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Bay Area Preseason Receiver Rankings

Cody Ahola finished with 1,019 receiving yards as a sophomore. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Cody Ahola finished with 1,019 receiving yards as a sophomore. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

With the Bay Area football season just one week away, West Coast Preps ranked the top 10 receivers in the region.

  1. Jurrion Dickey (Valley Christian, Sophomore)

In an offense that threw the ball a mere 21.5% of the time, Dickey thrived in a dominant freshman campaign for the Central Coast Section runner-up.

Dickey caught 28 passes for 541 yards and seven touchdowns – all team highs – as the Warriors won 11 games and played in the section championship game before falling to Serra.

Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, California, Oregon State, PIttsburgh and San Jose State have all offered Dickey.

  1. Tsion Nunnally (Cardinal Newman, Senior)

A Washington State signee, Nunnally is coming off a banner junior season.

Nunnally had 45 receptions for 770 yards and 10 touchdowns, helping Cardinal Newman to a 14-1 record and a California Interscholastic Federation Division 3-AA state title. Additionally, Nunnally finished with two rushing touchdowns and an interception.

The other offers for Nunnally included Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho, San Jose State and Washington.

  1. Nikko Reed (Moreau Catholic, Senior)

Reed can do everything on the football, indicating why he’s off to the Pac-12 in a few months to play at the University of Colorado.

While part of Moreau Catholic’s North Coast Section semifinalist squad in 2019, Reed racked up 661 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, which was on top of five special teams scores and five interceptions.

Reed’s other offers: Air Force, Army, Colorado State, Eastern Washington, Fresno State, Nevada, Southern Utah and Wyoming.

  1. Austin Flax (Mountain View, Senior)

The Division I bound Flax has experienced an illustrious career at Mountain View.

Flax totaled 849 receiving yards and nine touchdowns on 42 catches his junior year, lifting the Spartans into the CCS playoffs. He also had 330 kick return yards and punted the ball 25 times for 790 yards, which followed up 330 receiving yards as a sophomore.

Flax signed with Drake University, picking the school over an offer totaled that reached double digits.

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

Similar to Dickey, Hearns – who is actually heading to Cal in the fall to play cornerback – made the most of every opportunity in a run-heavy De La Salle veer offense that ran the ball nearly 67.8% of the time.

On the Open Division runner-up to St. John Bosco, Hearns had 439 receiving yards and two touchdowns, with his 439 receiving yards being the second-most on the roster behind Grant Daley, who is currently a Cal Bear. Hearns also had 11 pass breakups and three interceptions.

The year prior, Hearns finished with 14 catches for 280 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore. 

  1. Jalen Moss (Menlo-Atherton, Junior)

Next to a U.S. Army All-American in Troy Franklin, who is now at Oregon, Moss shined during a sensational sophomore year at Menlo-Atherton.

Moss tallied 541 receiving yards and nine touchdowns for the Bears, winning a league championship. That came after a freshman year when Moss came in to the varsity level and had an interception on a squad that won a Division 3-AA state crown.

Arizona State, Fresno State, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oregon, Oregon State and UNLV have offered Moss.

  1. Josh Heverly (Amador Valley, Senior)

The University of San Diego bound Heverly dominated during his junior campaign.

Heverly recorded 716 receiving yards for the Dons, who wound up capturing an East Bay Athletic League Valley Division crown. Those 716 receiving yards were the second-most on the roster, only behind a 1,000-yard receiver in Cal Ewanich, a current college football player at Williams College.

A first team all-league selection on both sides of the ball, Heverly added 25 tackles and four picks. 

Air Force and Morehead State also offered Heverly before he chose San Diego.

  1. Robert Freeman (El Cerrito, Junior)

Freeman is a menace on both sides of the ball for El Cerrito.

Next to his eight interceptions at defensive back, Freeman notched 16 touchdowns and 1,200 all-purpose yards for the Gauchos last season in their trek to the North Coast Section playoffs.

Freeman currently boasts a Division I offer from Arizona State.

  1. Cody Ahola (Christopher, Junior)

Ahola was a top sophomore in the Central Coast Section a year ago.

Ahola surpassed 1,000 receiving yards to the tune of 1,019 yards and eight touchdowns in eight games, His 1,019 receiving yards were the third-most in the section and the most among class of 2022 players, according to statistics available on MaxPreps.

  1. Matthew Quesada (Pittsburg, Senior) and Jaron Leaks (Vacaville Christian, Senior)

Both Quesada and Leaks are college football prospects entering their final high school seasons.

Quesada, moving to Pittsburg from Freedom, led Freedom with 853 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns a year ago. His 853 receiving yards were the second-most in the Bay Valley Athletic League, only behind that of current UC Davis freshman Brian Pierce.

Leaks, despite missing multiple games due to injury as a junior, was part of an incredible resurgence for the Vacaville Christian football program in 2019. After winning just one game in 2018, the Falcons won seven and made it to the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals, with Leaks tallying 395 receiving yards and 40 tackles. Leaks, who recently decommitted from Western Oregon, holds offers from Adams State, Georgia Knights Prep Academy, Lawrence Tech, Pacific, UC Davis, Valley City State, Western Oregon and Whittier.

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