Just because he MAY be the best player on a horrible team does not make him a "prospect."
According to Maxpreps, there are 14,629 high school football teams in America, and EVERYONE of them has a BEST PLAYER.
But the VAST MAJORITY of those 14,629 teams don't have A SINGLE player recruited to play SCHOLARSHIP football at ANY level (FBS, FCS, D-II, NAIA).
People need to STOP equating being a GOOD high school football player with being a PROSPECT. There are THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of GOOD high school football players in this country who WILL NOT receive scholarships...period. Kids need to take pride in being the BEST player they can be, and stop worrying if they are a "PROSPECT."
Kids (and parents) also need to focus on GRADES, and understand that unless you are an ELITE ATHLETE, schools won't even bother with you if your grades aren't up to snuff. Seen that happen a 15-20 times in several sports.
Let's try this--he is not a "sleeper prospect", he is a kid with an academic ride to NAU who might walk on there. That is an absolutely great situation to be in if you have an academic scholarship. There is no reason ever to take an athletic scholarship as opposed to an academic. Athletic scholarships can be rescinded for all sorts of reasons and many of them are on a year to year basis. Academic scholarships are sure bets as long as he doesn't binge drink his scholarship away.
Gritty tough kids from small schools play ball at NAU all the time. So do second tier kids from the big schools. But trust me, if a small school kid is a standout, he REALLY stands out. The current starting running back for NAU played in D-5 at Northwest Christian. That is the level of talent in D-5 that it takes to make it at NAU. Where you are so talented that almost singlehandedly you win games.
The roster lists him as 5'10" 150. Sorry, there is only one position he plays in college at that size--kicker. Go to any D-1, D-2, or D-3 high school team and it is absolutely filled with kids that size who work hard, play hard, and compete. None of them are prospects or sleepers. It is not Rudy or a Disney Movie. Go down on the sidelines of a D-1 team like Mountain Pointe, Chandler, or Hamilton.
If you are telling this kid he is a sleeper or potential player or prospect, you are doing HIM a disservice. My kid is 5'11" 170 and works hard and plays hard too. Advise Colin Statt to really enjoy his last couple games this season and enjoy being a high school player. It is a great memory to have and hold on to. Keep working hard in the classroom and doing the right thing. But you answered your own question "John Sanders said he wished he had 4 or 5 players just like him over at San Tan." No coach at San Tan says he wishes he had 4-5 kids with D-1 or D-1AA talent on his team. He wishes he had 4-5 undersized hard working kids who play the game the right way. That is still a compliment, but do not misinterpret it. If he had 4-5 kids who could play at the NAU level, he would be competing against top tier competition.
Case in point--Verrado has a kid Xavier James who is being recruited by Montana and made a verbal to the Griz. 6'2" 185 runs a 4.4-4.5 at WR. And he is a kid who is a prospect to NAU and Montana. Verrado is 7-0 in D-4 and has exactly ONE kid of that talent level. I am sorry to be in the bubble bursting business.