If you go back 20-30 years, athletes had little time to rest between seasons because they were moving on to the next sport. It is becoming less and less common for athletes to be multi-sport athletes, instead choosing to focus on one sport.
Many student-athletes and parents feel if one sports is concentrated on, it will increase chances of an athletic scholarship. But there are many college coaches out there that love seeing their recruits participate in more then one sport.
I want to point out a few of the state's top multi-sport athletes.
Brophy wide receiver Devon Allen is a national recruit in both football and track. Along with having over 20 D1 football offers, he has his pick of schools in track as well. He set the state record in 100 and 300 hurdles and is one of the state's best in 100 and 200 meters.
Ironwood Ridge safety Jake Matthews has an offer to play football at Navy but also has an offer from Air Force in baseball.
Mountain Pointe's Travonn White was all-state in 100 and 200 meters and was part of the state record setting 4x1 team. He is also a national level long jumper, recording a state best 24'10.5". He will get plenty of looks as a corner back on the gridiron as well.
Fairfax quarterback Deylan Jones was all-state in the discus this year, throwing 150'+.
Centennial's Jalen Ortiz is going to play football in college but he also excels in track for the Coyotes running 10.95 in the 100 and 21.85 in the 200.
Red Mountain wide receiver Aeron Carr has a handful of FCS football offers but he doesn't trail Travonn White by much in the long jump, going 24'1.5" this year.
Thunderbird RB Kani Benoit made the finals in 100 meters.
A lot of college coaches love linemen that wrestle, it teaches close combat and leverage. Ironwood OT Elijah Cox made the state wrestling meet in his first year doing the sport.
Same can be said for Red Mountain OT Michael Keledjian. He was the #2 seeded heavyweight at the state meet.
Desert Vista OL/DL Dylan Fischer had the state's best throw in the shotput of 60'6.5". He also holds multiple football offers.
Chandler DE Dominic Nappe continually pushed Fischer, throwing a personal best 57'1".
Arizona State commit Grant Martinez also excels in basketball as does Camelback big man Antonio Zepeda.
Boise State quarterback commit Ryan Finley is also a standout in hoops. He averaged over 18 points per game and was an all-section basketball player.
Arizona's Top Multi-Sport Athletes
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