker group is a strength and the secondary will be solid. Mater Dei lost a lot of talent on its offensive and defensive lines, but they’ll certainly have players who emerge.