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Best of the best of the Central Section in no order and we all wish we had FALL Football!
We will have to wait for the spring for Football. Here are the studs of the Central Section.
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XAVIER WORTHY-Senior-Central Grizzlies (WR)
Xavier comes into this season as the most prolific recruit in the Central Section, but he will not be playing football. Worthy, is a 4-Star recruit and with plenty of Division 1 offers already including Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Oregon State, and Fresno State and Xavier has verbally committed to play for the MICHIGAN WOLVERINES and he will enroll early in January and will not play his senior year for the Central Grizzlies
THOMAS COLE-Senior-San Luis Obispo Tigers (OL/DL)
Thomas comes into this season as the most recruited offensive lineman in the Central Section. Cole is a monster at 6’7” 270lb, Last year on defense Thomas made 99 tackles along with 17 sacks. The big man already has offers from 20 plus Division 1 Colleges with Michigan, Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, California, Cal Poly, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas State, Northern Arizona, Oregon State, Princeton, SMU, UNLV, Utah, Washington State, Yale and Thomas has verbally committed to play for the UCLA BRUINS.
JEKOB JONES-Senior-Central Grizzlies (LB/RB)
The best Linebacker in the Central Section the last two years and a huge part of the Grizzlies defense. Je’Kob will come into this season as the top LB again and a beast on both sides of the ball. Once the Grizzlies get inside the 10-yard line it is JJ time at running back/Wildcat who scored 10 TD’s last year. Back-to-back Pag Meter All Star that finished with 85 tackles last year with 13 sacks and leader in the club house for Pag Meter Defensive Player of the year. The offers are starting to roll in starting with UC Davis, Northern Arizona, Cal Poly, Sacramento State, Idaho and JeKob will be playing for the Cal Poly Mustangs.
KEANU WILLIAMS-Senior-Clovis Cougars (DE)
Keanu is finally a senior and he has been a dominant force at DE since he was a freshman and is ranked 21st best defensive end in the country. Keanu is a beast playing at 6’5, 295 lbs who is fast and strong. Keanu got over 20 plus offers with schools like Stanford, UCLA, USC and Keanu has verbally committed to play for the OREGON DUCKS and will not play his senior year for the Clovis Cougars. Keanu will enter school early in January.
MIKEY FICHER-Senior-Tulare Western Mustangs (QB/WR/S)
Mikey will go down as the best to ever play at Tulare Western and his senior year will be electric. Mikey set a Central Section Record by returning 4 interceptions for touchdowns in one season. He finished with 51 tackles, 7 interceptions, returned punts, kickoffs and played at QB in the last 4 games. He completed 8 of 12 for 147 yards & 3 TD passes, rushed 78 times for 577 yards and scored 7 TD’s, caught 39 balls for 502 yards and 6 TD’s. The 4.0 GPA student athlete has verbally committed to play at DAVIDSON COLLEGE.
LONNIE WESSEL-Senior-Golden West Trailblazers (LB/RB)
Lonnie comes into this season as the top runner back in the Central Section. Last year Lonnie rushed for 2,005 yards, scored 28 TD’s and on defense he made 102 tackles along with 8 sacks. By the time Lonnie graduates he will be the best Blazers player in school history.
JORDAN HORNBEAK-Senior-Memorial Panthers (RB)
Jordan will come into this season as the main offensive threat for the Panthers. This Panthers team will be much different on offense after spreading it out the last 4 years, and it could be a running downhill O with Hornbeak leading the way and running behind a big offensive line. Hornbeak is getting plenty of offers including UCLA, Cal, Washington, Utah, Boise State, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon State, San Jose State and Jordan will stay home and play for the FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS!
HECTOR NAVA-Senior-Porterville Panthers (QB)
Hector will go down as the best QB in Porterville history. Nava is now a senior and one of the best QB’s in the section already throwing for 6,308 yard and 54 TD’s. The Panthers offense will be a high scoring machine in 2020.
WINSTON WILLIAMS-Senior-Immanuel Eagles (RB/TE/DE)
Winston is no longer a secret in the Central Section because colleges are now aware of just how good he is. He is fast and strong on the edge that is looking to have a big senior year. Plenty of teams will be running away from Winston. One of the best players in the Central Section in football & basketball who is getting plenty of division 1 football offers with Fresno State, Sacramento State, Wyoming, Army West Point, New Mexico, Eastern Washington, San Diego State, Cal Poly and Winston will be playing for the UC Davis Aggies.
BRANDON RAMIREZ-Sophomore-Memorial Panthers (S/RB)
Brandon was fantastic as a freshman playing for the Hanford Bullpups. The new Panthers transfer is one of those electric players and already has an offer from the Texas Longhorns. Brandon was also invited to the Elite Underclassmen Showcase of the top players in the country in Las Vegas. By the time Brandon graduates from SJM, he will be one of the top players recruited in the country!
MASON BROSSEAU-Senior-Hanford Bullpups (DL/MLB)
Mason comes into this season as the top Defensive Linemen in the Central Section. His senior year should be fantastic for the 6’3, 260 lb. Co-WYL lineman of the year. The 6-foot-3 and 260-pound is being looked at from Fresno State, San Jose State, UTEP, Bucknell, Cal Poly, Sacramento State, UC Davis, Azusa Pacific, Eastern Washington and has an offer from Whittier.
TYLER KASCHEWSKI-Senior-Templeton Eagles (QB)
The Eagles offense will be ready to roll with Tyler back at QB. The Ocean MVP was one of the most dangerous QB’s in the Central Section throwing for 1,107 yards, 11 TD passes, & rushed for 1,904 yards, scored 31 TD’s on 169 carries.
JETT JACKSON-Senior-Kingsburg Vikings (QB/S)
One of the best QB’s in the Central Section went down last year in week 7 with a kneecap injury. Senior QB Jett Jackson returns from injury and will be ready to roll. Jett is a cross between Russell Wilson and Aaron Rogers and is looking stronger than ever. JETT IS BACK and watch out for the Kingsburg Vikings!
AARON BLANCAS-Senior-Selma Bears (RB/DB)
Aaron will come into this season as one of the best two-way players in the Central Section. Look for big stats from Aaron because he is so dangerous and is always around the ball. He is strong, will run you over and run by you.
DOMINIC MARTINEZ- Senior-Orosi Cardinals (RB/LB)
One of the best running backs in the Central Section and would be a star in any division. Last year Dom rushed for 2,279 yards and scored 31 TD’s.
JALEN SMITH-Senior-Garces Rams (RB/LB)
The Rams are expecting big things from their two-way star. The 6’0, 210 RB/LB played all over last year. On offense he carried the ball 112 times, caught 12 passes, and made 74 tackles. Look for all these numbers to double in 2020.
T’KY POSEY-Senior-Bullard Knights (DE)
The Pag Meter All Star had an outstanding junior year as a defensive end. He has tremendous speed, is tough to block and plenty of colleges know all about T’ky. The Knights are looking for big things from their senior leader.
VELLTRAY JEFFERSON-Senior-Edison Tigers (TE/OLB)
Plenty of offers are coming in for the 6’5 225 lb TE/WR/OLB. VJ has so much potential to be the best player in the Central Section if he keeps working hard, sky is the limit. Velltray could play TE at the next level with plenty of offers rolling in including Arizona, Colorado, Tennessee, USC, and Washington Velltray has verbally committed to play for the UTAH UTES
BRADY ANDERSON-Senior-liberty Patriots (LB/TE)
Brady is a hard noise player on both sides of the ball. Last year he made 53 tackles and he will come into this season as one of the top linebackers in the Central Section. The senior leader is 6’2, 220 lb, fast, strong and getting plenty of college offers with Fresno State, New Mexico, Air Force, Army, Montana State, Northern Arizona, Cal Poly, Sacramento State and Brady will be playing for the SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS.
MICHAEL JACOT-Senior-Clovis North Broncos (RB/WR/KO/PR/S)
One of the most dangerous punt and kickoff returners in the Central Section. When he touches the ball, there is a real good chance he will take it back for a score. If any team kicks to Jacot, they are crazy. The Broncos will do what they can to get the ball to MJ.
ZACH BUCKEY-Senior-Garces Rams (DE)
One of the best in the south valley and will be a force on defense of the Rams. Zach is 6’5, 250 lbs and plays like JJ Watt on the edge who is also outstanding throwing the Discus. He has a 4.5 GPA and with plenty of offers already from Army, Colorado State, San Jose State, Utah State, Wyoming, Air Force, Arkansas State, Cal Poly, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Fresno State, Harvard, Hawaii, Navy, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Arizona, Penn, Portland State, Princeton, Tulane, UNLV, Yale and Zach will be playing for the STANFORD CARDINAL
NICKOLAS HERRERA-Senior-Clovis West Golden Eagles (Center/DT)
One of the best Centers and hard-working players in the Central Section. The senior leader will be a big part of the Golden Eagles and will be a force on both sides of the ball. Nickolas will be playing at Bethel.
XAVIER HALEY-Senior-Tulare Union Tribe (DB)
Xavier won the Pag Meter Star is Born award last year because we just knew he was going to be a beast. The Tribe star is one of the best lockdown cornerbacks in the Section that will smack you! The mini Ronnie Lott has been offered by Fresno State, Colorado State, Northern Arizona, Eastern Washington, Southern Utah, San Diego State, Cal Poly and Xavier has verbally committed to play for the NEW MEXICO LOBOS.
ZION HALL-Senior-Garces Rams (WR/RB)
One of the fastest players in the section and dangerous after the catch. Zion played at Ridgeview last year and transferred across town to Garces. The Rams will do everything they can in 2021 to get Zion the ball. Zion is now being recruited by plenty and the offers are rolling starting with Nevada, Rose Hulman College, Webber College, Pacific University, Bethel College, San Diego University AND Zion has verbally committed to play at CAL POLY.
D’JORDAN CARTER-Senior-Central Grizzlies (DB)
One of the best lockdown cornerbacks in the Central Section and will be a force in the Grizzlies defensive secondary. He has speed and will make plenty of tackles.
GRANT BUCKEY-Sophomore-Liberty Patriots (DE)
Keep an eye on this next Patriots beast on defense. He’s 6’5. 255 lbs. with speed and power. He has a 4.0 GPA and the offers will start to roll in starting with San Jose State, and UNLV. Grant has been invited to the Elite Underclassmen Showcase in Las Vegas.
MARCEL SANDERS-Senior-Clovis West Golden Eagles (TE/DE)
Marcel Sanders is ready to have a big year and has been working hard every day to get better. Marcel is 6’3, 230 lbs and has quick feet that colleges are loving. His junior year he made 65 tackles with 8 sacks and in 2020 those numbers could double. Marcel has verbally committed to play at SAN JOSE STATE. The Spartans are getting one of the best the Section has to offer.
TJ HALL-Junior-Memorial Panthers (DB/WR)
TJ is one heck of a talent in football and in basketball. TJ will never come off the field and will be a big part of the offense/defense and special teams. Hall is fast with great hands and will play tremendous cornerback. TJ has the makings to a be a true superstar! Keep an eye on Tj because some huge offers are coming his way! His first offer comes from Fresno State.
MATEO GRANADA Jr-Senior-Memorial Panthers (OL/DL)
Mateo will be a force upfront on both sides of the ball. The 6’2, 250 lb. will lead the Panthers with a powerful running game. Mateo will never come off the field. He is tough to block on the defensive line and plays tremendous right tackle on offense.
BRENNON LAMEE-Senior-Clovis North Broncos (WR)
Might just be the best receiver in the section and one of the hardest working players. His senior year could be huge and is outstanding after the catch with his 4.4 speed and a big-time clutch player. Brennon is 6’2 ,190, 3.5 GPA, great hands and speed and before too long plenty of offers are coming. Brennon is the real deal!
HADEN MANN-Senior-Liberty Patriots (QB)
One of the strongest Senior QB’s in the state and so tough to bring down. Last year he played games with a bad ankle and still was voted the SWYL offensive MVP. Haden threw for 1,530 yards, with 11 TD passes and rushed for 408 yards and scored 9 TD’s in 9 games. This year the Patriots will be tough to beat with Mann at QB.
BRYCE WEINER-Senior-Bullard Knights (QB)
Bryce got hurt last year with a thumb injury and he is back and looking real good. If Bryce has the year like I think he can, the Knights could be challenging the Central Grizzlies on Championship Friday. Bryce is smart, has a good arm and the Knights senior leader. Bryce is one of the hardest working Quarterbacks in the section and has turned into a division 1 prospect and Bryce didn’t waste any time and he got an offer from Cal Poly and he has verbally committed to play for the CAL POLY MUSTANGS!
TYRECE FAIRLY, Junior- Edison Tigers (WR/LB)
Tyrece might just have more talent than anybody in the state and once he puts it all together, it will be amazing to watch. He’s 6’3, 215 lbs., who can go get it with tremendous hands. If he continues to get it done in the classroom, weight room and football field, watch the offers start to roll in.
JEREMIAH SHELTON- Junior-Central Grizzlies (OLB/DL)
Jeremiah was an All-State sophomore and only getting better every day. He is fast, tough to block and the Grizzlies are looking for great things from this future Division 1 college star.
KIDASI NEPA- Senior-Righetti High Warriors (RB/FS)
Will be the main offensive threat and the Warriors are expecting big things from their senior leader. Look for a big year at running back who is fast and powerful.
KEYSHAWN PU’A-Senior-Nipomo Titans (RB/LB)
One of the most powerful runners in the Central Section. Keyshawn is 6’0 230lb and a stud on both sides of the ball. It will take plenty to bring Pu’a down.
ARIC EADES-Senior-Memorial Panthers (DL)
The senior leader will be a big part of the Panthers defense. Aric is quick off the ball with plenty of speed and will also bull-rush you. The CMAC All Star had 12 sacks along with 71 tackles last year. Aric has a 3.6 GPA and the offers are starting to come in starting with Columbia University, Southwest Minnesota, Bethel, Whittier, and Morehead State.
COLBY MILLER-Senior-Shafter Generals (TE/DE)
3-year starter and will never come off the field. Colby is 6’2, 225 lbs., one of the best athletic Tight Ends in the section along with plenty of speed rusher on the edge. Colby has a 4.0 GPA and has improved his speed to a 4.8 and last year had 83 tackles and plenty of colleges now know who Colby Miller is. A Beast!
WILLIE JAMES-Senior-Tulare Union Tribe (WR)
The next Tribe superstar receiver and his senior year will be special. In 2 years, the speedy WR has caught 148 footballs for 1,995 yards & has scored 23 TD’s. Willie will be one of the best Tribe Wide Receivers in school history by the time he graduates.
JACOB TAFOYA-Senior-Clovis East (RB/LB)
One of the best players in the Central Section that you will get to know very soon. Jacob is a powerful, speedy running back at 6’2, 210lbs and a stud hitter at linebacker. The TRAC All Star has a 4.0 GPA and Jacob will be playing for the AIR FORCE ACADAMY FIGHTING FALCONS. Jacob is the 2nd player in school history (Tracy Slocum) to get a Division 1 scholarship.
RYAN WARKENTIN-Junior-Reedley Pirates (RB/S)
One of the fastest and best athletes in the Central Section. Ryan is outstanding at Water polo and played football for the first time in his life last year. Water polo and football are played at the same time of the season and he still dominated both sports. This year Ryan will not play Water Polo and is looking for a big junior year. Ryan has breakaway speed and plays like a mini Christian McCaffrey.
CHRISTIAN JONES-Senior-San Luis Obispo Tigers (OL)
The All State All Star and a Pag Meter All Star is 6’9, 300 lb giant and only getting better and better. College offers are starting to roll in starting with San Jose State, San Diego State, and University of San Diego. His size is hard to find and his senior year will be fun to watch.
DAUNTE NAMULAUULU, Senior, Central Grizzlies (DL/OL)
Daunte is 6’1, 250 LB and is very strong to move out of the way. He can clog holes, stop the run, and get to the QB. On offense, the Grizzlies are expecting big things upfront from their senior leader.
MASON THOMPSON-Senior-Arroyo Grande Eagles (RB)
This is a true watch list player to keep an eye on because Mason is ready to have a breakout year. Mason will be a big part of the Eagles offense.
PRENTICE BOONE-Senior-Liberty Patriots (RB/LB)
Prentice will come into this season as one of the best two-way players in the Central Section. He is a hard nose running back and a stud at linebacker. Any time the Patriots are in a short yardage situation, look for Boone to have the ball because he is tough to slow down.
ISAIAH HOWARD-Senior-Clovis West Golden Eagles (WR)
Isaiah has blossomed into one of the best receivers in the Central Section. He’s 6’2, 185 lbs., with great hands and plenty of speed. Isaiah did not waste any time with falling in love with EASTERN WASHINGTON and has committed to play at the next level. It is always good to get the college decision out of the way so you can focus on football.
VAI KRUSE-Junior-Bullard Knights (LB)
The Knights have one heck of a senior leader at linebacker. The Pag Meter All Star had a very good junior year making 111 tackles. Val will come into this season as one of the top linebackers in the Central Section.
MICHAEL WESSEL-Senior-Golden West Trailblazers (QB/RB/S)
One of the most dangerous players in the Central Section on both sides of the ball. Michael will play all over at QB/RB and Safety. He can score on any given play with his speed and power and can crush you at making tackles.
ZACH CLIFT-Senior-Arroyo Grande Eagles (DE)
An All Mountain League All Star defensive end last year and an elite wrestler. Zach is fast from the edge that can get to the QB and take away the run.
TAYTE GRANTHAM-Junior-Madera South Stallions (RB/S)
Tayte is 5’10, 185 LB phenom. Pag Meter All Star in Wrestling, Track & Field, and Diving. He is a throwback to the way high school student athletes used to be in a variety of sports. Big, Fast, and Physical. One of the best underclassmen in the Central Section.
LUTTRELL YOUNG-Senior-Hanford Bullpups (RB/LB)
The Bullpups are expecting big things from their Senior stud on both sides of the ball. The Bullpups will be young so look for plenty of carries from Young.
ZACH SILVA-Senior-Arroyo Grande Eagles
One of the best offensive linemen in the Central Section. The Eagles love to pound the ball and will be running behind their 6’5 260LB All Star.
BRAYDEN BLEVINS-Senior-(K) and BRADY TORRIGIANI-Senior-(P/DB/WR) Liberty Patriots
The B & B Boys are the best Kicker/Punter combo in the State. The Pag Meter All Stars are major weapons for the Patriots who will contend for the Central Section Championship.
MASON BEWLEY-Senior-Arroyo Grande Eagles (OL)
A monster of the Eagles Offensive line at 6’4, 290LB. The Eagles will line up and pound it right at you and leading the way is their big senior leader.
BLAKE SPOMER-Senior-Kingsburg Vikings (RB/WR/DB)
Blake will come into 2020 as one of the top players in the central section. Blake plays both ways and is always around the ball. The Central Sequoia League MVP will line up everywhere and the Vikings will do what they can to get him the ball. On defense he is one of the best defensive backs in the section.
JASON OLIVER Jr-Junior-Liberty Patriots (DB)
The 6’1 speedster comes into the year as one of the best DB’s in the south valley. Look for the offers to start rolling in soon.
KADEN TATE-Senior-Kingsburg Vikings (WR/TE/FS)
Once the Vikings get in the Red Zone, it’s time for Kaden to do his thing because he’s tough to stop at 6’5 with his great hands. He can out rebound almost anybody. On defense he is a fantastic Free Safety.
MARCUS RAMIREZ-Junior-Central Grizzlies (LB)
Just transferred in from Dos Palos who last year was the WSL Defensive Player of the year. The Grizzlies are getting a good one and it seems like when the Broncos have a great player (Tre Walker) they end up at Central. Marcus will be a big part of the Grizzlies defense.
RUSSELL FERRALL-Senior-Arroyo Grande Eagles (LB)
Is a playmaker and one of the most physical linebackers in school history. Russell is tough against the run and the team leader on defense.
ISAIAH ELLIS-Senior-Porterville Panthers (RB/FS)
Isaiah will come into 2020 as one the best running backs in the Central Section. Ellis, last year rushed for 934 yards, scored 13 TD’s and those numbers could double this year.
KEANU KUMA-Junior-Washington Union Panthers (LB)
One of the best young linebackers in the state. The 6’0, 240 lb. baby beast finished with 116 tackles in 2019. The next 2 years will be exciting watching the Panthers defense.
JJ UPHOLD-Senior-Garces Rams (TE)
He’s 6’5 with great hands and a tremendous blocker. The 230 pounder has speed and is also a tremendous basketball player who averaged 13ppg for the Rams last year. The offers are rolling in and JJ has verbally committed to play for the WYOMING COWBOYS. Here is a kid that will only get better and look in the future for JJ to be a Mountain West League All Star.
DJ STEVENSON, Senior, Central Grizzlies (QB)
Last year DJ played at Buchanan and the super athlete was thrown into the fire at QB. DJ leaves and transfers to Central and just watch out how good DJ will be? DJ is getting outstanding coaching and he looks like a completely different QB. He has tremendous speed and his throwing motion is completely different. DJ has a 3.5 GPA and offers will start to roll in starting with Northern Arizona, and Eastern New Mexico University with many more coming.
CHRISTIAN ALVAREZ-Senior-Wasco Tigers (RB/DB)
Christian will go down as one of the best Tigers in school history. Alvarez has rushed for 3,034 yards and scored 35 TD’s the last 2 years. Christian has speed and a power back.
CALEB WALKER-Senior-El Diamante Miners (OL)
Caleb is one of the biggest linemen in the Central Section at 6’5,295 lb and getting better and better every day. Caleb is working his ass off on and off the field. The rising star is now on the college radar and has offers from Clarke University, Graceland University, and Concordia College.
TRISTAN RISLEY-Junior- Clovis Cougars (RB)
Tristan was runner up for the Pag Meter Underclassmen of the year in 2019. He finished with 1,338 rushing yards and scored 15 TD’s in only 9 games. The Cougars are set at running back for the next 2 years. The Cougars will run the RPO offense and a big part of it will be with Tristan.
JOHN AMBROSE-Senior-Selma Bears (LB)
A monster in the middle and a huge part of the Division 4 Section Championship defense. John is 230 lb quick, tough to run against and is ready for a big senior year!
RYAN RAMIREZ-Senior-Dos Palos Broncos (RB/LB)
Ryan is a beast at 6’2, 225 LB. The Pag Meter All Star scored 27 TD’s and is ready for a big year rushing the ball. On defense he is a monster in the middle.
STEPHEN SHELLEY-Senior-Buchanan Bears (WR)
Stephen comes into this season as one of the top receivers in the Central Section. He has speed, runs tremendous routes, and can catch everything thrown his way.
TRENT CALVERT-Junior-Dos Palos Broncos (QB)
Trent comes into this season as one of the Top QB’s in the Central Section. The Pag Meter All Star already is the school’s passing all-time leader after throwing for 2,688 yards and 32 TD passes. Trent has the Broncos ready for a championship run.
HECTOR DAVILA-Junior-Immanuel Eagles (QB)
One of the best dual threat Quarterbacks in the Central Section and would be the star on any team in the section. Hector returns and the defenses will have their hands full because he has speed, can move around in the pocket, and has a tremendous arm. Look for Hector to have a monster year and look for the offers to start coming soon because this kid is the real deal.
CARLTON BROWN-III-Senior-Mission Prep Royals (TE/WR/DB)
One of the best WR/DB in the Central Section returns from last year and the 6’6 stud can catch anything. Carlton is getting plenty of division 1 offers and his Top 7 choices are Utah, Oregon State, Cal Poly, San Diego State, UC Davis, & UNLV. And Carlton has verbally committed to play for the NEVADA WOLF PACK.
GABRIEL OLMOS-Senior-Sanger Apaches (DL/DE)
The CMAC All Star comes into this year as the senior stud on defense. Gabriel is strong and fast on the edge and it makes it tough for teams to run on his sides. The Apaches defense will be much faster this year.
AYDEN MERRIHEW-Senior-Clovis Cougars (DE/DT)
He is fast and strong on the defensive front and will be a big force for the Cougars. Ayden is 6’3 240lb and is also outstanding in the Shot Put, Discus and Hammer. The offers will start to roll in starting with University of San Diego.
DOMINICK MCCORMACK-Senior-Redwood Rangers (WR/FS)
Dominick is now a 3-star 6’3″ 175 safety/WR. Dom is such a fantastic athlete that you could see him play some QB. Dominick has an offer from Cal Poly.
DOM D’AMATO-Senior-Garces Rams (DB/WR)
Look for the Italian stallion to be the Rams team leader on both sides of the ball. Dom is always around the ball and last year he led the south valley with 6 interceptions.
JADEN MUNOZ-Senior-Sanger Apaches (NT)
The CMAC All Star might just be the best Nose Tackle in the Central Section. Jaden is a monster and is always double teamed. He is quick and powerful and looking to have a tremendous senior year.
NATE JOHNSON-Junior-Clovis Cougars (QB)
Nate is clearly one of the best athletes in the state and the Cougars are letting the talented Johnson touch the ball on every play. Nate is a big-time division 1 college recruit at wide receiver. Nate is the Lamar Jackson of the Central Section and will run the RPO offense. The passing. game is a work in progress. This is a big change for the Cougars thinking and getting the ball in the hands of one of the most dangerous players in the Section. Nate already has offers from Arizona and Utah and sky’s the limit at QB for Nate Johnson.
ASSANI BERKELEY-Senior-Mission Prep Royals (WR/DB)
The Royals are looking for Assani to have a huge year on both sides of the ball. He is 6’1, 190 lb who has speed, can also run you over and has offers rolling in starting with Cal Poly, UC Davis, Sacramento State and UNLV and Assani has verbally committed to play for the SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS.
MITCHELL LEPPKE-Senior-Memorial Panthers (LB/DE)
Mitchell transferred in from El Diamante and was a WYL All Star. Mitchell has found the weight room and is now weighting 235lb. If He continues to work hard and focus on school/ weight room/football, look for the offers to roll in. He should be a huge factor on the Panthers defense. A star on the rise!
MARCUS CORREIA-Junior-Redwood Rangers (MLB)
Keep an eye on LB Marcus Correia because he is a beast who is strong, fast and will want to rip your head off. The WYL All Star has plenty of interest from colleges already including San Diego State.
KADEN PRESTON-Senior-Kern Valley Broncs (QB)
The Pag Meter All Star comes off one heck of a junior year throwing for 2,262 yards, 18 TD passes and rushed for 903 yards, scored 17 TD’s. The Broncs are ready for a big year.
JACOB NAVARRO-Senior-Centennial Golden Hawks (OLB/WR)
The 3-year returning starter is ready to have a big senior year for the G Hawks on both sides of the ball. Jacob was invited to the Hawaii Tiki Bowl in Honolulu.
BRANDEN VELASQUEZ-Senior-Kerman Lions (OL/DL)
Branden will come into this year as one of the Top players in the North Sequoia league. The NSL All Star finished last year with 148 tackles. Brandon will be the senior leader for new head coach Dejon Kelly.
DONOVAN LE FEVRE-senior-Clovis Cougars (OL)
Donovan was a secret but not any longer. He is the most improved player in the Central Section and only getting better with a tremendous work ethic which every coach/college loves. Watch out for his for senior year because he is going to be a force on the Cougars offensive line. The 3.83 GPA is a very hard worker, strong, quick feet and has offers from Eastern New Mexico University, Pacific Lutheran University, and Pacific University.
JARON AMOS-Senior-Ridgeview Wolf Pack (RB)
The Pack are looking for a big year from their senior leader. Last year he rushed for 1,200 yards and that number could be much more running behind the Pack outstanding O-line.
CARLOS MORENO-Junior- Strathmore Spartans (RB/LB)
The Spartans have another stud running back with Moreno who last year rushed for 1,747 yards & scored 20 TD’s. The Pag Meter All Star will have the Spartans contending for a division 5 championship the next 2 years.
VINCENT MARTINEZ-Senior-Madera Coyotes (S/OLB)
The Coyotes team captain is ready for a big year. Vince is fast, strong, and always around the ball. The Coyotes always has that hard nose, All Star player that just stands out and Vincent is that player.
COREY JACKSON-Senior-Edison Tigers (DL)
Corey just transferred in from Sunnyside and is getting better and better every day at 6’1, 271 lbs. He is strong and fast off the ball and will be a force on the DL for the Tigers. If Corey continues to work hard, he can be one of the best!
TYLER CARR-Senior-Bakersfield Christian Eagles (WR)
Tyler might just have the best hands in the Central Section because he catches everything. The senior team leader runs tremendous routes and has speed. Look for the 6’2 receiver to be the defending state champion Eagles go to when its crunch time.
CADE UEHLING-Senior-Buchanan Bears (RB/LB)
Last year Cade would have been the star running back on any team in the section, but the Buchanan Bears had Mr. Georgia, Kendall Milton. Cade will be one of the best 2-way players in the section. Cade has speed and power at running back and at linebacker.
IAN JERNAGIN-Junior-Garces Rams (RB)
Everybody just knew it was a matter of time before he followed his old Coach Paul Golla. Ian leaves Bakersfield as expected and is ready to take off with his outstanding speed and power. Ian is a dangerous running back that hits the hole hard and will break so many tackles. Look for offers to start rolling in and starting with Colorado,
CARLOS MACK, Junior, Edison Tigers (S/WR)
He has plenty of speed with great hands. The Tigers will do what they can to get the ball in the hands of their future All Star receiver.
MATTHEW NOLT-Senior-Clovis West Golden Eagles (OL)
Nolt is a very physical Offensive Tackle with great feet at 6’4, 270lbs. He is a tremendous pass blocker along with being a pancake run blocker. I’m looking for Matthew to be a Pag Meter All Star in this season and he got his first offer starting with Whittier College.
AUSTIN BENO-Senior-El Diamante Miners (RB)
Beno comes in as the team leader and 4-year starter. Austin will be ready for a big year running the football.
LAWRENCE STELL-Junior-Washington Union Panthers
Keep an eye on this 6’2 QB because there will be no more rotating like last year. Lawrence has a cannon and has speed. Stell is ready to lead the Panthers to a possible championship run. Stell will put plenty of pressure on the defense with his talent of stepping up in the pocket or running.
ISAIAH RUBIO-Senior-Bakersfield Christian Eagles (OL)
Isaiah comes into this year as one of the best offensive guards in the Central Section. The defending state champions will look to their SYL All Star for leadership on and off the field.
ANDREW WIENS-Senior-Clovis North Broncos (OL)
Andrew comes into this season as one the best guards in the Central Section at 6’3, 280lb. The hard-working senior will also play some center/tackle.
DOMINIC ROUNTREE- Junior-Highland Scots (RB/LB)
One of the best in the south valley and Southeast Yosemite Defensive MVP comes off a tremendous sophomore year with 85 tackles. Dom will be a force on both sides of the ball.
TYLER WILLIAMS-Senior-St Joseph Knights (DB)
Tyler is 6’0 and will play physical vs any wide receiver. He is getting better and better with every practice. Tyler has plenty of speed and gets it done in the classroom. The offers are rolling in with Cal Poly, William & Mary, Fordham, Lehigh, Bucknell, University of San Diego, and Yale. Look for the Mountain West and PAC 12 coming in soon.
MYLES LEE-Junior-Edison Tigers, (RB)
One of the hardest working players in the Central Section. Myles is the old fashion high school football player that loves to compete. He is a strong physical runner, low center to gravity and that will run by you or run you over.
A.J. CLEVELAND-Senior-Highland Scots
AJ had a heck of a junior year throwing for 2,025 yards, with 28 TD passes. In 2020, AJ is simply the best player in the SEYL and will put up silly numbers again this year.
A STAR IS BORN LIST AND/OR LOOK FOR BIG YEARS FROM THESE PLAYERS
This is the year of the Quarterback with so many young talented QB’s ready to roll.
The Central Section has plenty of returning QB’s and that should make a huge difference in their teams’ success. Some QB’s on this list have the makings to be a Pag Meter All Stars in a hurry.
CLAY OMOHUNDRO-Senior-Bishop Union Broncos (QB)
Clay is back and ready to roll. The defending Division 6 Champions will be ready for another run at the title with Clay at QB.
JOSH RODRIGUEZ-Senior-Parlier Panthers (QB)
One the best to ever play at Parlier and I am expecting a big year from Josh who is one heck of a dual threat QB.
MARIO COSMA-Freshman-Roosevelt Rough Riders
Mario who has the makings to be very good. Mario is the young cousin of Trent Tompkins
EVAN LARA-Senior-Orosi Cardinals (QB)
The Cardinals are the favorites to win it all in division 6 and leading the way will be their senior QB who last year threw for 1,759 yards and 19 TD’s.
MICHAEL BELL-Junior (QB) and CARSON DEAN-Sophomore-Memorial Panthers (QB)
I put these future stars together. This will be a good old fashion battle for the starting job.
6’1 Bell is a fantastic athlete and baseball player and 6’2 Carson just transferred in from Clovis and is a pure passer. Both have the makings to be very good. The Panthers will have a huge O-line and Hornbeak in the backfield. The QB’s job will be to direct the Panthers machine.
MORGAN PRIVIT-Senior-Sanger Apaches (LB/RB)
The speedster will be a big part of the offense at running back and a big hitter and LB.
CAMERON HUERTA-Senior-Chavez Titans
Cameron is expecting to have a breakout year for the 3-year starter.
DAYTON TAFOYA-Sophomore-Clovis West Golden Eagles
Hey Central Section, meet Dayton Tafoya because the Golden Eagles will have the best QB for the next 3 years in the Central Section. Dayton plays like Russell Wilson and wants to get better every day by working his ass off. Dayton has a strong arm, such a quick release, can move around in the pocket and can run.
LEVI MANNING-Sophomore-Centennial Golden Hawks
A star will be born with the mini Cody Kessler because this kid has the makings to be real good. Levi’s dad played at Utah State, Uncle played at Purdue University, so you know the bloodline is ready for a future division 1 QB. Levi is very smart and has a cannon for an arm. Look for Levi to be the Top QB in the south valley with many offers soon to be rolling in.
CHRIS QUALLS-Junior-Bakersfield Drillers (DB)
Hard working player that will be a star and one of the best in the Central Section by the time he graduates. Already with an offer from Nevada.
JORGE GONZALES-Junior-Tulare Union Tribe (QB)
Jorge had a good sophomore year throwing for 1,800 yards and his junior year will be even better. Jorge’s job is to get the ball in the hands of his athletes.
IAN KIRBY-Junior-Buchanan Bears (QB)
Ian was thrown into the fire last year and in his first game he had to battle the champion Central Grizzlies. The Bears are now his team and look for Ian to step up and make the Bears a contender again.
GARRETT JONES-Senior/ ROLAND RUSSO-Junior/JAYDEN MANDAL-Sophomore-Clovis North Broncos (QB)
This will be the best battle for the starting job in the state! Garrett came on last year and showed the coaching staff that he is ready to take this team over. Last year Garrett was either spot on or way off. Can he get more consistence? Roland can put the ball anywhere it needs to be with accuracy but also needs to be more consistence. The sophomore phenom, Jayden Mandal, is 6’0 195 and has a tremendous arm. Jayden who just verbally committed to play baseball at Fresno State needs experience and his QB vision is improving. This could be a battle right up to scrimmage time in December. The Broncos are looking good at the QB spot for years to come.
ETHAN ROYAL-Senior-Arroyo Grande Eagles (QB)
The Eagles senior leader returns and he is a physical runner who can play-action pass very well. Ethan is the coach on the field and that gives the Eagles a very good advantage.
JUSTIN VINK-Senior-El Diamante Miners (QB)
Last year Justin went down with an injury in the first game and the Miners season never recovered. With Justin back at 100%, the Miners will be very good with plenty of players returning.
KERSON EVERETT-Junior-Redwood Rangers (RB)
Every year the Central Section has a running back that goes off with a big year. This future star could be the guy with his speed.
JOSE LUNAR-Senior-Sanger Apaches (WR)
The Apaches go to wide receiver who runs tremendous routes and team leader.
TRAVIS PLUGGE-Junior-Garces Rams (QB)
The Rams have the making to be very good and it starts with their 6’5, 220 lb QB. Justin transferred in from Frontier who got some valuable playing time last year as a sophomore. He has a tremendous arm and will only get better and better.
JACK KAISER-Senior-Stockdale Mustangs (QB)
The Mustangs return their senior QB after throwing for over 1,000 yards. Look for Jack to have a big year for the Mustangs.
JOHN PENA-Senior-Sanger Apaches
John is working hard and will have the Apaches offense dangerous heading into this season. He is one of the best in the play action/option offense.
DAVID ZAVALA-Senior-Madera Coyotes (QB)
Keep an eye on this senior QB who has plenty of weapons. David can run, move around in the pocket, and has a real good arm. Zavala has the makings to be very good and will have the Coyotes ready for a, playoff run.
ISAIAH JONES-Junior-Independence Falcons (QB)
The Falcons are feeling good this year with their returning senior QB. Isaiah will be the leader that the Falcons need.
JADON PRINCE-Senior-Atascadero Greyhounds (RB/QB)
Jadon will be a big part of the offense at running back and at QB. The Hounds will want the ball in the hands of their senior stud.
DAYLON LEACH-Junior-West Vikings (QB/RB)
Daylon returns and is one heck of a running QB. With a year of experience with throwing the ball, the Vikings offense will be so much better in 2021
JOEY RAMIREZ-Senior-Selma Bears (QB)
Joey is a winner and the defending Division 4 champions had a very dangerous offense and the leader is their QB. Joey can run the Bears offense to perfection with running, passing and play action. The Bears will be very good again in 2021.
ANDRES ALTAMIRANO-Senior-Firebaugh Eagles (QB)
The Eagles return their QB for new head coach Mason Rodman and a new coach always loves to come in with a returning QB. Andres threw for 1,200 yards and the Eagles offense will be ready to light up the scoreboard.
TONY WOOLSEY-Senior-Chowchilla Tribe (QB)
Tony returns and is ready for a big year. The Tribe will be dangerous on offense with plenty returning from last year. Tony has a very good arm and can run.
SULLIVAN FOCKE-Senior-Monache Marauders (QB)
The 6’3 senior QB returns and the Marauders will be much improved. Sullivan has a real good arm and the Marauders return plenty.
RICKY ESTERWOOD-Senior-Bakersfield Drillers (QB)
With a year of experience with the new Drillers offense spread attack, look for the 6’2 senior who has a 4.5 GPA to have a big year.
KEVIN FRANCO-Senior-Morro Bay Pirates (QB)
Kevin returns for the beach boys and the Pirates will be much improved with their senior QB leading the way.
TRENTON BABB-Senior-Caruthers Blue Raiders (QB)
Trenton has played with some tremendous running backs the last 2 years with Chris Puga and Bobby Staley. This is now Trenton’s team and the offense will start with their senior lefty QB.
MATT ORDUNEZ-Senior-Mission Oak Hawks (QB)
QB Matt returns and will be ready for his new head coach Michael Machado. Coach Mike loves to throw the ball and his new QB can really run and move around in the pocket.
TYSON DOZHIER-Junior-Shafter Generals (QB)
Tyson will be working hard to take over this team and will only get better and better. Tyson is a tremendous 3-sport athlete and the spring; he will be very busy.
CHRIS LOPEZ-senior-Exeter Monarchs (QB)
The Monarchs are expecting big things from their senior returning QB. Chris is 6’1 215 lbs and can throw it and run it.
JACOB ROCHA, Sophomore, Reedley Pirates
Jacob has the potential to be very good and to help turn the Pirates team in a championship contender. Jacob is a pure passer and lookout for the Pirates to change the offense around for their young gun. I love to see a team change around the talent instead of a team keeping the same offense and having the talent cater to the old style