As The 2023 Season Nears Kick-Off In The Sac-Joaquin Section, We Begin Our Preseason All-NorCal Roll Call With The Offensive Backfield •
PRESEASON ALL-NORCAL LIST SCHEDULE: Wide Receivers/Tight Ends | Offensive/Defensive Line | Linebackers/Defensive Backs
PICTURED UP TOP: Maealiuaki Smith of Serra-San Mateo (David Gershon photo)
Our 2023 Preseason All-NorCal Roster begins with quarterbacks and running backs. It’s a deep season for signal-callers, led by 2022 NorCal Offensive Player of the Year finalist, Luke Baker of San Ramon Valley-Danville. He’s one of four returning Bay Area quarterbacks who started CIF State Bowl games last December.
As for running backs, there are key names in every corner of the NorCal map. Some are looking for encores after 20-plus TD seasons while others are finally getting the spotlight after waiting behind key seniors. Let’s get to it!
QB | LUKE BAKER (San Ramon Valley-Danville) | Sr.
Top Bay Area quarterback in 2022 returns after passing for over 3,700 yards and 46 TDs en route to SRV’s first CIF state bowl appearance.
QB | TOA FAAVAE (De La Salle-Concord) | Jr.
One of the breakout stars of CIF bowl weekend with over 300 all-purpose yards and three TDs, Spartans’ signal-caller enters 2023 as the team’s lone starter under center.
QB | DOMINIC INGRASSIA (San Marin-Novato) | Sr.
Burst onto the scene in 2022 with 2,500 yards and 35 TDs; enters senior season at the helm of a Mustangs squad looking for third-straight CIF bowl title.
QB | CADEN PINNICK (Del Oro-Loomis) | Sr.
Three-sport standout leads the Golden Eagles under center once again after earning Sierra Foothill League Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2022.
QB | JACOB PRUITT (Rancho Cotate-Rohnert Park) | Sr.
One of the top all-around athletes in the NCS, Pruitt enters his senior season as the Cougars’ starting QB from day one and will be just as dynamic on the ground as he is in the air.
QB | MAEALIUAKI SMITH (Serra-San Mateo) | Sr.
Highly touted field general returns to lead the region’s top team after a junior campaign with 2,546 yards, 34 touchdowns, and a trip to the CIF Open Division bowl game.
QB | TYLER WENTWORTH (Central Catholic-Modesto) | Sr.
One of NorCal’s most experienced quarterbacks returns to guide the Raiders’ offense one more time; threw for 20 TDs and nearly 2,000 yards as a junior.
RB | DERRICK BLANCHE JR. (De La Salle-Concord) | Jr.
Spartans won’t lack for playmakers on the ground and Blanche will help lead the way after finishing second on the team in carries as a sophomore in 2022.
RB | ASANTE CARTER (St. Mary’s-Stockton) | Sr.
Collected 20 rushing touchdowns as a junior for an offense that boasted a plethora of playmakers.
RB | BRYSON DAVIS (Manteca) | Sr.
Rushed for over 1,000 yards as a junior despite the presence of NorCal POY Blake Nichelson; now takes the lead role in the Buffaloes’ run-heavy attack.
RB | DEVIN GREEN (Grant-Sacramento) | Sr.
One of two huge transfer additions for the Pacers, the former Sheldon star brings top-shelf athleticism and speed to one of NorCal’s most dynamic offenses.
RB | TAJIR GOLDEN (McClymonds-Oakland) | Sr.
Once the top backfield option for the Warriors, Golden should slot back into a main offensive role for the Warriors after the graduation of NorCal Offensive Player of the Year Jaivian Thomas.
RB | JALEN HARRIS (Berkeley) | Sr.
Led the Yellowjackets in rushing in 2022 but will also be a key option in head coach Dave Perry’s diverse passing offense.
RB | CARTER JACKSON (Granite Bay) | Jr.
Highly recruited underclassman announced his presence with 1,568 yards and 22 rushing touchdowns as a sophomore.
RB | WAYSHAWN PARKER (Grant-Sacramento) | Sr.
Impactful Elk Grove transfer joins fellow import Devin Green in a loaded Pacers backfield; can do a bit of everything at the skill positions as well as the return game.
RB | LAMAR RADCLIFFE (Sacramento) | Sr.
Utah-bound bruiser enters 2023 healthy and ready to roll; rushed for 2,109 yards and 23 touchdowns as a sophomore before a knee injury curtailed his junior campaign.
RB | HERSCHEL TURNER (Mt. Diablo-Concord) | Sr.
Freedom-Oakley transfer will bring attention to the Red Devils this year after rushing for over 900 yards as a junior.
RB | CHARLES WILLIAMS (Marin Catholic-Kentfield) | Sr.
All-NorCal selection rushed for 1,239 yards and 23 touchdowns as the Wildcats’ top offensive playmaker in 2022.