Player Spotlight: Jon Stalcup

Chat with Sunnyslope WR

Was there a more under-rated WR in the state this year? Stalcup was the go-to guy in Sunnyslope's high scoring offense. He and Jr TJ Campbell formed one of the best tandems in the state. We were able to chat with Jon and this is what he had to say:


24-7: You had a great season, what were your stats for the year?


Jon: I had 47 receptions for 1044 yards and 15 receiving touchdowns. I averaged about 22 yards per reception. I also had 32 carries for 217 yards and 5 touchdowns.  As a wide receiver I was named 1st team All-State by the Arizona Republic, All-Northwest Valley football team, and 1st team All-Skyline Region. I also played free safety, defensive back, and was the holder on field goals.


24-7: Who is recruiting you? Any trips or offers?


Jon: As of right now Hastings College, Southwest Minnesota State University, Wabash, and Concordia are showing interest. SW Minnesota mentioned verbally they'd offer me a scholarship. I've been to games at Chapman University and Northern Arizona after invitations by their coaches.


24-7: Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to a junior about to go through the recruiting process?


Jon: Just get your name out there as fast as possible before the start of your senior year by sending highlight films and game film to as many colleges as possible. You should also attend as many camps as possible so people know who you are.


24-7: Who is a player that we should watch out for next year from Sunnyslope?


Jon: T.J. Campbell will be the key receiver in Sunnyslope's offense next year, along with Chase Corley at RB and Andrew Belew at MLB.


24-7: What is your best clean, squat, bench and 40?


Jon: Squat- 315, bench- 235, power clean- 185, 40- 4.7 and 100- 11.2.


24-7: Who was the best player you played against this year? Why?


Jon: Chris McGaha from Moon Valley was the best player I was heads up against this year. He was named big school player of the year by the AZ Republic and Moon Valley was the state champion. His strength and speed made him a very tough opponent. I've played against him on the football field and on the basketball court since grade school.  We were matched up one on one most of the game on defense.  I feel I more than held my own with 8 receptions for 107 yards and 2 touchdowns.  The 2 touchdowns came on man coverage by McGaha. I enjoyed the challenge.


24-7: What can you bring to a college football program?


Jon: I can provide a deep threat as well as a short threat against opposing teams. I am not afraid to go across the middle for a ball. I work hard and just play the game. I love being the "go to" guy in big game situations. I have confidence in myself in those situations.


24-7: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?


Jon: "Always work hard because somewhere, someplace, your opponent is working harder than you, and when you meet on the field, YOU WILL LOSE!." –Coach Hickman


24-7: What were the high and low points for your year?


Jon: The high point of our season would definitely have to be when we beat Thunderbird on COX 9 televised game. We came into the game excited because of the atmosphere and the chance to regain some respect from the blowout they put on us the year before. We ended up beating them 46-14. The low point of our season would be our game against McClintock. We made a drive from our 20 down to their 7 yard line and couldn't covert on 4th and goal and lost the game 20-28 in the final seconds. That was a big game for use because it shattered our chances on making it to the playoffs.


24-7: Looking back, what would you change about this year?


Jon: I would have liked to have had more of a chance on punt and kickoff returns.  T.J. Campbell did an awesome job for us through out the year but I wish I would have had more opportunities. I think I would have been a dangerous threat for the team at those positions.   


24-7: What school would make you commit right now if they offered you a scholarship?


Jon: That's hard to answer, but NAU has been a school that I have wanted to attend since my sister went up there on a swimming scholarship. I went up to one of their games and got a chance to talk to the coach and watch some from the sidelines before the game. I just really like the campus and the location and the cold weather.  I also like the San Diego area. Location is important but I really want to find a school that likes the passing game.


24-7: What are your plans for football next year?


Jon: As of right now I have no definite plans for football next year. They're a few colleges that seem interested in having me play football for them. I have not made up my mind on where I would like to go for sure yet. I'm hoping and waiting for other offers. I know I'll play football somewhere. I think I would do well at the division 1 or 2 level.


24-7: What do you think is the reason schools haven't been offering you after such a standout season?


Jon: I don't think I've had the exposure that a lot of other players have had. I've been mentioned as being one of the most underrated wide receivers in the state. I'm hoping being named to the AZ Republic All-State team will help. One thing that I think helps is making it to the playoffs. We went 7-3 this year and missed the playoffs. We didn't get the chance to be seen as much as those other standout receivers such as Wesley, McGaha, and Darlington. Arizona had many blue chip receivers and other standout receivers this year all over Arizona. In some ways I would think it would bring more people to come look at Arizona, but I just don't know why I am being overlooked. I just need to get more coaches looking at my game files.


We would like to thank Jon for his time and encourage any coach that may read this to give Sunnyslope head Coach Dallas Hickman a call and inquire about this young man.

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