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HS Football Recruiting: Class of 2018

Crimson Tide offers Perry QB Purdy

UPDATED:  1/18/18

Colleges across the nation continue to take notice of the prep talent in Arizona each season.  More than 240 players from the Class of 2017 signed with schools last spring to advance their football careers, and receive an education.

Back in November, high school football fans watched Brock Purdy direct Perry to a 56-31 semifinal victory over Mountain Pointe, a team with a highly-regarded defense.  In the game, the Pumas' signal caller threw for 397 yards and four touchdowns leaving many in the state wondering why he didn't have a Power Five offer.  Fast forward three months (almost to the day) and Purdy is being pursued by many of those schools with a new offer from the cream of the crop - Alabama.  Purdy, who is 6-1 and 195 pounds, led Perry to its first appearance in the 6A state championship.  He set state records with 4,405 passing yards and 57 touchdowns.  In addition to winning the Ed Doherty Award, Purdy was the state's Gatorade Player of the Year.  He took a trip to Boise State last weekend and is planning to see Central Florida, Alabama, and Oregon State over the next three weeks.  Alabama will be honored for its National Championship game win this Saturday with a parade in Tuscaloosa.  The Crimson Tide defeated SEC-rival Georgia in dramatic fashion in a 26-23 overtime game.  It was the 17th national championship in school history and the fifth in nine years.

It was a busy week for Salpointe cornerback Derick Bush.  The 6-1, 180-pound defender received offers from Coastal Carolina, Weber State, and Northern Arizona.  Bush had 59 tackles and a pair of interceptions for the Lancers, who played in the 4A state championship game.  He was a First Team All-Southern Arizona selection by All Sports Tucson.  Coastal Carolina will begin its second year in the Sun Belt Conference in 2018 and will be a full-FBS member for the first time this fall.  The Chanticleers were 3-9 last season.  Their head coach Joe Moglia has been cleared to return to his coaching duties after a five-month sabbatical to fight an allergic reaction in his lungs.  Weber State and Northern Arizona are members of the Big Sky Conference and both schools played in the FCS playoffs.  Weber State finished with its highest-ever final ranking as the Wildcats were fifth in the national polls.  WSU won two postseason games for the first time and lost by just three to top-seeded James Madison in the quarterfinals.  Northern Arizona was 7-5 and hosted a playoff game.  However, for the fourth time in as my tries, the Lumberjacks were defeated on their home turf in the postseason.  NAU was 6-2 in the Big Sky in 2017 and will host Weber State on Oct. 6 at the Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff.

Here's the rest of the offers since Monday of this week:

Ironwood Ridge quarterback Heath Beemiller received his first offer from Northern Arizona.
Boulder Creek wide receiver Tristen D'Angelo received an offer from Valparaiso (Ind.).
Kellis slotback Josiah Bailey received an offer from Sioux Falls (S. Dak.).
Hamilton offensive tackle Kayden Scatena received an offer from Dixie State (Utah).
Chaparral running back Conlan Carey received an offer from Minnesota Crookston.
Trivium Prep offensive guard Matthew Moore received his first offer from Linfield (Ore.).
Trivium Prep running back/wide receiver Adan Sanders received his first offer from Linfield.
Buckeye quarterback Joseph Perez received an offer from Ohio Northern.
Vista Grande safety Derien Beauregard received offers from Ohio Northern and Kansas Wesleyan.
Saguaro safety Antonio Cuevas received offers from Ottawa, Ohio Northern, and William Penn (Iowa).
Centennial quarterback Ruben Beltran received an offer from Dubuque (Iowa).
Red Mountain defensive tackle Julian Chism received an offer from Benedictine (Kans.).
Moon Valley offensive tackle Braeden Kaowili received an offer from Benedictine.
Centennial linebacker Jacob Franklin received an offer from Rocky Mountain (Mont.).
Salpointe wide receiver Langston Hampton received an offer from Bethany (Kans.).
Valley Vista defensive end Daemon Heximer received an offer from Bethany.
Saguaro running back La'Ray Lucas received an offer from Ottawa.
Salpointe wide receiver Andrew Jacobs received an offer from Ottawa.
Queen Creek tight end Jake Ayala received offers from Michigan Tech and South Dakota School of Mines.
Salpointe offensive tackle Christian Massey received his first offer from Ottawa.
Sunrise Mountain linebacker Craig Dennis received an offer from Ottawa.
Sabino wide receiver Luke Moran received an offer from Ottawa.
Sabino quarterback Alex Bell received his first offer from Ottawa.
Highland offensive tackle Austin Kartchner received his first offer from Ottawa.
Red Mountain defensive end Gabe Williams received an offer from Chadron State (Neb.).
Hamilton safety Max McCrossen received an offer from Jamestown (N. Dak.).
Desert Ridge defensive tackle Apolo Ta'ase received an offer from William Penn.
Salpointe offensive guard Jose Lopez received an offer from Ottawa.
Skyline defensive end Dylan Bean received an offer from Ottawa.


This list shows four-year college offers received by seniors throughout the state.  It's not limited to just 6A and 5A.  It will be constantly updated as we approach National Signing Day on February 7, 2018.  That will be the next time that high school seniors can sign a letter of intent to agree to attend an institution.

Verbal commitments are shown in bold.


CLASS OF 2018 OFFERS

Matthew Abrams - Flowing Wells (DE):  Cornell Coll. (Iowa)

Chris Aguirre - Salpointe (LB):  Chadron State

Kemo Akins - Maricopa (RB):  Mayville State, Ottawa, Western New Mexico

Jonah Alicea - Verrado (CB):  Simpson

Tre Allen - Copper Canyon (WR):  Arizona Christian, Cornell Coll. (Iowa)

Christian Alvarado - Valley Vista (LB):  Valley City State

Nathan Amico - Cienega (LB):  Ottawa, Rocky Mountain, William Penn

Drake Anderson - Chandler (RB):  Illinois, Nevada, New Mexico State, NORTHWESTERN

Sean Anderson - Verrado (OT):  Idaho, MONTANA, Northern Arizona, Portland State

Vic Annoreno - Notre Dame (DT):  Arizona Christian, Clarke, Franklin Pierce, Monmouth (Ill.), Ottawa, Ripon, Simpson

Izzy Araiza - North (LB):  Culver-Stockton, Ripon

Jayzen Armstrong - Vista Grande (CB):  Concordia (Neb.)

Nikolas Arnold - Florence (DT):  Black Hills State, Ottawa, St. Francis (Ill.)

Luke Aschenbrand - Pinnacle (OG/DT):  Air Force, Brown, Columbia, PRINCETON, San Diego, UC Davis

Jake Ayala - Queen Creek (TE):  Cornell Coll. (Iowa), Elmhurst, Lake Forest, Marietta, Michigan Tech, Minot State, Redlands, Rocky Mountain, Simpson, South Dakota School of Mines, Southwestern (Tex.)

Josiah Bailey - Kellis (SB):  Adams State, Air Force, Kentucky Christian, Sioux Falls

Frankie Bal - Cesar Chavez (C):  Culver-Stockton, Ottawa, Ripon

Kyle Bartlett - Hamilton (TE):  Arizona Christian

Kaiden Baxter - Perry (OG):  Arizona Christian, Minnesota Crookston

Dylan Bean - Skyline (DE):  Franklin Pierce, Ottawa

Derien Beauregard - Vista Grande (FS):  Arizona Christian, Clarke, Kansas Wesleyan, Ohio Northern

Noe Becerra - Ironwood Ridge (OG):  Concordia (Wisc.), Hamline, Valley City State

Heath Beemiller - Ironwood Ridge (QB):  Northern Arizona

Alex Bell - Sabino (QB):  Ottawa

Ruben Beltran - Centennial (QB):  Adams State, Buena Vista, Dubuque, Simpson

Ryan Bendle - Liberty (QB):  Arizona Christian

Sean Benke - Marana Mountain View (C):  Adams State, Black Hills State

Caden Bethel - Desert Ridge (WR):  Occidental, Rocky Mountain, Western State Colorado

Billy Bolger - Chandler (QB):  Carnegie Mellon, Florida Tech (preferred walk-on), Willamette

Daunte Boudy - Cienega (DE):  Rocky Mountain

Josiah Bradley - Saguaro (S):  Arizona, Arizona State, California, Iowa State, Louisville, Nebraska, NEVADA, Oregon State, Utah , Washington, Washington State

Gary Bragg - Mountain Pointe (RB):  CSU-Pueblo, Idaho, Ohio Wesleyan

Nick Brahler - Ironwood Ridge (RB):  Adams State

Brandon Brody - Williams Field (K):  Arizona Christian, Central (Iowa), Concordia College (Minn.), Concordia (Neb.), Elmhurst, Illinois Coll., Marietta, Ripon, Simpson

Jonah Brownell - Horizon (DT):  Case Western Reserve, Culver-Stockton, Fordham (preferred walk-on), Grinnell, Occidental, Ottawa, Redlands, Ripon, Wooster

Derick Bush - Salpointe (CB):  Black Hills State, Coastal Carolina, CSU-Pueblo, Northern Arizona, Weber State

Kameron Butterfield - Shadow Ridge (LB):  Cornell Coll. (Iowa), Jamestown

Elston Cadle - Dysart (DE):  Simpson, Valley City State

Jarick Caldwell - Chandler (WR/TE):  Fresno State, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, UNLV

Jett Campbell - Basha (RB):  Arizona Christian, Jamestown, Lake Forest, Marietta, Ottawa, Pacific (Ore.), Puget Sound, Ripon, Willamette

Matthew Campbell - Skyline (OG):  Adams State, Ottawa

Conlan Carey - Chaparral (RB):  Central (Iowa), Elmhurst, Idaho (preferred walk-on), Lake Forest, Minnesota Crookston, Ottawa, Rocky Mountain, Simpson, Willamette

Elijah Carey - Canyon del Oro (RB/LB):  Arizona Christian

Bobby Carlon - Moon Valley (WR):  Ottawa

Josh Carlson - Gilbert (P/K):  Arizona Christian, Culver-Stockton

Gavin Chaddock - Sunrise Mountain (LB):  Culver-Stockton, Lawrence Tech, Simpson

John Chaffeur - Prescott (WR/CB):  Culver-Stockton

Garron Chatfield - Gilbert (OT):  Adams State, Black Hills State, Lawrence

Anthony Chauhan - Desert Mountain (FS):  Willamette

Davis Chauhan - Chaparral (QB):  Elmhurst, Lake Forest, Occidental, Simpson, Willamette

Julian Chism - Red Mountain (DT):  Benedictine, Mayville State, Ottawa

Kenny Churchwell - Mountain Pointe (SS):  Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Colorado State, Hawaii, UCLA, Utah, Washington State, Wyoming

John Clark - Liberty (DT):  Black Hills State, Columbia, Florida Tech (preferred walk-on), NORTHERN ARIZONA, San Diego, Simpson

Malik Clark - Moon Valley (DT):  Ottawa

Trevor Clark - Apollo (RB):  Arizona Christian

Dante Coleman - Queen Creek (LB):  Concordia Univ. (Minn.), Rocky Mountain

Justin Coleman - Red Mountain (FS):  Arizona Christian, Black Hills State, Central (Iowa), Coe, Culver-Stockton, Kansas Wesleyan, Lake Forest, Mary, Minot State, Montana State-Northern, Northwestern (Iowa), Olivet Nazarene, Ottawa, Puget Sound, Rocky Mountain, Simpson, Western State Colorado, William Penn

Ryley Conaway - Deer Valley (DE):  Jamestown, Simpson

Harrison Copoloff - Notre Dame (TE):  Augustana, Puget Sound, Redlands, Southwestern

Vincent Corral - Perry (DT):  Ottawa

Joey Corte - Saguaro (LB):  Arizona Christian, Ripon

Antonio Cuevas - Saguaro (SS):  Arizona Christian, Cornell Coll. (Iowa), Ohio Northern, Ottawa

Jeremiah Cunningham - Basha (WR):  Arizona Christian

Tristen D'Angelo - Boulder Creek (WR):  Adams State, San Diego, Valparaiso

Larry Davis - Desert Vista (LB):  Black Hills State, NORTHERN ARIZONA

Drew DeBree - Gilbert Christian (WR):  Arizona Christian

Joseph de la Vara - Notre Dame (LB):  Hamline

Xavier Delgado - Deer Valley (OT):  Adams State, Arizona, Arizona State, Idaho, Iowa State

Gavin de los Reyes - South Mountain (WR):  Ottawa

Avery Demmons - Higley (DT):  Arizona, Idaho, Iowa State

Craig Dennis - Sunrise Mountain (LB):  Lake Forest, Ottawa

Jordan Diaz - Arizona College Prep (CB):  Bethel Univ. (Minn.)

Aidan Diggs - Millennium (WR):  Arizona Christian, Ottawa

Davis DiVall - Notre Dame (OT):  Arizona Christian, Franklin Pierce

Nate Dobson - Peoria (QB):  Adams State, Simpson

Luke Donovan - Desert Mountain (SS):  OHIO STATE (PREFERRED WALK-ON), San Diego

Rafael Duarte - Gila Ridge (DE):  Ripon

Justus DuFour - Fairfax (OT):  ARIZONA CHRISTIAN, Ripon

Caleb Dunn - Northwest Christian (WR):  Arizona Christian, Franklin Pierce, Southwestern (Tex.)

Austin Dylong - Willow Canyon (DE):  Clarke

Caleb Easley - San Tan Charter School (WR/RB):  Arizona Christian, Clarke, Howard, Michigan (preferred walk-on), Northwestern (Iowa), Notre Dame (preferred walk-on), Ottawa

Adrian Eastman - Higley (SS):  Arizona Christian, Augustana

Vincent Elrod - Notre Dame (LB):  Arizona State (preferred walk-on), Benedictine, California (preferred walk-on), Carnegie Mellon, Middlebury, Occidental, Puget Sound, Ripon, San Diego, Simpson, Stanford (preferred walk-on), Willamette

Solomon Enis - North Canyon (WR):  Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Duke, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan State, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oregon, Penn State, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington State

Austin Enteman - Peoria (LB):  Arizona Christian

Alex Escobar - Centennial (RB):  Amherst, Arizona Christian, Colorado School of Mines, La Verne, Northern Arizona, Redlands, Ripon

Scott Fallers - Westview (QB):  Arizona Christian, Jamestown, Ottawa, Ripon

King Kyler Fanene - Shadow Ridge (OT):  Cornell Coll. (Iowa), Ottawa

Cole Fisher - Notre Dame (RB):  Adams State, Black Hills State

Brayden Flynn - Chandler (DE):  Idaho, Kentucky Christian, Navy, Northern Arizona

Braden Ford - Perry (FS):  Columbia, Yale

Benjamin Fox - Pinnacle (OT):  Northern Arizona

Jacob Franklin - Centennial (LB):  Brown, Columbia, Rocky Mountain, San Diego

Ralph Frias - Safford (OT):  ARIZONA STATE, Central Florida, Dartmouth, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico State, San Diego State, UNLV

Alijah Gammage - Desert Vista (CB):  Adams State

Cameron Gardner - Casa Grande (WR):  Adams State

Jared Gerdes - Basha (OT):  Arizona Christian, Dakota State, Lake Forest, Northwestern (Iowa), Puget Sound, Ripon

Jordan Gianzero - Higley (OG):  Hamline, Simpson

Marshawn Gibson - Mountain Pointe (CB):  Arizona Christian, Western New Mexico

Isaac Gilliam - Cactus (CB):  Arizona Christian

Kai Golden - Marana Mountain View (DT):  Air Force, Montana, NEW MEXICO STATE, Virginia

Christian Gomez - Centennial (LB):  Northern Arizona (preferred walk-on)

Tate Grantham - Williams (LB):  Clarke, Culver-Stockton, Willamette

Cannon Griner - Red Mountain (QB):  Central (Iowa), Clarke, Lake Forest, Ripon, Rose-Hulman, St. Ambrose

Draycen Hall - Higley (RB):  Air Force, Arizona, Army, Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Idaho, Navy, Northern Arizona, Princeton, Southern Utah, Yale

Dominique Hampton - Centennial (CB):  Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Fresno State, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, WASHINGTON, Washington State, Wyoming

Langston Hampton - Salpointe (WR):  Bethany, Cornell Coll. (Iowa)

Lucas Handwerk - Sunrise Mountain (C):  Cornell Coll. (Iowa)

Tre Hart - Chandler (WR):  Arizona Christian, Brevard, Culver-Stockton, Hastings, Lake Forest

Murphy Hartmann - Boulder Creek (DB):  Arizona Christian, Simpson

Shomari Hayes - Mountain Pointe (DT):  Fresno State

Brogan Heath - Williams Field (OT):  Air Force, Northern Arizona

Trevor Heikes - Florence (DE):  Ripon

Jordan Herbert - Thatcher (LB):  Southwestern (Tex.)

Daemon Heximer - Valley Vista (DE):  Arizona Christian, Bethany, Ottawa

Nick Hill - Desert Mountain (RB):  Adams State, Arizona State (preferred walk-on)

Paul Hill - Perry (SS):  Arizona Christian, Ohio Wesleyan

Nate Hinckley - Cesar Chavez (WR):  Jamestown

Sky Hinojosa - Mountain Pointe (WR):  Arizona Christian, Buena Vista, Central (Iowa), Concordia (Wisc.), Culver-Stockton, Jamestown

Raymond Hixon - St. Mary's (FB):  Cornell Coll. (Iowa), Jamestown, Ottawa, Willamette

Dax Hodges - Mesa Mountain View (WR):  Ottawa

Darius Holton - Perry (CB):  Arizona Christian, Cornell Coll. (Iowa), Eastern New Mexico

Mason Honne - Mountain Pointe (C):  Adams State, Arizona Christian, Rocky Mountain

Clayton Hooper - Hamilton (CB):  Arizona Christian, Bluefield, Brevard, Central (Iowa), Clarke, Culver-Stockton, Franklin Pierce, Lake Forest, Morningside, Northwestern (Iowa), Olivet Nazarene, Puget Sound, Ripon, Simpson, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE, Upper Iowa

Eddie Hopkins - Mesquite (CB):  Lake Forest

Braedon Houx - Westview (WR):  Arizona Christian

Jaden Hoyt - Northwest Christian (OT):  Adams State, AIR FORCE, Arizona Christian, Culver-Stockton, San Diego

Makel Hubbard - Higley (CB):  Arizona Christian, Colorado Mesa, Washburn

Bric Hudnutt - Paradise Valley (TE/OT):  NORTHERN ARIZONA, Simpson

Caleb Humphrey - Desert Vista (LB):  Adams State, AIR FORCE, Culver-Stockton

Bryce Jackson - Chandler (CB):  Air Force, Navy, Northern Arizona, UNLV

Kris Jackson - Mesa (RB):  Arizona State (preferred walk-on), Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Weber State

Andrew Jacobs - Salpointe (WR):  Cornell Coll. (Iowa), Hamline, Ottawa

Isiah Jacobs - Combs (DE):  Arizona Christian, Central (Iowa), Doane, Ottawa, Simpson

Joey Jaquint - Notre Dame (LB):  Catholic, Lake Forest, Occidental, Puget Sound, Ripon, Simpson, Willamette

Hunter Jaskey - Boulder Creek (LB):  Arizona Christian

Ja'tai Jenkins - Verrado (RB):  Adams State, SIOUX FALLS

Elijah Johnson - Verrado (WR):  Arizona Christian, Ottawa, Pacific (Ore.), Ripon, Simpson

Gunnar Johnson - Deer Valley (DE):  Jamestown

Prince Johnson - Perry (LB):  Cornell Coll. (Iowa)

Zach Johnson - Northwest Christian (DL):  Arizona Christian

Jamarye Joiner - Cienega (QB):  ARIZONA, Arizona State, Central Florida, Nebraska

Davon Jones - La Joya (RB):  Arizona Christian, Jamestown

Scott Jones - Cactus (DT):  Adams State, Arizona Christian, Simpson

Tyson Jones - Desert Edge (OT):  Air Force

Jawhar Jordan - Hamilton (RB):  Arizona, Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky Christian, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico State, Oklahoma State, Rutgers, SYRACUSE, UNLV

Robert Jordan - Mesquite (DE):  Arizona State, South Dakota State

Xavier Juniel - Brophy (WR):  Benedictine

Elijah Jurewicz - Goldwater (DE):  Simpson

Jacob Kaites - Scottsdale Christian (WR):  Arizona Christian

Braeden Kaowili - Moon Valley (OT):  Culver-Stockton, Jamestown, Ottawa

Austin Kartchner - Highland (OT):  Ottawa

Blake Kelly - Gilbert Christian (WR):  Arizona Christian

DeAndre Kelsey - Mesquite (WR):  Adams State

Danny Kittner - Higley (WR):  Hamline, Mary

Mack Klafter - Red Mountain (LB):  Adams State

Derek Kline - Desert Vista (QB):  Arizona State (preferred walk-on), Brown, Idaho, Morehead State, SAN DIEGO

Timothy Knight - Moon Valley (WR):  ARIZONA CHRISTIAN

Carter Koziol - Saguaro (LB):  Arizona Christian

Mathew Koziol - Chandler (LB):  Cornell Coll. (Iowa), Lake Forest, Willamette

Ryan Langford - O'Connor (TE):  Arizona Christian, Cornell Coll. (Iowa), Lewis & Clark, Missouri S&T, Ottawa, Simpson

Dakota Lasiter - Pinnacle (FS):  Cal Lutheran

Lance Lawson - Red Mountain (RB/WR):  Adams State, Arizona, Montana, Northern Colorado, SOUTHERN UTAH

Jayden Lee - Campo Verde (OL):  NORTHERN ARIZONA

Mahal Lee - Cactus (QB):  Arizona Christian

Dylan Lepick - O'Connor (OT):  Simpson

RJ Liaiga - Scottsdale Christian (DT):  Arizona Christian

Donte Lindsey - Mountain Pointe (CB):  Rocky Mountain, South Dakota State

Tim Lockhart - Hamilton (WR):  Columbia, San Diego, Trinity

Donjae Logan - Desert Ridge (CB):  Air Force, Army, Hawaii, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota State, STANFORD, Washington State

Harrison Long - Yuma Catholic (LB):  Bethany, Bethel

Jose Lopez - Salpointe (OG):  Black Hills State, Hamline, Ottawa, Willamette

Michael Lopuszynski - Lake Havasu (RB):  Ripon

La'Ray Lucas - Saguaro (RB):  Arizona Christian, Ottawa

Cole Luster - Liberty (LB):  Arizona Christian

Michael Maafu - Saguaro (DT):  IDAHO

James Mageo - Higley (RB):  Adams State

Logan Mahan - O'Connor (DE):  Arizona Christian, Hamline, Ottawa, Simpson

Stason Makaila - Hamilton (C):  Adams State, Black Hills State, Eastern New Mexico, Hastings, Lake Forest, Rocky Mountain

Ilm Manning - Apollo (OT):  HAWAII, Weber State

Ricky Manning - Notre Dame (FS):  Adams State, Augustana, Black Hills State, Findlay, Idaho, Northern Arizona, Weber State

Chris Manoa - Chandler (DT):  Idaho, Montana, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, UNLV

Colin Maslin - Hamilton (DT):  Arizona Christian, Culver-Stockton, Hastings, Lake Forest, Northern Arizona (preferred walk-on), Ottawa, ROCKY MOUNTAIN

Christian Massey - Salpointe (OT):  Ottawa

Max Massingale - Saguaro (QB):  AIR FORCE, Army, Campbell, Navy

Shane Mathis - Florence (FS/WR):  Bethel Coll. (Kans.), Clarke, Concordia (Neb.), Culver-Stockton, Doane, DORDT, Lawrence Tech

Shelton Mathis - Florence (LB):  Bethany, Culver-Stockton, Lawrence Tech, Ottawa, Wagner

Cade Matthews - Higley (LB):  Adams State, Air Force, Arizona Christian, Columbia

Damion Maxwell - Chandler (SS):  Arizona Christian

Hunter Mayginnes - Hamilton (OT):  ARIZONA STATE, Idaho, Louisiana, New Mexico

JeVaughn McBeth - Central (LB):  ARIZONA CHRISTIAN

Brandon McCrea - Deer Valley (OG):  Black Hills State

Max McCrossen - Hamilton (S): Clarke, Jamestown, Lake Forest, Simpson

Connor McGee - Desert Edge (OG):  Simpson

Tanner McLachlan - American Leadership (WR):  Southern Utah

Mark McMillian, Jr. - Williams Field (WR):  Arizona Christian, Avila, Hastings, Kentucky Christian, Seton Hill

Evan McQueen - Corona del Sol (LB):  Arizona Christian

Christian Medeiros - Desert Ridge (DT):  Eastern New Mexico, Florida Tech (preferred walk-on), Minot State, Northern Arizona (preferred walk-on)

Matteo Mele - Salpointe (OT):  Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Kansas State, Louisville, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, WASHINGTON, Washington State

Vinnie Meloy - Williams Field (OT):  Arizona Christian, Arizona State (preferred walk-on), Mary

Mathew Mendez - Westview (DT):  Arizona Christian, Ottawa

Grant Mileski - Horizon (TE):  NEW MEXICO STATE, Northern Arizona, South Dakota State

Ty Miller - Desert Ridge (DE):  Rocky Mountain

Giovanni Miranda - Saguaro (TE/LB):  Air Force, Army, Hawaii, Idaho, Navy, NEVADA, New Mexico, Northern Arizona, UNLV, UTEP

Jaguar Mixson - Apollo (LB):  Jamestown

Alec Moonier - Liberty (TE):  Arizona Christian

Matthew Moore - Trivium Prep (OG):  Linfield

Luke Moran - Sabino (WR):  Arizona Christian, Ottawa

John Morgan - Marana (DE):  Adams State

Je'on Moss - Mountain Pointe (LB):  Arizona Christian, Buena Vista, Concordia (Wisc.), Culver-Stockton, Jamestown, William Penn

Jacori Murphy - South Mountain (WR):  Ottawa

Isaiah Mursalat - Horizon (OT):  Idaho, Lake Forest, Liberty, Nevada, NEW MEXICO STATE

Jozia Myers - Campo Verde (OT):  Adams State

Brayden Narveson - Desert Mountain (K):  IOWA STATE

Saafir Newton - La Joya (LB):  Jamestown, Pacific (Ore.)

Rodrigo Nieto - Salpointe (QB):  Puget Sound, Willamette

Victor Nieto - Perry (SS):  Carleton, Grinnell, Hamline, Lake Forest, Occidental, Ripon, Willamette

Cooper Niezgodzki - Agua Fria (LB):  Simpson

Cameron Nissenson - Maricopa (WR):  Ottawa

Scotty Nixon - Shadow Ridge (RB):  Eastern New Mexico, Jamestown, Ottawa, Simpson

Marlon Noralez - South Mountain (RB):  Ottawa

Damaria Norris - Cactus (RB):  Adams State, Arizona Christian, Simpson

Tre O'Guinn - North Canyon (LB):  Arizona State (preferred walk-on), Simpson, Southern Utah (preferred walk-on)

Jacob Olsen - Mountain Pointe (LB):  Arizona Christian, Ottawa

Corvan Otanez - Gilbert (SS):  Columbia, Idaho, San Diego

Aaron Owsiany - Peoria (CB):  Arizona Christian

Tucker Parrish - Pinnacle (SS):  Cal Lutheran, Puget Sound, RIPON, Willamette

Chandler Pearson - Deer Valley (FS):  Simpson

Dallas Pena - Valley Vista (OT):  Eastern New Mexico, Minnesota Crookston, Ripon, Valley City State

Daniel Pena - Mountain Pointe (NG):  Arizona Christian, Concordia (Wisc.), Rocky Mountain

Joseph Perez - Buckeye (QB):  Bethany, Mount St. Joseph, Ohio Northern, Ottawa

Rocky Perez - Desert Edge (RB):  Arizona Christian, Lake Forest, Ottawa

Cash Peterman - Chandler (K/P):  BYU

Logan Pettijohn - Saguaro (WR):  Peru State

Jason Pisano - Yuma Catholic (LB):  Bethel Coll. (Kans.), Fort Lewis, Lake Forest, NORTHERN ARIZONA, Southwestern (Tex.)

Jack Plummer - Gilbert (QB):  Arizona, Boise State, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Georgia State, Hawaii, Memphis, New Mexico State, Oregon State, PURDUE, San Jose State, South Carolina, UNLV, Wyoming

Jadon Price - Ironwood Ridge (WR):  Pacific (Ore.)

Lawrence Prior - Buena (RB):  Adams State, Eastern New Mexico

Brock Purdy - Perry (QB):  Alabama, Boise State, Central Florida, Colorado State, Iowa State, Kansas, Kent State, Montana State, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Southern Utah, UC Davis, UNLV

Miguel Quintana - Casa Grande (WR):  Franklin Pierce

Jake Radon - Sunrise Mountain (DE):  Cornell Coll. (Iowa), Hamline, Valley City State

Tristan Rael - Chandler (OG):  Northern Arizona

Bobby Ramirez - Sunrise Mountain (SS):  Arizona Christian, Central (Iowa), Culver-Stockton, Occidental, Ripon, Simpson

Joey Ramos - Deer Valley (OT):  Arizona, Arizona State, California, IOWA STATE, Kansas State, Nebraska, Oregon, UCLA, Utah, Washington, Washington State

Khalif Ravenell - Mountain Pointe (DE):  Eastern New Mexico

Collin Reasch - Higley (OT):  Cornell Coll. (Iowa)

Parker Redd - Pinnacle (WR):  JOHNS HOPKINS

James Reed - Boulder Creek (TE):  Adams State, Brown, Columbia, San Diego

Ross Reiter - Brophy (LS):  Air Force, COLORADO STATE

Blake Relyea - Valley Vista (OG):  ARIZONA CHRISTIAN, Lindenwood-Belleville, Ripon

Trevor Renfro - Centennial (OG):  Adams State, Arizona Christian, Eastern New Mexico, Minot State, Rocky Mountain, Simpson

Campbell Riddle - Centennial (LS):  Colorado Mesa

Anthony Rieck - Chandler (SS):  Buena Vista, Cornell Coll. (Iowa)

Carlos Ritchie - Cesar Chavez (CB):  Ottawa

Marcus Rivera - Verrado (WR):  Ottawa, Pacific (Ore.)

Ezekiel Robbins - Chandler (CB):  Air Force

Tavian Robey - Marana Mountain View (DT):  Adams State, Black Hills State, CSU-Pueblo, Sioux Falls

Randy Robinson - Chandler (CB):  Bethel Coll. (Kans.), Brevard, Clarke, Concordia Coll. (Minn.), Eastern New Mexico, Rocky Mountain

Cameron Rogers - American Leadership (DE):  Bethany, Clarke, Culver-Stockton, Ottawa

Chris Rogers - Youngker (OT):  Adams State, Arizona Christian

Rodney Rogers II - Cienega (CB):  Arizona Christian. Rocky Mountain

Xavier Rojas - Centennial (K):  Arizona Christian, Culver-Stockton

Aaron Romero - Skyline (DE):  Adams State, Concordia Univ. (Minn.), CSU-Pueblo, Eastern New Mexico, Fort Hays State, Franklin Pierce, Simpson, Sioux Falls, Washburn

Gunner Romney - Chandler (WR):  Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, BYU, Columbia, Hawaii, Iowa State, Nevada, Princeton, UNLV, Utah, Yale

Curtis Rondeau - Tolleson (WR):  Ottawa

Angel Ruiz - Sunrise Mountain (WR):  Arizona Christian, Clarke, Culver-Stockton, Eastern New Mexico, Franklin Pierce, Ottawa, Presentation, Ripon

Anthony Rusch - Hamilton (K):  Puget Sound, Rocky Mountain, Willamette

Keion Russell - Mountain Pointe (FB):  Jamestown

Jake Russett - Cactus (FS):  Arizona Christian, Simpson

Marco Salas - Dobson (OT):   ARIZONA STATE (PREFERRED WALK-ON), California (preferred walk-on), Eastern New Mexico, Northern Arizona

Delano Salgado - Mountain Pointe (CB):  Arizona Christian, Bemidji State, CSU-Pueblo, Eastern New Mexico, Georgetown, Hamline, Harding, Lake Forest, Northern State, Rocky Mountain, Wayne State Coll. (Neb.)

Joey Sanchez - Red Mountain (LB):  Clarke, MINNESOTA CROOKSTON, Northwestern (Iowa)

Colton Sandberg - Chino Valley (DE):  Jamestown

Adan Sanders - Trivium Prep (RB/WR):  Linfield

Bronson Sanich - Northwest Christian (FS):  Arizona Christian, Bethany (WV), Central (Iowa), Clarke, Coe, Iowa Wesleyan, Northwestern (Iowa), Ohio Wesleyan, Ripon, Simpson, Wisconsin-River Falls

Wade Sapergia - Mesquite (QB):  Culver-Stockton, Hastings

Kayden Scatena - Hamilton (OT):  Dixie State, Ottawa, Rocky Mountain

Justin Segura - Horizon (DT/OG):  Fresno State, Hawaii, New Mexico, NEW MEXICO STATE, Northern Arizona

Max Seifer - Paradise Valley (LB):  Simpson

Billy Seitz - Mesquite (SS):  Simpson

Harmon Shacklette - Northwest Christian (OG):  Arizona Christian, Culver-Stockton

Preston Shepherd - Boulder Creek (OT):  Adams State, Arizona Christian

Tyler Shough - Hamilton (QB):  Alabama, Arizona State, California, Colorado State, Columbia, Cornell, Florida State, Georgia, Harvard, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, OREGON, Oregon State, San Jose State, South Carolina, UTSA, Washington State, Western Kentucky, Yale

Powell Skiba - Benjamin Franklin (DE):  Southern Virginia

Brayden Smith - Ironwood Ridge (DE):  Adams State, Findlay

Cameron Smith - Saguaro (LB):  Arizona Christian

Devyn Sopha - Vista Grande (WR):  Franklin Pierce

Tate Speaker - Perry (TE):  Carnegie Mellon, Clarke, Hamline, Kalamazoo, Lake Forest, Lawrence, Massachusetts Maritime, Northern Arizona, Occidental, Puget Sound, Simpson, Southwestern (Tex.), SUNY Maritime, Willamette

Blake Spear - Verrado (LB):  Clarke, Culver-Stockton, Hamline, Ottawa, Ripon, Simpson

James Stagg - Desert Vista (DE/TE):  Air Force, Hawaii, Louisville, Montana, NAVY, Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, UTEP, Wyoming

Jordan Stengel - Notre Dame (CB):  Black Hills State, Findlay, Redlands

Dylan Stevenson - Pinnacle (CB):  RIPON, Simpson

Yohan Stokes - Yuma Catholic (SS):  Lake Forest, Valley City State

Blake Storey - Notre Dame (WR):  Simpson

Nolan Susel - Florence (RB):  Black Hills State, St. Francis (Ill.)

Apolo Ta'ase - Desert Ridge (DT):  Rocky Mountain, William Penn

Talianuu Tanai - Deer Valley (LB):  Simpson

Dawson Tanner - Gilbert (WR):  Adams State

Jamari Tansmore - Chandler (C):  Cornell Coll. (Iowa), Lake Forest

Zidane Thomas - Centennial (RB):  Boise State, Iowa State, Louisville, Massachusetts, Northern Arizona, San Diego State, Utah

Kendall Tobin - Pusch Ridge (OT/DT):  Adams State, Dordt, Hillsdale, Northwestern Coll. (Iowa), Trinity International

Tanner Tomasso - Boulder Creek (CB):  Clarke, Concordia (Neb.), Doane

Sam To'oto'o - Skyline (DT):  Adams State, Concordia Univ. (Minn.), Washburn

Ian Torrez - Hamilton (DT):  Rocky Mountain

Michael Trafton - O'Connor (K):  Cornell Coll. (Iowa)

Greg Tremble - Liberty (WR):  Arizona Christian, Clarke

Ben Tye - Mountain Ridge (RB):  Ottawa

Aaron Valenzuela - Ironwood Ridge (OG):  Black Hills State, Cornell Coll. (Iowa), Hamline, Valley City State

Rush Vance - Yuma Catholic (OG):  Bethany, Presentation, Valley City State

Robert Vasquez - Cactus (OT):  Adams State, Briar Cliff, Culver-Stockton, Lyon, Ottawa

Jackson Vaught - Williams Field (DT):  NORTHERN ARIZONA, Saint Anselm

Jacob Veach - Pinnacle (K):  NORTHERN ARIZONA

Jake Wagner - Sunrise Mountain (OT):  Arizona Christian, Simpson, Valley City State

Joshua Walker - Desert Mountain (WR):  Navy, UC Davis

Jordan Ware - Centennial (LB):  Arizona Christian, Arizona State (preferred walk-on), CSU-Pueblo, Mary, Simpson

Xavier Watkins - Paradise Valley (WR):  Arizona Christian, Ottawa, Simpson

David Watson - Amphitheater (OT):  ARIZONA, San Diego State

Kylan Weisser - Notre Dame (QB):  Georgetown, Idaho, Northern Arizona, VMI, Weber State

Austin Werbelow - Desert Vista (CB):  Rocky Mountain

Keith Wesley - Higley (LB):  Arizona Christian, Benedictine, Colorado Mesa, Cornell Coll. (Iowa), Eastern New Mexico, Hamline, Jamestown, Millsaps, Minnesota Crookston, Ohio Wesleyan

Keishaud White - Desert Vista (SB):  Idaho

Kyle White - Notre Dame (DE):  Arizona Christian, Occidental, Puget Sound, Redlands, Tufts, Vanderbilt (preferred walk-on)

Gerald Wilbon - Red Mountain (CB):  Adams State, Arizona Christian

Max Wilhite - Desert Edge (C):  Air Force, NEW MEXICO STATE, Northern Arizona

Cristian Williams - Centennial (OT):  Arizona Christian, Black Hills State, Mary, Minot State

Gabe Williams - Red Mountain (DE):  Chadron State, Ottawa

Kaleb Williams - Lake Havasu (LB):  Arizona Christian, Concordia Coll. (Minn.), Western New Mexico

Treyvon Williams - Desert Edge (S):  Arizona Christian, Ottawa, Simpson

Zach Wilson - Saguaro (WR):  Air Force, Arizona State (preferred walk-on), California (preferred walk-on), Campbell, Dartmouth, Oregon (preferred walk-on), Pennsylvania, Princeton, San Diego, UNLV, USC (preferred walk-on)

Ethan Winfield - Desert Ridge (TE):  Lake Forest, Rocky Mountain

Grant Wojnarowski - Ironwood (OT):  Arizona Christian, Cornell Coll. (Iowa), Culver-Stockton, Ripon, Tabor

Jacob Wood - Highland (RB):  Idaho (preferred walk-on)

Jared Wood - Florence (QB):  Ottawa

Noah Woodall - Ironwood Ridge (DT):  Central (Iowa), Hamline, Pacific (Ore)

Jacori Wooten - Queen Creek (K):  Arizona Christian, Capital, Concordia (Wisc.), Doane, Earlham, Greenville, Hamline, Huntingdon, Iowa Wesleyan, Minnesota Crookston, Ripon, ROCKY MOUNTAIN, Simpson, St. John's (Minn.), Tabor, Wooster

Alec Wyble-Meza - Santa Cruz (RB):  Eastern New Mexico

Andrew Young - Cactus Shadows (QB):  Simpson

Austin Young - Desert Edge (OT):  Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, NEW MEXICO STATE, UNLV, UTEP

Joseph Zepp - Saguaro (K):  Arizona Christian, Arizona State (preferred walk-on)

Slater Zellers - Notre Dame (LS):  CALIFORNIA, Wyoming

Garett Zimmerman - Notre Dame (OT):  Adams State, Puget Sound, Simpson

Joel Zurita - Westview (LB):  Arizona Christian, Buena Vista, Central (Iowa), Clarke, Culver-Stockton, Hamline, Lake Forest, Ottawa, Ripon, Valley City State

Shay Zutshi - Hamilton (DE):  Puget Sound

 



2018 Arizona HS Football Commitments

Saguaro defensive tackle Maafu commits to Idaho

UPDATED:  1/18/18

In its successful quest for a fifth consecutive state title, Saguaro held opposing offenses to less than 15 points per game.  That defense was on full display in the 4A state championship game in Tucson as Salpointe was held to just 71 passing yards, despite trailing 14-0 at the half and needing to forge a comeback.

Saguaro took that game 28-7 and on Thursday, defensive tackle Michael Maafu chose Idaho to attend college and play on Saturdays.  When asked what made him choose to go up north, Maafu said in a text message it was "the people and the culture that they have built around the football team".

The 6-3, 260-pound lineman is Tongan and has a background playing rugby.  He had 71 tackles with 19 of those resulting in a loss.  With just 2.5 sacks, that means many a running back took the handoff and was then swallowed up in the backfield by Maafu and his Black & Gold teammates.

Idaho signed 12 players in December (none from Arizona) with two of them being defensive linemen.  The Vandals closed out their time in the Sun Belt (and FBS football) with a 24-10 win at Georgia State last November.  This year, UI joins the Big Sky Conference (FCS).  Idaho will miss Northern Arizona in 2018 and open its conference slate on Sept. 22 at UC Davis.  The Vandals play their home games in the Kibbie Dome, a unique indoor facility built in 1975.  It is 14 stories tall and has a barrel-arch roof.
 

A year after landing eight recruits from Arizona high schools, Minnesota Crookston head coach Mark Dufner has his first from the state for the Class of 2018.

Joey Sanchez, a 5-11, 190-pounder from Red Mountain, announced via Twitter on Monday that he has committed to UMC.  He has offers from Clarke and Northwestern (Iowa).

Sanchez led the Mountain Lions with 95 tackles last season.  He also had three sacks and two interceptions.  Red Mountain won the 6A East Valley Region and Sanchez was named to the First Team by the Mesa District coaches.  Academically, he has a GPA of 3.67.

The 2018 season will be the second for Dufner at Minnesota Crookston.  The Division II school is looking to make improvements in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference after going winless last year.  It was a young team that will return nine starters on both offense and defense next season.  The Golden Eagles look to snap a 23-game losing streak on Sept. 1 at Minnesota State Moorhead.  The game is billed as the Red River Valley Showdown.


Blake Relyea was a three-year starter at Valley Vista.  The 6-foot, 240-pound offensive guard helped the Monsoon rush for 175 yards per game last season.  On Tuesday, Relyea committed to Arizona Christian.  He presented a strong inside presence on short-yardage plays for VVHS.

Arizona Christian, an NAIA school located in North Phoenix (26th Street & Cactus), finished 7-3 last season.  The Firestorm posted a winning record for the third straight season in its four-year history.  ACU capped its season with a 63-7 road victory over Texas Wesleyan in November.  In the blowout victory, sophomore running back Mark Wood (Winslow) scored a touchdown.
 

Rocky Mountain College, an small NAIA school in Billings, Montana with just over 1,000 enrolled students, has been recruiting Arizona heavily in this class.  On Thursday, those efforts paid off as the Battlin' Bears landed two commitments.

Colin Maslin and Jacori Wooten each had multiple offers, but chose to make the trip north to compete in the Frontier Conference.  Maslin, a 6-foot, 260-pound defensive tackle from Hamilton, was a two-year starter for the Huskies and had 46 tackles along with five sacks last season.  Wooten, a kicker, is 6-foot and 160 pounds.  He excelled in kickoffs for the Bulldogs sending 20 of his 53 attempts into the end zone for touchbacks.  As a junior, he booted nine field goals with a long of 43 yards.  Last season, QCHS scored more touchdowns as Wooten had just five FG tries.

Rocky Mountain won its final game of the season, 48-42 in overtime on the road at Montana Western to finish with a winning record (6-5).  It was the Bears' first plus-.500 season since 2013.  The RMC defense intercepted 20 passes, which ranked second among all 88 schools in the NAIA.

CLASS OF 2018 COMMITMENTS

(BOLD - Indicates player signed in December during early period)


AIR FORCE FALCONS

Jaden Hoyt (OT) - Northwest Christian
Caleb Humphrey (LB) - Desert Vista
Max Massingale (QB) - Saguaro

ARIZONA WILDCATS

Jamarye Joiner (QB) - Cienega
David Watson (OT) - Amphitheater

ARIZONA CHRISTIAN FIRESTORM

Justus DuFour (OT) - Fairfax
Timothy Knight (WR) - Moon Valley
JeVaughn McBeth (LB) - Central

Blake Relyea (OG) - Valley Vista

ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS

Ralph Frias (OT) - Safford
Hunter Mayginnes (OT) - Hamilton
Marco Salas (OT) - Dobson (walk-on)

BYU COUGARS

Cash Peterman (K/P) - Chandler
Gunner Romney (WR) - Chandler

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS

Slater Zellers (LS) - Notre Dame

COLORADO STATE RAMS

Ross Reiter (LS) - Brophy

DORDT DEFENDERS

Shane Mathis (WR/FS) - Florence

HAWAII RAINBOW WARRIORS

Ilm Manning (OT) - Apollo

IDAHO VANDALS

Michael Maafu (DT) - Saguaro

IOWA STATE CYCLONES

Brayden Narveson (K) - Desert Mountain
Joey Ramos (OT) - Deer Valley

JOHNS HOPKINS BLUE JAYS

Parker Redd (WR) - Pinnacle

MINNESOTA CROOKSTON GOLDEN EAGLES

Joey Sanchez (LB) - Red Mountain

MONTANA GRIZZLIES

Sean Anderson (OT) - Verrado

NAVY MIDSHIPMEN

James Stagg (TE) - Desert Vista

NEVADA WOLF PACK

Josiah Bradley (S) - Saguaro
Giovanni Miranda (TE/LB) - Saguaro

NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES

Kai Golden (DT) - Marana Mountain View
Grant Mileski (TE) - Horizon
Isaiah Mursalat (OT) - Horizon
Justin Segura (DT) - Horizon
Max Wilhite (C) - Desert Edge
Austin Young (OT) - Desert Edge

NORTHERN ARIZONA LUMBERJACKS

John Clark (DT) - Liberty
Larry Davis (LB) - Desert Vista
Bric Hudnutt (TE) - Paradise Valley
Jayden Lee (OT) - Campo Verde
Jason Pisano (LB) - Yuma Catholic
Jackson Vaught (DT) - Williams Field
Jacob Veach (K) - Pinnacle

NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS

Drake Anderson (RB) - Chandler

OHIO STATE BUCKEYES

Luke Donovan (SS) - Desert Mountain (walk-on)

OREGON DUCKS

Tyler Shough (QB) - Hamilton

PRINCETON TIGERS

Luke Aschenbrand (OG/DT) - Pinnacle

PURDUE BOILERMAKERS

 Jack Plummer (QB) - Gilbert

RIPON RED HAWKS

Tucker Parrish (SS) - Pinnacle
Dylan Stevenson (CB) - Pinnacle

ROCKY MOUNTAIN BATTLIN' BEARS

Colin Maslin (DT) - Hamilton
Jacori Wooten (K) - Queen Creek

SAN DIEGO TOREROS

Derek Kline (QB) - Desert Vista

SIOUX FALLS COUGARS

Ja'tai Jenkins (RB) - Verrado

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE JACKRABBITS

Clayton Hooper (CB) - Hamilton (grayshirt)

SOUTHERN UTAH THUNDERBIRDS

Lance Lawson (RB/WR) - Red Mountain

STANFORD CARDINAL

Donjae Logan (CB) - Desert Ridge

SYRACUSE ORANGE

Jawhar Jordan (RB) - Hamilton

UNLV REBELS

Jarick Caldwell (WR/TE) - Chandler
Bryce Jackson (CB) - Chandler
Chris Manoa (DT) - Chandler

WASHINGTON HUSKIES

Dominique Hampton (CB) - Centennial
Matteo Mele (OT) - Salpointe