SBLive’s preseason California high school football All-State team for 2021 spring season

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With the spring football season scheduled to kick off as early as March 11, SBLive is releasing its statewide preseason All-State team. The two teams — first team and second team — were compiled by SBLive reporters Connor Morrissette, Bodie DeSilva and Lance Smith. Players from all 10 CIF Sections were considered.

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PRESEASON FIRST TEAM ALL-STATE

OFFENSE

QB: Noah Fifita – Servite – Jr.

As just a sophomore playing one of the hardest schedules in the country last season, Fifita threw for 2,892 yards and 37 touchdowns in 11 games. He only had four interceptions and finished with a passer rating of 125.3. Fifita’s recruitment has spiked last season, as he’s now a high 3-star prospect with at least eight offers, including multiple from Power-5 schools.

OL: Earnest Greene – St. John Bosco – Jr.

The second-ranked junior OG in the country, Greene was a pillar of one of the top O-lines in the country last season for the national champion. A 6-5, 330-pound high 4-star prospect, he’s up to at least two dozen offers.

OL: Mason Murphy – JSerra – Sr.

Murphy is a high 3-star OT prospect and a 6-5, 290-pound USC signee.

OL: Elia Migao – Chaparral – Sr.

Migao won Lineman of the Year in the loaded Southwestern League last season, and the 6-foot-3, 320-pound guard’s recruitment blew up. He’s now a 3-star prospect who signed with BYU over at least 10 offers, primarily from Power-5 schools. He’s also the reigning SBLive Inland Empire Offensive Lineman of the Year.

OL: Noah Pulealii – Palma – Sr.

A 6-foot-4, 312-pound guard and 4-star recruit, Pulealii signed with UCLA over at least 18 other schools to offer him.

OL: Garrett DiGiorgio – Serrano – Sr.

Another future Bruin, DiGiorgio is a high 3-star OT who received over a dozen offers.

TE: J.T. Byrne – Carmel – Sr.

Byrne is a 3-star prospect who signed with Oregon State out of 18 offers.

RB: Kavika Tua – Oceanside – Sr.

In 2019, Tua led Oceanside to a San Diego Section Division 1 title with 2,166 yards and 21 touchdowns rushing plus 393 yards and two touchdowns receiving. He was also an outstanding punt returner with 220 punt-return yards. Tua is now a 3-star prospect with at least four D-I offers, but remains one of the state’s most underrated offensive backs.

RB: Raleek Brown – Mater Dei – Jr.

A 5-star prospect with at least 35 offers, Brown ran for 996 yards and 16 touchdowns last season for Edison (Stockton) as a sophomore. He did it on 10.5 yards per carry, a huge mark for the focal point of every opposing defense, and also led the Vikings with 667 yards and nine touchdowns in the air. Brown will now suit up for Mater Dei and recently committed to Oklahoma.

WR: Tetairoa McMillan – Servite – Jr.

Last season as a first-year varsity player, the 5-star receiver caught for 851 yards and 12 touchdowns against Trinity League defenses geared to stop the pass. He is up to 23 offers.

WR: Kyron Ware-Hudson – Mater Dei – Sr.

Ware-Hudson was a linchpin of one of the best passing attacks in the country last season, catching for 853 yards and 13 touchdowns. The 4-star prospect signed with USC over 10 other offers.

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DEFENSE

DL: Nathan Burrell – St. John Bosco – Jr.

Burrell is up to 4-star status and over a dozen offers after helping lead Bosco to a national championship as a sophomore. He finished the 2019 season with 58 tackles, nine tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks, and came up clutch throughout the Braves’ playoff run.

DL: Derek Wilkins – Santa Margarita – Sr.

The 4-star Cal signee tore up world-class offensive lines for 54 tackles, 15 TFLs, seven sacks, four forced fumbles, and three blocked punts in 11 games as a junior. The high-motor edge rusher has at least 20 offers.

DL: Dejon Roney – Etiwanda – Jr.

The 4-star inside D-lineman had 89 tackles, six TFLs, and three sacks last season as a sophomore. He has at least a dozen offers, primarily Power-5.

DL: Gracen Halton – St. Augustine – Jr.

Gracen Halton, St. Augustine

A 4-star Oregon commit, Halton recorded 55 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, six pass break-ups, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries as a sophomore. He’s up to 18 offers on defense, and also has upside both catching and running the ball on occasion on offense for the Saints.

DL: Jailen Weaver – Antioch – Sr.

A 6-foot-8, 280-pound Nebraska signee who can play anywhere on the defensive line, Weaver finished 2019 with 46 tackles, 12 TFLs, and nine sacks in just 10 games. The 3-star prospect totaled at least 10 offers before choosing the Cornhuskers.

LB: Raesjon Davis – Mater Dei – Sr.

For the second straight year, Davis amassed at least 43 tackles, 16.5 TFLs, and 7.5 sacks in 2019. The 4th-ranked OLB in the country recently signed with USC.

LB: Niuafe Tuihalamaka – Alemany – Jr.

A high 4-star ILB, Tuihalamaka has at least 19 offers with Notre Dame considered the favorite. He had 64 tackles (seven for loss) as a sophomore.

LB: Kaleb Elarms-Orr – Moreau Catholic – Sr.

A 4-star DE/OLB hybrid and Cal signee, Elarms-Orr put up 65 tackles, eight TFLs, and seven sacks last season – staggering totals for only seven games of action.

DB: DJ Harvey – Sierra Canyon – Sr.

The reigning SBLive L.A. County All-Purpose Player of the Year, Harvey is a 4-star Virginia Tech signee at cornerback. He’s also one of the better WRs and return specialists in high school football, totaling well over 2,000 yards on offense and special teams alone for the CIFSS Division 2 champ.

DB: Ceyair Wright – Loyola – Sr.

Another reigning SBLive First Team All-L.A. County member, the USC signee is one of the top lockdown corners in country. A high 4-star prospect, Wright finished with at least 38 offers, and also 279 KR/PR yards on special teams.

DB: Domani Jackson – Mater Dei – Jr.

Jackson is another CB committed to USC who received in the vicinity of 40 offers. Jackson is a 5-star prospect and is ranked by some as the top corner in the country in the Class of 2022.

DB: Larry Turner-Gooden – St. Bernard – Jr.

Turner-Gooden is a high 4-star ATH prospect with at least 33 offers. His primary position going forward seems to be DB, but he can also play receiver/return specialist at an elite level.

PRESEASON SECOND TEAM ALL-STATE

OFFENSE

QB: Dorian Hale – De La Salle – Sr.

A 3-star Sacramento State signee, Hale threw for 2,047 yards and 17 touchdowns to only three interceptions last season for the CIF Open Division state finalist. He also ran for 588 yards and six TDs.

OL: Shawn Martinez – Helix – Sr.

Martinez was so dominant during his junior season that he was named the Grossmont – Hills League Offensive Player of the Year as he helped lead the Highlanders to the Open Division Championship. He’s signed with Southwest Minnesota State.

OL: Maximus Gibbs – St. John Bosco – Sr.

A 3-star OG with incredible size – 6-foot-6, 385 pounds – Gibbs was a major contributor in St. John Bosco’s national championship run. He signed with USC out of at least 18 schools to offer him.

OL: Devin Spencer – Corona Centennial – Sr.

A 3-star prospect who can play any spot on the O-line, Spencer committed to Penn over 10 other offers.

OL: George Miki-Han – Mater Dei – Sr.

Miki-Han was a key figure on arguably the best O-line in the country last season. The 3-star center will play college ball at Colorado State.

OL: Andrew Madrigal – Norco – Sr. 

A 3-star prospect who could play both tackle or guard in college, Madrigal picked Nevada over 10 other offers.

TE: JP Murphy – San Ramon Valley – Sr.

JP Murphy, San Ramon Valley

A future Aztec and 3-star recruit, Murphy caught for 476 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior.

RB: Prophet Brown – Monterey Trail – Sr.

Yet another cornerback committed to USC on our all-state team, Brown is both a 4-star DB prospect and also a D-I caliber running back. Last season he ran for 779 yards and 11 TDs on a massive 12.2 yards per carry, caught for 343 yards and five touchdowns, and had 342 kick-return yards to boot.

RB: Rayshon Luke – St. John Bosco – Jr. 

A 4-star prospect, Luke was the top rushing threat last year on the national champ as a sophomore with 700 yards and nine touchdowns. He also caught for 131 yards and a score.

WR: Orion Peters – Inglewood – Sr.

Peters was one of the top receivers in California as a junior with 1,478 yards and 18 touchdowns. The 3-star recruit picked Washington State out of at least a dozen offers.

WR: CJ Williams – Mater Dei – Jr.

CJ Williams – Mater Dei
CJ Williams – Mater Dei

Williams caught for 684 yards and four touchdowns in a stacked Mater Dei receiver corps as a sophomore. A high 4-star recruit with roughly 50 offers, Williams and Kyron Ware-Hudson could form the best WR tandem in the country this season.

DEFENSE

DL: T’ky Posey – Bullard – Sr. 

T'Ky Posey - Bullard

As a junior, Posey went off for 90 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, and 10.5 sacks playing some DE and some OLB. He’s an underrated recruit who is not nationally ranked (per 247Sports), but he has been offered at the Power-5 level.

DL: Jacob Tuioti – Long Beach Poly – Sr.

Another underrated recruit who had a huge junior season, Tuioti won Moore League Defensive Player of the Year for his 61 tackles, 22 TFLs, five sacks, 10 QB-hurries, and two forced fumbles.

DL: Josh Long – Loyola – Sr.

Josh Long, Loyola
Josh Long, No. 34

Long had 86 tackles (6.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, and a team-high 16 QB-hurries in 11 games as a junior. He’s a 3-star OLB/DE prospect with multiple Power-5 offers.

DL: Tyler Narayan – Mater Dei – Sr. 

An underrated piece of Mater Dei’s elite defense last year, Narayan signed with the Navy out of at least 10 offers. He finished 2019 with 50 tackles, 18 TFLs, seven sacks, and two fumble recoveries.

DL: Jake Melander – Folsom – Sr. 

Another underrated front seven prospect from a recruiting perspective, Melander had 50 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 14 QB-hurries, and a team-high six sacks as a junior.

LB: Lando Brown – Serra Gardena – Sr.

A 3-star prospect overdue for some big D-I offers, Brown erupted for 99 tackles and 19 TFLs as a junior.

LB: Jaden Genova – JSerra – Sr.

A 3-star Army commit, Genova was a centerpiece of an excellent JSerra defense with 84 tackles, eight TFLs, 2.5 sacks, nine QB-hurries, and three forced fumbles as a junior.

LB: Easton Mascarenas – Mission Viejo – Sr.

A versatile and hard-hitting 4-star Oregon State signee, Mascarenas had 91 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, and three interceptions in 2019.

DB: Jalil Tucker – Lincoln (San Diego) – Jr.

Tucker enters his third varsity season and has shown his ability on both sides of the ball, totaling five touchdown receptions and four interceptions during his sophomore year. He’s up to 19 scholarship offers.

DB: Kamari Ramsey – Sierra Canyon – Jr.

A 4-star safety with at least 16 offers, Ramsey had 95 tackles for the CIF 1-AA state finalist as a sophomore.

DB: Jaylin Smith – Alemany – Sr.

A 4-star ATH signed with USC, Smith does a little bit of everything on the field (running, receiving, and returning the ball) but might be best at cornerback.

DB: Devin Kirkwood – Serra Gardena – Sr.

A 4-star ATH prospect, Kirkwood signed with UCLA over at least a dozen other offers.

SPECIAL TEAMS

P: Brenden Segovia – Oaks Christian – Sr.

A consensus top-10 punter in his class, Segovia was named an NBC All-American Punter last season.

K: Josh Bryan – Sierra Canyon – Sr.

Bryan is a Notre Dame signee and consensus top-10 kicker in his class.

LS: JT Greep – Glendora – Sr.

A top-five ranked long snapper in his class, Greep is committed to Utah.

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