Minnesota All-State football team is all about size

Below is our preseason All-State football team for Minnesota, as featured in our ESPNHS Minnesota magazine, plus an additional 50 top players. The team is based on projected on-field performance and accomplishments, not necessarily recruiting potential. For a list of the top football recruits in the state, click here.

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Joe Mollberg, Detroit Lakes, QB, Senior

Dual-threat star combined for more than 2,000 yards last season

Philip Nelson, Mankato West, QB, Senior

Minnesota pledge tossed 30 touchdowns for the Scarlets

Andrew Larson, Eden Prairie, RB, Senior

All-State rusher posted 1,689 yards and 21 scores last year

Sam Sura, South St. Paul, RB, Senior

Voted conference POY after rushing for 1,985 yards

Andre McDonald, Hopkins, WR, Senior

State’s most dangerous wideout had seven games with 100+ yards

Taylor Montero, Cretin-Derham Hall, WR, Senior

Averaged nearly 20 yards per catch; also starred on basketball team

Will Johnson, Osseo, TE, Senior

At 6-foot-7, he’s a perfect target for any quarterback

Maxx Williams, Waconia, TE, Senior

Both his father and grandfather played in the NFL; is he next?

Nick Davidson, Eden Prairie, OL, Senior

Son of NFL assistant coach is highly sought after

Isaac Hayes, St. Thomas Academy, OL, Senior

Brother Anthony plays at Stanford; Isaac headed to Minnesota

Jonah Pirsig, Blue Earth Area, OL, Senior

At 6-foot-9, 290 pounds, Pirsig is a beast on the offensive line


Karmichael Dunbar, Prior Lake, DL, Senior

At 6-foot-2, 290 pounds, he can dominate on both sides of the line

Jonathan Harden, Cretin-Derham Hall, DL, Senior

Only junior defensive player on last year’s All-State first team

Tyler Hartmann, Andover, DL, Senior

All-State lineman had 61 tackles (21 for loss) and 5.5 sacks last year

Brett Pierce, Holy Angels, DL, Senior

Division I recruit is also starting goalie for Stars hockey team

Robert Copeland, Coon Rapids, LB, Senior

Posted 10 sacks at both the DL and LB positions last year

Nick McBeain, Shakopee, LB, Senior

Had four INTs last season; returned all four for touchdowns

DeAnthony McKinley, Minneapolis Southwest, LB, Junior

Rising star had 10 sacks, recovered two fumbles as a sophomore

Matt Arends, Prior Lake, DB, Senior

Safety had three INTs last season; also batted .476 for baseball team

Hunter Friesen, Mankato West, DB, Senior

All-State second-teamer had nine interceptions last season

Nick Rallis, Edina, DB, Senior

Minnesota recruit had 90 tackles (60 solo) for the Hornets

Charles Webb, Minnetonka, DB, Senior

All-State CB had 110 tackles, scored five defensive TDs last year

Other Top Players

Tom Anderson, Andover, DL, Senior

Duke Anyanwu, Blaine, WR, Senior

Ross Barker, DeLaSalle, WR, Senior

Tavaughn Blair, Hopkins, DB, Senior

Beau Bofferding, Marshall, RB, Senior

Blake Borst, Eagle Valley, OL/DL, Senior

Kendrick Brewster, Cretin Derham-Hall, RB, Senior

Tyler Bridgeman, Andover, DB, Senior

Keelon Brookins, Tartan, DB, Junior

Adam Bungun, Triton, WR, Senior

Kevin Carroll, Edina, OL, Senior

Eli Dotts, Orr, LB, Senior

Stephen Erlandson, Breckenridge, RB, Senior

Jamie Fischer, Nicollet, WR, Senior

Michael Flowers, Humboldt, DL, Junior

Antonio Ford, Wayzata, RB, Senior

Aaron Haataja, Dassel-Cokato, RB, Junior

D.J. Hebert, Osseo, QB, Senior

Jesse Hein, Perham, OL, Senior

Tyler Hudson, Breck, WR, Junior

Kyle Hughes, Washburn, WR, Senior

C.J. Johnson, Edina, DB, Senior

Zack Johnson, Eastview, OL, Senior

Gabe Kartes, Blooming Prairie, WR, Senior

Jacob Kassulker, Brainerd, OL, Senior

Brandon Larson, Bemidji, LB, Senior

Sam Lee, Blue Earth Area, OL, Senior

Mitchell Leidner, Lakeville South, QB, Senior

Adam Lentz, Rochester Lourdes, RB, Junior

Austin Lommen, Breck, QB, Junior

Ethan Lunning, Zimmerman, LB, Senior

Daniel Maras, Red Rock Central, RB, Senior

Brandon Meek, Lakeville South, DL, Senior

Drake Michaelson, Eden Prairie, LB, Senior

Kevin Miley, Cretin-Derham Hall, QB, Senior

Taevon Miller, Breck, RB, Junior

Sean Murphy, Nicollet, QB, Senior

Matt Olson, St. Croix Lutheran, DB, Senior

James Onwalu, Cretin Derham-Hall, RB, Junior

Nate Penz, Rochester Mayo, QB, Senior

Austin Pohlen, Grand Rapids, QB, Senior

Ryan Popitz, Wayzata, LB, Senior

Max Reinertsen, Esko, QB, Senior

Kasey Robinson, Breck, WR, Senior

Chase Roullier, Burnsville, OL, Senior

Shaun Schindler, Hutchinson, LB, Junior

Adam Schultz, Fairmont, WR, Senior

Mitch Underhill, Wayzata, RB, Junior

Luc Zellmer, Blooming Prairie, QB, Senior