PRESEASON ALL-BAY AREA NEWS GROUP
(Listed in alphabetical order)
Justin Asuelo, Hercules, 5-10, 225, senior
Plugs the middle of the trenches as a two-way player at center and nose guard. One the team captains, he was a first-team all-TCAL Stone selection as a junior for a team that went undefeated in league play.
Soane Faasolo, Menlo-Atherton, 6-9, 280, senior
University of Washington commit is a two-way lineman whom M-A coach Chris Saunders said could be the area’s best and most dominant lineman. He played every snap on offense and a large number of snaps on defense last season.
Michael Forney, Archbishop Mitty, 6-4, 275, senior
A first-team all-WCAL selection last year, he’s drawn the attention of San Jose State and UC Davis on the recruiting trail. Showed off his strength during spring as one of three Monarchs to hit a home run on the baseball team.
Richard McKay, Clayton Valley, 6-7, 280, senior
An imposing figure in the trenches, the three-star recruit has offers from Arizona, Fresno State and San Jose State. He anchored an o-line that rushed for 290 yards per game and finished one win shy of qualifying for the NorCal playoffs.
Tyler Murphy, Acalanes, 6-4, 285, senior
Bulked up during offseason and appears a lock to play at the next level with offers from Air Force, Army, Eastern Washington, Fordham and Idaho. Will showcase his skills on Sept. 2 against Bishop O’Dowd.
William Ohai, Mt. Eden, 6-5, 350, junior
A first-team all-MVAL Mission selection last fall, this behemoth also played every game during the spring COVID-19 season as a freshman. A finisher in the trenches with great feet and balance, he plays with passion and intensity.
Cooper Powers, De La Salle, 6-5, 285, senior
Three-star recruit and TCU commit peppered with close to 20 offers. A two-way player this fall, he was a second-team all-EBAL Mountain selections as a junior for an offense that piled up nearly 3,500 yards on the ground and over 5,000 overall.
Manuel Serna, Clayton Valley, 6-5, 255, junior
Caught the eye of former Liberty coach Ryan Partridge, now an assistant at UMass – which has offered Serna a scholarship. Currently listed by 247Sports as No. 124 recruit out of California for the class of ‘24.
Ryan Silver, Serra, 6-4, 300, senior
Three-star recruit and San Diego State commit, he also received offers to join Mountain West Conference from Fresno State, Nevada and San Jose State. Padres are fresh off a first-ever appearance in CIF Open Division state final.
Champ Taulealea, Valley Christian, 6-4, 325, sophomore
While only tapping into his vast potential, already has Pac-12 offers from Arizona and Cal, while San Jose State has also thrown its hat in the ring. Will team up with junior Rayne Mayo Jr. as a formidable duo in the trenches.
Derek Thompson, De La Salle, 6-2, 285, senior
Ivy League-bound three-star recruit was a team captain as a junior. “Team leader,” DLS coach Justin Alumbaugh said. “His decision to commit to Harvard is a testament to who he is.” A first-team all-BANG selection last fall, the returning three-year starter is the strongest player for the Spartans.
Siaki Tonga, Antioch, 6-0, 225, senior
The only junior to make the cut as a first-team offensive lineman on the all-BVAL squad, he was also an honorable mention all-BANG selection last fall. Not just strong and athletic, but can run the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds.
Ikinasio Tupou, Palo Alto, 6-6, 240, junior
Sure to be a fast-riser in the recruiting trail, the three-star recruit’s only current offer is from San Jose State. Blessed with length, strength and balance, the agile tackle is ranked by 247Sports as No. 28 recruit out of California for the class of ‘24.
Laird Wheeler, San Ramon Valley, 6-2, 275, senior
A second-team all-EBAL Mountain selection last year, the three-year starter and two-star recruit currently has an offer from Air Force. Boasts a 4.1 GPA and 1450 SAT to prove he’s not only a mauler but also cerebral.
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