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Bay Area Postseason Top 45: Nos. 35-31

Shaun Smith competes against Dublin on April 3, 2021. Cliff Jackson / Staff Photo
Shaun Smith competes against Dublin on April 3, 2021. Cliff Jackson / Staff Photo

The Bay Area Postseason Player Rankings are here, this time with Nos. 35-31. Only players located in cities on the Bay Area Census are eligible for the rankings. Be sure to check out Nos. 45-41 and 40-36.

35. Zeke Berry (De La Salle, Junior, Defensive Back/Wide Receiver)

The four-star prospect was a two-way threat for the Spartans in their unbeaten campaign.

Berry intercepted one pass, forced one fumble and had two touchdowns offensively this season, which follows up a sophomore campaign when he hauled in 12 catches for 305 yards and one touchdown in a run-heavy Spartans scheme, along with one interception, in De La Salle’s run to a 28th consecutive North Coast Section title.

His offer list includes Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Louisville, Oregon, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, San Jose State, Tennessee, UCLA, Utah and Washington State.

34. Teddy Purcell (Sacred Heart Prep, Senior, Quarterback)

Purcell simply did everything right for Sacred Heart Prep this year.

The senior quarterback tossed for 1,063 yards, 11 touchdowns and just one interception, adding another 105 rushing yards and one score while Sacred Heart Prep went 5-1. His 1,063 passing yards were the second-most in the Central Coast Section, while his 11 touchdown passes were No. 3.

Last year, Purcell threw for 14 touchdowns compared to just three picks. 

33. Dillan Thoms (Campolindo, Senior, Running Back)

Thoms was a workhorse out of the Campolindo backfield this year.

After moving back from Utah, Thoms totaled 621 rushing yards and six touchdowns, keying the Cougars’ special ride to an unbeaten record and a league championship. 

Thoms’ 621 rushing yards were No. 5 in the North Coast Section.

32. Corbin Yates (Leland, Senior, Wide Receiver/Free Safety

Yates built off an impressive junior season into even greater pastures during his final year at Leland.

A Division I prospect, Yates finished with 51 tackles, 180 receiving yards and two touchdowns, with his 51 tackles being the second-most in the Central Coast Section. As a junior, Yates had 493 receiving yards, seven touchdowns, 67 tackles and two interceptions.

Yates boasts offers from La Verne and Valparaiso.

31. Shaun Smith (Livermore, Senior, Quarterback)

Smith helped change the trajectory of Livermore football forever.

Going into his two years as a starting quarterback, Livermore struggled to muster wins in the East Bay, but with Smith, that changed quickly, going 6-5 overall in 2019 and then 5-1 this spring. And this spring, Smith was unstoppable as a dual-threat quarterback, going for 693 passing yards, 11 touchdowns and two interceptions, next to 360 rushing yards and five scores.

Lewis & Clark and Whittier have offered Smith.

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