Local Receiver Not Swayed by Rivalry Game Outcome

Following the ASU-Arizona game, there seems to be a popular sentiment that the Sun Devils loss could have an adverse impact on in-state recruiting. However, do not count on Mekell Wesley, who has been offered by both schools, to follow that line of thinking.

When we asked him what kind of impact did the ASU loss to Arizona have on his recruiting, he replied: "Not much. ASU is still a good team, and they just played a bad game. I wouldn't rank U of A over ASU in my favorite list. I still want to take an official visit to ASU, tour the campus, and see what they got."

This season, the 5-11 175 Wesley has been one of the brightest stars in the state's 5A prep scene. The Huskies (Chandler, Ariz.) are in the midst their bid for a second consecutive state title. Hamilton's semifinals 34-10 win of Gilbert Highland was extra gratifying since they were able to avenge an Oct. 22nd loss, their only one of the season, which interrupted a then 20-game winning streak. "It was a pretty good game," said Wesley. "We had somewhat revenge on our minds. But I'm not the type of player that needs to play with a chip on their shoulder to play well. I just play my game."

And did Wesley ever play in that game. The senior usually lines up more often at wide receiver than running back, but both of his touchdowns against Highland were the rushing variety. "One was an option play," he recalled, "and the other was a running play when I was playing tailback." Overall he rushed for 45 yards, and had six catches for 69 yards. Wesley, who was clocked running a 4.4, considers his abilities to beat a cornerback one-on-one as his strongest asset. He did however admit that he still needs to work on being more in synch with his quarterback.

The receiver said that he hasn't heard from ASU in the last few weeks, but didn't know if his coach John Wrenn had talked to them recently. "They're a pretty good school and I wouldn't mind going there." Are his former Hamilton teammates and current Sun Devils such as Myrio Davis applying any pressure? "They always try to convince me to go there (smile)," he commented. "They might play a little factor in my decision but not too much."

His two front-runner schools right now appear to be San Diego State and Oregon. "I'm visiting San Diego State on December 11th, and Oregon sometime in January…I actually really do want to move away. It would be cool going to a new environment." Wesley added that Oregon State is another school that has extended a scholarship.

The Hamilton standout is in no hurry to make a decision right now. "I still want to take my visits, look at my options, and see what other colleges are gonna recruit me."

Hamilton will face Glendale Mountain Ridge on Saturday at 5 P.M. at Sun Devil stadium in the state's 5A Finals.

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