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Bay Area Preseason Running Back Rankings

Kai Hall runs the 40-yard dash at practice on Oct. 28, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Kai Hall runs the 40-yard dash at practice on Oct. 28, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

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

  1. Matteo Perez (Marin Catholic, Senior)

The UC Davis signee posted one of California’s top campaigns his junior season.

Perez ran for 2,024 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns, keying an 11-win Marin Catholic season that saw it garner a runner-up finish in the North Coast Section championship. His 2,024 rushing yards ranked No. 18 in California and his 30 touchdowns were tied for the 10th-most in the state, according to statistics available on MaxPreps.

As a sophomore, Perez ended the year with 1,271 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in what was another runner-up finish for Marin Catholic.

  1. Adam Garwood (Los Gatos, Senior)

A Division I prospect, Garwood put up a monster 2019 season.

Garwood ran for 1,260 yards and 22 touchdowns, along with 188 receiving yards, two touchdowns and 50 tackles. His efforts were instrumental in a year that resulted in a Central Coast Section Division II crown for the Wildcats.

Rocky Mountain College and the University of San Diego have both offered Garwood.

  1. Omari Taylor (Clayton Valley Charter, Senior)

There was nothing stopping Taylor, especially as the 2019 campaign wore on.

Taylor accumulated 1,428 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, but it was his play during the postseason that provided one of California’s top storylines. In five postseason contests, Taylor racked up more than 50% of his rushing total 790 yards), including two efforts of 200-plus yards as the Ugly Eagles went from a 5-5 regular season in a rugged East Bay Athletic League schedule to state champions.

No offers have poured in yet for Taylor, but multiple Division I schools have inquired about his talents.

  1. Tristan Hofmann (Half Moon Bay, Senior)

Also a preseason candidate for Athlete of the Year in football, the do-it-all Hofmann is a star out of the backfield.

Hofmann totaled 1,286 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns in 11 games a year ago, helping Half Moon Bay to a perfect regular season. Additionally, Hofmann produced 104 tackles and 17 tackles for loss en route to MVP honors in the league.

The year prior, Hofmann ran for 522 yards and six touchdowns in 2018.

  1. Kai Hall (St. Vincent de Paul, Sophomore)

Only a freshman in 2019, Hall was one of the North Coast Section’s best rushers.

Hall finished with 1,773 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground, marking the most rushing yards of any class of 2023 player in California. Those 1,773 rushing yards also made Hall the No. 2 rusher in the NCS and the No. 3 freshman rusher nationally.

St. Vincent de Paul wound up winning nine games, which was its most since compiling 10 and playing for a section title in 2012. 

  1. Camilo Arquette (St. Francis, Junior)

Arquette’s sophomore campaign was a special one for the Lancers.

Arquette tallied 906 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, which was next to an impressive display defensively that saw him notch 72 tackles and one interception. With Arquette in the fray, St. Francis was a Central Coast Section Division I quarterfinalist.

  1. Dukari Glover (Stellar Prep, Senior)

The Southern Utah signee was electric last year.

Glover finished with 18 total touchdowns, part of a Stellar Prep squad that appeared in the North Coast Section Division VII quarterfinals.

Glover also held offers from Idaho and San Jose State.

  1. Samari White (Jesse Bethel, Senior)

A first team all-league running back, White has shined at Jesse Bethel.

White’s final statistics in 2019 read 1,041 yards and 14 touchdowns in just seven games, guiding Jesse Bethel to an 8-2 campaign.

  1. Eric Hunter III (Amador Valley, Senior)

Originally a receiver to begin his junior season, Hunter transitioned to running back and made the move look seamless.

In addition to his 211 receiving yards and three touchdowns, Hunter recorded 833 rushing yards and six scores in Amador Valley’s run to eight wins and an East Bay Athletic League Valley Division title. Hunter also had two kickoff returns for touchdowns and three interceptions, earning first team all-league honors at both running back and safety.

Black Hills State and Linfield are Hunter’s two offers.

  1. Jordan Lee (Freedom, Senior)

Lee’s numbers were some of the best in the talent-rich Bay Valley Athletic League.

In 10 games, Lee had 1,035 yards and 11 touchdowns, going for the third-most rushing yards in the league – the most among juniors or younger – and the second-most scores on the ground.

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