A look at an incredibly deep class of Arizona prep tight ends

A look at an incredibly deep class of Arizona prep tight ends

1. Tyler Johnson – SR – Highland – 6-4 240

Johnson is the state’s most versatile big man. Heavily recruited and a freak of an athlete.

2. Bryce Gilbert – SR – Higley – 6-4 230

Once a two-sport athlete, Gilbert dedicated himself to the gridiron and has really developed. Will put up huge numbers in Higley’s offense. Committed to Arizona.

3. Jared Poplawski – SR – Saguaro – 6-4 230

Big kid that committed to Arizona State early. Had great numbers as a junior and is a disruptive force on defense as well.

4. Kyle Soelle – SR – Saguaro – 6-3 220

Will play defense at Arizona State but Soelle was a big time threat on offense in 2015. Expect some two TE formations this year for the Sabercats.

5. Andrew Nichols – SR – Centennial – 6-3 220

Starts both ways and is a double-digit sack master on D but can put his hand in the ground and block with the best of them in the state.

6. Daniel Peabody – SR – Ironwood Ridge – 6-1 215

Peabody’s film is awesome! Plays the game how it should be played. Is more of an h-back than a true TE, Peabody has committed to San Jose State as a linebacker.

7. Max Michalczik – SR – Catalina Foothills – 6-3 220

Another two-way starter that plays with tremendous effort. NAU has offered early.

8. Dalton Cash – SR – Pinnacle – 6-4 230

Cash may be the best true TE in the class. Has the size to block and is effective in the pass game. Idaho has offered.

9. Matt Kempton – SR – Brophy – 6-3 205

More of a big WR last year, Kempton has bulked up and NAU has offered already.

10. Mark Walton – SR – Cibola – 6-5 235

One of the state’s best kept secrets. Big bodied with solid hands that could turn out to be an OT or DL. South Dakota St. has early offered.

11. Donovan Hanna – SR – American Leadership – 6-5 225

The tools and raw skills are there. Hanna became ALA’s first ever D1 player when he pledged to BYU.

12. Raymond Pauwels – SR – Millennium – 6-3 230

An all-region performer a year ago that possesses a nice set of hands.

13. Jonathan Jackson – SR – Skyline – 6-0 230

Statistically, one of the state’s top TEs. Doesn’t have great size, h-back or fullback might be his college spot.

14. Michael Gombert – SR – Cactus Shadows – 6-4 235

Has the size to garner D1 interest.

15. Trevor Galloway – SR – Mingus – 6-3 210

Tough blocker in Mingus’s run oriented offense.


Small School Sensation: Justin Kartchner - SR – Pima- 6-5 200

Big kid that dominated 8 man ball. Caught 31 passes for 703 and 10 TDs as a junior.


On The Rise: Morningstar Takapu – SR – Millennium – 6-7 260

First year out for football after spending his career playing hoops. Has the tools, just extremely raw. Could also be an OT.


Others to Watch

-Bryson Brown (2017) - Round Valley- 5-9 160
-David Cofield (2017) – Agua Fria- 6-4 190
-Skylar Collins (2017) – Vista Grande- 6-5 235
-Jacob Jefferson (2017) – Buckeye- 6-6 230
-Sione Mohulamu (2018) – Cortez- 6-2 190
-James Reed (2018) – Boulder Creek- 6-5 215
-Ty Robinson (2019) – Higley- 6-5 225
-Tony Rodriguez (2017) – Shadow Mountain- 6-4 200
-Jonah Stoll (2017) – Seton Catholic- 6-0 175
-Garrison Turcotte (2017) – Gilbert- 6-2 190
-Josh Williams (2017) – Florence- 6-3 175


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