After a pandemic-induced shutdown of the high school sports world, high school football is back across the state of Washington. As leagues around the state begin condensed spring seasons, SBLive took a look at the top returning players statewide, across all classifications.
Here are SBLive’s preseason all-state first and second teams for the spring 2021 football season, as compiled by SBLive Washington reporters Todd Milles and Andy Buhler:
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Sam Huard, Kennedy Catholic (4A), sr.
Three years ago, he burst onto the scene as a freshman. Now one of the top-ranked quarterbacks in the country, the Washington signee is gunning for the all-time state passing record.
Tuna Altahir, Kamiakin (4A), sr.
MCC defenses have one more go at trying to bring down “Big Tuna.” The conference’s offensive player of the year and Eastern Washington-bound back rushed for 1,406 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior.
Ben Schlenbaker, Squalicum (2A), jr.
Physical, skilled back was a first-team all-state pick by the Associated Press as a sophomore.
Junior Alexander, Kennedy Catholic (4A), sr.
Arizona State-bound wideout is a favorite target of Sam Huard, racking up 1,328 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior.
Cooper Christensen, Royal (1A), sr.
Two-way all-state choice has ox-like strength, and separates himself as a pass-catcher. Logged 1,357 receiving yards and 22 touchdown catches in Royal’s 1A state title run in 2019.
Tobias Merriweather, Union (4A), jr.
At 6-5, he’s a blur of speed who has the attention of lots of Power Five college programs, and with improved route-running he’s poised to take an even bigger leap as a junior.
Caden Jumper, Eatonville (1A), sr.
Future Washington Husky has the size of a lineman, strength of a power back and the sure hands of an elite light end. Two-time 2A SPSL MVP and 2A all-state first team selection.
Malik Agbo, Todd Beamer (4A), jr.
He was 6-5, nearly 300 pounds before his 15th birthday. And the top college football powerhouses vie for his talents as he continues to mature
Josh Conerly Jr., Rainier Beach (3A), jr.
Speed. Agility. Size. Those are just a few reasons the Rainier Beach standout has the likes of Alabama, Washington and Michigan on his tail.
David Iuli, Puyallup (4A), sr.
After missing his sophomore season due to an injury, the highly-touted guard is back as a leader of an imposing Puyallup line.
Owen Prentice, O’Dea (3A), sr.
Elite run-blocker headlines a big, talented O’Dea front and is the state’s top prospect on the line.
Jackson Esary, Kalama (2B), sr.
Do-it-all athlete is 2B’s most dynamic playmaker. He can pass, he can run and he’s seemingly in on most tackles on defense
Ethan Moczulski, Mt. Spokane (3A), jr.
A mark of consistency for Mt. Spokane, he’s also the top kicking prospect in the state — fifth in the country — according to kicking guru Chris Sailer.
Gabe Johnson, Bothell (4A), sr.
All about energy and quick burst, this EWU signee is 4A KingCo’s lone returning first-team pass rusher.
Josh McCarron, Archbishop Murphy (2A), sr.
Virginia signee tore up 2A Northwest Conference with eye-popping 30 tackles for loss, including 21 sacks.
Jacob Schuster, Tumwater (2A), sr.
Loves doing the dirty work, the 2A EvCo MVP racked up 26 tackles for loss for reigning state champions.
J.T. Tuimoloau, Eastside Catholic (3A), sr.
Arguably the nation’s No. 1 recruit, all-state defensive end eats up blockers with quick feet, knowledge.
Dishawn Misa, Eastside Catholic (3A), jr.
A top 2022 prospect, this all-3A Metro Leaguer comes downhill at ball carriers like a screaming locomotive.
Styles Siva-Tu’u, O’Dea (3A), sr.
Ask Irish coaches who the team’s most complete, consistent player is – and this is the name that comes up.
Jonas Waugh, Graham-Kapowsin (4A), sr.
In a league (4A SPSL) of heavy hitters, he lands the loudest thud on ball carriers who dare to run at him.
Drew Carter, Lake Stevens (4A), jr.
A human highlight reel, all-4A Wesco athlete has ball skills to play cornerback, and range to run at free safety.
D.J. Fryar, Steilacoom (2A), sr.
Arizona signee came into program at linebacker, but drooling athleticism has him playing safety as a senior.
Des Licon, Pasco (4A), sr.
If you like swagger in your cornerback, this is your guy. Only all-4A MCC first-teamer at three positions in 2019.
Jatavious Magee, Federal Way (4A), sr.
The leader of a talented Eagles’ secondary, FAU signee is all-4A NPSL first-team playmaker at free safety.
Seamus Hall, Walla Walla (3A), sr.
A four-sport standout, this top-20 punter nationally will make kicks look like high missiles at Sioux Falls.
Quarterback: Clay Millen, Mount Si (4A), sr.
Running backs: Myles Mayovsky, Kennewick (3A), jr.; Dylan Carson, Marysville-Pilchuck (3A), jr.
Wide receivers: Woodley Downard, Kamiakin (3A), sr.; Ben Fewel, Richland (4A), sr.; Haden Hicks, Prosser (2A), sr.
Tight end: Ryan Otton, Tumwater (2A), jr.
Offensive line: Vega Ioane, Graham-Kapowsin (4A), jr.; Dylan Jemtegaard, Yelm (3A); Mark Nabou, O’Dea (3A); Keith Olson, Napavine (2B).
All-purpose: Milton Hopkins, O’Dea (3A), sr.
Kicker: Jack McAllister, King’s (1A), sr.
Defensive line: Andrew Edson, Mount Si (4A), sr.; Matulino Masunu, Bellevue (3A), sr.; Robert Silva, Camas (4A), sr.; Jayden Wayne, Lincoln of Tacoma (3A), so.
Linebackers: Cameron Breier, Chiawana (4A), sr.; Will Latu, Bethel (4A), sr.; Caleb Shawen, Mead (3A), sr.
Defensive backs: Colton Bower, North Kitsap (2A), jr.; Leroy Jackson, Eastlake (4A), sr.; Hayden McDonald, O’Dea (3A), sr.; Jasiah Wagoner, Spanaway Lake (3A), so.
Punter: Henry Osmer, Roosevelt (3A), sr.