Surprise 7on7/Big Man Notes

28 teams braved the heat on Saturday for the annual AZFCA passing league tournament, was on hand to evaluate the talent


Teams Participating: Cactus, St. Mary's, Hamilton, Central, Boulder Creek, Amphi, Arcadia, Scottsdale Prep, Ironwood, Willow Canyon, Dysart, Peoria, Marana, Chaparral, Westview, Bradshaw, Mt. Ridge, Westwind Prep, Show Low, Centennial, Palo Verde (CA), Millennium, Sunrise Mountain, AZ Charter Academy, Mt. View, Valley Vista, Liberty, Fairfax

Final Four: Hamilton, Chaparral, Westview, Sunrise Mountain

Championship Game: Hamilton v. Chaparral

Winner: Hamilton

Big Man

Champion: Central High


*I am a big fan of Centennial junior OT Layth Friekh and to be honest I am surprised he doesn't have an offer yet. He is a legit 6-5 265, moves extremely well, has a frame to be 300+ pounds and has good sophomore film. I think he is a top 25 national OT next year.

*Watched Central High in the 1on1's and really like junior Kelepi Fifita. Was an all-league player on both sides of the ball last year and gets after it. Very thick and strong in his legs and shows great pass pro technique on offense. Is coached by former Nebraska DL Jon Clanton. Also an elite level rugby player. His height may be the only issue in his recruitment next year as he is about 6-1 270.

*Ironwood OT Elijah Cox is massive! Has worked hard and cut an extreme amount of weight. Was 400 pounds as a freshman but wrestled at 285 as a junior. Is probably around 6-5 300 right now. Looks good, technique continues to improve. Has a Northern Colorado offer but will see increased recruiting with solid senior film.

*Centennial DE Marcus Farria has lost weight since I saw him play last year but has unbelievable speed off the edge. Looks to be about 6-4 215 and at times doesn't even get touched when rushing the passer.

*Centennial is an OL factory. Also like junior Kamryn Bennett. Played tackle last year but has the looks of a D1 offensive guard.

*Like how Valley Vista QB Dalvin Richardson looks physically. Very well put together. Not sold on him being a college Qb but he is a college athlete no question. Possibly could be a safety or OLB. Is a legit 6-1 200.

*Liberty QB Tyler Rogers continues to impress me the more I see him throw live.

*A couple of big OLs intrigue me in Millennium's James Canada (6-4 270) and Cactus' R.J. Deanda (6-3 325).

*Fairfax QB Deylan Jones has really improved since the last time I saw him in Spring. He only looked to throw the deep ball then but has started learning his progressions and made some very impressive throws on Sat. Big physical kid with a super strong arm. Is a D1 candidate.

*Hamilton's Patrick Joseph definitely looks the part of a D1 guard. Is about 6-3 285 and will be a 300+ pounder.

*I like hw Allen Thigpen from Hamilton throws the ball. He put one deep one on the money in the championship game. Didn't see much action as a junior but could be one of the state's sleepers as a senior.

*Junior OT Troy Kowalski could be Mt. Ridge's first D1 OL in quite some time. Is about 6-4 260 right now and has some nasty in him.

*I have talked a lot about Chaparral's kids. Here is a LINK to what I have said in the past.

*Peoria has two talented juniors. WR Darius Aguirre and CB Evan Ford. Both made some great plays in the game I watched. Aguirre is a bit of a known prospect, making all-league as a sophomore but this is the first we have discussed Ford.

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