SBLive is taking a closer look at the best high school football players in California, position by position. Next up: tight ends.
From Servite’s Keyan Burnett (pictured) to Folsom’s Walker Lyons, California is stocked with talented tight ends.
The main criteria for SBLive’s Top 15 tight end rankings are 2021 spring and fall statistics, film review, discussions with coaches and college interest. The rankings were compiled by SBLive reporter Connor Morrissette.
Editor’s note: Mt. Carmel tight end Jayden Virgin was included in our Top 25 Linebackers rankings so he’s not listed here.
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SBLIVE’S TOP 15 TIGHT ENDS IN CALIFORNIA
15. Spencer Shannon – Mater Dei – Junior
Shannon has received scholarship offers from Kansas, Minnesota and Utah State. He also pitches on the Mater Dei baseball team. Shannon has made one catch so far this fall.
14. John Vanisi – Leuzinger – Senior
Vanisi has caught seven passes for 99 yards this season. He’s received scholarship offers from Arizona, Arizona State and Kansas.
13. James Allemann – Dana Hills – Senior
Allemann has put together a strong senior season. He’s caught 17 passes for 366 yards and three touchdowns.
12. JC Gill – Sacramento El Camino – Senior
Gill is another multi-sport athlete on this list. In addition to football, he also plays basketball for El Camino. So far this football season, Gill has caught 26 passes for 335 yards and five touchdowns. He’s also rushed for 119 yards and one score.
11. Zack Marshall – Santa Fe Christian – Junior
Marshall leads the state in receiving yards by a tight end with 598 yards. He’s also caught five touchdown passes.
10. Jack Endries – Monte Vista – Senior
Endries has received scholarship offers from multiple Ivy League schools as well as Colorado State and San Jose State. As a senior, he’s caught 21 passes for 296 yards and six touchdowns.
9. Cody Hoffman – St. Bonaventure – Senior
Hoffman has been a major part of St. Bonaventure’s success this season catching 14 passes for 258 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s a red zone weapon.
8. Tyler Garrett – Mission Prep – Junior
Garrett has the most touchdown catches of any player on this list with eight. He’s hauled in 21 total passes for 424 yards so far this season.
7. Christoph Horton – Napa – Senior
Napa is 0-5 and they don’t record stats, but Horton has been a bright spot. He’s a deep ball threat who makes very tough catches. Horton is committed to New Mexico.
6. Niko Lopez – Santa Margarita – Junior
Against some of the state’s best competition, Lopez has made 46 catches for 490 yards and six TD’s.
5. Brodie Tagaloa – De La Salle – Senior
Unfortunately, Tagaloa tore his ACL earlier this season and will miss the remainder of the year. He’s received scholarship offers from Arizona State, Cal and Oregon, among others.
4. Cooper Flanagan – De La Salle – Junior
Flanagan is committed to Notre Dame. He’s made seven catches for 96 yards and one touchdown this fall.
3. Matayo Uiagalelei – St. John Bosco – Junior
Uiagalelei is the younger brother of Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei and he’s one of the country’s most intriguing college football prospects. Matayo starts on both sides of the ball for St. John Bosco. His break out game at tight end came in a 38-28 win over Servite where he caught two touchdowns last spring. So far this fall he’s made 13 catches for 163 yards and four touchdowns.
2. Keyan Burnett – Servite – Senior
Burnett is committed to Arizona. He’s caught 16 passes for 345 yards and four touchdowns this fall.
1. Walker Lyons – Folsom – Junior
Lyons gets the No. 1 nod thanks to catching ten touchdowns in his last 12 games for Folsom as well as being the top ranked tight end recruit on the list, per 247Spots.com. Lyons is a top 100 recruit in the Class of 2023 and he’s landed scholarship offers from some of the top schools across the country including Alabama, Ohio State and USC.