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HS Football Recruiting: Class of 2018

Culver-Stockton offers Mountain Pointe wide receiver Hinojosa

UPDATED:  8/15/17

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.

The games begin this week!  With that, the paragraph format of the offers will change to weekly, but the list on the bottom will continue to be updated daily.  Come December, when the next offseason starts, the paragraphs will come back to seven days a week (or as offers arise).

The Desert Ridge JV team went 8-1 last season with its lone loss coming at Hamilton by two points.  Caden Bethel was the team's leading receiver with 508 yards (on just 18 catches) and eight touchdowns.  The 6-2, 160-pound pass catcher secured his first offer last Tuesday from Western State Colorado.  Bethel also played in the backfield and scored four more TDs on the ground.  He was a versatile track athlete last spring competing in the 4 x 100-relay and also the 800-meters.  Western State Colorado competes in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (Division II) and is coming off its best season (7-4) in nearly 20 years.  The Mountaineers were tabbed to finish seventh in the 11-team league during Media Day last week.  Western, in Gunnson, will travel to Grand Junction to face Colorado Mesa in its first contest of the season on Thursday, Aug. 31.

Horizon offensive tackle Isaiah Mursalat received his fourth Division I offer (and fifth overall) last Wednesday.  His newest one came from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.  Mursalat is 6-4, 285 pounds, and is one of 11 starters returning from what was a young Huskies team last season.  Despite its varsity inexperience, Horizon improved from an 0-10 record in 2015 to 6-4 last season.  The offensive line is one of the biggest strengths of this Horizon team as Grant Mileski (TE) and Justin Segura (OG) are also D-I recruits.  Liberty is in its final season in the Big South Conference (FCS).  The Flames are transitioning to the FBS level and will compete as an independent in 2018.  To get ready for bigtime football, the school is overhauling its athletic facilities.  Liberty is expanding Williams Stadium to 25,000 seats (currently 19,000 capacity) in time for the 2019 season.  Fans will also see a new scoreboard.  As for this year, Liberty (6-5 last year) will open on Sept. 2 in Waco, Texas against Baylor.

Draycen Hall is still a couple weeks away from starting his regular season with his Higley Knights' teammates (HHS will host Mingus on Aug. 25), but he had a busy couple of days.  Last Wednesday, the 5-8, 160-pound running back was named to the All-USA Preseason Offense by USA Today.  Hall followed that up on Thursday with his eighth offer (and first from a Power Five school) as Arizona extended one.  Hall had 2,939 all-purpose yards, 2,298 of which were rushing yards.  He scored 40 touchdowns for the Knights with five of them coming via kickoff return.  Arizona held its 10th practice of the preseason and it featured head coach Rich Rodriguez playing a little defense against his punt returners.  No, he wasn't trying to make a tackle, he was holding a Super Soaker to distract them as they fielded the footballs!  The Wildcats will hold their Fan Appreciation Night for their season opener on Sept. 2.  Arizona will host Northern Arizona at 8 p.m. and the game can be seen on the Pac-12 Network.  To thank their loyal fans, the school is passing out 10,000 Rob Gronkowski bobbleheads.  "Gronk" was a third-team All-American in 2008.

Culver-Stockton College has shown more of an interest in Arizona over the past year or so.  The NAIA school in Missouri made offers to three seniors on Sunday.  Izzy Araiza, Caleb Humphrey, and Josh Carlson each collected an offer from the Wildcats.  For Araiza, a 5-10, 205-pound linebacker from North, this was his first offer.  Humphrey is a 6-3, 185-pound strong safety at Desert Vista.  He's a disciplined and coachable player.  Carlson (6-0, 165) is a punter and kicker at Gilbert.  Last month, he went to a camp at the University of Montana.  On Monday, CSC extended offers to a pair of offensive linemen.  This was the first offer for Moon Valley offensive lineman Braeden Kaowili (6-3, 270).  He is a team player and a quick learner that will be sliding from guard to tackle this season for the Rockets.  Grant Wojnarowski (6-3, 300) played defensive tackle for Ironwood last season, but will be lining up on the offensive side (at tackle) in his senior year.  Culver-Stockton was predicted to finish sixth (last) in the North Division of the Heart of America Athletic Conference during Media Day this month.  The Wildcats were 1-10 last season.  Culver-Stockton is slated to open its season at Central Methodist (Missouri) on Aug. 26.

CSC continued to pour out the offers as the day went on Monday.  Here's the rest of the players we have learned that gained offers from the Wildcats:  Gavin Chaddock (LB-Sunrise Mountain), Bobby Ramirez (SS-Sunrise Mountain), Justin Coleman (FS-Red Mountain), Jonah Brownell (LB-Horizon), Angel Ruiz (WR-Sunrise Mountain), Tre Hart (WR-Chandler), and Joel Zurita (LB-Westview).

Two more for Tuesday from Culver-Stockton as Mountain Pointe wide receiver Sky Hinojosa and Hamilton defensive tackle Colin Maslin got offers.  Hinojosa is 6-foot and 165 pounds.  Both Jayden Brooks and Isaiah Pola-Mao have graduated and Hinojosa is ready to haul in passes and touchdowns for the Pride in his senior year.  MPHS gets started Friday at O'Connor.  Maslin (6-0, 260) had 57 tackles for the Huskies last season.  Like Mountain Pointe, HHS will travel to the North Valley on Friday.  The Huskies go to Anthem to face Boulder Creek.

Mark McMillian, Jr. is ready to step up as it's his time to start at the wide receiver position for the defending 5A champs at Williams Field.  The Black Hawks graduated two players (Max Fine and Justis Stokes) that have moved on to the college level.  McMillian is 6-2, 175 pounds, and attended camps at UNLV, Colorado State, and Arizona State over the summer.  On Sunday, he earned an offer from Avila University.  Like Culver-Stockton, Avila is also in the HAAC.  The Eagles promoted defensive line coach Eric Hicks to the head coaching position in April.  He will be the fifth head coach in the program's 17-year history.  Avila (0-11 last year) was tabbed for sixth (last) in the South Division.  The Eagles will begin on Aug. 26 at Peru State (Neb.).

We close with a really big offer as Red Mountain athlete Lance Lawson obtained his first Power Five offer from the University of Arizona on Tuesday.  Lawson was the 6A Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2016 after rushing for 1,539 yards and 21 touchdowns.  The 5-9, 185-pound player tested himself in Los Angeles at a regional for The Opening during the offseason.  He scored a total of 25 TDs last year.  This will be Lawson's fourth year on the Mountain Lions' varsity team.  Arizona has a new senior defensive analyst, as they have brought in alum Chuck Cecil for the position.  As a safety, Cecil was an All-American after being recruited as a walk-on.  He has 15 years of NFL coaching experience.

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

Izzy Araiza - North (LB):  Culver-Stockton

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

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

Jonah Brownell - Horizon (LB):  Culver-Stockton, Redlands, Ripon

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

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

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

Garron Chatfield - Gilbert (OT):  Lawrence

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):  Culver-Stockton, 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, Willamette

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):  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

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, 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

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):  Culver-Stockton, 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, Culver-Stockton

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

Joey Jaquint - Notre Dame (LB):  Willamette

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

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

Mack Klafter - Red Mountain (LB):  Adams State

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

Timothy Knight - Moon Valley (WR):  Arizona Christian

Carter Koziol - Saguaro (LB):  Arizona Christian

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

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

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

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

Victor Nieto - Perry (SS):  Willamette

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):  Cal Lutheran, 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

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

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

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

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

Wade Sapergia - Mesquite (QB):  Culver-Stockton

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

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, San Diego State

Kylan Weisser - Notre Dame (QB):  Idaho

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

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

Grant Wojnarowski - Ironwood (OT):  Culver-Stockton, Ripon

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

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

Shay Zutshi - Hamilton (DE):  Puget Sound


2018 Arizona HS Football Commitments

Hampton, Centennial's top cornerback, commits to Washington Huskies

UPDATED:  8/7/17

Seattle may be 1,400 miles away from the Phoenix area, but the University of Washington has more than gained traction in recruiting some of the state's best players to play in the scenic Pacific Northwest.

The latest to commit to the Huskies was Dominique Hampton, who pledged to UW on Monday.  The 6-2, 185-pound cornerback selected Washington over offers received from six other Pac-12 schools, including Oregon, Colorado, and both of Arizona's universities.

Hampton attracted interest from Washington during spring ball in Peoria.  Then in June, he landed an offer from the Huskies at their camp in Seattle, where he was named the MVP of the DBs.  He takes long strides with his tall frame and also shows great speed.  His numbers aren't gaudy (36 tackles, 10 passes defended, and two forced fumbles), but that's largely because teams simply avoided passing to his side of the field.  Hampton's older brother, DJ, is an alum of Kellis, and was a senior at Idaho last year.

Two Arizona high school athletes signed with Washington in 2016 and helped play a part in the Huskies' Pac-12 championship last season.  Daniel Bridge-Gadd (QB - Paradise Valley) and Byron Murphy (DB - Saguaro) weren't on the field on Saturdays last year (both redshirted), but were honored in the Huskies' postseason awards banquet.  Bridge-Gadd and Murphy earned the Offensive and Defensive Scout Squad MVP awards.

Washington also has a proven recent track record when it comes to cornerbacks.  Look no further than last April's NFL Draft when three Huskies were taken in the second round, including Budda Baker to the Cardinals.

The Huskies' will start their season on Friday, Sept. 1 in New Jersey against Rutgers.  The game can be seen at 5 p.m. on FS-1, which has the national broadcast.  Washington will play again on a Friday (also on FS-1) on Nov. 10 at Stanford.  If the Huskies can defend their North Division title, it will lead to a third Friday night under the lights on Dec. 1 in Santa Clara for the conference's championship game.



Max Massingale (QB) - Saguaro


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


Hunter Mayginnes (OT) - Hamilton


Zidane Thomas (RB) - Centennial


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


Slater Zellers (LS) - Notre Dame


Ross Reiter (LS) - Brophy


Brayden Narveson (K) - Desert Mountain


Brayden Flynn (LB) - Chandler


Tyler Shough (QB) - Hamilton


 Jack Plummer (QB) - Gilbert


Donjae Logan (CB) - Desert Ridge


Jawhar Jordan (RB) - Hamilton


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


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