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The latest edition of the Xclusive Speed Top 45 Powered by West Coast Preps is here, with Nos. 15-11 for football being released today and followed by Nos. 10-6 coming out next Monday, Dec. 7.
The entire list will feature five players each week, culminating with the top five players in the Bay Area rounding out the preseason player rankings on Monday, Dec. 14.
All player rankings are based on their overall production on the field, past stats, their recruiting trail and their growth during this offseason. Stars do not matter on this list, which is important to note. The Top 45 list has been curated based on these given points above.
Be sure to also check out who made the cut at Nos. 45-41, 40-36, 35-31, 30-26, 25-21 and 20-16.
No. 15: San Ramon Valley senior tight end JP Murphy
Murphy’s high school career thus far shows why he’s committed to San Diego State.
After his 273-yard and four-touchdown effort in San Ramon Valley’s North Coast Section Division I title run in 2018, Murphy followed that up with a dazzling 2019 campaign when he finished with a team-high 476 receiving yards, eight scores, four sacks and one interceptions to earn himself first team all-league honors as a tight end and second team all-league recognition at defensive end.
In addition to the San Diego State offer, Murphy held offers from Arizona State, Florida Atlantic, New Mexico, San Jose State, UC Davis, UNLV, USC and William & Mary.
No. 14: Cardinal Newman senior receiver Tsion Nunnally
Nunnally’s impact at Cardinal Newman helped pave the way to an incredible 2019 season.
During Cardinal Newman’s run to a California Interscholastic Federation Division 3-AA state title, Nunnally finished with 770 receiving yards, 10 receiving touchdowns, two rushing scores and one interception.
Nunnally committed to Washington State over offers from Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho, San Jose State and Washington.
No. 13: Valley Christian sophomore athlete Jurrion Dickey
Right away, Dickey showed why he’s one of the top athletes in his recruiting class nationally.
In a run-heavy Valley Christian offensive scheme – it ran the ball 78.5% of the time last year – Dickey brought in a team-best 541 receiving yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman, adding another nine tackles and 136 kick return yards in the Warriors’ 11-2 season and runner-up finish in the Central Coast Section.
Dickey currently boasts offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, California, Oregon State and San Jose State.
No. 12: Valley Christian junior linebacker Will Cuddie
Cuddie’s sophomore season was one of the best in all of high school football.
The Valley Christian linebacker notched 116 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and one fumble recovery en route to being named the West Catholic Athletic League Inside Linebacker of the Year.
Cuddie and Valley Christian allowed opponents to a mere 6.3 points per game and registered four shutouts.
No. 11: De La Salle senior quarterback Dorian Hale
A soon-to-be three-year varsity, Hale has been a mainstay of the legendary De La Salle football program.
Hale’s sophomore campaign in 2018 featured 1,215 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and two interceptions, adding another 195 yards and six scores on the ground. He then followed that up with 2,047 passing yards, 17 touchdowns and just three picks in the Spartans’ veer offense, with another 588 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
The Sacramento State commit has won two North Coast Section titles as a De La Salle starter and has appeared in state championships both of those seasons. He chose Sacramento State over offers from Cal Poly, Columbia, Florida Atlantic, Georgetown, Idaho, Lehigh, Montana, Northern Arizona and Valparaiso.
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