Take a look at the little guy

<STRONG>2A college recruits look to succeed at the next level.</STRONG>

Much of the recruiting hoopla has been dominated by 4A and 5A athletes.  It is time we gave the small school players their due.  These players aren't 5-star, blue-chip All-Americans, and they may not have the ability to make an impact right away, but these players are going to the next level.  They should be commended for their effort on and off the field and in the classroom.


Phil Class (6'4" 240 OG/DT) Arizona Lutheran AcademyClass has committed to America's seventh oldest college, Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.  A leading Ivy League institute, Class will enjoy an outstanding academic experience as well as athletic. 


Nick Schroeder (6'2" 210 TE/DE) Arizona Lutheran Academy – Schroeder is exploring D-III options.  The two front runners are Occidental in California and D-III National Champion Linfield College in Oregon.  He will play TE at the next level.


Robert Finch (6'1" 280 OT/DT) Arizona Lutheran Academy – Robert is receiving strong interest from Phoenix College.  The Bears would like to utilize Finch as a center.  However, Northern Arizona University has expressed an interest in Finch as well.  The Lumberjacks have articulated their desire for Finch to walk-on to their squad. 


Andy Fennema (5'9" 180 RB) Arizona Lutheran Academy – Andy has spoken with Scottsdale Community College's defensive coordinator and has expressed interest in playing for the Artichokes.


Jordan Isaac (6'2" 225 LB) Scottsdale Christian Academy – The powerful Isaac (380 bench, 119 total tackles) has signed with the University of New Mexico-Highlands.  UNMH is an NCAA-Division II university.  Isaac was named 1st-team All-Metro (2A) and Honorable Mention All-State (1A-3A).


Pat Harris (6'3" 220 QB) Yuma Catholic – Harris has received interest from a number of colleges and universities.  Most notably, Carroll College in Montana (back-to-back-to-back NAIA National Champions), Linfield College (DIII National Champions), Eastern Oregon University, and the University of Redlands in California have all shown interest. 


Steve Arguelles (5'10" 175 RB/S) Yuma Catholic – Arguelles has been looked at by the Coast Guard Academy, University of Redlands (CA), and Montana State University-Northern.


Tyler Woodman (6'1" 165 RB/DB) Yuma Catholic – Tyler Woodman appears to be headed the JUCO route.  Mesa Community College and Pima Community College have both revealed their interest in the Yuma Catholic running back/defensive back.  Woodman has also garnered interest from Willamette (OR) and Rocky Mountain College.


Anthony Freeman (5'10" 170 RB/S) Yuma Catholic – Freeman has received interest from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.  Willamette is affiliated with the NCAA Division III.  The Bearcats compiled a 7-4 overall record in 2004.


Brandon Oldham (6'5" 230 TE/DE) Yuma CatholicUniversity of Redlands has shown interest in Oldham.  Redlands, located in Redlands, California, is affiliated with NCAA D-III.


Chad Vargas (5'11" 220 RB/DE) San Manuel – It appears that Chad Vargas will be heading to Pima Community College next year. However, two other schools have shown an interest in having Vargas on their squad.  Other schools in the race are Tabor College (KS) and Western New Mexico University.


Josh Schlueter (6'2" 197 QB) Phoenix Christian – Schlueter had received some early interest from U of A, ASU, Washington State University, Colorado State University, and the University of Wyoming.  No offers have been made by any of those schools.


Ben Smith (6'2" 250 OG) Phoenix Christian – Smith signed a letter of intent on February 2nd to play at the University of Wyoming.


Clint Morgan (6'5" 200 QB/S) St. John's – Morgan signed a letter of intent with Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado on February 3rd.  Morgan was recruited as a quarterback.


If you know of any more 2A college recruits, do not hesitate to e-mail me at afireinside49@hotmail.com.

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