High school football teams throughout California begin padded practice Monday, which means it is time to start rolling out SBLive’s statewide football preview.
First up: our preseason 2021 all-state team.
We evaluated players in every Section of the state to compile a roster of the 26 best players in California — 11 on offense, 11 on defense and four on special teams.
The preseason all-state team was compiled by SBLive reporters Connor Morrissette, Lance Smith and Bodie DeSilva.
SBLIVE’S PRESEASON 2021 ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAM
QB: Malachi Nelson – Los Alamitos – Junior
Nelson had about as dominant a spring season as possible. He completed 73% of his passes for 1,513 yards and 23 TDs. Los Alamitos went 6-0 and Nelson was named the Gatorade state player of the year.
RB: Hassan Mahasin – Serra San Mateo – Senior
Mahasin finished the spring season with 10 touchdowns and 745 total yards in five games. He can lineup in the backfield or at receiver. Mahasin was named the Bay Area News Group football player of year in May.
RB: Rayshon Luke – St. John Bosco – Senior
Luke is one of the most electrifying running backs in the country. In five games last spring, he had 21 carries for 332 yards (which was good for a whopping 15.8 yards per carry) and five TDs. Luke also made nine catches for 109 yards and a score.
WR: Tetairoa McMillan – Servite – Senior
McMillan hauled in 26 passes for 487 yards and four touchdowns in the spring. Mater Dei committed seven pass interference penalties covering him.
WR: CJ Williams – Mater Dei – Senior
Williams was a red zone weapon in the spring. In five games he made 16 catches, with five coming for touchdowns. He’s set to commit to a college program on August 8th — 247Sports.com has Notre Dame as the favorite to land the receiver.
TE: Matayo Uiagalelei – St. John Bosco – Junior
Uiagalelei was dominant at both tight end and defensive end in the spring, but he gets the nod at TE thanks to catching touchdowns against Servite and Mater Dei.
OL: Earnest Greene – St. John Bosco – Senior
Greene is a rare blue chip West Coast offensive line prospect. The 6-foot-5, 330-pound senior has Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia and Oklahoma in his top 10.
OL: Kenji Swanson – Sierra Canyon – Senior
Swanson, a 6-foot-6, 310-pound senior, is committed to Stanford. The Trailblazers will have one of the top o-lines in the state this fall.
OL: Michael Wooten – Sierra Canyon – Senior
Wooten, who plays left tackle for Sierra Canyon, is committed to Oregon. The Trailblazers have one of the best offensive lines in the country.
OL: Sam Yoon – Loyola – Senior
No offensive lineman in the state has had a bigger offseason than Yoon. In the span of a few months, he’s received scholarship offers from USC, UCLA, Cal and Colorado.
OL: BJ Tolo – Mater Dei – Junior
Tolo has been a starter on Mater Dei’s offensive line since his freshman season. In the spring, he was named to the All-Trinity League second team.
DL: Ezekiel Larry – Sierra Canyon – Senior
Larry had seven sacks in six games in the spring. He’s received five scholarship offers, per 247Sports.com.
DL: Hero Kanu – Santa Margarita – Senior
No one knew Kanu’s name before the spring season started and now he’s on the radar of nearly every college team in the country after making 28 tackles for an Eagles team that impressed.
DL: Jaxson Moi – Cathedral Catholic – Senior
Moi was the best player on San Diego’s best line in the spring. He’s committed to Cal.
DL: Nate Burrell – St. John Bosco – Senior
Burrell is committed to Cal. As a sophomore, Burrell made one of the game clinching plays in the Braves’ Southern Section championship win when he intercepted then-Mater Dei QB Bryce Young.
LB: David Bailey – Mater Dei – Senior
Bailey is one of the best linebacker prospects in the nation. When he plays, he’s a game changer, but he’s struggled to stay on the field at times due to injuries. In the spring, he played in only two games but made the most out of them recording 13 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble.
LB: Tre Edwards – Mater Dei Catholic – Junior
Edwards is one of the top players nationally in the 2023 class. He’s received scholarship offers from Notre Dame, Oregon and USC, among others.
DB: Josh Hunter – Mater Dei – Senior
Hunter had two interceptions in the spring and was named the Trinity League Defensive Player of the Year. He’s a key piece for the best defensive backfield in the state.
DB: Domani Jackson – Mater Dei – Senior
Jackson is committed to USC. His interception against St. John Bosco in the spring clinched a victory for the Monarchs. Jackson is also a great sprinter. He tied the state record in the 100 meters this spring with a time of 10.25 seconds.
DB: Zeke Berry – De La Salle – Senior
Berry, a two-way star for De La Salle, is committed to Arizona. He’s one of the top high school football players in Northern California.
DB: Kamari Ramsey – Sierra Canyon – Senior
Ramsey has been a three-year contributor for Sierra Canyon. He’ll lead the Trailblazers defense this fall.
DB: Jalil Tucker – Lincoln – Senior
Tucker has narrowed his college choices down to Florida State, Oregon and Washington. In the spring, he caught two TDs on offense for Lincoln in addition to locking down receivers at corner on defense.
ALL-STATE SPECIAL TEAMS
Punt/Kickoff returner: Makai Lemon – Los Alamitos – Junior
Lemon is a dominant receiver and defensive back and also a stud in the return game. In the spring, he returned a punt for a score. He has incredible speed.
K: Chase Meyer – Mater Dei – Senior
Meyer made four field goals in the spring. His long came from 42 yards yards out. He also was a perfect 27/27 on PATS and had 23 touchbacks on kickoffs.
P: Chase Barry – JSerra – Senior
Barry is one of the top punters in the nation.
LS: Kurt Chesney – Aliso Niguel – Senior
Chesney is committed to Air Force. He’s one of the top long snappers in the country. Chesney also plays linebacker for Aliso Niguel and he will be playing in the All-American Bowl on NBC.