Teams in Tournament:
Elite Eight: Basha v.
Final Four: Basha v. Sahuaro. Marcos v.
*I am liking
*It looks like Marcos WR Paul Elvira has spent some quality time in the weight room. He really has gotten a lot more muscular since the last time I saw him in person at the Proving Ground Combine in January.
*What can be said that already hasn't been said about five-star CB Priest Willis? At one time he was a five-star safety by Scout and he showed he can play either spot. He played both in this tournament.
*Notre Dame Prep LB Luke Taffuri has been one of the state's most productive LBs in
*Notre Dame Prep QB Nick Duckworth looked good. He is a big 6-5 230 pound pocket passer with a strong arm.
*Peoria Liberty QB Tyler Rogers struggled when I saw him live at
*Not many people would have expected Tucson Sahuaro to make the semi-finals but kudos to those young men as they played very well the whole tournament.
*It is no surprise but Marcos de Niza has athletes running all over the place!! If they can have a semi-decent OL to open some holes for Mauriece Lee, they could be very good.
*Chaparral has the looks of a very good secondary. CB Jordin Hamilton is back after one year at
*WR Jake Roh from Chaparral lined up at OLB, a position some are thinking Roh could play at the next level.
Big Man Notes
*Several teams sent just big men and not a passing league team. Additional teams included Snowflake and Chandler Hamilton. Events included the 185 bench press for reps, 225 squat for reps, 40 yard dash, broad jump, tire flip, obstacle course, hammer swing and tug of war.
*Undersized DT Zach Tamburo from Desert Vista walked away with the MVP axe. He was first in many of the events.
*I am absolutely shocked that OT Billy Nichols from Pinnacle doesn't have an offer yet. He measured in at 6-5 250, ran an amazing 4.8 forty and carries a 4.5 GPA!! With solid junior film, he should have at least FCS offers now; with good senior film he could get BCS offers.
*Desert Vista DE Lorenzo Melvin ran a 4.8 forty and was offered during the event, his third offer overall. The NAU staff think he can be a great rush end in their scheme according to Melvin.
*Snowflake OT Reggie Peterson measured in at 6-6 249 and says that he has been getting calls from BYU and
*For the second time in a row, I came away impressed with Hamilton DL Aric Burkes. He looked smooth in the drills, ran well and looks like has hit the weight room hard, changing his body from last year since transferring from Desert Vista.
*Big fan of Williams Field DE Drew Burgesser's film. Not overly big but is put together and plays much bigger then his size.
Up and Comers
*Junior LB Wesley Paynehas a muscular frame and should make an impact on a
*Sophomore CB Kamron Johnson from Marcos looked good. He made several big plays. Keep an eye on him.
*Cole Neubauer from Pinnacle already has a solid varsity resume. He was an all-section defensive lineman as a sophomore last year but looks to move to LB this year. He ran a 4.5 forty on Saturday and looks good standing about 6-1 220.
*Notre Dame Prep CB Maurice White was offered by NAU after the skills camp on Friday, his third offer. NAU joins Western Illinois and
*Buckeye LB DeAndre Miller was offered after the small school 7on7 on Thursday.
*Already holding big time offers, Kenny Lacy (who was just watching
*Boulder Creek CB Ryan McKinley was offered as was Desert Vista DE Lorenzo Melvin. Both have multiple FCS offers.
*Basha junior RB Rajhan Meriwether received his first offer from NAU after impressing at the camp.
*Saguaro sophomore Christian Kirk was hurt in the first game as was Boulder Creek CB Ryan McKinley.
*Neither Hamilton OG Devon Fanai nor OT Patrick Joseph made the trip.
*I like Marcos QB Josh Eckerly's mobility. I expect the Padres to run some read-zone concepts to utilize his athletic ability.
*It looks like WR Angel Holmes has transferred from Santa Rita to Cienega. He wasn't playing early in the tournament but looked as good physically as any receiver in the tournament.
*Saguaro OL/DL Jalen Neal hasn't played a ton for the Sabercats yet but at 6-5, he has the frame to be a big kid. He could be a good developmental OT prospect for someone.
*Camelback TE Antonio Zepeda looked good on Saturday. He is extremely athletic for a big man and made some very good catches. If a team is looking for a true TE, Zepeda (6-5 250) could be the guy. But he also could end up bulking up and being a big DT.
2014 Class is Star Studded
*Mt. Pointe WR/DB Jalen Brown will make a case for five-star ranking next year. The plays he makes are just ridiculous. In the semi-finals I saw him make an unreal one had TD catch. At 6-2 175, he has the frame to hold a ton more weight. His ball skills, hands and play making ability are second to none.
*I mentioned above that OTs Casey Tucker and Andrew Mike are legit D1 players.
*I like what I saw from Sabino TE Matt Bushman. He is 6-5+ and 210.
*Notre Dame Prep thinks that S/WR Jordan Schlueter could be one of the best athletes they have ever had. I think he ends up being a safety at the next level. He hawks the middle very well.
*Chaparral's Trevor Wood was one of the best looking kids walking around campus on Saturday. At 6-5 230, he runs very well, has very good hands and has the bulk to be effective in the run game.
Impressive Tight Ends
*I have already mentioned Matt Bushman, Trevor Wood and Antonio Zepeda but senior TE Grant Martinez has the best hands of the group. I want to see more film on Cienega senior Donovan Vance. He has good size and ran around pretty well for a big kid.