Southern California powerhouses Mater Dei and St. John Bosco have sent more players to the Division I college football ranks than any other high school programs in the country over the last five seasons – and that will be the case again in 2021-22.
When the No. 1 Monarchs and No. 2 Braves – the top two teams in the country in SBLive’s Power 25 rankings – square off Friday in Bellflower, Calif., there will be more than 60 Division I prospects in pads. Here’s a look at the D-I prospects that will be taking the field, and a few that are injured:
MATER DEI PROSPECTS
CLASS OF 2022
CB Domani Jackson: The USC commit has long been a consensus 5-star prospect, but is out for the season with an injury.
RB Raleek Brown: A 5-star Oklahoma commit, Brown had over 3,000 rushing yards and nearly 1,500 receiving yards in his career before even starting his senior season. California’s most highly-touted RB of the past few years, he’s run for 279 yards and seven touchdowns on just 19 carries in three games.
LB David Bailey: Bailey only played a few games in the spring, but was one of the top defensive players in the state when he was on the field. He’s a 4-star prospect and unanimous top 10 LB in country with a dozen offers (all Power-5), and often lines up at DE for the Monarchs. Bailey currently leads Mater Dei with 14 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and two sacks.
WR CJ Williams: Williams, a 4-star WR, committed to Notre Dame out of at least 49 offers. He leads the Monarchs with 12 catches for 204 yards and two touchdowns.
WR Cooper Barkate: A high 3-star Harvard commit, Barkate is MD’s second-leading receiver so far this season.
LB Eoghan Kerry: Kerry is a high 3-star Texas commit.
RB Quincy Craig: A 3-star prospect with at least three D-1 offers, Craig has nearly 100 all-purpose yards and a touchdown catch this fall.
S Josh Hunter: Hunter, a 3-star San Diego State commit, is the reigning Trinity League Defensive Player of the Year. Through three games, he has an interception and is second on the Monarchs in tackles.
CB Cameron Sidney: Sidney is a 3-star Cal commit.
LB Malaki Te’o: A 3-star recruit with multiple Power-5 offers, Te’o is third on Mater Dei in tackles, and also has a sack and a forced fumble.
DL Jacob Kongaika: Kongaika is a 3-star prospect with at least three D-1 offers.
DE Taitai Uiagalelei: A 3-star Washington State commit, Uiagalelei has six tackles, three tackles for loss, and a sack on the season.
K Chase Meyer: Meyer, one of the top kickers in the state, has multiple D-1 offers. He averages over 65 yards per kickoff, and has made 70 straight PATs.
DL Sione Moa: Moa, a 3-star prospect, had 11 tackles last season in a win against Servite.
OL Mosula Tapusoa: Tapusoa is a 2-star Morgan State commit.
CLASS OF 2023
LB Leviticus Su’a: A 4-star recruit with a dozen offers, Su’a recorded 20 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, and four pass break-ups in five spring games.
OG BJ Tolo: Tolo, a 3-star guard with multiple Power-5 offers, is already one of Mater Dei’s most experienced players as a junior.
WR Kassius Ashtiani: A 2-star prospect, Ashtiani has four catches for 43 yards this season.
TE Spencer Shannon: Shannon has offers from Kansas, Minnesota, and Utah State.
CLASS OF 2024
WR Jack Ressler: Ressler has four catches for 53 yards and a touchdown this season. He also has nine offers, numerous of which are Power-5.
LB Ramere Davis: Davis has six offers including Michigan and Oregon.
DL Aydin Breland: Breland is a 4-star prospect with five Power-5 offers already.
QB Elijah Brown: A 4-star prospect with multiple Power-5 offers, Brown has started since the first game of his high school career. In five games as a freshman, he threw for 973 yards and 15 touchdowns to just one pick on 69.2% completion. In three games this fall, he’s thrown for 561 yards and six touchdown on an amazing 36-44 completion (81.8%).
CB Zabien Brown: Brown has eight offers including Georgia and Alabama.
OT DeAndre Carter: Carter has offers from Cal, Oregon State, and USC.
OT Brandon Baker: Baker holds offers from Fresno State and Michigan.
RB Jordon Davison: Davison already has 11 offers as a freshman.
WR Marcus Harris: Harris has multiple Power-5 offers as well.
ST. JOHN BOSCO PROSPECTS
CLASS OF 2022
OL Earnest Greene: Considered by many to be the top O-lineman in California, Greene is a 4-star recruit with 25 offers.
RB Rayshon Luke: A 4-star with 12 offers, Luke is one of the fastest players in all of high school football. As a sophomore, he was the leading rusher on the Braves’ national championship team with 700 yards and nine touchdowns, plus 131 yards and a touchdown receiving. In six games in the spring, he had 729 all-purpose yards on a massive 13.6 yards per carry. Luke leads SJB with 309 rushing yards on a team-high 11.4 yards per carry, and also has 87 receiving yards.
QB Katin Houser: Houser, 4-star Michigan State commit, is one half of Bosco’s 4-star QB tandem. As a junior in the spring, he threw for 643 yards and seven touchdowns, and ran for 99 yards and a TD. In five games this season, Houser has thrown for 659 yards and five touchdowns to just one pick, and run for 39 yards and two touchdowns.
S Sione Hala: 4-star Boston College commit who can play either safety position, Hala has already racked up 43 tackles in five games. He had 41 tackles and two interceptions in five games as a junior, and recorded 93 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and eight QB-hurries as a sophomore at Paramount.
CB Tayvion Beasley: A 4-star recruit with several Power-5 offers, Beasley has registered eight tackles, an interception, and three PBUs this season.
LB Jalen Woods: Woods has only played in four of the Braves’ five games this season, but has still been arguably their most productive defensive player. The high 3-star UCLA commit is second on the team with 29 tackles and 9.5 TFLs, and leads the squad with 5.5 sacks.
DL Nate Burrell: Burrell, a high 3-star Cal commit, played a major role on Bosco’s 2019 championship run, and has been one of the best DLs in California for a couple years now. So far this season he has 14 tackles, three tackles for loss, and two sacks in four games.
DT Jairus Satele: A 3-star Navy commit, Satele was also a factor on the Braves’ 2019 team, and has been one of the premier defensive linemen in the state this fall. He leads the team with 10.5 tackles for loss, and is second on the team with 36 tackles. Satele has also recorded two sacks and a forced fumble.
RB Jabari Bates: A 3-star with six offers, mostly from Power-5 schools, Bates leads the Braves with five touchdown runs in four games. He’s also caught for 31 yards and a TD.
RB Michael Hayes: Hayes, a 3-star prospect with multiple D-1 offers, has run for 60 yards and a touchdown this season.
S Jaxon Harley: Harley has recorded 15 tackles, a TFL, and three pass break-ups this season. He’s a 3-star prospect with an offer from Kansas.
WR Chedon James: James leads the Braves with 22 receptions for 368 yards and five touchdowns. The 2-star Air Force commit also has a rushing touchdown on the season.
WR Jaceon Doss: Doss is a 2-star recruit with multiple D-1 offers and 239 career receiving yards.
WR Colin Chase: Chase is a 2-star prospect.
OT Jack Laphen: Laphen is a 2-star prospect as well.
DT Malachi Finau: An underrated member of Bosco’s DL rotation and 3-star prospect, Finau has recorded 17 tackles, two TFLs, a sack, and a forced fumble in four games.
OL Tyson Molio’o: Molio’o is a 3-star prospect with four D-1 offers.
OL Maicah Talavou: Talavou is a 3-star recruit with offers from Army and Navy.
WR Logan Booher: Booher, a 3-star with offers from Brown and Portland State, is second on the Braves with 268 receiving yards.
CLASS OF 2023
DE/TE Matayo Uiagalelei: Uiagalelei is a two-way starter and 5-star prospect on both sides of the ball, with at least 20 offers. He’s second on the Braves with four touchdown catches to go with 110 receiving yards, and has also notched 18 tackles, five tackles for loss, and three sacks.
QB Pierce Clarkson: Clarkson is the other half of the Braves’ QB tandem, and a 4-star recruit with 21 offers. In five games, he’s thrown for 491 yards and eight touchdowns to zero interceptions, and has run for 134 yards and two TDs.
S R.J. Jones: Through five games, Jones has 23 tackles, three passes defensed, and two fumble recoveries. He’s a 4-star prospect with 19 offers.
WR/CB Jahlil McClain: McClain is a 4-star ATH with several Power-5 offers, and 115 yards and a touchdown receiving in three games. He can also play CB at a high level when asked.
CB Jshawn Frausto-Ramos: Frausto-Ramos is a 4-star recruit with 14 offers.
S Ty Lee: A high 3-star prospect with several Power-5 offers, Lee has registered 20 tackles, two PBUs, and two fumble recoveries this season.
WR Raiden Brown: Brown holds an offer from Arizona State.
LB Nehemiah Sagiao: Sagiao is a 3-star prospect with offers from Cal and Kansas.
LB Deven Bryant: Bryant, who has an offer from Oregon, has already totaled 35 tackles and three forced fumbles this season.
LB Jonathan Hardy: Hardy has made four tackles in two appearances this season, and has received interest from multiple Power-5 schools.
OL Mosiah Talanoa: Talanoa has an offer from Florida Atlantic.
CLASS OF 2024
CB Marcelles Williams: A 4-star prospect with 14 offers, Williams has 21 tackles and three pass break-ups on the season.
S Peyton Woodyard: Woodyard, a 4-star recruit with 17 offers, has 32 tackles, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery on the season.
LB Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa: Viliamu-Asa is out for the season with a torn ACL, but was one of the top freshman in all of high school football last season with 28 tackles. He’s a 4-star top-10 prospect in class, and has 11 offers.
LB Jordan Lockhart: Lockhart is a 4-star prospect with five offers, including Power-5.
WR Jordan Malau’ulu: Malau’ulu has an offer from Pittsburgh.
WR Zacharyus Williams: Williams has three Power-5 offers.
RB Khalil Warren: Warren has been offered by San Jose State.