Camps draw huge numbers

Think it was a busy day on campus? There were just 30 passing league teams competing on nine fields. That's well over 300 players. Add to that the almost 200 linemen participating in the big man camp and you had a lot of football players in a small area.

Games were played all over. They were on the practice field, at Sancett Stadium, Arizona stadium, all over the McKale lawn and even off campus at Rincon fields, the UA off campus practice fields and the UA women's soccer field.

The majority of the teams were from Tucson and Phoenix but there were teams from Flagstaff and California as well.

Maybe the biggest news of the day was that Red Mountain lineman Jon Hargis has apparently been offered a scholarship by the Wildcats. Although many have projected Hargis as a defensive tackle, he seems to be pegged as an offensive lineman by the staff.

He was impressive in the big man camp, easily one of the three strongest players in attendance. He manhandled defensive opponents and is a big, strong kid. He is not the long, athletic linemen that the staff has pursued but at 6-4, and almost 300 pounds he has nice size and moves well for carrying that much weight.

Hargis is a lifelong ASU fan, but says that his rooting allegiance will have no bearing on his recruitment and may actually favor the Cats a bit right now.

The most noticeable players at the event were Salpointe's John Romero and Kris O'Dowd. Both are muscular, tall and can still move. For being as big as they are it was impressive to see how well they move.

Romero is still wide open in his recruitment. He said there was a chance that he will stay in state and both ASU and the Cats are in pursuit.

O'Dowd is only a junior and may well be the state's best player in the 2007 class. He admits he's a lifelong UA fan, but is looking at all of his options. He plans on taking unofficial visits to Ohio State and Michigan next month.

O'Dowd is friends with former Lancer lineman John Kadous. Kadous left Notre Dame recently and will attend Arizona. He will take a year off from football, but O'Dowd says he plans on walking on to the Wildcat football team in 2006.

Salpointe's Levess Eafon is the younger brother of former Wildcat two-sport athlete Kelvin Eafon. Levess is a nice looking running back, but is not as tall or as thick as his brother. He is an interesting prospect, but at this time does not look good enough garner a scholarship offer from Arizona.

The talk of the tournament may have been Sabino's Brooks Reid. Apparently he has become quite the prospect and may have a shot at being the state's best player by season's end. He plays defensive end, but his future is as a fullback. He has good size, great hands and is a solid student as well.

His teammate Glendon Bolasky played very well for the Sabercats as well. He looks good as a running back, but better as a safety.

Moon Valley was one of the state's best teams a year ago and Laron Harrington was a major reason why. He is really well put together and can scoot.

Former Wildcat defensive back Lee Patterson is coaching at Moon Valley.

North High School has a trio of good players. Maybe the most impressive of which was quarterback Erik Archuleta. He's lost some weight and was throwing a pretty nice ball when we saw him going up against Millennium High School.

North linebacker Cody Dowd looks impressive out there. There aren't a lot of 6-3 linebackers in the state of Arizona. He still needs to work hard to cement offers. Arizona is in his top five.

Jeff Jones left Moon Valley and is now at North. He's going to be a great prep player in the state, but it remains to be seen if he can become a big time recruit. He has nice size at 6-3 and almost 250 and can play either TE or DE.

Hamilton is loaded with solid players again. The two players turning the most heads seemed to be Gerald Muns, although he is certainly not the only good player on the defending state champs. The Huskies were in the finals of the passing tournament against Salpointe.

Cholla quarterback Cody House has letters from most of the Pac-10 schools, but seems to be favoring Nevada at this time but is still waiting for his first offer. The lefty throws a nice ball, but may not be tall enough for the big boys to come calling. If he does not get the offers he wants, don't be stunned if he ends up walking on at a good program.

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