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Bay Area Preseason Linebacker Rankings

Reese Burrill was a second team all-league selection in 2019. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Reese Burrill was a second team all-league selection in 2019. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

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

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

Short, an all-state commit, is a do-it-all factor at the King’s Academy.

The 2019 all-state selection racked up 160 tackles, 17 tackles and five interceptions during his junior season, with his 160 tackles ranking 19th in California, according to statistics available on MaxPreps. He also totaled 552 rushing yards and 404 receiving yards.

Short will play college football at Army, choosing West Point over offers from Air Force and Navy.

  1. Mihalis Santorineos (Rancho Cotate, Senior)

Santorineos put up beyond gaudy numbers as a junior.

The top Rancho Cotate prospect accumulated 237 tackles, four sacks, six fumble recoveries and six blocked PATs, part of a squad that advanced to the state championship game.

Colby, Pacific, Pacific Lutheran, Puget Sound, Rose-Hulman and Whittier are his offers.

  1. Tristan Hofmann (Half Moon Bay, Senior)

Hofmann is a two-way threat, and a dominant one at that.

In an undefeated regular season for Half Moon Bay a year ago, Hofmann was the MVP of his league after notching 104 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles, earning all-state honors.

Hofmann is also tabbed as a top 10 running back in the Bay Area, rushing for 1,286 yards and 22 touchdowns in 11 games in 2019.

  1. William Cuddie (Valley Christian, Junior)

Cuddie was the Inside Linebacker of the Year in a loaded West Catholic Athletic League as a sophomore, and his production speaks for itself.

On a Warriors squad that won 11 games and advanced to the Central Coast Section championship game, Cuddie registered 116 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and one fumble recovery.

  1. Dominic Oliver (Valley Christian, Senior)

The San Diego State signee shined last year for Valley Christian.

Oliver finished with 62 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries on the Central Coast Section runner-up team.

Oliver also had offers from Arizona, Cal Poly, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Kansas, Montana State, Nevada, Sacramento State, San Jose State, Tulane, UNLV, Utah State, Wyoming.

  1. Josh Zeising (Monte Vista, Senior)

Behind two players now playing Division I college football, Zeising thrived for the Mustangs during a sensational junior campaign.

Zeising tallied 102 tackles, which was the third-most on the roster behind Connor Shay (Wyoming) and Nate Rutchena (Cal).

George Fox, Puget Sound and Whittier have offered Zeising.

  1. Dylan Seeley (Clayton Valley Charter, Senior)

Seeley and the Ugly Eagles provided an illustrious 2019 football season.

Seeley had 79 tackles, three interceptions and two blocked PATs for Clayton Valley, engineering a masterful campaign that saw the program go from a 5-5 regular season in the ever-challenging East Bay Athletic League to winning five straight games and a state title. He was named the MVP of the state championship game.

Western Oregon offered Seeley a preferred walk-on spot.

  1. Maurice Jamison (Pittsburg, Senior)

Pittsburg’s defense features a premier linebacker.

Jamison, a UNLV signee, had 53 tackles and five tackles for loss for the Pirates as a junior, helping them to a Bay Valley Athletic League crown and a runner-up finish to De La Salle in the North Coast Section championship game.

  1. Bryce Pazdel (Vacaville Christian, Junior)

Nothing could get in the way of Pazdel last year.

Pazdel led Vacaville Christian with 133 tackles, keying the Falcons’ run to a 7-5 season and a Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals appearance, which came one year after they won one game. His 133 tackles were the 10th-most in the Sac-Joaquin and the most among sophomore in the section, according to statistics available on MaxPreps.

  1. Reese Burrill (Bellarmine, Senior)

An All-WCAL honoree, Burrill is primed for a special senior season before he embarks on the next chapter of his football journey.

Burrill had 72 tackles, nine tackles for loss and three forced fumbles during his junior year.

California Lutheran and Dickinson have offered Burrill.

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