Signing Day Awards: Most Underrated Player

Arizona has some players that may have gone under the radar. Read on to see who we think the most underrated player of the class is.

Michael Luke: Paul Elvira left quite an impression on the Marcos De Niza record book, yet was still overshadowed by more high-profile teammates.

Elvira isn't a burner, but runs crisp routes and possesses solid hands. He still needs to put on a significant amount of weight and continue to get quicker, but he has the intangibles to suggest he could one day become a Brad Brennan-type receiver.

Jason Nimrichter: One of the most productive high school wide receivers in the state of Arizona, Elvira had a big year at Marcos De Niza in 2012.

Despite his big season, Elvira received little attention in comparison to some of the other big names in the state. That doesn't spell doom for wideout, however, as he could conceivably thrive in Rodriguez's offense, given his frame and hands.

It may take some time for him to see the field – given how deep the position is – but once he does, Elvira could develop into one off the more reliable players on the offensive side of the ball.

Cody James Martin: DeAndre Miller is the most underrated player in the class. Living in Buckeye (Ariz.) kept him under the radar for most of his high school career.

However, the linebacker's size and quickness makes him a great fit for Jeff Casteel's defense.

Miller may have a learning curve like the freshman in 2012, but should be one of the top players in this class when his time at Arizona is done.

Jason Scheer: When you are on the same team as the best player in the country, it is easy to get overlooked.

I feel that is what happened to defensive end Jack Banda, as the coaching staff recognized and offered him early.

Banda has the agility and speed to play on both sides of the ball and although I do not expect him to contribute right away, I do believe he is better than his ranking suggests.


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