Deep Safety Class in the Grand Canyon State

Priest Willis headlines the class but several more will also garner attention in the long run

The safety class in Arizona is incredibly deep this year. Last year, three student-athletes signed with FBS schools and while there is just one player from the 2013 class currently holding a FBS offer, there quite a few that could see themselves with an offer in hand before the Spring evaluation period is over.

The top in-state prospect in the class is Priest Willis from Marcos de Niza. He played corner last year for the Padres but at 6-2 and almost 200 pounds, he projects as a safety. With 4.4 speed and cover skills, it is easy to see why he has 26 offers to his name.

I have Tucson Ironwood Ridge athlete Tyler Williams listed as a safety but he could play multiple spots at the next level. He is a QB for the Nighthawks and that is not his college position. He is shifty enough to be a corner or could even be a slot receiver. Colorado has extended an early offer.

There are four players that are cut from the same mold. Tucson Sabino's Matt Brindley, Phoenix Desert Vista's Nick Farina, Mesa Desert Ridge's Anthony Hovorka and Trevor Osborne from Northwest Christian.

All stand between 5-10 and 6-1. All weight between 180 and 190. And all are fearless hitters.

Here is film of all four:

Brindley -
Farina -
Osborne -

To date, Brindley is the only one with an offer, from South Dakota State, but all likely will get mid-major -1AA attention.

Goodyear Desert Edge's Kyle Woolard is another big kid, stands 6-2 190, and will only get bigger. He is still raw in his technique but his film is good enough to draw recruiters out to the far west side. Woolard might even bulk up into an OLB.

Undoubtly, there are more kids that will get recruited, but these are just a few of the stand outs in what I believe to be a very deep safety class in the state of Arizona.

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