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Xclusive Speed Top 45 Powered by West Coast Preps: Nos. 35-31

Robert Freeman was his league's Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Robert Freeman was his league's Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

The latest edition of the Xclusive Speed Top 45 Powered by West Coast Preps is here, with Nos. 35-31 for football being released today and followed by Nos. 30-26 coming out next Monday, Nov. 9.

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 and 40-36.

Disclaimer: This list only featured players from cities listed on the Bay Area Census. Additionally, multiple players have opted to enroll in their respective universities for the spring semester and will not play their senior years of high school. Some players may choose to enroll early as the list is being released weekly, and the list is dated as of Oct. 15 for players’ decisions as the rankings will not be able to change as they are being sent out every week.

No. 35: El Cerrito junior athlete Robert Freeman

Freeman has done it all as a member of the El Cerrito Gauchos’ football program.

During El Cerrito’s run to a North Coast Section Division III quarterfinals appearance, Freeman recorded eight interceptions as a defensive back and was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore. On top of that, Freeman registered 16 touchdowns offensively and was a first team all-league selection.

Arizona State has already offered Freeman.

No. 34: Livermore senior athlete Eli Nuddleman

Nuddleman’s impact has been profound in Livermore’s rise from the depths of the East Bay to one of the top programs.

While helping Livermore to its first winning season – it went 6-5 and finished above .500 for the first time in the MaxPreps era, which dates back to 2004 – Nuddleman notched 120.5 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks en route to first team All-East Bay Athletic League honors.

Puget Sound and Whittier are Nuddleman’s two offers to play collegiately thus far.

No. 33: Pittsburg sophomore quarterback Jaden Rashada

Tabbed as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback nationally in the 2023 recruiting class, the newest Pittsburg quarterback is bringing in offers from all over the country.

After San Jose State offered Rashada just a couple months before his freshman year of high school, Arizona State, Auburn, Cal, Oregon State, San Diego State and Utah have all offered the young signal-caller.

Rashada completed 12 of 22 passes for 129 yards and three touchdowns as the backup to Jay Butterfield – a four-star quarterback in the 2020 class who is now at Oregon – while at Liberty before a brief stint at IMG Academy and to recently moving back to the Bay Area and enrolling at Pittsburg.

No. 32: Serra junior athlete Hassan Mahasin

The versatile Serra athlete has been a key piece in Serra’s success as one of the region’s – and California’s premier programs. 

Mahasin totaled 292 receiving yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore in 2019, adding another 400-plus rushing yards to help Serra to a 13-2 record, a Central Coast Section Division I crown, a Northern California Division 1-A title and a runner-up finish at the state level.

Mahasin’s offer list includes Arizona State, Colorado, Florida Atlantic, San Jose State and Utah State.

No. 31: Pittsburg sophomore athlete Rashid Williams

In his 19 years as a head coach, Pittsburg’s Victor Galli said he has never played a freshman at the varsity level.

Not until now, at least.

Rashid Williams broke the mold in his first high school campaign, finishing with 272 receiving yards and five touchdowns to earn all-league recognition in the Bay Valley Athletic League while lifting the Pirates to a league title and a runner-up finish in the North Coast Section.

Williams, just like his teammate, Jaden Rashada, is rated as one of the country’s top sophomores and boasts offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Cal, Oregon State, San Jose State and Utah.

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