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Bay Area Preseason Defensive Back Rankings

Nikko Reed (left) breaks up a pass at a Deliberate Training session on Nov. 28, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Nikko Reed (left) breaks up a pass at a Deliberate Training session on Nov. 28, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

With the Bay Area football season beginning this week, West Coast Preps ranked the top 10 defensive backs in the region.

  1. Vincent Nunley (Freedom, Senior)

Nunley, a Washington signee, moved to Freedom after a dominant stint at Alameda’s Encinal High School.

Part of an Encinal squad that captured a No. 1 seed in the North Coast Section Division V playoffs and was the runner-up, Nunley brought in five interceptions in the regular season alone. It was Encinal’s best season since playing in the NCS championship game in 2010.

He also had offers from Colorado State, Fresno State, Kansas, Sacramento State, San Diego State, San Jose State, Utah, Utah State and Wyoming.

  1. Nikko Reed (Moreau Catholic, Senior)

A Colorado bound senior, Reed is an unstoppable presence on the football field.

Reed, also a top 10 Bay Area receiver, tallied five interceptions, 31 tackles and one forced fumble in Moreau Catholic’s run to the NCS semifinals. He added another 661 receiving yards and 17 total scores.

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

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

Also rated as one of the region’s best receivers, Hearns is a force defensively, too, which is where he will play at the next level.

The Cal signee finished with 11 pass breakups and three interceptions as a junior, helping the Spartans to their 28th straight NCS crown and a trip to the Open Division state championship game. That was in addition to his 439 receiving yards and two scores. 

Hearns’ offer list included Cal Poly, Columbia, Florida Atlantic, Georgetown, Idaho, Lehigh, Montana, Northern Arizona and Sacramento State.

  1. Simeon Harris (Jesse Bethel, Junior)

Harris has delivered in every sense.

Harris, a Fresno State commit, had eight interceptions his sophomore season, which was tied for the 10th-most in California, according to statistics available on MaxPreps.

Colorado State also offered Harris last week.

  1. Robert Freeman (El Cerrito, Junior)

Freeman is the epitome of a do-it-all athlete.

In addition to his 16 touchdowns and 1,200 all-purpose yards – which also garnered him a top 10 ranking for Bay Area receivers – Freeman intercepted eight passes for an El Cerrito team that played in the NCS playoffs.

Arizona State has offered Freeman.

  1. Alzillion Hamilton (Hayward, Senior)

Hamilton was a first team all-league selection a year ago and keyed Hayward’s best season in years.

Hayward went 10-2 in 2019, which marked its most wins since going 12-2 in 2006. It also won a West Alameda County Shoreline Division title.

Hamilton signed with Fresno State over offers from Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State and Wyoming.

  1. Zeke Berry (De La Salle, Junior)

Berry recently received a four-star recruiting bump from 247 Sports, and his profile continues growing.

Last year, Berry and De La Salle were NCS champions again, as Berry’s big hits, one interception and lockdown coverage boosted a talented Spartans secondary that helped allow just an average of 14.3 points per game.

Berry, who also had 305 receiving yards, boasts offers from Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, San Jose State, Utah and Washington State.

  1. Josh Heverly (Amador Valley, Senior)

The first team receiver and defensive back in the East Bay Athletic League produced a prolific junior season.

Heverly recorded 716 receiving yards, 25 tackles and a team-high four interceptions, as Amador Valley won eight games and an EBAL Valley Division title.

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

  1. Jaden Price (Heritage, Senior)

Price consistently finds a way to the football, and it showed in 2019 by leading the Bay Valley Athletic League in interceptions (3).

Price recently brought in a Lawrence Tech offer, joining Concordia Chicago, Concordia Wisconsin, Hamline, Iowa Wesleyan, Pacific and Puget Sound.

  1. Aisosa Amas (Silver Creek, Junior)

Amas and Silver Creek were big winners in 2019.

In Silver Creek’s seven-win campaign, Amas racked up four interceptions and was named the Blossom Valley Athletic League’s Defensive Back of the Year.

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