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Xclusive Speed Top 45 Powered by West Coast Preps: Nos. 25-21

Austin Flax committed to Drake earlier this month. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Austin Flax committed to Drake earlier this month. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

The latest edition of the Xclusive Speed Top 45 Powered by West Coast Preps is here, with Nos. 25-21 for football being released today and followed by Nos. 20-16 coming out next Monday, Nov. 23.

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 and 30-26.

No. 25: Mountain View senior receiver Austin Flax

One of the offseason’s top performers made the Xclusive Speed Top 45 Powered by West Coast Preps at No. 25.

Flax, who recently committed to Drake University in the FCS, has shined ever since he stepped foot on Mountain View’s campus and is an iron man for the Spartans. He hauled in 42 catches for 849 yards and nine touchdowns to help Mountain View to a 7-4 record and a playoff appearance in 2019, which tagged alongside his three interceptions defensively, 330 kick return yards and 25 punts for 790 yards.

Flax was the Offensive MVP at the first Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcase in July and boasted 10-plus offers to play at the next level.

No. 24: Moreau Catholic senior athlete Nikko Reed

Reed has been a star at Moreau Catholic, and all of his work paid off into a massive Division I commitment over the summer.

Reed committed to Colorado, picking the Buffaloes over an extensive offer list that included schools like Air Force, Colorado State, Fresno State and Nevada, among others.

Winning has been at the forefront of Reed’s career at Moreau Catholic, going a combined 20-5 over the past two seasons and reaching the North Coast Section semifinals in both of those campaigns.

No. 23: Valley Christian senior linebacker Dominic Oliver

The San Diego State commit has dominated every step of the way at Valley Christian, highlighted by a dominant junior season a year ago.

Oliver registered 62 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries, playing a key role in Valley Christian’s run to an 11-2 record, a share of first place in the West Catholic Athletic League and a runner-up finish in the Central Coast Section playoffs.

Oliver’s offer sheet also featured the likes of Arizona, Fresno State, San Jose State and Utah State, among others.

No. 22: Hayward senior defensive back Alzillion Hamilton

Hamilton’s play on the field has been a huge piece to Hayward’s rise as a football program.

With Hamilton’s dominance, Hayward endured its best season in over a decade in 2019. He and the Farmers recorded a 10-2 record and advanced to the North Coast Section Division III semifinals, marking their most wins since going 12-2 in 2006.

Hamilton committed to Fresno State over Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State and Wyoming.

No. 21: San Leandro senior athlete DJ Bryant

Bryant can simply do it all on the football field.

The San Leandro star was the league’s Offensive Player of the Year, a first team quarterback selection and a second team defensive back honoree in the West Alameda County – Foothill League.

A San Diego State commit, Bryant guided the Pirates to a 6-4 mark in 2019 along with an appearance in the North Coast Section playoffs.

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