2013 Preseason Arizona LB Rankings

We compile a list of the top 25 linebackers in the Grand Canyon State

LBs

1. Ismael Murphy-Richardson – Desert Edge
2. Lane Veach – Perry
3. Santana Sterling - Hamilton
4. Wesley Payne – Mt. Pointe
5. Amoni Itaaehau – Desert Ridge
6. Corbin Gouby – Marana Mt. View
7. Joe Nauert – Chaparral
8. Cole Neubauer – Pinnacle
9. Phillip Caniglia – Notre Dame
10. Nate Adams – Greenway
11. Jake Casteel – Salpointe
12. Taylor Powell (JR) – Salpointe
13. Brandon Rutt – Basha
14. Dedrick Young (JR) – Centennial
15. Christian Poe – Cienega
16. Kristian Salinas – Horizon
17. Billy McEowen (JR) – Mt. Ridge
18. Sam Ver Straten – Shadow Ridge
19. Andrew Rodriguez (JR) – Marcos de Niza
20. Logan Johns – Higley
21. Greg Frasco – Desert Mountain
22. Matt Rodriguez – Centennial
23. Raheem Dowdell – Desert Edge
24. Zack Neill – Liberty
25- Isaiah Birkel – Boulder Creek

Up and Comer- Robbie Kliefield – Chaparral- I really liked how he ran around when I saw him this summer. The Firebirds are aggressive n defense and this junior could put up huge numbers.

Sleeper- Christian Poe – Cienega- Tall, long and lean player that can really run and cover ground. No one is talking about Cienega or Poe right now but I like his upside.

Small School- Cale Merrell – Duncan- I mentioned him as a 2,000 yard rusher in the RBs list as well but he also had over 100 tackles.

Matt Delos – Northwest Christian- Returning all-state performer that will be a 4 year varsity starter.

Others to Watch

Nojeem Adebule – Tempe- 5-10 180
Francisco Avitia – Skyline- 5-9 170
Kaine Bayze – Prescott- 5-10 175
Nick Bialkowski – Williams Field- 5-11 205
Shem Bowman – Holbrook- 6-0 205
Corey Brown – Sunrise Mountain- 5-11 190
Conrad Burnap – Red Mountain- 6-1 205
Jro Byrd – Boulder Creek- 5-8 190
Jake Carlin – Basha- 6-0 185
Austin Cedarholm – Thunderbird- 5-9 200
Coy Colgate (SOPH) – Nogales- 5-10 180
Kyle Conley - Estrella Foothills- 6-1 190
Chris Counce – Saguaro- 5-11 220
Rashaun Curley (JR) – Ganado- 5-11 180
Nick DePaul - Valley Lutheran- 5-8 160
Akkeem Foster (SOPH) – Winslow- 5-10 180
Chanel Francis – Deer Valley- 6-0 190
Antonio Garcia – Poston Butte
Nick Gupton – Deer Valley- 6-1 215
Jacob Hansen – Cibola- 6-0 210
Josh Hansen – Cibola- 6-0 210
Jeff Harris – Valley Vista- 6-2 210
Cutter Hart – Buckeye- 5-11 205
Chance Hatfield – Empire
Sam Heckethorn - Chino Valley- 6-0 170
Zeke Hernandez – Mt. Ridge- 5-11 200
Rhett Hiatt – Mt. View- 5-9 190
Tyler Hoffman – Deer Valley- 5-11 190
Garrett Jacobson – Chandler- 6-1 205
Elijah Jeffcoat – Williams Field- 6-1 200
Sterling Johnson – Prescott- 5-11 190
Alex Knickerbocker – Prescott- 5-7 180
Richie Miranda – Westview- 5-9 170
Gauge Moody – Millennium- 5-11 180
J.T. Moore – Valley Vista- 6-0 210
TyReice Mustin - Orme- 5-9 185
Lanny Newton-Pender (JR) – Holbrook- 5-9 160
Hayden Pate – Chaparral- 5-10 195
Dillon Proby (JR) – Fairfax- 6-0 200
Napolean Quintana – Goldwater
Branden Redfern - Chino Valley- 6-2 220
Jacob Riedell – Corona del Sol- 5-10 185
Christian Rodriguez – Notre Dame- 6-1 215
Mike Salazar – Flagstaff
Austin Schleier – Centennial- 5-11 205
Brandon Sellers – Fairfax- 5-5 175
Angel Silva (JR) – St. Mary's- 6-0 190
Austin Soszynski – Marana- 6-0 225
Kenneth Steele – Tolleson- 5-10 180
Tre Tyler – Highland- 6-0 200
Jose Valle - Rio Rico
Lupe Valdez – Bradshaw Mountain- 5-10 215
Jake Walters – Liberty- 5-11 180
Ryan Whalen - Tempe Prep- 5-10 175

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