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Bay Area Preseason Athlete Rankings

Tristan Hofmann was his league's MVP in 2019. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Tristan Hofmann was his league's MVP in 2019. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

With the Bay Area football season beginning this week, West Coast Preps ranked the top 10 two-way players in the region.

  1. Nikko Reed (Moreau Catholic, Senior)

Reed, who will play cornerback at the University of Colorado, is the definition of an Iron Man.

The future Buffalo was a first team all-league selection at receiver, defensive back and on special teams, going for 1,328 all-purpose yards, 17 touchdowns and five interceptions for Moreau Catholic in its trip to the NCS semifinals.

He also had offers from Air Force, Army, Colorado State, Eastern Washington, Fresno State, Nevada, Southern Utah and Wyoming. 

  1. Noah Short (King’s Academy, Senior)

An Army signee, Short’s production on the field boosted the King’s Academy during a 2019 season that culminated with a Central Coast Section Division III title.

Short racked up 170 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and five interceptions, with his 160 tackles ranking 19th in California, according to statistics available on MaxPreps. He added 362 kick return yards, 278 punt return yards, 552 rushing yards and 404 receiving yards.

Short chose Army over Air Force and Navy offers.

  1. Lu-Magia Hearns (De La Salle, Senior)

The Cal bound Hearns produced in every which way his junior season.

Hearns, who will be a defensive back for the Golden Bears at the next level, tallied 439 receiving yards and two touchdowns in De La Salle’s run-first veer offense. He also had 11 pass breakups and three interceptions, part of a team that won a 28th straight NCS crown and appeared in the Open Division state championship game.

Cal Poly, Columbia, Florida Atlantic, Georgetown, Idaho, Lehigh, Montana, Northern Arizona and Sacramento State also offered Hearns.

  1. Tristan Hofmann (Half Moon Bay, Senior)

The league’s MVP as a junior shined in every phase.

Hofmann totaled 1,286 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns in 11 games, with another 104 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, five sacks and two caused fumbles defensively. He also punted the ball 10 times for an average of 35.5 yards and had 219 receiving yards.

Half Moon Bay completed an undefeated regular season a year ago.

  1. Robert Freeman (El Cerrito, Junior)

Sixteen touchdowns. Eight interceptions.

Freeman was a sensation for the Gauchos last season, as they appeared in the NCS playoffs. In addition to those 16 scores and eight picks, he registered 1,200 all-purpose yards.

Arizona State offered Freeman over the summer.

  1. Elijah Satcher (Salesian, Senior)

Cal Poly added one of the top players to its signing class.

Satcher finished with 85 tackles, 21 sacks and then 10 catches for four touchdowns and 230 yards, lifting Salesian to a California Interscholastic Federation Division 6-A state championship.

His other offers were from Lafayette and Lehigh.

  1. JP Murphy (San Ramon Valley, Senior)

Murphy, a San Diego State, signee was an all-league selection in the vaunted East Bay Athletic League Mountain Division on both sides of the ball last season.

He finished with a team-high 476 receiving yards, eight touchdowns, four sacks and one interception, garnering first team all-league recognition at tight end and second team all-league honors at defensive end. He and the Wolves went 7-4 and played in the NCS quarterfinals, coming one year after they won an NCS Division I title.

Murphy’s full offer list: Arizona State, Florida Atlantic, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State, UC Davis, UNLV, USC and William & Mary.

  1. Camilo Arquette (St. Francis, Junior)

Arquette’s sophomore campaign was one of the best out there.

A heavy varsity contributor right away, Arquette ran for 906 yards and 12 touchdowns, adding 72 tackles, four quarterback hurries, three pass deflections, one interception and one blocked field goal.

  1. Josh Heverly (Amador Valley, Senior)

Just like Murphy, Heverly was honored by EBAL coaches on both sides of the ball.

EBAL Valley coaches tabbed Heverly as a first team all-league receiver and defensive back after he brought in 716 receiving yards, 25 tackles and a team-high four interceptions, keying Amador Valley in its eight-win season and league championship.

Heverly signed with the University of San Diego over Air Force and Morehead State.

  1. Shane Moran (Cardinal Newman, Senior)

On Cardinal Newman’s state championship squad in 2019, Moran was one of the stars of the show.

Moran totaled 108 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, two sacks and two interceptions. He also led the team in rushing yards (750) and touchdowns (12), with seven of those scores coming in the postseason, next to 318 receiving yards and a score on 30 catches.

Moran will play baseball at Long Beach State.

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