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HS Football Recruiting: Class of 2018

Air Force offers Saguaro wide receiver Wilson

UPDATED:  7/21/17

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.

We're in the final week or two of teams going away for football camp.  Many go outside the Valley either up north or out West to California.  Official practices with helmets begin on July 24.  The season is fast approaching. 

In Saguaro's perfect 14-0 season, junior wide receiver Zach Wilson led the Sabercats in touchdown catches with six.  Last Friday, the 6-foot, 200-pounder obtained his second FBS offer with one from the Air Force Academy.  Wilson is commonly listed as an athlete and can also play the safety position.  He'll be a part of the new senior class as the Sabercats are on a drive for five straight state championships.  Air Force posted a 5-1 season at home in Falcon Stadium last year (10-3 overall).  The six-game winning streak by the school is the fifth-longest active one in the nation.  The Falcons will begin in Colorado Springs on Sept. 2 against Virginia Military Institute.

Pusch Ridge two-way lineman Kendall Tobin received an offer on Friday from Dordt College.  The 6-4, 250-pounder had 42 tackles and four sacks playing defensive tackle.  On the other side, as an offensive tackle, Tobin was a First Team All-3A South Region performer.  An excellent student-athlete, Tobin carries a 3.5 unweighted GPA (4.2 weighted).  The offer is his second.  Dordt is an NAIA school in Sioux Center, Iowa.  The Defenders were 5-6 last season and will open at Bethel (Kans.) on Sept. 2.  The game is part of the KCAC-GPAC Challenge.  Dordt is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference and all 10 of its schools will take on opponents from the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.  Games were set based on the standings from last season.  Dordt and Bethel were seventh-place teams in 2016.

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/TE):  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

Justin Coleman - Red Mountain (FS):  Northwestern (Iowa)

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

Vincent Elrod - Notre Dame (LB):  Puget Sound

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

Jacob Franklin - Centennial (LB):  Columbia

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

Cannon Griner - Red Mountain (QB):  Ripon

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

Dominique Hampton - Centennial (CB):  Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Fresno State, Oregon, 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):  Northwestern (Iowa), Ripon, 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

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

Colin Maslin - Hamilton (DT):  Arizona Christian

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

Joey Sanchez - Red Mountain (LB):  Northwestern (Iowa)

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

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 (OT/DT):  Adams State, Dordt

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 (DE):  Puget Sound, 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):  Air Force, Campbell, Dartmouth, 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

Shay Zutshi - Hamilton (DE):  Puget Sound


2018 Arizona HS Football Commitments

UNLV scores another Chandler recruit with WR/TE Caldwell

UPDATED:  7/18/17

A check of the current UNLV football roster for this season shows four Arizona high school players on it.  Chandler High is looking to single-handedly boost that number for future years as Jarick Caldwell has committed to the Rebels.

Caldwell, who is 6-3 and 210 pounds, plays wide receiver and tight end for the Wolves.  It was from the tight end position that he caught two touchdowns and a game-high 106 yards in last year's 6A state championship game. 

After attempting to repeat as title winners this November, Caldwell will join his current teammates Bryce Jackson and Chris Manoa with the Rebels.  Jackson and Manoa committed last month.  Caldwell was offered by the Rebels in April and chose the Las Vegas school on Tuesday over other Mountain West Conference offers from Fresno State and Nevada.

Four players with Arizona ties are on the UNLV football team for this season.  The Grand Canyon State is represented by Antonio Zepeda (DL/Camelback), Andrew Erbes (OL/Saguaro), Brian Keyes (LB/Willow Canyon), and Aaron Borg (LB/Saguaro).

UNLV may be in the Mountain West, but the school steps up and travels on the road to Power Five schools.  On Sept. 23, the Rebels will play in Columbus against Ohio State.  In another matchup to Big Ten country, just announced last week, UNLV will travel to Ryan Field in 2019 to take on the Northwestern Wildcats.  This season's home schedule at Sam Boyd Stadium is highlighted by a pair of November games against Hawaii and BYU.

Arizona State unveiled some of its new renovations around Sun Devil Stadium to its players last week.  They include an upgraded locker room and a new Tillman Tunnel.  The three-phase $268 million project may already be paying dividends as ASU received its first in-state commitment on Monday from Hunter Mayginnes.

Mayginnes is a 6-5, 315-pound offensive tackle at Hamilton.  He impressed coaches during spring ball in Chandler, and also while at Arizona State during both a Big Man competition on campus in Tempe and at the school's Maroon and Gold Camp.  It was following the camp in June that Mayginnes was offered by the Devils.  He was recruited by new offensive line coach Rob Sale, who was hired in February.

Mayginnes, who also holds an offer from Idaho, has lived in Arizona most of his life.  He also attended a camp at the University of Arizona earlier in June.

He returns to Hamilton this fall to anchor the line for an offense that averaged 37 points per game.  Mayginnes will protect QB Tyler Shough, a North Carolina commit, and open holes for RB Jawhar Jordan, who is bound for Syracuse.

Arizona State's new state-of-the-art Student-Athlete Facility is located at the north end of Sun Devil Stadium.  ASU will open its season on Thursday, Aug. 31 at home against New Mexico State.  Later, on Oct. 14, the Sun Devils will host defending Pac-12 champion Washington.  That game is designated as the school's Hall of Fame Day, where eight former Sun Devils, including quarterback Andrew Walter, will be honored.  Walter earned a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies in 2004.

Chandler High continues to send wide receivers to the Division I level to play college football.  The latest will be Gunner Romney, who announced his commitment to Brigham Young University on Saturday.

Romney, who is 6-3 and 200 pounds, led all juniors in the state in receiving last season with 1,309 yards on 70 catches with nine touchdowns.  He has offers from a dozen Division I schools and chose the Cougars over other finalists Utah and Arizona State.  BYU was the first Division I school to offer Romney back in June of 2016.  Last season was his first with the 6A State Champion Wolves after transferring to Arizona from El Paso.

"It just felt like it was the best fit for me," Romney said in a text message.  "It felt like home."

Romney was one of 166 players nationwide that took part in The Opening Finals a couple weeks ago at Nike's headquarters in Oregon.  He was one of the last to be announced in the elite field, but drew rave reviews from Scout, which covered the competition.  The recruiting company was impressed with Romney's speed and route running and named him one of the five "surprise players" from the event.

BYU's offensive coordinator is former NFL (and Cougar) quarterback Ty Detmer.  He is planning to implement a pro-style offense at the Provo, Utah school.  It's an offensive he always excelled at as a player.  BYU plays as an independent and will open at home in LaVell Edwards Stadium on Aug. 26 against Portland State.

Romney said he has not decided if he will be taking a church mission after high school.  Just in the past few seasons, Chandler has sent wide receivers to Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona State, Colorado, and Southern Utah.




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


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


Hunter Mayginnes (OT) - Hamilton


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


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


Matteo Mele (OT) - Salpointe