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HS Football Recruiting: Class of 2019

Cal offers Perry offensive tackle Rohme

UPDATED:  5/22/18

Colleges across the nation continue to take notice of the prep talent in Arizona each season.  More than 250 players from the Class of 2018 signed with schools last spring to advance their football careers, and receive an education.

We are currently in the Spring Evaluation Period.  It's a six-week window through the end of May for college coaches to hit the road and dissect potential participants of their programs.  Coaches can view high school practices, team workouts, and discuss recruits with high school coaches and administrators.  Expect a lot of offers during this time.

Jalen Williams was a do-everything player for Shadow Mountain last season.  The 6-4, 190-pounder led the Matadors in tackles playing linebacker (with 98) and was also the team's top receiver (with 616 yards and nine touchdowns).  On Saturday, he received an offer from Utah, his fourth from the Pac-12 Conference.  In addition to football, Williams is a high-level basketball player that gets after it with physical defensive play.  The Matadors won the 4A basketball title in February.  Utah finished 7-6 last season and was the lone Pac-12 school to win a bowl game, topping West Virginia in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.  In conference play in 2018, the Utes will host Arizona on Oct. 12 and travel to Tempe to face Arizona State on Nov. 3.  The last time Utah faced UA and ASU in those venues (2016), the Utes swept the Arizona schools.

Khyheem Waleed collected his first Big Ten offer on Sunday from Michigan State.  The 6-3, 180-pound wide receiver scored eight touchdowns in his 14 receptions for Casteel last season.  Waleed added five more touchdowns (two rushing and three on kickoff returns) as the Colts were the lone undefeated team in the state last season and won the 3A title in their third year of existence (second varsity season).  Michigan State finalized its 2021 schedule last week and will play non-conference games at home in East Lansing against Youngstown State and Western Kentucky while also making a trip to Miami to face the Hurricanes.  In the more immediate future, the '18 MSU team (led by Pinnacle alum QB Brian Lewerke) will open at home on Aug. 31 against Utah State before traveling to Tempe for a date with ASU on Sept. 8.

The recruitment of Brayden Rohme continues to gather momentum.  The Perry offensive tackle reported a new offer from San Diego State on Monday.  Rohme, 6-6, 265, has had offers pour in from the Pac-12, American Athletic, Big 12, and ACC.  The Mountain West has taken the most note as the offer from the Aztecs is his fourth from that conference.  Arizona State has been recruiting Rohme also.  He has visited the Tempe school for junior day and two spring practices.  San Diego State will face two Pac-12 schools this season.  The Aztecs open on Friday, Aug. 31 in Palo Alto at Stanford and host ASU on Sept. 15 in SDCCU Stadium (previously Qualcomm Stadium and Jack Murphy Stadium).  The game against the Sun Devils will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and be shown nationally on the CBS Sports Network.  Just one day later, Rohme made it four from the Pac-12 with one from California.  Cal had seven players named to Athlon's Preseason All-Pac-12 team.  Offensive lineman Patrick Mekari, a 320-pound senior, was a selection on the second team.  He has 14 starts in his three seasons with the Bears.  California misses ASU this season, but will travel to Tucson on Oct. 6 to take on Arizona.

Spencer Brasch earned two more Division I offers this week.  Colorado State and Louisiana were the most recent to offer the 6-4, 190-pound Higley quarterback.  Brasch passed for 1,942 yards and 33 touchdowns last season leading the Knights to the 4A semifinals.  Higley has moved up to 5A and will be in the ultra-competitive San Tan Region with Williams Field, Casteel, and Campo Verde.  Brasch is a dual-threat QB that also rushed for 898 yards and 13 TDs.  He plays sports year-round and competed in both sprinting and jumping events on the track team.  Colorado State increased its attendance in 2017 by more than 4,000 fans per game.  It was the eighth-highest per game boost in the country.  This year, the Rams will host an SEC school for the first time since 1981 when Arkansas visits Fort Collins.  The CSU offense ranked No. 11 among FBS schools last season.  Louisiana plays in the Sun Belt Conference and is led by Billy Napier, who came to Lafayette from ASU where he was the offensive coordinator.  The Ragin' Cajuns (5-7 last season) open at home on Sept. 1 against Grambling in what is billed as the Herbert Heymann Football Classic.  This will be the 94th season of football for UL.

This list shows four-year college offers received by juniors throughout the state.  It's not limited to just 6A and 5A.  It will be constantly updated as we approach the early signing period from December 19-21 and National Signing Day on February 6, 2019.  The three days in December will be the first time that high school players from this class can sign a letter of intent to agree to attend an institution.

Verbal commitments are shown in bold.


Jay Anderson - Sunrise Mountain (WR):  Simpson

Anthodius Ashley - Fairfax (RB):  Ottawa

Brandon Babcock - Casteel (OT):  Army, Brown, Columbia, Howard, Liberty, Montana, Northern Arizona, Washburn

Travis Beckman - Perry (DT):  Northern Arizona

Andrew Blitzke - Cesar Chavez (LB):  Army, Northern Arizona

Trenton Bourguet - Marana (QB):  Carroll

Zach Bowers - Chandler (LB):  Air Force, Army, Brown, Dartmouth, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Oregon State, Penn, South Dakota State, Syracuse

Spencer Brasch - Higley (QB):  California, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Eastern Washington, Hawaii, Idaho, Liberty, Louisiana, Minnesota, North Carolina State, Northern Arizona, San Jose State, SMU, Syracuse, UC Davis, UNLV, Vanderbilt

DeCarlos Brooks - Chandler (RB):  Air Force, Army, California, Memphis, Oregon State, Yale

Cameron Brown - Casteel (SS):  Penn

Avery Carrington - Chandler (FS):  Army, Liberty, Nevada, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona

T.J. Cephers - Marana (LB):  Carroll, Langston

Casey Clanton - Central (TE):  Air Force, Hawaii, Kansas, Navy, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Ohio, UC Davis, UNLV

Kieran Clark - Centennial (CB):  Hawaii, Nevada, South Dakota State

Jacob Conover - Chandler (QB):  Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Memphis, Mississippi, Nevada, Northwestern, Oregon State, South Carolina, Utah State, Washington State

Braxten Croteau - Liberty (DE):  Air Force, Army, CALIFORNIA, Memphis, Northern Arizona, Oregon State, Utah State, Washington State

Gunner Cruz - Casteel (QB):  Arizona State, Baylor, Brown, Cincinnati, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Louisiana, Northern Arizona, Princeton, San Jose State, SMU, South Dakota State, Syracuse, UNLV, Washington State, Yale

Shaq Daniels - Red Mountain (CB):  Liberty

Anthony Dedrick - Mountain Pointe (DE/TE):  New Mexico State, San Diego State, South Dakota State

Jonathan Durand - Basha (OG):  Army

Zack Enhelder - Willow Canyon (TE):  Army, Simpson

Jacob Golden - Peoria (OT):  Air Force, Boise State, Brown, Fordham, Howard, Idaho, Indiana State, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northern Arizona, San Diego State, San Jose State, Simpson, Washington State

Jordan Gourley - Goldwater (QB):  Benedictine

Demarcus Griffin - Chandler (DB):  Boise State, BYU, Colorado, Florida, Florida Atlantic, Florida State, Fresno State, Illinois, Kansas, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi State, Nevada, New Mexico, Purdue, Rutgers, San Diego State, Southern Mississippi, TCU, Texas State, UCLA, UTEP, Vanderbilt

Hayden Hatten - Saguaro (TE):  Brown, Columbia, Louisville, Nevada

Hogan Hatten - Saguaro (LB):  Brown, Columbia

Terrell Hayward - Cienega (WR):  Air Force, Army, Fordham, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, South Dakota State, UC Davis

D'Shayne James - Perry (WR):  IOWA STATE, Northern Arizona

Brett Johnson - Desert Vista (DT):  CALIFORNIA, Colorado, Florida Atlantic, Northern Arizona

Cole Johnson - Horizon (K):  Army

Hendrix Johnson - Boulder Creek (WR):  Columbia

Tariq Jordan - Marana (WR):  Carroll, South Dakota State

Trevor Kauer - Campo Verde (DE):  Army

Francis Kumi - Red Mountain (DE):  South Dakota State

Cosmas Kwete - Central (DE):  Idaho, Kansas, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Northern Arizona, UNLV, Wofford

Eloi Kwete - Central (DT):  Idaho, Massachusetts, Northern Arizona, Wofford

Devin Larsen - Queen Creek (QB):  Idaho

Brayden Liebrock - Chandler (TE):  Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, California, Colorado, Iowa State, Louisville, LSU, Memphis, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Oregon State, TEXAS, USC, Utah, Vanderbilt

Jose Lugo - Catalina (DE):  South Dakota State

Logan Maxwell - Higley (DE):  Memphis, Northern Arizona, South Dakota State, Syracuse

Craig McFarland - Chaparral (OT):  Air Force, Kent State, Montana, Nevada, Northern Arizona

Austin McNamara - Highland (K/P):  Arizona, Arizona State, Missouri, Nebraska

Dez Melton - Deer Valley (RB):  Arizona, Arizona State, Iowa State, Nebraska, Northern Arizona

Jordan Morgan - Marana (OT):  South Dakota State

Oscar Mosqueda - Arcadia (OT):  Howard

Cole Motes - Thatcher (DE):  Western New Mexico

Jelani Newman - Saguaro (OG):  Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Daniel Obarski - Hamilton (K):  Air Force

Kyle Ostendorp - Desert Vista (P):  ARIZONA

Mario Padilla - Salpointe (RB):  Howard

Kyle Patterson - Perry (TE):  Air Force, Northern Arizona, South Dakota State, Syracuse, UC Davis

Ricky Pearsall - Corona del Sol (WR):  Air Force, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, South Dakota State, UC Davis

Jadon Pearson - Williams Field (FS):  Air Force, Navy

Josh Pena - Chandler (OT):  Air Force, Army, Memphis, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Utah State

Lacarea Pleasant-Johnson - Mountain Pointe (CB):  Colorado, Florida, Iowa State, Missouri, Nebraska, Northern Arizona, Oregon State, San Diego State, Utah

Noa Pola-Gates - Williams Field (S):  Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Iowa State, Louisville, Memphis, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, Penn State, Texas, USC, Utah, Utah State, Washington

Matthew Pola-Mao - Chandler (DT):  Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Illinois, Louisville, Michigan, Oregon, Oregon State, Tennessee, USC, Utah, Washington

Nate Polk - Saguaro (S):  Air Force, Arizona, Louisville, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, Utah

Juwaun Price - Peoria (RB):  Idaho

Ryan Puskas - Liberty (S):  Air Force, Army, CALIFORNIA, Memphis, Northern Arizona, South Dakota State, Utah State

Clayton Randall - Saguaro (LB):  Air Force, Hawaii, Idaho, Massachusetts, Nevada, Northern Arizona

Spencer Rattler - Pinnacle (QB):  Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Kentucky, Memphis, Miami (Fla.), Michigan State, Notre Dame, OKLAHOMA, Oregon State, Syracuse, Tennesee, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, Utah

Kain Ream - Thunderbird (WR):  Simpson

Seth Robinson - Saguaro (LB):  Arizona, Iowa State, Louisville, Northern Arizona, UNLV

Ty Robinson - Higley (DE):  Air Force, Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa State, Louisville, Memphis, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Penn State, Stanford, Syracuse, Texas A&M, USC, Utah, Washington

Brayden Rohme - Perry (OT):  Arizona State, Boise State, California, Central Florida, Iowa State, Nevada, Northern Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Jose State, Syracuse

Max Sandlin - Chandler (LB):  South Dakota State

Brandon Schenks - Hamilton (WR):  Air Force, Navy

Zack Shepherd - Williams Field (QB):  Brown

Brandon Shivers - Saguaro (CB):  Arizona, Iowa State, Louisville, Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, SMU, Syracuse, UNLV, Utah

Nassir Sims - Desert Edge (DT):  Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Oregon State, San Diego State, Syracuse, Washington State

Kedon Slovis - Desert Mountain (QB):  Colorado State, Hawaii, New Mexico State, North Carolina State, Northern Arizona, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Jose State, SMU, UC Davis, UNLV, USC, Vanderbilt

Jake Smith - Notre Dame (WR/RB):  Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, California, Clemson, Duke, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Liberty, Memphis, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Nevada, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington, Washington State, Wisconsin

Connor Soelle - Saguaro (LB):  Arizona State, Army, Nevada, New Mexico State, SMU, Vanderbilt

Alphonso Taylor - North Canyon (SS):  Army, South Dakota State

Daniel To'oto'o - Skyline (DE):  Northern Arizona, South Dakota State

Bralen Trice - O'Connor (DE):  Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Illinois, Notre Dame, Oregon, TCU, UCLA, Utah, Washington, Washington State

Torren Union - Marcos de Niza (CB):  South Dakota State

Khyheem Waleed - Casteel (WR):  Air Force, Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Iowa State, Michigan State, Northern Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, SMU, UNLV, Vanderbilt, Yale

Jathan Washington - Mountain Pointe (SB):  Ottawa, Western New Mexico

Thomas Webb, Jr. - Cienega (SS):  Oklahoma Baptist

Marques White - Brophy (SS):  Army, South Dakota State

Titan Widjaja - Verrado (QB):  Mount Union

Jalen Williams - Shadow Mountain (WR/LB):  Arizona, Fresno State, Iowa State, Nevada, Oregon State, Rice, San Diego State, UNLV, Utah, Washington State

Javin Wright - Hamilton (CB):  Air Force, Arizona, Arizona State, Louisville, Nebraska, Syracuse, UCLA, Washington, Yale

2019 Arizona HS Football Commitments

Desert Mountain quarterback Slovis commits to USC

UPDATED:  5/21/18

The offers for Kedon Slovis were churning out daily as Desert Mountain had their early morning spring football practices.  Just in the first 18 days of May, there were 13 Division I offers.  But, there were three little letters that are putting a halt to his recruitment - U-S-C.

The 6-3, 195-pound quarterback received an offer from the Trojans last Monday.  Slovis then took an unofficial visit to the Los Angeles campus on Saturday and gave his verbal commitment.

"The connection to the coaches, academic prestige, and my love for the campus," Slovis said in a text message were among his reasons for choosing USC.  "Not to mention, that USC is a top football program and is the best program in the Pac-12." 

In his first year as the starting quarterback for the Wolves, Slovis completed 64 percent of his passes for 2,987 yards and 32 touchdowns.  His offensive coordinator is Super Bowl-winning quarterback Kurt Warner.  Slovis also led the Wolves into the 6A playoffs.

Many of Slovis' offers came from the Mountain West Conference.  The only other Pac-12 school to offer was Oregon State.

On his visit to Southern Cal, Slovis spent a lot of time with quarterbacks coach Brian Ellis.  He also came away impressed with head coach Clay Helton and walked away wanting to play for those coaches and the Trojan program.  USC won the Pac-12 title in 2017.

USC will play six games at home in the L.A. Coliseum in 2018, starting on Sept. 1 with UNLV.  The Trojans will have be breaking in a new QB in that contest with the Rebels as Sam Darnold was drafted third overall by the New York Jets in last month's NFL Draft.  That is the highest a USC player has been selected since 2006, when Reggie Bush was taken second.  The Trojans have had a player drafted every year since 1939.

Arizona became the first school to land an in-state commitment for the 2019 class as Kyle Ostendorp gave his commitment to the Wildcats less than six hours after receiving the scholarship offer.

"Committing to Arizona was an unpassable opportunity for me because I am able to stay home and play for some of the best coaches in the country," Ostendorp said in a text message.  "The program is moving in the right direction quickly and it is a great university for what I intend to major in."

Arizona Special Teams Coordinator Jeremy Springer was the first to make a scholarship offer to Ostendorp on Monday.  The 6-2, 195-pound Desert Vista punter averaged 41.3 yards per punt and put an impressive 17 of 33 kicks inside the 20-yard line.  Six of those ended up inside the 5, and opponents totaled just six punt return yards against the Thunder all season. 

In addition to working hard on the field, he does so in the classroom with a 4.0 GPA.  Ostendorp is interested in studying Engineering in college with the hopes of becoming an aerospace engineer one day.

Kevin Sumlin finished his first set of spring practices with the Wildcats in April.  It's a very young roster for UA this year as there are just a dozen seniors.  The next era of Arizona football officially begins on Sept. 1 at Arizona Stadium in Tucson against BYU.



Kyle Ostendorp (P) - Desert Vista


Jacob Conover (QB) - Chandler


Braxten Croteau (DE) - Liberty
Brett Johnson (DT) - Desert Vista
Ryan Puskas (S) - Liberty


D'Shayne James (WR) - Perry


Spencer Rattler (QB) - Pinnacle


Brayden Liebrock (TE) - Chandler


Kedon Slovis (QB) - Desert Mountain