Juniors to Watch: Ironwood Ridge

Coach <b>Gary Minor</b> told us about three juniors for next year that he expects to get a lot of looks from college coaches. One player in particular, <b>Daniel Borg</b>, may end up being one of the more heavily recruited players in the state. <b>Ryan Crawford</b> and <b>Max Manley</b> will be two of the top players in the city of Tucson this year. We take a look at all three inside.

Ironwood Ridge is a new school on the scene as they are entering into only their second year of varsity football. They went 8-2 last year. Coach Minor has high hopes for this season with some of the talent he has in place.

Daniel Borg is a 6-6, 285 pound offensive tackle that runs a 5.3 40. He has a 290 pound bench, 420 pound squat, and 250 pound power clean. He was a second team all-state selection as a junior. Coach Minor says that seven of the Pac Ten schools are already showing heavy interest in him and nine of the schools are showing some interest. Oddly enough, the in-state Sun Devils are the only school not showing him any attention at this point. Nebraska is the main school outside the Pac Ten showing interest.

Daniel's early favorites include Arizona, Cal, Nebraska, Stanford, UCLA, and Washington.

Coach Minor says of him, "He is extremely dedicated and gifted athletically. He has a real mean streak. Daniel is just a tough, physical player and we are very fortunate to have someone like him."

Borg is also an excellent student carrying a 4.1 GPA and scoring an 1180 on his SAT.

Ryan Crawford is a 6-2, 200 pound quarterback prospect that runs the 40 in 4.8 seconds. He has a bench of 265, squat of 345, clean of 235, and vertical of 30 inches.

He started part-time at QB as a junior and threw for eight touchdowns and three picks. Ryan also rushed for 690 yards. He was named honorable mention all-region and all-Southern Arizona. His sophomore QB stats were 112 of 220 for 1,250 yards, 10 touchdowns, and five interceptions.

"He is athletic and very coachable. Ryan just makes things happen. He is a good passer and is equally as dangerous running the ball. He has good pocket presence."

Ryan is currently looking at Colombia, Cornell, Princeton, TCU, Vanderbilt, and New Mexico State.

Max Manley is a 6-0, 220 pound defensive tackle/offensive guard that projects as a linebacker. He has 4.9 speed, benches 255, squats 390, and cleans 235.

He was second team all-region at defensive tackle as a junior and honorable mention all-Southern Arizona.

"He is athletic, tough, quick, and has a strong lower body."

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