Juniors to Watch: Salpointe

Head Coach <b>Dennis Bene</b> spoke highly of three players on his squad for next year. Offensive Lineman <b>Ian Brinker</b> is compared favorably to last year's top lineman in Tucson, <b>John Kadous</b>, also from Salpointe. Ian is joined by teammates <b>Jack Darlington</b> and <b>Evan LeBlenc</b> as players that are already getting recognition from top colleges, including Arizona.

Ian Brinker is a 6-6, 280 pound offensive tackle prospect that has a bench of 290, a squat of 400, and a power clean of 270. He was a first team all-conference and honorable mention all-state selection as a junior.

"He is further along at this point than Kadous was as a junior," says Coach Bene. "He is really just a physical player. He is bright and he is also a converted basketball player. Last year was his first full year as a football player so his best football is without a doubt, ahead of him. Ian really has a mean streak to him."

Some of the early schools showing Ian attention are Stanford, Oregon, UCLA, and Cal.

Jack Darlington is a 6-2, 190 pound receiver/defensive back prospect that has a vertical jump of 34 inches. He was a second team all-state selection after a junior season which saw him catch 57 passes for 1,225 yards and 14 touchdowns.

"He is a can't-miss player. He is the best athlete at our school. Jack is a starting forward on our basketball team and he is our starting center-fielder in baseball. His work ethic is off the charts. He is just a tremendous, tremendous athlete. He is a lockdown corner for us and he could be that in college, or he could easily be a safety or receiver."

Jack is getting early letters from Boston College, Notre Dame, and Cal.

Evan LeBlanc is a 6-4, 205 pound wide receiver with 4.6 40 speed. Last year he got hurt in the first game of the year with a rotator cuff injury that put him out for the season. Before getting hurt he scored two touchdowns on six catches for his squad.

"He is really athletic and runs very well."

Arizona Head Coach Mike Stoops spoke at a breakfast gathering at Salpointe a few weeks back so the UA staff is definitely aware of the talent at the school this year.

Cat Tracks will catch up with Jack, Ian, and Evan in the very near future for interviews.

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