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Preseason all-Bay Area News Group high school football 2022: Defensive line

PRESEASON ALL-BAY AREA NEWS GROUP DEFENSIVE LINE (Listed in alphabetical order) Rickari Campbell, El Cerrito, 6-4, 180, senior First-team honors in the Tri-County Athletic League’s Rock Division and an all-Bay Area News Group honorable mention pick in 2021. Helped El Cerrito win the Rock title last fall with an undefeated record. Isiah Chala, Archbishop Riordan,…

PRESEASON ALL-BAY AREA NEWS GROUP

DEFENSIVE LINE

(Listed in alphabetical order)

Rickari Campbell, El Cerrito, 6-4, 180, senior

First-team honors in the Tri-County Athletic League’s Rock Division and an all-Bay Area News Group honorable mention pick in 2021. Helped El Cerrito win the Rock title last fall with an undefeated record.

Isiah Chala, Archbishop Riordan, 6-5, 260, senior

Three-star recruit with offers from Cal, Northern Arizona and Idaho. Honorable mention recognition by the Bay Area News Group last season. Should be a nice presence for first-year Riordan coach Adhir Ravipati.

Zachary Enderle, Live Oak, 5-10, 230, senior

Three-year varsity starter will be a strong presence for the Acorns on the defensive and offensive lines. Was a first-team all-Blossom Valley Athletic League Mt. Hamilton Division pick last season.

Nalesoni Fakava, San Mateo, 5-10, 250, junior

Defensive lineman of the year in the Peninsula Athletic League’s Lake Division as a sophomore last fall. Will be playing running back this season, too. Coach Jeff Scheller said Fakava will use his “rugby experience to be the center of the triple option offense.”

Santino Franco, St. Ignatius, 6-1, 260, senior

Standout two-way lineman among the West Catholic Athletic League’s best. Three-year starter and a returning captain. “Great toughness, physicality and motor,” SI John Regalia said.

Ryan Given, Pioneer, 5-11, 225, senior

Two-way lineman finished with seven sacks for the Mustangs last season, which ranked in the Top 10 in the Central Coast Section among stats reported to MaxPreps.

Kade Millard, Foothill, 6-3, 210, senior

Edge rusher had 9.5 sacks last season to finish among the leaders in the North Coast Section. Recognized as an all-East Bay Athletic League Valley Division selection.

Rayne Mayo Jr., Valley Christian, 6-2, 285, junior

“Athletic, powerful, playmaker,” is how Valley Christian coach Mike Machado described Mayo, who will play on both sides of the line this fall. Mayo was a second-team all-West Catholic Athletic League selection as a sophomore last season.

Brady Nassar, Amador Valley, 6-5, 240, senior

Three-star edge rusher has committed to Colorado, according to 247Sports. Has 13 college offers, including from Cal and Oregon State. Recognized as an all-Bay Area News Group honorable mention pick last season.

Isaiah Pino, Antioch, 6-3, 215, senior

Second-team all-Bay Area News Group selection and Bay Valley Athletic League defensive player of the year in 2021. “One of the best players I have ever coached,” Antioch’s Brett Dudley said. “I think he is the best two-way player in the county.”

Ralston Raphael, Menlo School, 6-2, 220, senior

Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division defensive lineman of the year in 2021 for a team that finished 12-1. Was an honorable mention selection by the Bay Area News Group.

Jae’Von Reels, Bellarmine, 6-1, 270, senior

Two-star prospect played a big role for the Bells last season and should be even more of a factor this fall. “Where he’s at today to where he ended the season last year is night and day,” coach Jalal Beauchman said. “We’re really expected to see all that hard work pay off for him this season.”

Malik Richardson, McClymonds, 6-2, 273, senior

First-team all-Oakland Athletic League selection last season. Should be a defensive anchor for a program that has captured four state championships since 2016, including one last fall.

Omar Staples, Oakland Tech, 6-3, 220, senior

Dominating edge rusher is rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports. Has offers from Arizona State, Oregon State, Utah and San Jose State, among others.

Amos Talalele, Santa Clara, 6-5, 330, senior

Three-star prospect and USC commit is a dominant presence on the defensive and offensive lines for Santa Clara. In addition to USC, had offers from Cal, Arizona, Colorado and Fresno State, according to 247Sports. 

Chase Tofaeono, De La Salle, 5-11, 270, senior

Returning first-team all-East Bay Athletic League Mountain Division pick. Finished with 28 tackles, including 12 behind the line of scrimmage, for NCS Open Division champs. Received second-team all-Bay Area News Group honors last fall.

Ryan Vernale, Los Gatos, 6-3, 240, junior

A two-way starter last season for the Wildcats, who won the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division title and qualified for the CCS Division I playoffs. Los Gatos coach Mark Krail called Vernale “powerful” and “athletic” and someone that will have to be “accounted for by our opponents.”


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