PREP FOOTBALL PREVIEW: San Diego Section’s best players

This is shaping up to be an extraordinary season for San Diego Section players.

247Sports, the most-respected prep-ranking service, has given no less than 21 players from San Diego County 3 stars or more, with 5 stars being the highest rank. The county has one 5-star player, and he’s just a junior

Following are the top players from San Diego:


Julian Sayin, QB, Carlsbad, Jr.

A 5-star, he threw for 2,769 yards and 34 TDs last season with just 5 interceptions. Standing 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, he rushed for 208 yards and 2 TDs. He’s clutch, leading the Lancers on a last-minute, length-of-the-field drive to beat Torrey Pines. 1St-team All-CIF. He has 24 college offers, including Georgia, Alabama, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Texas, UCLA and USC.

Roderick Robinson, RB, Lincoln, Sr.

A 4-star, he rushed for 1,273 yards and 17 TDs with 7 100-yard games. At 6-1, 230, he’s a bruising runner. 2n.d-team All-CIF. Committed to UCLA with offers from USC, Auburn, Cal and Colorado.

Jeremiah McClure, WR, Mater Dei Catholic, Sr.

A 4-star, he caught 38 passes for 958 yards and 8 TDs last season, averaging 25.2 yards a catch. He was a big part of the team’s State 2-AA Championship. 2n.d-team All-CIF. He has 14 offers, including USC, Arizona, Michigan, Colorado, BYU, Cal, Michigan, Tennessee and San Diego State.

Jax Leatherwood, QB, Scripps Ranch, Sr.

A 3-star, Leatherwood is a true 3-sport athlete. Standing 6-8, he threw for 3,915 yards with 52 TDs, 4 interceptions on a team that won the State 2-A Championship. He led that team on a last-minute, length-of-the-field drive to win it. Switching sports, he helped the Falcons to a State Division IV basketball championship. He was a 1st-team All-CIF player in football, then finished the school year by being named 1St-team All-CIF in volleyball. He has committed to Nevada.

Jonah Rodriguez, OT, Madison, Sr.

A 3-star, he has cut his recruiting list to 6 — Arizona, Arizona State, San Diego State, Syracuse, Fresno State and Nevada. At 6-4, 275, he can carry 25 more pounds in college and still shift to guard. He’s a physical player, who has a nasty streak. 1St-team All-CIF.

Anthony McMillian, RB, Mater Dei Catholic, Jr.

A 3-star, he appeared in only 8 games last season on a Crusaders team that won the State 2-AA Championship. A bruising 6-foot, 215, he’s a combination of power and speed. He gained 736 yards on 65 carries and scored 8 TDs, averaging 11.6 yards a carry. He had 7 pass receptions for 108 yards and had 32 tackles. He has offers from Arizona, Colorado, Colorado State and Utah State.

Zack Marshall, Carlsbad, TE, Sr.

A 3-star, Marshall is a transfer from Santa Fe Christian where he caught 44 passes for 1,012 yards, averaging 23.0 yards a catch. He’ll have 5-star QB Julian Sayin throwing to him this season. At 6-4, 220, Marshall runs well, so he could stay inside or more out wide. 2n.d-team All-CIF. Committed to Michigan after also receiving offers from Utah, Arizona, Washington State, Boise State and academic institutions Penn and Army.

Major Givens, Steele Canyon, RB, Sr.

A 3-star, he rushed for 1,516 yards and 12 TDs last season, averaging 5.5 yards a carry. Plus, he had 166 yards receiving and 362 on kickoff returns. An explosive player, he stands 5-10, 185. 2n.d-team All-CIF. Has committed to Montana State.

Misael Sandoval, St. Augustine, OL, Sr.

A 3-star, he stands 6-6, 320 and moves very well. The Saints are coming off a rough season, and have a new coach, but Sandoval should be a bright spot. He’s a San Diego State commit.

Cayden Dawson, University City, TE-DE, Sr.

A 3-star, he’s dominant on both sides of the ball. He’s committed to Boise State where he figures to be on the offensive side. At 6-4, 230, he can be an in-line blocker, play the slot or move outside. Chose Boise State over Oregon State, Nevada and San Jose State.

Dominic Nankil, Mater Dei Catholic. QB, Sr.

A 3-star, he led the Crusaders to the State 2-AA Championship, throwing for 3,427 yards, 28 TDs and only 4 interceptions on 306 passes, averaging 263.6 yards a game. On the smallish side at 6-foot, 150, he’s the undisputed leader of a team that figures to contend for another title. 1St-team All-CIF. Has offers from New Mexico State and USD.


Tre Edwards, Mater Dei Catholic, LB, Sr.

A 4-star, Edwards was the San Diego Section CIF Defensive Player of the Year. He stands 6-1, 220, but plays much bigger. Is a run-stopping LB who has the ability to rush the pass or cover receivers in the flat. Physical and a sure tackler, had 96 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss and 6 sacks. UCLA commit, who had 14 offers, including USC, Notre Dame, Oregon, Illinois, Arkansas, Arizona State and Texas A&M.

David (DJ) Peevy, Lincoln, LB-DE, Sr.

A 4-star, he has added more than 50 pounds since his freshman year and stands 6-4, 230. With his athleticism he may best fit in college as an edge rusher. Had 37 tackles and 3 sacks last season. Was a sprinter on the track team. Has 16 offers, including Oregon, USC, Boise State, Colorado and Washington.

Samuel Cooper IV, University City, DB-QB, Sr.

A 3-star, he made his name on offense. However, colleges also love him as a LB. Threw for 2,343 yards and ran for 1,266 more with 6 100-yard rushing games. Also caught 3 TD passes. Runs the 40-yard dash in a swift 4.65 seconds, so has colleges excited about playing defense. 2n.d-team All-CIF as a QB. Standing 6-3, 215, has 9 offers, including Army, Navy, Dartmouth and Howard.

Surahz Buncom, Mater Dei Catholic, Athlete, Sr.

A 3-star who checks in at 6-4, 175, Buncom comes from an athletic family and has made his name as a WR, averaging 17.3 yards on 32 catches last season. He has sprinter’s speed and can also be an impact player in the defensive secondary. Had 9 tackles for the Crusaders. A Kansas commit with 16 offers, he chose the Jayhawks over Boise State, BYU, Pitt, Colorado, Duke, Oregon and San Diego State.

Marcus Ratcliffe, Cathedral Catholic, DB, Sr.

A 3-star, Ratcliffe is one of the key returning players from the Dons’ 1-AA State Championship team. Athletic and a big hitter, he figures to play safety in college. Committed to San Diego State after falling in love with the Aztecs’ 3-3-5 defense. Chose SDSU over Air Force, BYU, Arizona, Cal and Colorado.

Chris Snyder, Mater Dei Catholic, DB, Sr.

A 3-star who also plays WR. Recruiters, however, love the 6-foot, 175-pounder on defense where he can play CB, safety or nickel. Had 22 tackles and an interception last season. A 4-year starter at CB for the 2-AA State champions, he has earned the nickname “Boom.” Has 9 college offers, including BYU, Cal, Colorado, Kansas and Oregon.

Hunter Wiggins, Lincoln, Athlete, Sr.

A 3-star, he may be best suited as a safety in college. Blessed with range, open-field awareness and ball skills, he’s a sure tackler. Has multiple offers, including Arizona, Colorado, Fresno State, Minnesota, San Diego State and USC.

Victory Johnson, Cathedral Catholic, LB, Sr.

A 3-star, he’s a physical, 6-3, 230, who has the size to play inside, but figures as an OLB in college. 2n.d-team All-CIF. A returnee from State 1-AA champions, he has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Kansas, Oregon State, USC, San Diego State, Utah and Washington.

Josiah Cox, Lincoln, Athlete, Sr.

A 3-star, he checks in at 6-2, 185. Is a force as a WR, but figures as a safety at the next level. A big hitter, he has a best of 22.34 in the 200-metres. Has more than a dozen scholarship offers, including Washington State, Arizona, Colorado and Colorado State.

Chris Fewell, Lincoln, LB, Sr.

A 3-star, he plays outside and returned 4 interceptions for TDs. Physical player at 6-2, 190-pounds. Committed to San Diego State, choosing the Aztecs over Colorado, Colorado State, New Mexico State and Utah State.

Isaiah Buxton, Mater Dei Catholic, DB, Jr.

A 3-star, the 6-foot, 150-pounder had 29 tackles and 4 interceptions, returning them 186 yards. Has multiple, big-time college offers, including San Diego State, Arizona, BYU, Colorado State and Syracuse.

Adren Parker, Helix, DB, Sr.

Best known as a sprinter, he’s the San Diego Section record holder in the 400 meters at 47.31. Also ran 10.91 in the 100 and 21.75 in the 200. At 6-1, 175 pounds he has plenty of size to play CB at the next level. Had 2 interceptions a year ago.

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