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California high school products in CFP National Championship (Washington vs. Michigan)

Just shy of 50 Golden Staters will help to decide the 2023-24 national football champion at NRG Stadium in Houston

Tonight brings an official end to the 2023-24 college football season, as Michigan and Washington play for the National Championship in what looks like an old-school Rose Bowl that's not in Pasadena.

Kickoff between the Michigan Wolverines and Washington Huskies is set for 4:30 p.m. Pacific time Monday, Jan. 8, at NRG Stadium in Houston (TV and streaming on ESPN).

Both semifinals last week were thrillers, with Washington withstanding Texas' late push to win 37-31 and Michigan outlasting Alabama 27-20 in overtime.

SBLive Sports is always looking for high school angles, so leading up to the National Championship Game, we looked up where every Michigan and Washington player competed in prep football.

A startling 49 of the players are from California, quite a ways from home. Here they are listed alphabetically with numeral, player, position, college and where each player finished high school.


31 — Nico Andrighetto, DB, Michigan (Mountain View St. Francis)

55 — Jacob Bandes, DL, Washington (Pittsburg)

6 — Davon Banks, DB, Washington (San Jacinto)

19 — Darren Barkins, DB, Washington (Mater Dei)

27 — Jakson Berman, DB, Washington (Valley Christian)

10 — Zeke Berry, DB, Michigan (Concord De La Salle)

De La Salle product Zeke Berry (10) is special team's wizard and rotational safety at Michigan.

De La Salle product Zeke Berry (10) is special team's wizard and rotational safety at Michigan.

91 — Cameron Brandt, DL, Michigan (Sierra Canyon)

17 — Deven Bryant, LB, Washington (St. John Bosco)

23 — Leroy Bryant, DB, Washington (Rodriguez)

86 — Josh Cuevas, TE, Washington (Campbell Hall)

22 — Cameron Davis, RB, Washington (Upland)

4 — Jayden Denegal, QB, Michigan (Apple Valley)

85 — Cristian Dixon, WR, Michigan (Mater Dei)

9 — Thaddeus Dixon, DB, Washington (La Mirada)

24 — Makell Esteen, DB, Washington (Lawndale)

68 — Soane Faasolo, OL, Washington (Menlo-Atherton)

13 — Kamren Fabiculanan, DB, Washington (Westlake)

91 — John Frazier, TE, Washington (Mountain View St. Francis)

49 — Alex Froelich, LS, Washington (Pasadena Poly)

84 — Jackson Girouard, WR, Washington (Sacred Heart Prep)

10 — Ralen Goforth, LB, Washington (St. John Bosco)

55 — Mason Graham, DL, Michigan (Servite)

45 — Maurice Heims, DE, Washington (Santa Margarita)

18 — Vincent Holmes, DB, Washington (San Jacinto)

76 — Elishah Jackett, OL, Washington (El Modena)

25 — Elijah Jackson, DB, Washington (Lawndale)

0 — Giles Jackson, WR, Washington (Freedom)

82 — Caleb Johnston, LS, Washington (Ripon)

91 — Tuli Letuligasenoa, DL, Washington (Concord De La Salle)

10 — Austin Mack, QB, Washington (Folsom)

43 — Jesse Madden, DB, Michigan (Bishop O’Dowd)

83 — Zack Marshall, TE, Michigan (Carlsbad)

21 — Dyson McCutcheon, DB, Washington (Bishop Amat)

11 — Jalen McMillan, WR, Washington (San Joaquin Memorial)

40 — Anay Nagarajan, DB, Washington (Mountain View St. Francis)

6 — Richard Newton, RB, Washington (Palmdale)

21 — Daniyel Ngata, RB, Washington (Folsom)

80 — Jake Parnagian, WR, Washington (Clovis North)

79 — Jeffrey Persi, OL, Michigan (JSerra Catholic)

17 — Teddy Purcell, QB, Washington (Sacred Heart Prep)

89 — Keith Reynolds, WR, Washington (Adelanto)

20 — Tybo Rogers, RB, Washington (Bakersfield)

74 — Kahlee Tafai, OL, Washington (Leuzinger)

20 — Asa Turner, DB, Washington (Carlsbad)

13 — Jack Tuttle, QB, Michigan (Mission Hills)

86 — Griffin Waiss, TE, Washington (Bellarmine College Prep)

33 — Jordan Whitney, LB, Washington (Pacifica)

3 — Rashid Williams, WR, Washington (Pittsburg)

75 — Robert Wyrsch, OL, Washington (Soquel)