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Bay Area Preseason Tight End Rankings

Griffin Waiss goes through a November practice at Bellarmine. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Griffin Waiss goes through a November practice at Bellarmine. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

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

  1. JP Murphy (San Ramon Valley, Senior)

The San Diego State signee is a two-way threat for the Wolves.

Murphy accumulated a team-high 476 receiving yards and eight touchdowns as a junior, highlighted by a 107-yard and three-touchdown effort against Dublin. He was a first team all-league selection at tight end and a second team honoree at defensive end in the loaded East Bay Athletic League Mountain Division, keying SRV’s 7-4 season and trip to the North Coast Section Division I quarterfinals.

During his sophomore year, Murphy had 273 yards and four touchdowns, part of a Wolves squad that won nine games and captured an NCS Division I crown.

  1. Geordie Aarsheim (Marin Catholic, Senior)

Aarsheim’s dominance in the passing game was instrumental for Marin Catholic in 2019.

The Division I prospect garnered first team all-league honors after going for 565 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 28 catches, lifting Marin Catholic to an 11-win campaign and a run to the North Coast Section championship game.

Aarsheim boasts offers from Morehead State and Valparaiso.

  1. Matthew Polaski (Livermore, Senior)

Polaski has been an integral piece in Livermore’s transformation on the gridiron.

Last season, Polaski hauled in 45 catches for 460 yards and seven touchdowns en route to first team all-league honors in the East Bay Athletic League Valley Division. Livermore went 6-5 and registered its first winning season in the MaxPreps era, which dates back to 2004.

Carthage, Clarke, Lake Erie, Linfield, McMurry and William Jewell have offered Polaski.

  1. Elijah Satcher (Salesian, Senior)

Also a premier defensive end, Satcher is a top-notch tight end in the Bay Area.

Next to his 85 tackles and 21 sacks as a junior, Satcher had 10 catches for 230 yards and four touchdowns. Salesian won a California Interscholastic Federation Division 6-A title.

Satcher committed to Cal Poly in December over offers from Lafayette and Lehigh.

  1. Christian Pedersen (Serra, Senior)

Pedersen is a consensus high-rated senior tight end prospect nationally.

Pedersen, bound for Louisville, was an exception blocker for Serra last year in addition to his 84 receiving yards and a touchdown in Serra’s banner year that featured Central Coast Section and Northern California championships.

He also had offers from Air Force, Army, Boise State, Bucknell, Cal Poly, Colorado State, Dartmouth, Idaho, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Arizona, Sacramento State, San Diego State, San Jose State, UC Davis, UNLV, Utah State, Virginia, Wyoming, Yale

  1. Brodie Tagaloa (De La Salle, Junior)

The younger brother of former De La Salle and UCLA player Boss Tagaloa, Brodie Tagaloa is emerging as a premier prospect for the Spartans.

Brodie Tagaloa finished with 64 receiving yards and two touchdowns in De La Salle’s veer offense, as he was part of a team that won a 28th consecutive North Coast Section championship and was the runner-up to national champion St. John Bosco in the CIF Open Division state title game.

His current offers: Arizona State, California, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, San Jose State and Tennessee.

  1. Griffin Waiss (Bellarmine, Senior)

A lot of excitement is in the air for Waiss under Bellarmine’s new varsity coaching staff, which is bringing in more of a college-level spread and RPO scheme.

Waiss, primarily a blocking tight end in past years, signed his letter of intent to the University of Washington, where he received a preferred walk-on opportunity. He also held offers from Cal Lutheran, Carleton, Linfield, Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound.

  1. Tyler Roberts (Valley Christian, Senior)

Additionally a defensive end, big things are in story for the Division I bound Roberts.

Roberts signed with Lafayette, choosing the program over an extensive offer list that included Bucknell, Butler, Colby, Colgate, Davidson, Drake, Johns Hopkins, Kenyon, Macalester, Morehead State, San Diego, Stetson, Whittier and Whitworth.

  1. Jack Endries (Monte Vista, Junior)

Endries is primed for a breakout junior campaign at Monte Vista.

As part of Cal Strength’s club football squad in the Winner Circle Athletics Champions League this winter, Endries shined against some elite competition. He and Cal Strength went 5-1, which was the best record of any Northern California team, watching Endries have 70-plus yards in the opener, followed by 26-yard efforts in weeks No. 2 and 4, 43 yards in week No. 3 and 20 yards in the finale.

Fresno State offered Endries on Friday.

  1. Drew Broch (Bellarmine, Senior)

Bellarmine tight end position is stacked with some elite talent, including Broch.

Broch was an all-league selection in the ever-challenging West Catholic Athletic League as a junior. 

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