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The latest edition of the Xclusive Speed Top 45 Powered by West Coast Preps is here, with Nos. 20-16 for football being released today and followed by Nos. 20-16 coming out next Monday, Nov. 30.
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 and 25-21.
No. 20: De La Salle junior receiver/cornerback Zeke Berry
On one of the country’s premier high school football teams, Zeke Berry wasted little time making a strong impact.
Berry hauled in 12 catches for 305 yards and one touchdown in a run-heavy Spartans scheme one season ago, along with one interception defensively, in their run to a 28th consecutive North Coast Section title and a runner-up finish to eventual national champion St. John Bosco in the California Interscholastic Federation Open Division state championship contest.
His offer list includes a slew of big name schools in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, San Jose State and Utah.
No. 19: Los Gatos senior athlete Adam Garwood
Part of a championship team, Garwood made his presence felt in every regard as a junior.
Garwood ran for 1,260 yards and 20 touchdowns, adding an additional 188 receiving yards and two scores, as Los Gatos captured a Central Coast Section championship and went 12-2 over the duration of its season. Garwood also tallied 50 tackles, six tackles for loss and four fumble recoveries on defense.
Currently, Rocky Mountain College and the University of San Diego are the two schools who have offered the two-way standout.
No. 18: St. Francis junior athlete Camilo Arquette
There wasn’t a thing Arquette didn’t do while a sophomore for the Lancers.
Arquette notched 906 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, helping St. Francis to a trip to the Central Coast Section Division I quarterfinals. But those numbers only told part of his story.
In addition to his gaudy offensive production, Arquette finished with 72 tackles, four quarterback hurries, three passes deflections and an interception and a blocked field goal.
No. 17: Clayton Valley senior running back Omari Taylor
Some of his favorite players growing up were Tavon Austin and De’Anthony Thomas, and Taylor’s play on the field provides plenty of glimpses to those two athletes.
Taylor rushed for 1,428 yards and 12 touchdowns to lift Clayton Valley Charter to a state title, and his production in the postseason told a large tale of their incredible run to the top of the state. He ran for 200-plus yards in two of those five postseason games – 222 yards against Napa in the NCS quarterfinals and 205 in the NCS semifinals versus Foothill – while 790 (more than 50% of his yards) came in those five playoff contests.
Multiple Division I programs have expressed interest in Taylor.
No. 16: Valley Christian junior tight end/defensive end Sam Roush
Roush is off to Tight End U in a couple of years.
The recent Stanford commit needed just five games his sophomore campaign to record 175 receiving yards in Valley Christian’s 11-2 season, which included a share of the West Catholic Athletic League crown and a runner-up finish to Serra in the Central Coast Section Division I championship game.
Roush’s extensive offer sheet included schools like Arizona State, California, Duke, North Carolina and USC, to name a few.
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