Tucson's Finest

Tucson may not be a hotbed of D-I football prospects, but their have been some good prospects coming out of the Old Pueblo. In each of the Wildcats' recruiting classes under Mike Stoops the team has added at least one Southern Arizona player. There are some interesting prospects again this season.

It remains to be seen whether there is a Kris O'Dowd or a Daniel Borg in this crop of players. Right now no Southern Arizona player has a high D-I scholarship offer, but it is early in the process and a lot can, and will change over the summer as coaches do more scouting and kids get more exposure at team camps.

Right now there are a number of intriguing prospects in the area, though in the end only a small handful will likely get good D-I offers.

Right now the most well known local player is Buena RB Jamal Womble. The 5-11, 220-pounder is attracting a lot of attention from some big name schools. He does not have any offers but that could change once he hits the summer camp circuit. He likes Arizona but will probably need to go the same route as his Buena teammate Devin Veal. Veal attended the elite camp a year ago and earned a scholarship. We've also heard that Oregon State may be the first school to offer, but there could be many more coming his way.

Sunnyside's Jovan Stevenson is the only other local running back attracting interest right now. He put up monster numbers a year ago but it takes more than eclipsing the 1,800 yard mark to earn a D-I scholarship.

One of Womble's teammates at Buena is one of many versatile players in the area. Jake Muasau could play either WR, TE or DB at the college level. Many see him as a sort of tweener pass catcher. Too big to be a WR, too small to be a traditional TE. He was All-City at defensive back, so that is an option as well. He will likely have to show he is athletic and fast enough to play at a high level.

A lot of the recruiting game is having the physical attributes to play at the next level. That is the case of Cienega lineman Zach Davila. Davila has big time size at 6-4 and over 250 pounds. If he proves to have a frame to put on more weight and athleticism to go with the size he could be a serious prospect.

Salpointe has produced a number of D-I prospects over the years. They may not have a surefire player like an O'Dowd or John Romero but Lucas Gregor has some ability. The DE will be getting some looks, but it remains to be seen if he will have the size or speed to be the next Lancer in line to earn a football scholarship. Teammate Kevin Grenier is another player to take a look at.

Ironwood Ridge defensive lineman Wes Hohman does not seem to be a high prospect at this time but he did put up some good numbers last season. As a junior he had 74 tackles and 11 sacks, but was overshadowed by big-time sophomore Jake Fischer.

One of the more intriguing prospects is Sabino lineman Lucas Volk. Volk played both sides of the ball, but will if he does develop into a D-I player it will likely be as an offensive lineman. At 6-2, 225 he'll have to make great strides this summer in the weight room but if he does he has the footwork and technique to play guard or center in college. He is certainly a player to keep watching.

Robert Rowe plays quarterback for Marana, but is the type of athlete that could play a number of spots at the next level. He has drawn some comparisons to Wildcat signee Devin Veal. Last season Rowe passed for 1,279 yards and 11 scores, but did throw 15 picks. He also rushed for 1,048 yards and 13 scores for the Tigers. He'll spend the summer proving that he is fast enough and versatile enough to play either WR or DB in college. If he does expect teams to come calling.

Some of the other players to keep an eye on are DL Jake Lush (CDO), QB Daniel Nicholas (CDO), DL Jesse Backerman (Marana), LB Danny Alvarez (Sahuaro), K Bobby Bird (SAbino).

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