Arizona Top-20

The state of Arizona isn't exactly a high school football powerhouse, but the state usually produces a few solid players every year. Recently things have gotten better. In 2004 the state produced the likes of Ekom Udofia, Matt Clapp and Daniel Borg. This year there may not produce quite as many elite level players, but there are still some very good players.

Arizona's top player, Jermaine Williams, is one of the top defensive end prospects in the country. Colleges from the Pac-10 to SEC and Big East wanted the 6-4-247-pound defender on their roster come this time next year, but those colleges were left to ponder the what-if game. The edge rusher from the desert ended the suspense early in favor of the Arizona State Sun Devils. But just how good is he?

"Jermaine Williams leads the state of Arizona this year and carries the spotlight for the state nationally as well, at least in terms of grabbing a place on the National Hot 100 list," says Midlands/Southwest recruiting analyst Stacey Dean. "Sporting a 6-4, 247-pound frame, with 4.85 forty speed, he kid carries four star status and a height-weight-forty package that will come in handy on the next level. When you look at the vitals, you see prototypical college DE. He gets off the ball in a hurry, he's physical, and the kid flat out plays ball the way you want to see it played. One thing he needs to do, though, is put a little more effort in the classroom. Handle his business a bit better there, his star/ranking could rise even further, and he deserves that."

Four other players in the top-10 have committed. DT Jon Hargis (No. 6) and DB Brantwon Bowser (No. 10) will join Williams in Temp. No. 4 Cody Anderson has committed to the Cats, while No. 2 John Romero stunned many by choosing Nevada.

The Cats have offers out to two other in-state players. The local duo of Brooks Reed (No. 3) and Glyndon Bolasky (No. 5) are both very interested in Arizona.


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