Arizona Pre-Evaluation Top Ten

The 2005 recruiting year turned out to be a pretty deep year for the state of Arizona in football. All three in state schools did well in recruiting the local talent with Arizona, Arizona State and Northern Arizona all pulling in good hauls from the home-state. While the 2006 class looks to be a little thinner overall, the top handful of players will be nationally recruited. and decided to get together and compile a pre-evaluation top 10 for the state of Arizona as well as a list of more than 15 other players to keep a close eye on during their senior campaigns this coming fall. Football Recruiting Editor Chris Bonney, Regional Recruiting Analyst Andrew Friedman and the staff at all had a hand in compiling the following list.

Arizona Pre-Evaluation Top 10 regardless of position…

1) Jermaine Williams, Defensive End, Maryvale High School (Phoenix). Williams is without a doubt the top projected prospect in the state for 2006. Williams is big, strong and possesses great speed off the corner at his rush end position. He also plays running back/fullback for his Maryvale squad but he is being looked at for the Division 1 level as a pure pass rushing defensive end. At 6'4, 255 pounds already Williams still has room to grow and is poised to have yet another All-State year.

Current Offers: Arizona, Arizona State & Oregon

2) John Romero, OL/DL, Salpointe Catholic High School (Tucson).
Romero is a versatile lineman that could play on either side of the ball in college although his best shot at an impact is likely as a defensive tackle. He is a fluid runner that moves well for a big man. His feet are quick and he has great lateral movement. The main thing he needs to work on his explosion off the ball. Some schools like him at defensive tackle and others at offensive guard. He prefers to play defense.

Current Offers: Arizona, Arizona State

3) Glyndon Bolasky, Athlete, Sabino High School (Tucson). Bolasky's best attribute is his speed. He can cut on a dime and get up-field in a hurry. He is being recruited for both sides of the ball because many colleges believe that he has the athletic ability to make the transition to defensive back. If he makes the move to defense at his school of choice, Bolasky will likely need a red-shirt year to learn the position.

Current Offers: Arizona, BYU, Georgia Tech, New Mexico State

4) Cody Dowd, Linebacker, North High School (Phoenix). At 6'3, 230 pounds, Dowd is a physically imposing linebacker. He possesses solid football instincts for the position and he finished second in the state in tackles in 2004, although he led the state during the regular season. Dowd could project by some as a defensive end at the next level but he is being recruited primarily as a linebacker. He should make the All-State team again in 2005 and is being recruited by schools from virtually every conference.

Awaiting First Official Offer

5) Jon Hargis, Defensive Tackle, Red Mountain High School (Mesa). Hargis is a big presence on the defensive line that has the size to compete in college as a freshman. He was the only junior in AZ to be named first team all-state last year. He is relentless on every play. Hargis has good explosion off the ball and just needs to work on his speed. His stock may go up more than any other player in the state during the May evaluation period.

Current Offers: New Mexico State

6) Tim House, Running Back, Centennial High School (Peoria). After backing up former Coyote star, and Arizona signee, Terry Longbons, House got his chance in 2004 when Longbons' senior season was cut short by an injury and House was extremely impressive. House is a little on the short side at 5'9 but he has just about everything that Longbons had. He is built like a little truck, has very good speed and above average field vision and lateral motion.

Awaiting First Official Offer

7) Dax Crum, Quarterback, Horizon High School (Scottsdale). At 6'5, 215 pounds, Crum has the size and the arm to make it at the next level. Crum has a very accurate arm, possesses above average mobility for a prospect his size and has very good pocket awareness. If Crum is allowed to play the entire season in 2005 he could wind up leading the state in most quarterback statistical categories. He is hearing from schools in the Pac-10, Big XII and Big Ten. He is cut from the same athletic mold as former UA tight end Steve Fleming and Crum may make the same move to tight end in college.

Awaiting First Official Offer

Bowser could blow up this fall

8) Brantwon Bowser, Cornerback/Athlete, Maryvale High School (Phoenix). Bowser could be in the top three by the end of the year if he keeps improving. He has only played the game for two years so still lacks football knowledge. But what he lacks in that arena, he makes up for with incredible speed and superior athleticism. As long as he proves he is coachable, Browser ought to have his pick of schools.

Current Offers: Arizona State

9) Brooks Reed, Defensive End, Sabino High School (Tucson). Reed is a big athlete that could be a nice fit at defensive end or fullback on the next level. He has good speed and is a hard-nosed, physical player that loves to mix it up with opponents. He works very hard on and off the field and is very coachable. The main thing he'll have to work on is gaining strength and weight for college.

Current Offers: Purdue

10) Cole Graybill, Linebacker, Brophy Prep (Phoenix). Graybill moved to the Valley from Stephenville, Texas where he was a standout linebacker and was an all-section selection as a junior. Graybill, like Dowd, has good natural instincts for the backer position and has solid size at 6'2, 230. He will have to work on his straight-line speed to raise his stock. Graybill could project as a defensive end at the college level but he is definitely one to watch at all of the camps and combines this summer. He has a great family heritage as his father and grandfather were both successful athletes at Arizona State.

Awaiting First Official Offer

Others To Look Out For in 2005…

-Jeff Jones, Tight End, Formerly of Moon Valley High School (Phoenix).*
-Jonathan Tobin, Quarterback, Cactus High School (Glendale)
-Andrew Berryhill, Defensive End/Tight End, Salpointe Catholic High School (Tucson)**
-Trevor Hankins, Tight End/Punter, Chaparral High School (Scottsdale)
-Kenton Thomas, Running Back/Athlete, Greenway High School (Phoenix)
-Erik Archuleta, Quarterback, North High School/Mesquite High School***
-Ben Thiltges, Linebacker, Salpointe Catholic High School (Tucson, offer from ASU)
-Lovess Eafon, Athlete, Salpointe Catholic High School (Tucson)
-Deyon Bowser, Athlete/Safety, Maryvale High School (Phoenix)
-Cody Engelbrecht, Running Back/Athlete, Hamilton High School (Chandler)
-Isaiah Smart, Athlete, Moon Valley High School (Phoenix)
-Demetrius Stewart, Athlete, Maryvale High School (Phoenix)
-Laron Harrington, Running Back, Moon Valley High School (Phoenix)
-Keaton Kristick, Fullback, Saint Mary's Catholic High School (Phoenix)
-Mitchell Hunt, Athlete, Corona del Sol High School (Tempe)
-Marcus Richmond, Athlete, Dobson High School (Mesa)
-Mike Callaghan, Defensive Back, Brophy Prep (Phoenix)

*-Jones left the Moon Valley program and is currently in limbo.
**-Berryhill's senior eligibility is currently in question.
***-Archuleta's transfer to North is seemingly in doubt so his status is also unknown.

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