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Xclusive Speed Top 45 Powered by West Coast Preps: Nos. 5-1

Mihalis Santorineos holds five college offers. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Mihalis Santorineos holds five college offers. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Today marks the final edition of the Xclusive Speed Top 45 Powered by West Coast Preps for the preseason, which ranks the top players in the Bay Area. 

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, 20-16, 15-11 and 10-6.

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. 5: Marin Catholic senior running back Matteo Perez

The UC Davis commit has been a brutal force for opposing defenses through his storied high school career.

Perez ran for 2,024 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2019, helping Marin Catholic to a North Coast Section Division IV runner-up finish. Those numbers ranked among the best in California, as his 2,024 rushing yards were No. 18 and his 10 touchdowns were No. 10, according to statistics available on MaxPreps.

His sophomore year featured a high level of production, too, finishing with 1,271 yards and 10 scores in Marin Catholic’s run to a second-place finish in NCS.

No. 4: Rancho Cotate senior linebacker Mihalis Santorineos

Simply put, Santorineos’ high school career has been an incredible one – and his 2019 season proved it.

Santorineos’ statistics include 237 tackles, four sacks, six fumble recoveries, six blocked PATs and two forced fumbles, earning First Team All-Northern California honors. Additionally, he and Rancho Cotate won the program’s first section title since 2002 and also won a Northern California crown at the Division 3-A level.

Colby, Pacific, Pacific Lutheran, Puget Sound and Whittier have each offered Santorineos.

No. 3: Los Gatos senior linebacker Will Schweitzer

Schweitzer is one of the top players nationally at his position, and his production at this level backs it up.

The Notre Dame commit recorded 130 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 21 quarterback hurries and three interceptions in Los Gatos’ 12-2 season in 2019 and Central Coast Section Division II championship. The year prior, he had 88 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 15 quarterback hurries.

His offer list also included schools like Arizona State, Boise State, California, Nebraska (where he was originally committed), TCU and Utah, to name a few.

No. 2: King’s Academy senior running back/linebacker Noah Short

There isn’t a thing Noah Short hasn’t done while at the King’s Academy in Sunnyvale.

Short’s 2019 stat line read 160 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, five interceptions, 552 rushing yards and six touchdowns, 404 receiving yards and four touchdowns, 362 kick return yards and 278 punt return yards in the King’s Academy’s special season that ended with a Central Coast Section Division III title. Short’s 160 tackles were the 19th-most in California, according to statistics available on MaxPreps, and he was an all-state selection.

Short committed to Army this offseason over offers from Air Force and Navy.

No. 1: Napa senior tight end Brock Bowers

Bowers is tabbed as one of the premier players across high school football, and he’s backed it up at Napa High School.

One year after Napa went 0-10, Bowers and Napa shined in 2019 while finding their way to the section playoffs. Bowers tallied 1,098 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns while averaging 28.2 yards per catch, which tagged alongside his 316 rushing yards and three scores while averaging 14.4 yards per carry.

Bowers committed to the University of Georgia and is a U.S. Army All-American.

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