Minnesota All-Area Football

Updated: August 25, 2008, 4:45 PM ET
ESPNRISE.com

Here's a preseason look at the players to watch in Minnesota:

OFFENSE
POSITION/NAME SCHOOL HT/WT YEAR
[QB] Moses Alipate Jefferson 6-5/225 Senior
[QB] Phillip Klaphake Princeton 6-1/180 Senior
[RB] Stephen Johnson Mahtomedi 6-0/185 Senior
[RB] A.J. Tarpley Wayzata 6-0/215 Junior
[WR] Bryce McNeal Breck 6-2/178 Senior
[WR] Fritz Rock Wayzata 6-1/195 Senior
[TE] Ra'Shede Hageman Washburn 6-5/235 Senior
[OL] Josh Campion Fergus Falls 6-6/260 Senior
[OL] Casey Dehn Owatonna 6-5/245 Senior
[OL] Seantrel Henderson Cretin-Derham Hall 6-6/285 Junior
[OL] Ed Olson Mahtomedi 6-6/270 Senior

DEFENSE
POSITION/NAME SCHOOL HT/WT YEAR
[DL] Matt Garin Eastview 6-4/220 Senior
[DL] Tyler Gimmestad Marshall 6-4/270 Senior
[DL] Cole Jirik Northfield 6-4/215 Senior
[DL] Nick Rengel Sartell 6-3/225 Senior
[LB] Zach Budish Edina 6-2/210 Senior
[LB] Nate Zuk Moose Lake-Willow River 6-2/180 Senior
[DB] Kyle Melcher Owatonna 6-7/205 Senior
[DB] Colby Ring Brainerd 6-0/185 Senior
[DB] Varmah Sonie Apple Valley 5-9/160 Senior
[DB] J.J. Swain Holy Angels 5-11/165 Senior
[DB] Marcus Williams Hopkins 6-0/180 Senior

OTHER TOP PLAYERS
NAME SCHOOL POSITION YEAR
Matt Anderson Dawson-Boyd RB Jr.
A.J. Barker DeLaSalle WR Sr.
Chase Bratland Winona LB Sr.
Luke DeWall Stillwater P Sr.
Averey Duncan St. Bernard's RB Sr.
Zerrick Fuller Champlin Park DB Sr.
Mizell Hines Robbinsdale Cooper DL Sr.
Eddie Hodges Caledonia DL Sr.
Josh Johnson Blooming Prairie OL Sr.
Ismail Karon Minnetonka RB Sr.
R.K. Kilgore Park QB Sr.
Austin Moe Blooming Prairie QB Sr.
Zach Mottla Cretin-Derham Hall OL Sr.
Kyle Mulrooney Andover LB Sr.
Taylor Nelson Minnetonka TE Sr.
Travis Polster Chaska DL Sr.
Kevin Potas Wayzata DL Sr.
Kyle Risinger Minnetonka DB Sr.
Mason Sanchez Totino-Grace TE Sr.
Tobi Saporu Blaine LB Sr.
Mike Schultz Forest Lake QB Sr.
Nick Schneider Rocori RB Sr.
Jordan Smith Willmar WR Sr.
Marc Sonnen Tartan DB Sr.
Sam Storlie Mabel-Canton DB Sr.
Matt Tarpley Wayzata QB Sr.
Kevin Vaadeland Park Rapids LB Sr.
Colin Westcott Minneapolis Southwest QB Sr.
Ben Zats Hopkins OL Sr.
Josh Zitzmann Farmington WR Sr.

PRIME-TIME PLAYERS

MOSES ALIPATE
Alipate, the son of former NFL linebacker Tuineau Alipate, is rated the No. 8 quarterback in the Class of 2009 in the ESPNU 150. The Minnesota recruit is also a very talented basketball player.

BRYCE MCNEAL
McNeal is rated the No. 6 wide receiver in the Class of 2009 in the ESPNU 150. The dangerous wideout has the potential to score on any play. He has committed to play at Michigan next year.

SEANTREL HENDERSON
The Cretin-Derham Hall junior is already regarded as one of the nation's top football and basketball prospects. He's being recruited by Florida, Notre Dame and Ohio State, among others.

VARMAH SONIE
Sonie was one of the state's best defensive backs last season, picking off eight passes and returning two for scores. But he's also a special teams threat, specifically on kick returns.

COACH'S TAKE

AN AREA COACH ON MARCUS WILLIAMS:
"He's as smart a player as you can get. His instincts are incredible. He has a knack for the football. I haven't seen that on a football field in a while. He's on a different level."