The Woody Report #2!

Here's this week's edition of the Woody Report, where I rank the state's 25 top college prospects. Keep in mind that these are not the state's BEST performers, but rather the seniors I expect to be among the state's best college recruits. I based this list on prior performance, team performance, and physical attributes like size and speed:

  1. Kyle Caldwell, FB/DL, Saguaro-A big (6-4, 250), tough player with great athleticism…a returning all-state pick…Going into his third year of starting for the two-time state semifinalist Sabercats.
  2. MARCUS THOMAS, RB, TOLLESON-Rushed for over 2,000-yards as a junior in 2001…another returning all-state pick…also an outstanding track athlete, high jumping 6-6…was the understudy for current U of A and former Tolleson star Mike Bell as a sophomore.
  3. THOMAS HUFF, WR, CAMELBACK-A big (6-4, 205) receiver with good hands and speed…a terrific athlete, he also stars in basketball and is a top-flight hurdler…being recruited in both basketball and track.
  4. ERIC ANDERSON, DB, CAMELBACK-A returning Super All-State pick…has the size (6-2, 200) to be a big-time player at the next level.
  5. BRETT PALMER, DL, MARCOS DE NIZE-The state's first commitment, verballing to ASU…All-region pick and region lineman of the year…recorded 9 sacks and 5 fumble recoveries as a junior.
  6. AMMON WOLFLEY, LB, PEORIA-A 5A All-state pick by Phoenix Metro Football…leader of defense that held seven opponents under 14 points.
  7. JARRETT SAYAS, RB, DESERT VISTA-A strong, fast runner and a leader for perhaps the state's top team…a 1,000-yard rusher for the Thunder as a junior.
  8. MIKAEL BREWER, OL, CENTENNIAL-A returning starter for the Coyotes…the 4A state champion heavyweight wrestler.
  9. TARYLL GALLOWAY, RB, MILLENNIUM-Rushed for over 1,000-yards for the state quarterfinalist Tigers…the West Valley Region champion in the 400-meter in 2001…one of the state's fastest football players.
  10. CHAZ BENNET, RB, SAGUARO-A big (6-2, 195) back for the ‘Cats…after playing in a spread for two years, should be the focus of a new, physical ground game for Saguaro.
  11. JOSH JORDAN, WR, CHANDLER-An accomplished track athlete, his speed makes up for his lack of height (5-7)…averaged 24.3 yards a catch on 40 receptions in 2001.
  12. DARIUS CADE, RB, CHANDLER-Leading rusher for the Wolves in 2001…played an integral role for Chandler as they went from 1-9 in 2000 to 7-3.
  13. GRADY SMITH, RB, CORONADO-A small (5-7, 140), quick runner, ala Maurice Smith…ran for 1,000+ as a junior in the brutal East Sky Region.
  14. TAYLOR WALDON, LB, MOUNTAIN VIEW-Perhaps the most prototypical Division One recruit for the Toros…was an all-West Valley Region pick as a sophomore at Tolleson.
  15. JOEY WARREN, WR/DB, SUNNYSIDE-A third-team all-state pick at defensive back…the hero of the Blue Devils' 4A state championship, returning an interception for a touchdown and catching another in their title game win over Greenway…perhaps the best two-way player in southern Arizona.
  16. ALEX MORO, QB, BLUE RIDGE-The best returning quarterback in 3A, and perhaps the entire state…threw for 27 touchdowns as a junior, the highest total among returnees…holds a 26-0 record as a starter.
  17. SEAN LAIDLAW, DB, GREENWAY-Had seven interceptions as a junior, along with 24 catches and 7 touchdowns on offense…one of thirty returnees for the state runner-up Demons.
  18. JAKE SANDERS, OL, BUCKEYE-One of the west valley's premier linemen…three-year letterman at Buckeye…also one of 4A's top shot put/discus performers in track and field.
  19. CHRIS PERALTA, RB/LB, SUNNYSIDE-One of three all-state defensive players coming back for Sunnyside…totaled 104 tackles as a junior, nine for a loss.
  20. MIKE MCDONALD, LB, HAMILTON-Racked up 148 total tackles, eleven for a loss…Goes into 2002 as a potential all-state pick.
  21. BRYANT ELKINS, DB, SNOWFLAKE-An all-3A selection as a junior, according to Phoenix Metro Football…defensive leader of state semifinalist Lobos.
  22. RYAN HOFFNER, QB, NW COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN-The top returning signal caller in 2A…named to Phoenix Metro's all-2A team…led the Crusaders to 7-4 record and state quarterfinal trip.
  23. SAM SOTELO, DL, SUNNYSIDE-The third of Sunnyside's three returning defensive all-staters…recorded 59 tackles, 10 for a loss.
  24. MIKE PAPA, DL, HAMILTON-One of the defensive leaders for the 5A runner-up Huskies…had 122 total tackles against some of 5A's best competition.
  25. DAVID HENRY, QB/DB/K, GREENWAY-Led the Demons to their first state title game trip in 2000…one of the state's most versatile players…threw for 17 touchdowns as a junior, and rushed for 4 more.

 


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