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The Bay Area Postseason Player Rankings are here, this time with Nos. 15-11. Only players located in cities on the Bay Area Census are eligible for the rankings. Be sure to check out Nos. 45-41, 40-36, 35-31, 30-26, 25-21, 20-16 and 15-11.
10. Dylan Smith (Vintage, Junior, Running Back)
Although all games were blowouts – Vintage outscored opponents 321-27 in six games – Smith put up ridiculous numbers despite most games being over early.
Smith needed just 56 carries to reach 827 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns, which equals 14.8 yards per carry. That comes after a sophomore year when Smith had 404 rushing yards.
Vintage went a perfect 6-0 with Smith and was ranked as the No. 12 team in the Bay Area.
9. Dylan Seeley (Clayton Valley Charter, Senior, Linebacker/Fullback)
A former state championship game MVP, Seeley finished his career as a winner in every sense.
Seeley won East Bay Athletic League, North Coast Section, Northern California and state titles the last two years as an Ugly Eagle, Through the first four games alone, Seeley had 38 tackles and two interceptions.
During his junior season, Seeley finished with 75 tackles and an interception, and he was also named the MVP of the state championship game.
8. Dominic Oliver (Valley Christian, Senior, Linebacker)
The San Diego State signee produced an incredible final high school season.
In only four games, Oliver racked up 36 tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss, as he never had less than two stops in the backfield in any contest. In his junior year, Oliver registered 62 tackles and 15 tackles for loss.
Oliver also boasted offers from Arizona, Cal Poly, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Kansas, Montana State, Nevada, Sacramento State, San Jose State, Tulane, UNLV, Utah State and Wyoming.
7. Omari Taylor (Clayton Valley Charter, Senior, Running Back)
Taylor’s abilities lifted the Ugly Eagles to a full slate of titles during his prep career.
Taylor totaled 799 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in 2021, part of a Clayton Valley squad that captured an East Bay Athletic League Mountain Division title. Two games saw him surpass 200 yards.
Those numbers follow up a dominant junior year, when Taylor had 1,428 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in Clayton Valley’s run to a state title.
6. Devon Rivers (Heritage, Sophomore, Running Back)
The younger brother of Fresno State running back Ronnie Rivers and Fresno State Hall of Famer Ron Rivers, Devon Rivers certainly added on to a captivating football family.
Devon Rivers finished as California’s No. 11 rusher with 911 yards and 12 touchdowns. He eclipsed 200 yards in two of the six games this spring, highlighted by a 267-yard and four-touchdown effort in his varsity debut.
New Mexico offered Devon Rivers.
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