Linemen lead best class of big guys in state history while two juniors take advantage of sub-par running back class and get up onto the first team.
Note: This is the fourth release of several highlighting the 33rd annual edition of the ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football Team. Previous releases focused on small schools, medium schools and underclass.
Here is a closer look at the 12 players chosen first team offense:
WR Deontay Greenberry (Washington, Easton) 6-3, 190, Sr.
The ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports Mr. Football State Player of the Year had a remarkable season with state record totals of 33 touchdown catches and 2,165 yards. Greenberry also caught 109 passes, played a ball-hawking brand of defense in the secondary and led Washington (14-0) to the CIF Division III state bowl championship. Greenberry has committed to Notre Dame.
WR Darreus Rogers (Carson) 6-2, 195, Sr.
With a verbal to USC before the season even started, this standout wideout started and ended in big-time fashion despite being the focal point for the opposition. He opened with 12 catches for 255 yards and three scores in a win over Mater Dei and then caught 12 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Long Beach Poly. After ending with 13 catches for 251 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Narbonne, Rogers finished with 64 catches for 1,251 yards and eight touchdowns.
WR Bryce Treggs (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) 6-0, 175, Sr.
The Trinity League Co-Offensive Player of the Year with Santa Margarita's Johnny Stanton caught 70 passes for 1,377 yards and 11 touchdowns. Treggs caught eight passes in three different games and had a best with 201 yards in a win over La Habra. He is headed next to Cal where his dad, Brian, set records as a receiver from 1988-1991.
OL Arik Armstead (Pleasant Grove, Elk Grove) 6-7, 285, Sr.
Playing both sides of the football, Armstead finished with 42 tackles and 3.5 sacks on the defensive side of line. On offense, he was a big factor in the Eagles rushing for over 4,000 yards as they scored an average of 52 points per game. Auburn, Notre Dame, and Cal are among the leaders at getting his signature on letter of intent day next week. He is the No. 24 ranked player in the ESPNU 150 list and played his final high school football game at the U.S. Army All-American game.
OL Kyle Murphy (San Clemente) 6-7, 285, Sr.
Besides being dominant on the offensive line, this two-time All-Orange County pick and U.S. Army All-American also excels in the classroom and in the community as he was honored with the Glenn Davis award at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. In a year of great offensive linemen, there are some recruiting analysts who think Murphy is the best of them all. He has yet to commit but Stanford currently has been mentioned as the favorite to get his autograph on next week on National Signing Day.
OL Jordan Simmons (Crespi, Encino) 6-5, 355, Sr.
Before the season even started, Simmons turned heads at the Nike Football Training Camp at USC earning his position's MVP and then he went on to have an impressive season at Crespi for the second year in a row. Simmons, who transferred from Dorsey of Los Angeles aafter his sophomore season, is No. 88 in the ESPNU 150 player rankings. He committed to USC in October.
OL Freddie Tagaloa (Salesian, Richmond) 6-8, 310, Sr.
First catching our attention on the basketball court in his freshman year as a player off the bench for Salesian’s CIF Division IV state championship team, this big man is an impressive athlete in football as well. He helped the Pride go 14-0 and capture the North Coast Section Division IV championship. He has committed to Cal, which is where former Salesian running back Jahvid Best also played. Tagaloa isn’t quite yet done with basketball, either, as he starts for a Salesian team currently No. 33 in the POWERADE FAB 50 national rankings.
OL Max Tuerk (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM) 6-6, 290, Sr.
Johnny Stanton may have been the guy with the football to score the game-winning touchdown against Bellarmine in the CIF Division I state championship, but it was Tuerk who led the way with the block just like he did all season long. Among his postseason honors so far is being named Lineman of the Year by the Los Angeles Times. Before the season started, Tuerk gave a verbal to USC.
QB Zach Kline (San Ramon Valley, Danville) 6-2, 210, Sr.
Passing for 3,630 yards and 36 touchdowns while also rushing for eight scores, Kline led the Wolves to a 10-4 record and deep into the CIF North Coast Section Division I playoffs before a season-ending loss to De La Salle of Concord. Even in the loss, Kline had a 299-yard passing performance against a talented Spartan defense. His best passing performance on the year came in a 42-38 shootout win over California of San Ramon as he passed for 337 yards and five touchdowns while completing 19 of his 23 pass attempts with no interceptions. The East Bay Offensive Player of the Year and the Gatorade State Player of the Year has already graduated from San Ramon Valley and has enrolled early to start classes at Cal in an effort to increase his chances of playing for the Bears next season.
RB Justin Davis (Lincoln, Stockton) 6-1, 190, Jr.
In a year in which only a handful of senior running backs in the state were heavily recruited by major colleges, Davis had a a sensational junior season that ends with him being a first-team all-state junior. What stood out most about his season was that his best outings came against the toughest teams on Lincoln’s schedule. Davis, the Stockton Record Player of the Year, rushed for 2,599 yards and scored 39 touchdowns in leading the Trojans to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinals. He has college offers, one reportedly from Oklahoma.
RB Olito Thompson (Concord) 5-10, 210, Jr.
In a season full of big performances, Thompson ended with a Northern California record 54 carries for 285 yards and one score in a section championship loss to Windsor. On the year, he rushed for 3,488 yards and 34 touchdowns, which will place him in the top 10 for rushing yards in a season in state history. Thompson had 370 and 457 yards in back-to-back playoff outings and was named the East Bay Player of the Year. The talented junior has yet to decide on a college and will likely see some serious interest coming his way after a standout season.
PK Alex Ball (Westlake, Westlake Village) 6-3, 200, Sr.
Ball already has been named the Herbalife 24 Chris Sailer Award winner, which recognizes the top high school kicker in the nation. Bouncing back from missing a field goal in the final seconds of the Northern Division championship game last season, Ball was an important part in the Warriors’ run to the CIF Open Division Bowl Game as he made 19 field goals and kicked touchback after touchback before getting hurt and missing the bowl game. Ball also finished with 36 career field goals, second-best in state history.
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