11 former Southern Section high school football stars were selected in the 2021 NFL Draft last weekend. Redlands East Valley grad Jaelan Phillips was the first player taken off the board. Read up on all 11 selections below.
Jaelan Phillips – DE – Miami Dolphins – Miami (1st round, 18th overall) – Redlands East Valley
Phillips was a five star prospect coming out of Redlands East Valley. In high school as a senior, he was credited with 142 tackles and 21 sacks, which earned him the All-CIF Div. II Co-Defensive Player of the Year award. As a sophomore, he helped lead Redlands East Valley to a CIF Division 2 state championship.
In college, Phillips played two seasons at UCLA before retiring from football. He ultimately had a change of heart and then transferred to Miami. Last season, he led the Hurricanes with 15.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks.
Wyatt Davis – OG – Minnesota Vikings – Ohio State (3rd round, 86th overall) – St. John Bosco
Davis was a two-time first team All-American at Ohio State. Before that, he won Cal-Hi Sports Mr. Football award in 2016 after leading St. John Bosco to a 13-2 season and the Division I CIF state championship.
Darren Hall – CB – Atlanta Falcons – SDSU (4th round, 108th overall) – Rancho Cucamonga
Hall was a first-team all-Mountain West selection after intercepting three passes last fall. He helped lead Rancho Cucamonga to a 12-1 record as a senior in 2016.
Amon-Ra St. Brown – WR – Detroit Lions – USC (4th round, 112 overall) – Mater Dei
St. Brown was one of the stars on the 2017 15-0 Mater Dei high school football team that is considered one of the best teams of all time. He made 72 receptions for 1,320 yards (18.3 avg) and 20 TDs that season. At USC, St. Brown made 178 career catches for 2,270 yards (12.8 avg) and 16 TDs.
Camryn Bynum – CB – Minnesota Vikings – Cal (4th round, 125th overall) – Corona Centennial
A two year captain at Cal, Bynum was the only Golden Bear player to start all 42 games from 2017-20. He had six career interceptions. At Corona Centennial, he led the Huskies to a Southern Section title and state championship appearance in 2015. In the state title game, De La Salle beat Corona Centennial 28-21.
Keith Taylor – CB – Carolina Panthers – Washington (5th round, 166th overall) – Servite
Taylor was a two year starter at Washington. In 2016, Taylor was named a first-team All-Trinity League pick at cornerback as a senior at Servite.
Deommodore Lenoir – CB – San Francisco 49ers – Oregon (5th round, 172nd overall) – Salesian
Lenoir finished his career at Oregon with 34 consecutive starts. He intercepted a pass in all four seasons he played with the Ducks. In high school, Lenoir was named the 2016 Angelus League co-Player of the Year. Offensively that season, he carried the ball 108 times for 1,172 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also racked up 663 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, he made 52 tackles while intercepting one pass and forcing two fumbles.
Avery Williams – CB – Atlanta Falcons – Boise State (5th round, 183rd overall) – JSerra
Williams was voted the 2019 Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year. In high school, after transferring from St. Francis, Williams was named the Trinity League Co-MVP in 2015 after rushing for 1,175 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior.
Demetric Felton – WR – Cleveland Browns – UCLA (6th round, 211th overall) – Great Oak
Felton led the Pac-12 averaging 165.83 all purpose yards per game in 2020. In 2019, he set a UCLA record by having four scoring plays of 75 yards or over. As a senior at Great Oak, Felton rushed for 1,347 yards and 14 touchdowns on 166 carries. He also caught 23 passes for 391 yards and two more scores.
Thomas Graham – CB – Chicago Bears – Oregon (6th round, 228 overall) – Rancho Cucamonga
Graham was a 2020 opt out at Oregon. As a junior, he was named a second team All-Pac-12 player. He entered the 2020 season as the FBS active leader in passes defended (40) and pass breakups (32). As a senior in high school in 2016, Graham intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, while making 45 tackles and breaking up seven passes. He also caught 39 passes for 490 yards and six touchdowns to help lead Rancho Cucamonga to a CIF-Southern Section Division 1 semifinal appearance.
Chris Wilcox – CB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – BYU – (7th round, 251 overall) – Eastvale Rooseveltt
Wilcox was a two-star recruit coming out of high school. As a senior, he had 71 total tackles, one interception, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery for a touchdown for Roosevelt. At BYU, Wilcox finished his career with 88 tackles.