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Preseason All-NorCal Football 2023 | Offensive & Defensive Linemen Preseason All-NorCal Football 2023 | Offensive & Defensive Linemen
As The 2023 Season Nears Kick-Off In The Sac-Joaquin Section, We Continue Our Preseason All-NorCal List With The Region’s Top Linemen • PRESEASON ALL-NORCAL... Preseason All-NorCal Football 2023 | Offensive & Defensive Linemen

As The 2023 Season Nears Kick-Off In The Sac-Joaquin Section, We Continue Our Preseason All-NorCal List With The Region’s Top Linemen •

PRESEASON ALL-NORCAL LIST SCHEDULE: Quarterbacks/Running Backs | Receivers & Tight Ends | Linebackers/Defensive Backs
PICTURED UP TOP: Manuel Serna of Clayton Valley-Concord. (Chace Bryson photo)

Our 2023 Preseason All-NorCal Football roster welcomes in the big boys from the trenches.

Our list of offensive linemen boasts a strong West Catholic Athletic League contingent as well as a Florida State-bound product from Central Catholic-Modesto. The defensive line features several returning 2022 All-NorCal honorees, including Auckland Asiata of Sutter and Juju Walls of Pittsburg.


BENNETT ANDERSON (Bellarmine Prep-San Jose) | Sr.

Yale commit helped the Bells reach a CIF state bowl in 2022 and now welcomes former NFL offensive lineman David Diaz-Infante as Bellarmine’s new head coach.

GARRISON BLANK (Rocklin) | Jr.

6-foot-7, 305-pounder enters his junior season with multiple West Coast scholarship offers in hand.

ETHAN DASMANN (Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills) | Sr.

First team All-Sierra Foothill League selection in 2022 returns to lead the line for the Trojans.

AJ HASSON (Davis) | Sr.

Delta League All-Purpose Player of the Year does a bit of everything for the Blue Devils, including playing tight end and defensive line. 


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JOHN HOLTHAUS (Serra-San Mateo) | Sr.

Colorado State-bound big man will play a key role for a Padres offense loaded with playmakers.

JUSTIN HYLKEMA (Wilcox-Santa Clara) | Sr.

Standing 6-foot-8, 315 pounds, there will be no missing the Arizona-bound lineman when he lines up for the Chargers this fall.

MANASSE ITETE (Central Catholic-Modesto) | Sr.

6-foot-5, 290-pound Florida State commit will play the role of both pocket protector and road grader for a dynamic Raiders offense.

KALOLO KAIHEA (Riordan-San Francisco) | Sr.

Before he heads to San Jose State in 2024, Kaihea will help lead a Riordan offense that carries big aspirations. 

PETER LANGI (Riordan-San Francisco) | Jr.

Another reason for optimism by the Bay—the 6-foot-5, 330-pounder holds 27 scholarship offers according to

BERLIN LILLARD (Bishop O’Dowd-Oakland) | Sr.

6-foot-5, 325-pounder will anchor the Dragons’ line before heading to Colorado State in the fall.

RAYNE MAYO (Valley Christian-San Jose) | Sr.

First team All-WCAL selection in 2022 will be a veteran voice on a talented Warriors line in 2023.

AHMAD ROBINSON (McClymonds-Oakland) | Sr.

The latest in a long line of standout linemen, Robinson will look to pave the way for the Warriors’ always-formidable offense.

MANUEL SERNA (Clayton Valley-Concord) | Sr.

San Jose State commit played a major role in the Ugly Eagles’ successful conversion to the spread offense in 2022.

CHAMP TAULEALEA (Valley Christian-San Jose) | Jr.

Earned Sophomore Player of the Year honors in the West Catholic Athletic League in 2022.

XAVIER THORPE (Livermore) | Sr.

All-EBAL Valley second team choice in 2022 returns for his senior season with multiple scholarship offers in tow.

TOMMY TOFI (Riordan-San Francisco) | So.

Tommy Tofi, Riordan
(Ben Enos photo)

First team All-Delta League selection as a freshman at Sheldon-Sacramento now moves south to join a host of standout newcomers with the Crusaders.

IKINASIO TUPOU (Palo Alto) | Sr.

Vikings’ standout tackle has several West Coast schools, including Utah and Washington, chasing his services.

SIOSIUA VETE (Tennyson-Hayward) | Jr.

Hot summer recruiting trail for the Lancers’ junior lineman resulted in a recent Stanford commitment.



2022 All-NorCal selection recorded 9.5 sacks, 34 QB hurries and 84 tackles for the Huskies as a junior.

CHRIS BILLER (De La Salle-Concord) | Sr.

Preseason All-NorCal Football, Chris Biller, De La Salle
(David Gershon photo)

A familiar name to longtime Spartans followers, son of the former DLS standout is also a rugby star just like his dad.

KODI CORNELIUS (Casa Grande-Petaluma) | Sr.

Two-way standout is a highly sought after defensive lineman with 15 scholarship offers listed entering his senior season.

MARKUS HOFFMANN (Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills) | Sr.

First team All-Metro selection by the Sacramento Bee in 2022 recorded 10 sacks in a standout junior campaign.

JERICHO JOHNSON (Armijo-Fairfield) | Sr.

Name a school and they’re probably pursuing the Royals’ 6-foot-5, 320-pound star; counts Alabama and Georgia among his suitors.

MATTHEW JOHNSON (De La Salle-Concord) | Jr.

6-foot-5, 240-pound edge rusher looks like the latest heralded defensive recruit to showcase his talents at Owen Owens Field.


Versatility and athleticism stands out for the Yellowjackets’ 6-foot-4, 210-pound junior edge rusher.

NAKI TUAKOI (Fremont-Oakland) | Sr.

Talented defender will be a force off the edge for Fremont before heading to Stanford next fall.

NELA TUPOU (Folsom) | Jr.

Another budding talent to join the Bulldogs’ stable; owns multiple scholarship offers, including Utah, according to

TOME VEUKISO (El Cerrito) | Sr.

Preseason All-NorCal Football, Tome Veukiso, El Cerrito
(Ben Enos photo)

For all the skill position talent that EC boasts, Veukiso stars on both lines and represents the backbone of a team with big goals.

JEWELOUS WALLS (Pittsburg) | Jr.

Want to find the Pirates’ star lineman? Try the backfield. Contributed 25 tackles for loss, eight sacks, four forced fumbles and 99 tackles as only a sophomore.

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Ben Enos is a freelance journalist who has previously worked for Bay Area News Group and within the University of California Athletics Department.

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