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Zach Kline, QB, San Ramon Valley (Anda Chu/Staff)

1. Zach Kline

QB 6-2 210 San Ramon Valley

No. 2-ranked pro-style quarterback in the country according to Rivals.com. No. 49 recruit in the country in SuperPrep Magazine's postseason rankings. Huge arm. Able to make plays on the move. Very smart. Called a "natural leader" by several coaches. "Probably got the strongest arm in the East Bay in the last 20 years," said one recruiter. Also considered Michigan, Oregon State and Vanderbilt. Already enrolled.

College: Cal

2. Freddie Tagaloa

OL 6-8 300 Salesian

Tabbed by some coaches as the player in this year's class most likely to play on Sundays. "He's not polished yet, but you can't teach a guy to be that big, that agile and that good," a Pac-12 scout said. Athleticism is a major plus. Also plays basketball for Salesian. Could end up at either tackle spot. "I think he's had offers since he was eight years old," said a Big Sky scout. Suitors included Stanford, Oregon and USC.

College: CAL

3. Byron Marshall

RB 5-10 195 Valley Christian-S.J.

National-caliber recruit brings speed and quickness to the table. "I think he's probably the best running back in the area," said one Pac-12 coach. Rushed for 757 yards as a senior despite missing time with a shoulder injury. Pass catching and blocking are also strengths. "I think his best football might be in front of him," said another Pac-12 coach. Considered Cal, USC, Notre Dame, Washington and Arizona State.

College: Oregon

4. Michael Barton

LB 6-1 200 De La Salle

East Bay Defensive Player of the Year made 103 tackles for CIF Open Division champs. "He's got tremendous upside," said a Pac-12 recruiter. "Very mature player." Speed, tackling ability are strengths. Some coaches project him at safety, others at weakside linebacker. "He's got a lot of athleticism coming from a good program," said another Pac-12 coach. Had 11 offers, with LSU and Washington among the finalists.

College: Cal

5. Bart Houston

QB 6-4 200 De La Salle

Proven winner lost only one game in almost three years as a starter at De La Salle. "When they needed him the most, he kept getting better and better," said a Mountain West coach. Threw 16 touchdowns, ran for 17 more as a senior. Arm strength, decision making, intelligence are major strengths. Running ability also improved. Described by several coaches as a "perfect fit" at Wisconsin. Also considered Iowa.

College: Wisconsin

6. Cleveland Wallace

DB 6-1 170 Oak Grove

Interest ramped up late after Wallace committed to Oregon State last spring. Played cornerback for Oak Grove and recorded 54 tackles and five interceptions. "He's got good explosion, good hops," a Pac-12 recruiter said. Some coaches think he might end up as a big safety, others see him as a true cover cornerback. "Really good player," a Mountain West coach said. "Might be one of the better players in the area."

College: Oregon State

7. T.J. Daniel

DE 6-6 220 Bishop O'Dowd

Considered by many coaches to be the steal of this year's class. "You can't develop that speed and size," one Pac-12 recruiter said. Named Defensive Player of the Year in Hayward Area Athletic League. Will likely start on defense, but several coaches compared his athletic ability to former Oregon standout TE Ed Dickson and said he could end up on offense. Also plays basketball. "I think his upside is incredible," said another Pac-12 coach. Had offer from UNLV.

College: Oregon

8. Jeff Lockie

QB 6-2 175 Monte Vista

Passed for 3,278 yards and 31 TDs as a senior and was named East Bay Athletic League MVP over Kline, Houston. "Just a winner," said one Pac-12 coach. Mobility and ability to throw on the run are major attributes. Extremely smart (GPA over 4.0) and natural leader. "He's a knowledgeable football player who's going to get better and better," a Pac-12 coach said. Also held an offer from San Diego State.

College: Oregon

9. Kenneth Walker

WR 5-11 170 JFK-Richmond

Interest exploded over summer after good showing on camp circuit. Speed is No. 1 attribute. "He's got spring in those legs," a WAC coach said. Could play either receiver or running back in college. Compared by one coach to former Raiders RB Napoleon Kaufman. "He's legit. Anyone that saw his video probably offered him," said one Mountain West coach. Held offers from all but two Pac-12 schools, along with Boise State.

College: Cal

10. Hardy Nickerson Jr.

LB 6-0 220 Bishop O'Dowd

Lauded for his leadership and toughness. Father Hardy played 16 seasons in the NFL. "He's a little undersized, but he's got the heart of his father," a Mountain West coach said. Recorded 153 tackles as a senior. Also played running back for Dragons. Big hitter. "You just know he's going to be a player," a Pac-12 coach said. Held offers from Nebraska, Colorado, Utah among others before picking dad's alma mater.

College: Cal

11. Chris Santini

S 6-1 215 Leland

Hard-nosed defender played linebacker in high school. "He's that nickel back everyone's looking for," a Mountain West recruiter said. Had 99 tackles and three sacks, and he also rushed for 798 yards. If Santini ends up at linebacker, some coaches think he could play inside. Most project him at rover. "Those are the kinds of guys that Boise State has made a living on," one Pac-12 coach said. Held 11 offers, according to Rivals.

College: Boise State

12. Erich Wilson

RB 6-1 185 Serra

San Mateo County player of the year has frame to add weight and become big, physical runner. Athletic enough to eventually play defensive back. Will likely begin in the backfield. "He has potential on either side of the ball," a WAC recruiter said. Rushed for 2,106 yards as a senior and broke Lynn Swann's career touchdown record at Serra. Held seven offers and committed to Colorado before switching.

College: Washington

13. Damariay Drew

ATH 5-11 195 Livermore

Interest came fast and furious late in the process for Cowboys playmaker. Likely targeted as a safety but also received interest as a running back and kick returner. "A guy that's got a lot of upside," said one Pac-12 coach. Clocked a 4.5 40-yard dash and rushed for 1,291 yards and 17 touchdowns. "He's a hard-playing kid and a guy that likes playing football," a WAC coach said. Still has some academic work to clean up.

College: Cal

14. Anthony Williams

WR 6-0 185 De La Salle

Playmaker for Spartans was under-recruited to start, but things have heated up. "I think people question overall foot speed," a Mountain West coach said. "But when you watch him run, he's running away from people." Brother Demetrius played in NFL. Also started at safety for Spartans but likely will end up on offense in college. "He knows how to win and put in the effort," a WAC coach said. Holds offers from Nevada and UNLV.

College: Undecided

15. Fernando Villanueva

OL 6-6 280 Independence

Originally committed to Washington State but switched midway through process to stay closer to home. "He's a big, tall kid," a WAC recruiter said. "He's probably more of a potential guy than a ready-to-go guy." Also played defense for Independence but was named Mount Hamilton Division offensive lineman of the year for leading a running game that averaged 6.6 yards per carry. Still has some academic work to do.

College: San Jose State

16. Joe Gigantino

LB 6-2 220 Bellarmine

Big reason Bellarmine went to CIF Division I bowl. Playmaker on both sides of the ball. "He has great instincts and is an excellent tackler," Bells coach Mike Janda said after the season. Praised by coaches for playing big in the Bells' biggest games. Plays well in space. "Maybe a little faster, little more flexible than (teammate Brad) Kuh," one Pac-12 coach said. Considered San Jose State before picking Cal Poly.

College: Cal Poly

17. Jake Simonich

OL 6-6 275 San Ramon Valley

Prospect at either tackle spot. "There's something I like about him," said one WAC recruiter. "He has the size and the ability." Multiple coaches pointed to footwork as a major strength. Coaches also liked his technical ability, hands and punch at point of attack. "His best football is in front of him," a Pac-12 coach said. "But is he going to be 295 or is he stuck at 275?" Also had offer from Sacramento State.

College: Utah State

18. Nick Callender

OL 6-6 275 St. Mary's

Late riser in the recruiting process. Described as "intriguing" by one Pac-12 coach. Praised for "unlimited potential" by another. Athleticism is a selling point. Has also played basketball. Played both offensive and defensive line but will find a home on offense in college. "Athletic guy, great feet," Panthers coach Keith Minor said. "He's a left tackle." Had offers from New Mexico State, San Diego State, Sacramento State.

College: Colorado State

19. Leo Koloamatangi

OL 6-5 260 Sacred Heart Prep

Versatile lineman could end up on either side of the ball in college. Rated a two-star recruit by both Rivals and Scout. Size, strength magnified by good footwork. Still could add height, weight. Strong mentally. "He can change your locker room from a leadership standpoint," one Big Sky recruiter said. Committed to Hawaii in early January and was first oral commitment for new coach Norm Chow.

College: Hawaii

20. Brad Kuh

LB 6-2 220 Bellarmine

Linebacker lauded for toughness and aggressiveness. "If you watched film in the middle of his senior year or watched practice, you said, 'Wow, he's really improved,' " said one recruiter. Also played defensive line in high school. Smart player. "Good high school guys that could turn into good college guys," one WAC coach said of Kuh and teammate Joe Gigantino. Also held offer from Sacramento State.

College: San Jose State