Game Evaluations: Part 2

Player evals from the Mingus/O'Connor, Kellis/Coronado and Peoria/Cactus games

Here is part two of my game evaluations. If you missed part one, here is the link. Part 1 included:


McClintock v. Tempe

Agua Fria v. Saguaro

Westview v. Mesa


Games I still need to do evals on are:





Saguaro/Cactus Shadows


Westwood/Red Mountain



Mingus:  This is a very talented team that probably doesn't get much attention from college coaches because they are off the beaten path but make no mistakes; there are kids that can play at the next level in Cottonwood.


RB Layton Dickerson is the top player for the Marauders. He is a little under-sized at 5-11 175 but can flat out run. He catches the ball well out of the backfield, is a good return man and can make people miss. He kind of reminds me of Reggie Nicholson from Westview. I don't think he is a big time D1 guy but I think NAU would be foolish not to recruit this guy.


One player that I really like is FS/WR Tim Austill. He is not overly big or fast but he is one of those players that has a nose for the football. He is always around the ball and is just the kind of kid that you want on your team. Austill has good ball skills at safety, which is where I think he plays at the next level. He will be an excellent contributor on special teams. I think he has the ability to play at a smaller D1AA school or at a D2 school. It would not surprise me if someone asks him to walk-on. Or I think he could go the JUCO route and have a chance to gain more exposure and experience after two years.


At 6-6 330, Aaron Hauser definitely has the size that schools look for. I think he is still raw though and needs to develop a little more. He uses his size to manhandle players at the 4A2 level but he will not be able to rely solely on that in college. At this point I still think he is a project. He has the raw size and frame but needs to lose a little weight and get nastier. I would not be surprised if a 1AA gives him a shot but he may benefit from two years at a JC and once he develops, he could get a chance at some bigger schools.


OT Joe Chavez and TE Tim Kessel both have decent size at 6-3 270 and 6-4 220 to get some looks. Ability wise, I would say they could fit in at the D2 or JC level.


Their top junior is QB Tony Vocca. He definitely is not a traditional drop back QB; he is more of a dual threat player like Saguaro's Tim Ruben. He has decent size at 6-0 170 and I will be one to keep an eye on next year.


O'Connor:  O'Connor is a new school, fielding a varsity roster for under five years, but they have had some D1 players. OL Mike Gallett is at Nevada and WR Shane Anderson played here before transferring to Saguaro. They don't have any players of that caliber this year but they have a few that could play some D2-JC ball.


I like how linebacker Robert Robbins plays; the kid is tough. He plays middle backer and guard. He projects as a LB at the next level but does not have the best size or speed at 6-0 220 and running in the 4.9-5.0 range.


OLs Aaron Spisak and Hunter Bale have good size at 6-4 270 and 6-3 280 respectively. I know they are getting some junior college looks from the likes of GCC.


TE Bruce Eisenhauer is a converted QB. At 6-4 215, he has some size and is athletic. He still needs to develop more but it is not all that uncommon for QBs to convert to TE.


A junior I will watch is QB Danny Davis. He is athletic and throws a decent ball. I am not sure if he is a D1 guy but he could put up solid numbers in O'Connor's offense.


Coronado/Kellis- I can't really give a thorough analysis from this game because it was pouring down rain and I left in the 1st quarter.


Coronado:  One kid that stood to me was giant offensive tackle Jesus Trujillo. At 6-3 330, he will definitely get some looks from local JCs on size alone.


The player that gets the headlines is RB Travis Huff. But his size is going to deter most schools from even looking at him. At 5-7 140, he is strictly a D3 or NAIA prospect.


Kellis: 6-2 230 pound DE Kenny Barnes is Kellis' top prospect. He spent last year bouncing around positions but settled in at DE. He has decent size and good speed. He is still raw and learning the position. He has committed to UofA already.


WR Mike Sanders has great size at 6-2 190, he is not a burner but could be a possession receiver. I think he could be a JUCO kid.


LB Zach Richey also has decent size and speed. I think he could play some JC or small school ball.


Safety Dre Dinkes looks like their top junior.


Peoria: The Panthers have a long tradition of producing quality players but there doesn't look to be any D1 seniors. The kid with the closest chance is OT Anthony Shaw. At 6-4 275, he has the frame but he still has some things to work on. He has decent feet but plays a bit high. He will have to gain strength and needs to be nastier. He has the frame, just needs some developing. He would benefit from some time at a JUCO.


I think safety Martin Madrigal (6-0 180), RB Ezra Sanchez (5-9 170) and TE Jeff Dwyer (6-2 210) are solid junior college prospects.


Dwyer has decent size and hands. Sanchez is small but runs hard. Madrigal has decent ball skills and enough speed to play in the secondary.


Peoria has a solid junior class led by RB Jamal Miles. Miles already holds an offer from UofA and he has what all coaches want- speed. He ran 10.8 in the 100, 21.6 in the 200 and 47.7 in the 400 as a sophomore. He plays with the same speed in high school and can get to the edge and score on any play. He is not as adept at running between the tackles, probably because of his slight build at 5-11 170. In talking to Peoria's Coach Clapp, he thinks his future could be at corner.


I like the size of WR Jeremy Dang. At 6-3 190, he is a dangerous red-zone weapon. He has decent hands but doesn't have the best speed. But with some work, he could develop into a nice player. I will keep an eye on him.


LB Michael Rodriguez and QB Vinnie Spano will be three year starters and will be two of the better players at their position in the region next year.


Cactus: The Cobras are always a well coached and disciplined team that sees a number of their players move on to the next level. Their top prospect, TE Corey Myers, has not played this year. He is out with a broken arm. From seeing him in passing league, you could tell he had nice hands and is an athlete. At 6-5 220, he has good size and a good frame. He has committed to Army and I think could be a real steal.


I also like TE Caleb Richardson. He has not played football since his freshman year but at 6-4 240 he has a nice frame. He is getting much needed reps with Myers being out. He has nice hands and is an adequate blocker. He doesn't have an offer but is getting some interest from D1 programs. If no one goes on him, I think he will end up at a JC and be a very good prospect in two years.


They have a senior group of players including WR/DB Bruce Yeo, QB Jake Moreno, OG Tony Brummel, OL David Proehl and DL Jeremy Lucas who are getting junior college attention.


Junior Mike Brown is one of Arizona's top RBs already. He can run between the tackles and has good enough speed to get outside. He catches the ball pretty well and runs hard. Grades are going to be his biggest obstacle, because he surely has D1 talent.


Another player I am really high on is junior DE Zach Minter. Is motor really impressed me. His size isn't ideal but he has all the other tools. He is good against the run, uses his motor to get to the QB and like I said, plays hard. His best football is still in front of him as he has not played full time in high school.


OT Chris Putton has a big frame at 6-5 255. He has long arms and decent feet. His size alone will garner some interest and in Cactus' passing offense, you know he will be solid in pass pro. Only a junior, he will be one to watch.


Junior DT Apollo Ford is an active DT but his size is not ideal at 6-2 230. He will have to put on another 20-30 pounds to get much interest. If he can, he could get some D2 and JC looks.


I will continue with Saguaro/Cactus Shadows, Pinnacle/Marcos, Westwood/Red Mountain and Saguaro/Chaparral in my next evaluation.

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