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HS Football Recruiting: Class of 2018

Princeton offers 2-way Pinnacle lineman Aschenbrand

UPDATED:  9/20/17

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 signed with schools last spring to advance their football careers, and receive an education.

Times for college games are listed in Arizona time.

Solomon Enis has scored 52 of North Canyon's 131 points at the halfway mark of the season.  The 6-4, 200-pound wide receiver has done it in a myriad of ways.  Against Sierra Linda, it was with a pair of punt returns, In the Agua Fria game, Enis rushed for two TDs and caught two more for scores.  Last week, in a loss to Maricopa (which dropped the Rattlers to 2-3), he scored on a two-point conversion.  Enis received his 17th offer, and second from the Big Ten, last Saturday from Michigan State.  The Spartans have begun 2-0 with victories over Mid-American Conference schools Bowling Green and Western Michigan.  Things get tougher this Saturday night when the lights at Spartan Stadium come on against Notre Dame (2-1).  The battle for the Megaphone Trophy against the Fighting Irish will be nationally televised by FOX starting at 5 p.m.  This is the 79th meeting between the two schools and MSU has won 11 of the last 18 games.

Pinnacle lineman Luke Aschenbrand collected his sixth offer on Tuesday, and third from the Ivy League.  It came from Princeton.  Aschenbrand is 6-4, 270 pounds, and is playing both offensive guard and defensive tackle for the Pioneers.  Pinnacle is 3-2 and is averaging 408 yards per game.  Aschenbrand honed his skills over the summer at a regional for The Opening (in Oakland) and at an Arizona State camp.  On defense, PHS is allowing just 15 points per game and took both Chandler and Centennial to the wire.  Princeton, the reigning Ivy League champion, started its season last Saturday with an exciting 27-17 home win over San Diego.  It was the third straight season that the Tigers won their opener.  This Saturday, Princeton is at Lafayette (Pa.).  The series began back in 1883 and this will be the 50th meeting.  Princeton holds a decisive 42-4-3 advantage and has won nine straight over the Leopards (0-3).  The game at Fisher Stadium begins at 3 p.m.

Jonah Brownell of Horizon has made the move to the defensive line for his senior year.  The Huskies run a 3-4, so the 6-2, 225-pounder moves around between defensive end and D-tackle.  Last season, he manned a linebacker position.  Brownell earned a pair of offers in the past week from Case Western Reserve and Occidental.  The Huskies have begun the year at 3-1 and are coming off their bye week heading into a home game this Friday against North.  Case Western, located in Cleveland, is ranked No. 18 in Division III.  The Spartans (2-0) will play host to Waynesburg (Pa.) under the lights at DiSanto Field at 4 p.m.  CWRU has allowed just 12 points per contest.  Occidental is 0-1 and originally, its second game was scheduled for last Saturday.  However, due to a significantly diminished player roster, the Boxers announced the cancellation of its home game against Pacific (Ore).  No decisions have been made about Occidental's next game (scheduled for Sept. 30 against Redlands).  In its first game on Sept. 9, Oxy struggled on both sides of the ball in a 61-6 loss to Puget Sound (Wash.).  The school is located in Los Angeles.

Justin Coleman plays in the secondary for a Red Mountain defense that held Boulder Creek to 84 passing yards and just one score in a 31-8 victory last Friday.  He gained a pair of offers from Lake Forest and Montana State-Northern over the past week.  The 5-10, 175-pound cornerback now holds seven total offers.  After an 0-2 start, the Mountain Lions have evened their record at 2-2.  This week will pose another big test for the RMHS defenders as Purdue-commit Jack Plummer and the Gilbert Tigers host the Lions.  Lake Forest will be back in action this Saturday following an off week.  The Foresters are 2-0 and leading the Midwest Conference with 42.5 points and 283 rushing yards per game.  Lake Forest travels to Lawrence (Wisc.).  LFC, who plays in Division III, has taken the last eight meetings against the Vikings (1-1).  Montana State-Northern fell to 0-3 following a 34-3 loss to Carroll College (Mont.) last Saturday.  The Northern Lights (NAIA) will try to get back on track this Saturday at Blue Pony Stadium as they host Montana-Western.

Through four games, Vincent Elrod leads Notre Dame Prep in tackles and the Saints are a perfect 4-0.  The 6-2, 220-pound middle linebacker (with 39 tackles) got an offer from Middlebury College on Sunday.  Elrod is coming off his strongest game back on Sept. 8 against St. Mary's with 13 tackles (10 solo).  The Saints were idle last Friday, but this week embark on a long bus trip to Pasadena to take on La Salle.  Last year, NDP was defeated in a triple-overtime thriller.  Middlebury, located in Vermont, held off a late charge from Wesleyan (Conn.) and picked up a 30-27 victory in its season opener last Saturday.  The Panthers return to action this Saturday afternoon in Maine against Bowdoin in New England Small College Athletic Conference (Div. III) action.

Puget Sound dominated on both sides of the ball while evening its record to 1-1 with a 61-6 win over Occidental back on Sept. 9.  The Loggers are currently in the midst of their second consecutive bye week with their next game on Sept. 30 at Pacific Lutheran (Wash.).  In that time, UPS has been doing some recruiting and made offers to Clayton Hooper and Garett Zimmerman.  Hooper is a 5-10, 170-pound cornerback at Hamilton.  He has 21 tackles and three interceptions through the Huskies' first five games.  Zimmerman (6-3, 250) is an offensive tackle at Notre Dame.  The Saints have had a balanced offense averaging 232 yards rushing and 190 through the air.

Here are the rest of the offers from the past week:

Higley linebacker Keith Wesley received his first offer from Millsaps (Miss.).
North Canyon free safety Tre O'Guinn received his first offer from Simpson (Iowa).
Deer Valley free safety Chandler Pearson received his first offer from Simpson.
O'Connor tight end Ryan Langford received his first offer from Simpson.
Centennial offensive guard Trevor Renfro received an offer from Simpson.
Deer Valley defensive end Ryley Conaway received his first offer from Simpson.
Sunrise Mountain strong safety Bobby Ramirez received an offer from Simpson.
Pinnacle cornerback Dylan Stevenson received his first offer from Simpson.
Deer Valley linebacker Talianuu Tanai received his first offer from Simpson.
Notre Dame wide receiver Blake Storey received his first offer from Simpson.
Notre Dame linebacker Joey Jaquint received an offer from Simpson.
Notre Dame defensive tackle Vic Annoreno received an offer from Simpson.
Boulder Creek defensive back Murphy Hartmann received an offer from Simpson.
Queen Creek kicker Jacori Wooten received his first offer from Simpson.
Queen Creek tight end Jake Ayala received his first offer from Simpson.
Notre Dame offensive tackle Garett Zimmerman received an offer from Simpson.
Chaparral running back Conlan Carey received an offer from Willamette (Ore.).
Desert Mountain free safety Anthony Chauhan received his first offer from Willamette.
Chaparral quarterback Davis Chauhan received his first offer from Willamette.
Salpointe quarterback Rodrigo Nieto received his first offer from Willamette.
Pinnacle strong safety Tucker Parrish received an offer from Willamette.
Valley Vista offensive guard Blake Relyea received an offer from Ripon (Wisc.).
Verrado wide receiver Elijah Johnson received an offer from Ripon.


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.


CLASS OF 2018 OFFERS
 

Jonah Alicea - Verrado (CB):  Simpson

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

Sean Anderson - Verrado (OT):  Montana

Vic Annoreno - Notre Dame (DT):  Simpson

Izzy Araiza - North (LB):  Culver-Stockton

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

Jake Ayala - Queen Creek (TE):  Simpson

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

Kaiden Baxter - Perry (OG):  Arizona Christian

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

Caden Bethel - Desert Ridge (WR):  Western State Colorado

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

Gary Bragg - Mountain Pointe (RB):  Idaho

Brandon Brody - Williams Field (K):  Ripon

Jonah Brownell - Horizon (DT):  Case Western Reserve, Culver-Stockton, Occidental, Redlands, Ripon

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

Conlan Carey - Chaparral (RB):  Simpson, Willamette

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

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

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

Garron Chatfield - Gilbert (OT):  Lawrence

Anthony Chauhan - Desert Mountain (FS):  Willamette

Davis Chauhan - Chaparral (QB):  Willamette

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

John Clark - Liberty (DT):  Florida Tech (preferred walk-on), San Diego, Simpson

Justin Coleman - Red Mountain (FS):  Central (Iowa), Culver-Stockton, Lake Forest, Montana State-Northern, Northwestern (Iowa), Puget Sound, Simpson

Ryley Conaway - Deer Valley (DE):  Simpson

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, Iowa State

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

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

Caleb Dunn - Northwest Christian (WR):  Arizona Christian

Adrian Eastman - Higley (SS):  Arizona Christian

Vincent Elrod - Notre Dame (LB):  Carnegie Mellon, Middlebury, Occidental, Puget Sound, Simpson, Willamette

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

Austin Enteman - Peoria (LB):  Arizona Christian

Alex Escobar - Centennial (RB):  Amherst, Colorado School of Mines, 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, San Diego State, UNLV

Alijah Gammage - Desert Vista (CB):  Adams State

Cameron Gardner - Casa Grande (WR):  Adams State

Jordan Gianzero - Higley (OG):  Simpson

Isaac Gilliam - Cactus (CB):  Arizona Christian

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

Cannon Griner - Red Mountain (QB):  Central (Iowa), Ripon

Draycen Hall - Higley (RB):  Air Force, Arizona, 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

Tre Hart - Chandler (WR):  Culver-Stockton

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

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, Culver-Stockton

Darius Holton - Perry (CB):  Arizona Christian

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

Clayton Hooper - Hamilton (CB):  Central (Iowa), Culver-Stockton, Northwestern (Iowa), Puget Sound, Ripon, Simpson, Upper Iowa

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

Makel Hubbard - Higley (CB):  Arizona Christian

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

Caleb Humphrey - Desert Vista (SS):  Adams State, Culver-Stockton

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

Joey Jaquint - Notre Dame (LB):  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, Ripon, Simpson

Zach Johnson - Northwest Christian (DL):  Arizona Christian

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

Scott Jones - Cactus (DT):  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

Elijah Jurewicz - Goldwater (DE):  Simpson

Jacob Kaites - Scottsdale Christian (WR):  Arizona Christian

Braeden Kaowili - Moon Valley (OT):  Culver-Stockton

Mack Klafter - Red Mountain (LB):  Adams State

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

Timothy Knight - Moon Valley (WR):  Arizona Christian

Carter Koziol - Saguaro (LB):  Arizona Christian

Ryan Langford - O'Connor (TE):  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):  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

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

James Mageo - Higley (RB):  Adams State

Logan Mahan - O'Connor (DE):  Simpson

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, Culver-Stockton

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, New Mexico

Connor McGee - Desert Edge (OG):  Simpson

Mark McMillian, Jr. - Williams Field (WR):  Arizona Christian, Avila, 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 (TE/LB):  Air Force, Army, Hawaii, Idaho, Navy, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Arizona, UNLV, UTEP

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

Rodrigo Nieto - Salpointe (QB):  Willamette

Victor Nieto - Perry (SS):  Willamette

Cooper Niezgodzki - Agua Fria (LB):  Simpson

Scotty Nixon - Shadow Ridge (RB):  Simpson

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

Tre O'Guinn - North Canyon (FS):  Simpson

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

Corvan Otanez - Gilbert (SS):  Columbia

Aaron Owsiany - Peoria (CB):  Arizona Christian

Tucker Parrish - Pinnacle (SS):  Cal Lutheran, Ripon, Willamette

Chandler Pearson - Deer Valley (FS):  Simpson

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

Bobby Ramirez - Sunrise Mountain (SS):  Culver-Stockton, Simpson

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, Ripon

Trevor Renfro - Centennial (OG):  Arizona Christian, Simpson

Ezekiel Robbins - Chandler (CB):  Air Force

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

Xavier Rojas - Centennial (K):  Culver-Stockton

Aaron Romero - Skyline (DE):  Adams State, Simpson

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

Angel Ruiz - Sunrise Mountain (WR):  Culver-Stockton, Ripon

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

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

Wade Sapergia - Mesquite (QB):  Culver-Stockton

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 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):  Culver-Stockton, 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 (WR):  Redlands

Dylan Stevenson - Pinnacle (CB):  Simpson

Blake Storey - Notre Dame (WR):  Simpson

Talianuu Tanai - Deer Valley (LB):  Simpson

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

Jake Wagner - Sunrise Mountain (OT):  Simpson

Joshua Walker - Desert Mountain (WR):  Navy

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

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

Kylan Weisser - Notre Dame (QB):  Idaho

Keith Wesley - Higley (LB):  Millsaps

Keishaud White - Desert Vista (SB):  Idaho

Kyle White - Notre Dame (DE):  Occidental, 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, Simpson

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

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

Jacori Wooten - Queen Creek (K):  Ripon, Simpson

Austin Young - Desert Edge (OT):  Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, 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, Puget Sound, Simpson

Joel Zurita - Westview (LB):  Arizona Christian, Central (Iowa), Culver-Stockton

Shay Zutshi - Hamilton (DE):  Puget Sound

 



2018 Arizona HS Football Commitments

Versatile Desert Vista TE Stagg is Navy's latest 2018 commit

UPDATED:  9/17/17

In just his third year of playing football after having a lot of success in hockey, James Stagg has come a long way in a short time.

The 6-4, 240-pounder is rated as the state's top tight end and on Sunday, the Desert Vista senior verbally committed to Navy.

Stagg attracted interest from Navy, and an offer, back in May during spring ball.  He selected the academy in Annapolis, Md. over 10 other offers, including a Power Five one from Louisville.

"Really, I just followed my heart," Stagg said in a text message.  "It's a great life choice with big time football."

Stagg, who also plays defensive end for the Thunder, doesn't have immediate family that has served in the military, but there is a connection.

"My grandpa was a colonel in the Army, and he was a huge part in my life," Stagg said.  "I know this would make him proud and that's a big part of it, too."

He is one of the captains for the Thunder, who are 3-1 this season.  Stagg has 12 receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown, and his blocking is noticed by Desert Vista's skill position players as the team is averaging 340 yards per game.  You could say, he brings that enforcer mentality from the ice to the football field at DVHS.

Navy has more than 30 committed seniors thus far, and Stagg is the first from Arizona.  The Midshipmen have started the year 2-0 and received seven points in the latest Coaches' Poll.  Navy is a member of the American Athletic Conference and will try to start the year with three straight wins for the third consecutive year this Saturday when it plays host to Cincinnati (2-1).  The game from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium can be seen on CBS Sports Network with a 12:30 p.m. kickoff.


CLASS OF 2018 COMMITMENTS


AIR FORCE FALCONS

Max Massingale (QB) - Saguaro

ARIZONA WILDCATS

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

ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS

Hunter Mayginnes (OT) - Hamilton

BOISE STATE BRONCOS

Zidane Thomas (RB) - Centennial

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

IOWA STATE CYCLONES

Brayden Narveson (K) - Desert Mountain

NAVY MIDSHIPMEN

James Stagg (TE) - Desert Vista

NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS

Tyler Shough (QB) - Hamilton

PURDUE BOILERMAKERS

 Jack Plummer (QB) - Gilbert

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