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HS Football Recruiting: Class of 2018

Ripon College offers Horizon linebacker Brownell

UPDATED:  6/24/17

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 have signed with schools since February to advance their football careers, and receive an education.

With the 7-on-7 season and big man challenges pretty much over, we enter a dead period on the recruiting calendar through July 9.  During these two weeks, it is the most restrictive time.  No in-person contact is allowed with recruits and coaches, even if the high school student makes a visit to a college campus.  Written and electronic communications are still permitted. 

Horizon linebacker Jonah Brownell received his second offer on Thursday, this one coming from Ripon College.  The 6-2, 225-pound defender ranked second on the Huskies in tackles with 57.  Brownell is hard-working and competes in multiple sports.  He was also a strong sprinter on the track team.  Academically, Brownell takes on a challenging curriculum of honors and AP courses.  Ripon is a Division III school in Wisconsin with an enrollment of just 850.  The Red Hawks play their home games at Ingalls Field, which was built in 1888.  It was upgraded in 2008 with the installation of FieldTurf.  Ripon plays its season opener on Sept. 2 in that stadium against Concordia University Chicago.

Notre Dame Prep may not have had spring ball in May, but that didn't stop schools from coming in to the Northeast Scottsdale school and having a look at some prospects.  Wyoming came through to watch Saints long snapper Slater Zellers and on Saturday, the Cowboys extended a full-ride scholarship offer to him.  Zellers, who is 6-foot and 205 pounds, is ranked as the No. 1 long snapper in the country by Kohl's Football.  He snaps a fast and tight ball.  During the Texas Showcase, Zellers put 10 snaps in a row through a target.  And he did that with an average snap time of 0.65 seconds.  His older cousin, Parker, is a senior on Arizona's roster.  Wyoming will have one of the earliest kickoffs on Saturday morning, Sept. 2.  The Pokes' season opener at Iowa will air on the Big Ten Network at 9 a.m. Arizona time.  It's the second year in a row that Wyoming heads to Big Ten country.  Last season, Wyoming began its road schedule at Nebraska.

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.  In addition, the NCAA has approved an early signing period from December 20-22.  That will be the first time that high school seniors can sign a letter of intent to agree to attend an institution.

Verbal commitments are shown in bold.


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

Sean Anderson - Verrado (OT):  Montana

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

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

Kaiden Baxter - Perry (OG):  Arizona Christian

Ruben Beltran - Centennial (QB):  Adams State

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

Gary Bragg - Mountain Pointe (RB):  Idaho

Jonah Brownell - Horizon (LB):  Redlands, Ripon

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

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

John Clark - Liberty (DT):  San Diego

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

Joey Corte - Saguaro (LB):  Arizona Christian

Antonio Cuevas - Saguaro (RB):  Arizona Christian

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

Xavier Delgado - Deer Valley (OT):  Adams State

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

Nate Dobson - Peoria (QB):  Adams State

Caleb Dunn - Northwest Christian (WR):  Arizona Christian

Adrian Eastman - Higley (SS):  Arizona Christian

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

Austin Enteman - Peoria (LB):  Arizona Christian

Alex Escobar - Centennial (RB):  Redlands

Cole Fisher - Notre Dame (RB):  Adams State

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

Braden Ford - Perry (FS):  Columbia, Yale

Benjamin Fox - Pinnacle (OT):  Northern Arizona

Ralph Frias - Safford (OT):  Central Florida, Dartmouth, New Mexico State, UNLV

Alijah Gammage - Desert Vista (CB):  Adams State

Cameron Gardner - Casa Grande (WR):  Adams State

Isaac Gilliam - Cactus (CB):  Arizona Christian

Kai Golden - Marana Mountain View (DT):  AIR FORCE, Montana, New Mexico State, Virginia

Draycen Hall - Higley (RB):  Air Force, Army, Brown, Columbia, Idaho, Navy, Princeton

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

Murphy Hartmann - Boulder Creek (DB):  Arizona Christian

Shomari Hayes - Mountain Pointe (DT):  Fresno State

Brogan Heath - Williams Field (OT):  Air Force

Nick Hill - Desert Mountain (RB):  Adams State

Paul Hill - Perry (SS):  Arizona Christian

Sky Hinojosa - Mountain Pointe (WR):  Arizona Christian

Darius Holton - Perry (CB):  Arizona Christian

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

Clayton Hooper - Hamilton (CB):  Upper Iowa

Jaden Hoyt - Northwest Christian (OT):  Adams State, Arizona Christian, San Diego

Makel Hubbard - Higley (CB):  Arizona Christian

Bric Hudnutt - Paradise Valley (TE/OT):  Northern Arizona

Caleb Humphrey - Desert Vista (SS):  Adams State

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

Hunter Jaskey - Boulder Creek (LB):  Arizona Christian

Ja'tai Jenkins - Verrado (RB):  Adams State, Sioux Falls

Elijah Johnson - Verrado (WR):  Arizona Christian

Zach Johnson - Northwest Christian (DL):  Arizona Christian

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

Scott Jones - Cactus (DT):  Arizona Christian

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

Jacob Kaites - Scottsdale Christian (WR):  Arizona Christian

Mack Klafter - Red Mountain (LB):  Adams State

Derek Kline - Desert Vista (QB):  Idaho, Morehead State

Timothy Knight - Moon Valley (WR):  Arizona Christian

Carter Koziol - Saguaro (LB):  Arizona Christian

Lance Lawson - Red Mountain (RB/WR):  Adams State, Montana, Southern Utah

Jayden Lee - Campo Verde (OL):  Northern Arizona

Mahal Lee - Cactus (QB):  Arizona Christian

RJ Liaiga - Scottsdale Christian (DT):  Arizona Christian

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

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

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

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

Colin Maslin - Hamilton (DT):  Arizona Christian

James Mageo - Higley (RB):  Adams State

Ricky Manning - Notre Dame (FS):  Adams State

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

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

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

Hunter Mayginnes - Hamilton (OT):  Arizona State, Idaho

Mark McMillian, Jr. - Williams Field (WR):  Arizona Christian, Kentucky Christian

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

Grant Mileski - Horizon (TE):  New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, South Dakota State

Giovanni Miranda - Saguaro (S/TE):  Air Force, Army, Hawaii, Idaho, Navy, Nevada, Northern Arizona, UNLV, UTEP

Isaiah Mursalat - Horizon (OT):  Idaho, Lake Forest, Nevada, New Mexico State

Jozia Myers - Campo Verde (OT):  Adams State

Brayden Narveson - Desert Mountain (K):  IOWA STATE

Damaria Norris - Cactus (RB):  Arizona Christian

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

Corvan Otanez - Gilbert (SS):  Columbia

Aaron Owsiany - Peoria (CB):  Arizona Christian

Tucker Parrish - Pinnacle (SS):  Ripon

Dallas Pena - Valley Vista (OG):  Ripon

Daniel Pena - Mountain Pointe (NG):  Arizona Christian

Cash Peterman - Chandler (K/P):  BYU

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

Brock Purdy - Perry (QB):  New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, UC Davis, UNLV

Tristan Rael - Chandler (OG):  Northern Arizona

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

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

Trevor Renfro - Centennial (OG):  Arizona Christian

Ezekiel Robbins - Chandler (CB):  Air Force

Tavian Robey - Marana Mountain View (DT):  Adams State

Aaron Romero - Skyline (DE):  Adams State

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

Jake Russett - Cactus (FS):  Arizona Christian

Delano Salgado - Mountain Pointe (RB):  Arizona Christian

Bronson Sanich - Northwest Christian (FS):  Arizona Christian, Bethany (WV), Iowa Wesleyan, Ripon, Wisconsin-River Falls

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

Harmon Shacklette - Northwest Christian (OG):  Arizona Christian

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 State, San Jose State, South Carolina, UTSA, Washington State, Western Kentucky, Yale

Brayden Smith - Ironwood Ridge (DE):  Adams State

Cameron Smith - Saguaro (LB):  Arizona Christian

Blake Spear - Verrado (LB):  Ripon

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

Jordan Stengel - Notre Dame (WR):  Redlands

Zidane Thomas - Centennial (RB):  Boise State, Iowa State, Massachusetts, Northern Arizona

Kendall Tobin - Pusch Ridge (DT):  Adams State

Sam To'oto'o - Skyline (DT):  Adams State

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

Joshua Walker - Desert Mountain (WR):  Navy

Xavier Watkins - Paradise Valley (WR):  Arizona Christian

David Watson - Amphitheater (OT):  ARIZONA

Kylan Weisser - Notre Dame (QB):  Idaho

Keishaud White - Desert Vista (SB):  Idaho

Kyle White - Notre Dame (LB):  Redlands

Gerald Wilbon - Red Mountain (CB):  Adams State

Max Wilhite - Desert Edge (C):  Air Force, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona

Treyvon Williams - Desert Edge (S):  Arizona Christian

Zach Wilson - Saguaro (WR):  Campbell, Pennsylvania, Princeton, San Diego, UNLV

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

Joseph Zepp - Saguaro (K):  Arizona Christian

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

Garett Zimmerman - Notre Dame (OT):  Adams State


2018 Arizona HS Football Commitments

Mountain View defensive tackle Golden commits to Air Force

UPDATED:  6/26/17

The family of Kai Golden has a lot of history in the United States military.  Numerous cousins and elders of the Marana Mountain View senior have served, including his father, Kenny, who retired after 20 years of dutiful service in the Marines.

On Monday, Golden announced his commitment to play football for the Air Force Academy.  Included in that education is a minimum of five years of service as a commissioned officer after graduation.  The 6-2, 295-pound defensive tackle selected the Falcons over Division I offers from New Mexico State and Virginia.

Golden had 40 tackles and 4.5 sacks for the Mountain Lions, who finished 7-4 last season.  He received his offer from Air Force back in May as spring ball came to a close.

"After college, I want to become an officer and serve our country, and this just puts me one step ahead," Golden said in a text message.  "I love the structure and overall fit for me as a player for them.!"

After opening at home on Sept. 2 against Virginia Military Institute, Air Force will travel to the Big House to take on Michigan on Sept. 16.  The Big Ten Network will have that one at 9 a.m. Arizona time.  The Falcons went 10-3 last season and won the Arizona Bowl in Tucson.  In service academy play, Air Force will be at Navy on Oct. 7 and host Army at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs on Nov. 4.

Following the release of his junior film back in February, the recruiting took off for Salpointe lineman Matteo Mele.  Offers started rolling in, and they picked up once spring ball began and coaches made the trip to the private Tucson high school to see the 6-6, 270-pounder. 

On Monday, Mele selected the University of Washington as his college destination.  Mele chose the Huskies over eight other conference schools including Arizona, Oregon, and Arizona State as well as Louisville and Oklahoma. 

Mele was originally a tight end for the Lancers, but has converted over to offensive tackle.  He was offered by Washington in May and went on an unofficial visit to the Seattle campus last Friday.  Mele is the first offensive lineman commit for the Huskies in this class and was recruited by new Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator Scott Huff, who played his high school ball at Horizon (and college at Boise State).

On August 25, Mele will go head-to-head against Golden as the Lancers travel to Marana to play Mountain View.  It will be the Lions' season opener.

In 2016, head coach Chris Petersen guided the Huskies to one of their best seasons ever.  Washington won the Pac-12 championship and earned a spot in the College Football Playoff.  Petersen is entering his fourth season at Washington, and recently had his contract extended through the 2023 season.




Kai Golden (DT) - Marana Mountain View
Max Massingale (QB) - Saguaro


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


Cash Peterman (K/P) - Chandler


Ross Reiter (LS) - Brophy


Brayden Narveson (K) - Desert Mountain


Brayden Flynn (LB) - Chandler


Tyler Shough (QB) - Hamilton


 Jack Plummer (QB) - Gilbert


Jawhar Jordan (RB) - Hamilton


Bryce Jackson (CB) - Chandler
Chris Manoa (DT) - Chandler


Matteo Mele (OT) - Salpointe