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Bay Area Preseason Defensive Line Rankings

Zack Mercado finished with 26 tackles for loss as a sophomore. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Zack Mercado finished with 26 tackles for loss as a sophomore. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

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

  1. Kaleb Elarms-Orr (Moreau Catholic, Senior)

The Cal signee is tabbed as one of the top prospects in America in the class of 2021.

Elarms-Orr is rated as a four-star recruit by 247 Sports and a three-star player by Rivals. Including Cal, he also had offers from Air Force, Arizona, Boise State, Colorado, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Kansas, Navy, Nevada, Sacramento State, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah State and Washington State.

Moreau Catholic played in the North Coast Section semifinals last season.

  1. Elijah Satcher (Salesian, Senior)

Also a top-rated tight end in the Bay Area, Satcher is a premier player on the defensive side of the ball.

Satcher finished with 85 tackles and 21 sacks as a junior, helping Salesian to a California Interscholastic Federation Division 6-A state title. He also had 10 catches for 230 yards and four touchdowns at tight end.

He will play collegiately at Cal Poly, choosing the Mustangs over offers from Lafayette and Lehigh.

  1. Chad Tasi (De La Salle, Senior)

Tasi was a first team All-East Bay Athletic League Mountain Division selection a year ago, part of a Spartans squad that won a 28th straight North Coast Section title and was a runner-up in the Open Division state championship game to St. John Bosco.

The De La Salle senior signed with Southern Utah over offers from Cal Poly, Northern Arizona and Northern Colorado.

  1. Jailen Weaver (Antioch, Senior)

Weaver is a top Division I prospect who is a force to be reckoned with at Antioch.

The Nebraska bound Weaver had 46 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and nine sacks as a junior for the Panthers.

His other offers included Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Fresno State, San Jose State, Washington State and Texas A&M.

  1. Eli Nuddleman (Livermore, Senior)

Nuddleman’s play on the football field has helped regrow the Livermore football brand into one of the best in the East Bay.

Last season, he notched 120.5 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks, earning first team all-league honors in the East Bay Athletic League Valley Division. His dominance keyed Livermore to a 6-5 record, its best in the MaxPreps era, which dates back to 2004.

Puget Sound and Whittier have offered Nuddleman.

  1. Zack Mercado (Vacaville Christian, Junior)

The region’s Defensive Player of the Year at Vacaville Christian a year ago shined in every which way.

Mercado tallied 119 tackles and 26 tackles for loss, lifting the Falcons to a seven-win campaign and a trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals, coming one season after the program won one game.

La Verne offered Mercado on Jan. 28.

  1. Evan Branch-Haynes (Sacred Heart Cathedral, Senior)

Branch-Haynes was a First Team All-West Catholic Athletic League honoree as a junior in one of California’s most competitive leagues.

Branch-Haynes signed with Arizona over offers from Fresno State, Idaho, Montana and Stetson.

  1. Miles Bailey (Benicia, Junior)

The Fresno State commit continues to see his profile boost ahead of the looming 2021 spring season.

Bailey had 30 tackles, seven tackles for loss and four sacks on a Benicia team that won 10 games.

In addition to Fresno State, Bailey holds offers from Army, Colorado State, Dartmouth and San Jose State. 

  1. Matai Bell (Campolindo, Senior)

An Army bound student-athlete, Bell’s resume at Campolindo includes a lot of winning.

Campolindo won a league title his junior season and was a North Coast Section Division II runner-up.

Army, Northern Arizona, Sacramento State and Wyoming also offered Bell.

  1. Sioeli Helu (Serra, Senior)

Helu and Serra won Central Coast Section and Northern California titles in 2019, as Helu had 21 tackles in eight games.

He signed with New Mexico State and also boasted Air Force, Army, Dartmouth, Fordham, Idaho, Lafayette, Montana State, Navy, Northern Arizona, Sacramento State, Stetson and Yale offers.

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