Army first to offer Arizona receiver

Donovan Rooks was sidelined most of his junior season with an ankle injury. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound wide receiver is off to a strong start at Yuma (Ariz.) Catholic High School and has been sending out his film to prospective colleges. It landed him his first D-1 offer on Wednesday, October 8th, when he heard from Army's Ray McCartney.

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"It kind of came out of the blue," Rooks told ArmySports.com. "I wasn't really hearing from Army. I mean, I sent them my highlight tape and filled out a questionnaire, but I had done that with tons of schools. Coach McCartney said the staff had been evaluating me, watching my film, and liked what they saw. They reached out to my head coach who gave them my number. Then I got me on the phone last Wednesday and told me I have a full-ride scholarship to Army.

"The first thing I have to say is I'm very honored to have received the offer. I'm just so excited to have it and I feel truly blessed. The coach didn't go into specifics because he told me he was coming out to see me in person on the 20th of this month."

At Yuma Catholic, Rooks has been a part of two state championships as a freshman and as a junior. He's helped the Shamrocks get off to a 7-0 start with 660 receiving yards on 38 receptions and seven touchdowns.

"My route running has gotten a whole lot better," said Rooks on his senior campaign. "I'm seeing the field, finding holes in the defense, reading the corners and the safeties. I'm the type of receiver who likes to go up and get it with good hands, good leaping ability. I think I've gotten a little faster too. Last year, I was running a 4.5 forty. I haven't run it in awhile but I think I'd be under 4.5 now. I had a decent game Friday night against Arizona Lutheran with nine catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns. We won the game 68-36."

Rooks says that he feels like Hawaii and Northern Iowa are the closest becoming his next D-1 offer. He's also hearing from Arizona, Arizona State, Buffalo, Colorado, Georgia Southern, Iowa State, Lafayette, Sacred Heart, San Diego State, South Dakota State, and Utah.

"I'll looking to join a good program that I can help to improve," he said. "Location won't really be a factor in my decision. The more I think about it, I'm willing to play anywhere. I would like to play early. My goal is to go in and make an immediate impact on the team as a true freshman. The last thing would be to play for a team with a good passing attack that likes to throw the ball."

The Shamrocks head coach, Rhett Stallworth, rejoined the team this week after having heart surgery. His team rewarded him with their seventh win of the season. They'll face Bourgade Catholic out of Phoenix next in their quest for a second straight Division V championship.

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