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California’s Top 50 high school football teams: QB Bryan Wilson a rising star for No. 36 Ayala Bulldogs

SBLive is previewing the Top 50 high school football teams in California ahead of the fall 2021 season. Here’s an inside look at the Ayala Bulldogs of the CIF Southern Section, the No. 36 team in our countdown.
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SBLive is previewing the Top 50 high school football teams in California ahead of the fall 2021 season. Here’s an inside look at the Ayala Bulldogs of the CIF Southern Section, the No. 36 team in our countdown.

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HEAD COACH

A.J. Gracia, 6th season as Ayala's head coach. Overall record at Ayala: 34-16

2020-21 AT A GLANCE

  • Overall record: 5-0
  • League record: 2-0 (1st in Mountain West League)

2021 SCHEDULE

All games are at 7 p.m.

  • Aug. 13 (Scrimmage) @ Colony
  • Aug. 20 vs. Chino Hills
  • Aug. 27 @ Los Altos
  • Sep. 2 vs. Diamond Ranch
  • Sep. 10 vs. Los Osos
  • Sep. 16 @ Tustin
  • Sep. 23 @ La Habra
  • Oct. 1 @ Glendora
  • Oct. 15 vs. Alta Loma
  • Oct. 22 vs. Bonita
  • Oct. 29 @ Charter Oak

PLAYERS TO WATCH

QB Bryan Wilson – SO.

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Wilson was a rare freshman dual-threat QB who was well-rounded and consistent against strong competition out of the gate. He threw for nine touchdowns and 655 yards very efficiently, and ran for a touchdown and 160 more yards. Already one of the section's top 2024 QBs, Wilson has a strong chance to prove himself as a major D-1 prospect sooner than later.

OL Jayden Colvin – SR.

One of Ayala's top returning linemen, Colvin is expected to be one of the anchors of Ayala's offensive line, and can play D-line at a high level if asked.

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OL Merrick Becerra – JR.

Becerra is another cornerstone of Ayala's O-line.

SS/OLB Drew Merrill – SR.

Merrill can line up in the front seven or secondary, and has a good chance to be one of the Bulldogs' defensive cornerstones this year. He also can play a number of positions on offense.

OLB/TE Chandler Carthan – SR.

With very good athleticism to go with front seven size, Carthan is likely to be an impact player in all three phases of the game. In addition to OLB, he'll probably have a bigger role at TE, and play special teams as well.