Game Evaluations

I attend a lot of football games and see a lot of players play. Here are my thoughts and impressions of the last seven games I saw.

Part 3

Here is part three of my game evaluations and catches me up for all of the games I have attended this year. It includes the following games:

Saguaro/Cactus Shadows


Desert Vista/Basha



Parts 1 and 2 are linked in case you missed any of them.

McClintock v. Tempe

Agua Fria v. Saguaro

Westview v. Mesa






Cactus Shadows: The team lost a ton of player from last year including Philip Aholt and Kyle Watkins so there are not many seniors. Their top senior prospect is DE Chris Manship. At 6-3 220, he has decent size, a good frame and long arms. I think he will end up being a JUCO kid.

Two underclassmen I want to keep any eye on are 6-5 230 pound OL/DL Taylor Lewan and sophomore QB Dylan Classan. They have some tools but are not ready at this point.

Marcos de Niza: The Padres are one of 5A2's top teams and have some players that will play at the next level. Their top prospect is RB Harrison Evens. He is having an outstanding senior season, averaging over 10 yards per carry. He catches the ball well out of the backfield and is a threat to score any time he touches the ball at the high school level. His knock is he is a bit small at 5-10 170-180 and runs better on the edges then in between the tackles. I think he will be more of a scatback. San Diego State is his only offer and I think that mid-major level of play fits him well, I am just surprised some other mid-majors haven't offered.

OL Michael Greer has the ability to play multiple positions. He was a center last year and plays right tackle this year. I do think he is more of an inside guy. At 6-3 290, he has good size but I would like to see him be more of a finisher. He is an excellent student, with a near 4.0 GPA and has scored a 30 on his ACT. I think he could fit in at a 1AA non-scholarship or Ivy/Patriot League school.

I think TE/DE Jason Barkac is a heck of an athlete. Plays well on both sides of the ball and punts. Doesn't have the greatest size at 6-2 210, so that will limit him. Is active as a DL and runs well. Good hands as a TE. He could play either side in college. I think he could fit in at a D2 or junior college.

FS Quinton Baker has a nose for the football. He makes a lot of plays and is all over the field. His biggest issue is his size at 5-8 160.

One player that no one is talking about is CB Drew Morris. This guy is huge! 6-2 200 and playing corner, that in itself is pretty impressive. I don't think he is a corner at the next level but he could transition to safety. He will end up at a JC but if he develops at safety, he could be a D1 kid.

Two juniors that I want to keep an eye at Marcos are middle backer Anthony Rose and safety Arsenio Scriber. Rose is an active backer but his size is going to hurt him. He is only 6-2 190. Unless he gains 30 pounds, he will have to play outside backer. Scriber plays strong safety and has decent size at 5-10 195. Passes the eye ball test but I would like to watch him again.

Pinnacle: This is a team full of solid, disciplined players. None of them have the big time D1 size but there are some guys that could play at the small school or JC level.

I like how safety Max Zemezonak plays on both sides of the ball but I think he projects more as a safety. At 5-9 180 and running in the 4.6-4.7 range he doesn't have the ideal size or speed. Max is an excellent student that has some playing ability and I think he could fit in the 1AA non-scholarship level and the last I heard, he is hearing a lot from Georgetown.

I liked what I saw from QB Evan Johnson against Marcos. He was cool in the pocket, accurate and ran the two-minute drill well. He has nice touch, throws the out well and puts some zip on the ball. I didn't get to see him throw the deep ball though. I think he is an under-rated player. I know some of the local JCs are looking at him but I would not be surprised if a 1AA or D2 gives him a shot.

I think WR Jonathan Crist (5-11 185), K Cole Atwell and DT Derek Raymond (6-3 260) are solid players that could contribute at the small school level or at JCs.

Top juniors at Pinnacle are RB/LB Taylor Stib (6-0 190) and OL/DT Fred Herdman (6-3 240).

Saguaro- I have already done evals on them. Here is that link.

Chaparral- The Firebirds have two D1 seniors in CB Deveron Carr and WR Mike Cummings. Both play on both sides of the ball but Carr is being recruited as a corner. ASU has offered at this point and I am very surprised he doesn't have more. Early in the year I could understand it because after being injured as a junior and transferring, he had little game film. But after seeing him play, I think he is legit. He has blazing speed, is long and not afraid to hit. He uses his size (6-1 185) to jam receivers and has the speed to catch up if he misses. I think he is a good man corner.

Cummings on the other hand is being recruited on both sides of the ball. He plays WR and CB but schools see him as either a safety or receiver. He has been one of the state's most productive players over the past two years but until a few weeks ago had no offers. Colorado State and Montana have since offered. Mike has two questions that hang over his head. Most schools see him as a safety but he has never played the position. He has never been able to show that he can come up and hit. Questions also question his speed at receiver. Running in the 4.6 range, his speed is not ideal.

I picture Mike as a possession receiver. He runs great routes, finds ways to get open and has nice hands. He will make the tough catch and will go across the middle. He will not be a player that stretches the field but he can fit in in a passing offense like at New Mexico State or UTEP. I think he is a legit mid-major guy.

Chaparral has some good looking players in their junior class. DE Craig Roh is their top '09 prospect. At 6-5 220, he has a good frame and long arms and plays with a high motor. He has some thngs to work with but he has the tools. He is also an excellent student, carrying above a 4.0 GPA.

Junior DB Eric Shaw is a kid I want to keep an eye on. At 6-0 160, the kid has good size and he also runs well.

Junior TE Tyler Williams has excellent hands. He doesn't have the greatest size though at 6-2 225. I have been told that he could be a highly recruited baseball player. His brother Kyle is a WR at ASU.

Junior QB Spencer Stone is a little undersized at 5-10 175 but he is accurate and throws a good ball. He could be a decent D2-D3 prospect.

Size will not be the issue for 6-4 200 pound WR Brandon Martin. He has good size and nice hands but average speed.

If offensive tackle Ethan Lewis can grow another inch or two and add 25 pounds, he could have a chance. He is a good looking kid and a good athlete just light in the pants at 6-2 235.

Horizon- Their top prospect is OL/DL Joe Ricco. He is listed at 6-4 230 but looks thinner then that. He definitely projects as a DE. He has long arms and can shed blockers. He still needs to bulk up. He is a very explosive shot-putter (55' + thower). He tends to take plays off, possibly because he plays both ways. He says he is getting D1 looks in track and has expressed throwing in college. Probably a 1AA kid in football.

DE Chris Prasch has good size at 6-3 225 and could get some JC looks.

Their sophomore and junior class has some solid players but isn't filled with D1 prospects. LB JD Souder (5-11 205) and WR Cru Casey (5-10 170) are their top juniors, while QB Kevin Spain and Shem Casey look to be their top players for 2010.

Skyline- The Coyotes have surprised everyone with a great season this year. Two way player Thomas Brown is their top player and is only a junior. He is their workhorse on offense at RB but is better suited to play LB in college. A6 6-1 190, he needs to gain 15-20 pounds but if he can I think he could get some looks as an OLB. He tackles wells and has good instincts.

At 6-3 190, senior WR Bryce Albertson could be a D2 or JC kid.

Basha- Basha has established itself as a school with a good amount of D1 prospects in its short time. This year QB Troy Graham and CB Quinn Evans both hold offers.

Graham has already committed to NAU. He is a big pocket passer (6-5 210) that has some tools but is still a bit raw. He has a good arm and is accurate. He tends to push the ball thus it doesn't always have the best rotation. He is pretty heady and intelligent and does not make a lot of mistakes. I would like to see him improve on his TD-INT ratio.

Evans has offers from Northwestern and Stanford. He is a tough kid that can run. He is good in run support and is a shifty runner at RB. Not a lot of schools throw at him, which I think is a sign of his ability. He has good change of direction. The biggest knock on Quinn is his height. At 5-9, he is not ideally suited to match-up against bigger wideouts. I am surprised that more mid-majors have not jumped on board and offered.

Basha has some giant offensive linemen. Steve Sabin, John Fontes and Trevor Bingham all stand 6-4 and weigh in the 300 pound range. Bingham did not play in the game so I could not evaluate him.

High school players often get caught up in the size issue, thinking "the bigger the better". Not true. College coaches are looking for kids that can move, kids with good feet and kids with a motor. I think Sabin and Fontes would benefit from dropping some weight. This would allow them to be more mobile and have more stamina. Kids this big should be driving defenders off the football and they did not do this on a consistent basis. Don't get me wrong, they have some tools and show flashes. I think they could end up at a lower level D1 or 1AA, if not, I am sure one of the local JCs would love to have them and develop them.

Basha has some other seniors that I think could play D2 or D3 but will probably end up at a JC. LBs Brian Rheault (6-1 210) and Bo Mathewson (6-3 215) are both productive and have size. CB Rashad Huggins is a versatile player that can run.

Desert Vista- Easily one of the most talented teams in AZ. Three players have already committed to ASU and two others hold multiple offers.

TE Steven Figueroa was the first player to commit, pledging to ASU this summer. He has good size at 6-4 225 and his frame will hold more weight. He has nice hands and is a good athlete. A very explosive shot-putter (60' + feet thrower) and but does not show that explosiveness when he blocks. He is just an adequate blocker at this time and this is his biggest area that will need improvement at the next level.

DT Zeb Togiai, another ASU commit, has made tremendous strides from his junior year. Watching his film last year he had a good frame and decent motor but did not use his hands at all. He has hit the weights, trimmed some body fat and is a good looking kid. He plays tackle and end but I project him as a DT. He does not have the speed to plat end unless it was in a 3-4. He will have to put on some weight to be effective in the run game. He uses his hands much better, just needs to be a little more consistent and more stout in the run game.

Allante Battle (ASU commit) is a heck of an athlete that can play a variety of positions. He plays WR, CB and returns kicks. He gets most of his yards running the ball in DV's fly-sweep offense. He has what coaches crave…speed. He can flat-out run and will more then likely also run track at ASU. His knock is his size (5-9 170). I think he could end up playing in the slot or CB. He has nice hips and good ball skills. Coaches will always find a way to get athletes like this on the field.

Another good athlete that could play multiple positions at the next level is WR/S Luke Matthews. He has nine offers and has narrowed his list down to Stanford and Utah. Apparently he wants to play WR but most coaches see him playing safety or even outside LB because of his size (6-2 200). He has good speed, being clocked at 11.2 in the 100 meters last year. I do think he is faster then he is quick though. He is a very good looking athlete and I also think he has the most upside on defense. I think he could play strong or free. He has the speed to roam centerfield and tackles well enough to play in run support.

The 5th player with offers is junior DE Devon Kennard and he has already pile dup nearly 20 of them. He is a national top 100 recruit and for good reason. He is a relentless pass rusher, using his long arms to get to OTs shoulder and make a short corner to the QB. His get-off is ridiculous. He uses his hands well and honestly there isn't a whole lot he does wrong. He is 6-3 230, runs in the 4.7 range and is an excellent student.

Seniors that could get some looks are LB Mike Sadoway, safety Keith Anglin, K/P Brock Jolly RB Pat Johnson and fullback Chris Jones. Sadoway is new to the LB position and still feeling his way around it. Anglin is a hard-nosed kid that will hit you. Jolly is solid at both positions. Johnson doesn't get the ball much because of the other players and Jones suffers because most teams don't use a true fullback anymore.

There are some juniors on this team that are overshadowed by this talented senior class and as a result don't get the ball much but I think they could break out next year.

Prime examples are RB Marcus Washington (6-1 180) and WR Casey Bolena (6-2 180). Both can play but Matthews and Battle get the bulk of the touches. QB Cole Pembroke (6-0 200) is not a QB but was an all region safety as a sophomore. His potential is on the defensive side of the ball. DE Danny Mularkey (6-3 215) has been productive recording nearly 10 sacks. He can really get after the QB.

Westview- Already did an evaluation on them. Here is the link.

Ironwood- The Eagles had three D1 kids last year but don't look to have any this year. DB Cody Lenhart (6-1 185), DE Justin Shore (6-3 215), DT Jordan Williams (6-4 300), DB Derek Holmes (6-1 190) and QB Randy Klucznik will more than likely end up at JCs, Klucznik more as an athlete then QB.

Two juniors that will garner D1 interest are OT Fletcher Hunt (6-4 245) and DT Caleb McGee (6-2 255).

Cactus- I have already done their eval. Here is the link. Only changes are OG David Proehl has been replaced and no longer starts.

Millennium- The Tigers are playing solid football but don't have any D1 kids on their roster. WR Derek Wadell (6-3 185), QB Andre Moore (6-2 195) and LB Johnny Carrasco (5-10 205) could get some JC interest, Moore as an athlete.

I will keep my eye on juniors Jaime Gaeta (6-1 205 LB) and DE Terrance Woods (6-1 250).

I liked the looks of sophomore DB Marquis Flowers. He is long and rangy (6-3 195) and they move him around in the secondary. Could be a D1 kid in 2010.

I am now officially caught up on the game evaluations. I will continue posting them as the post season progresses.

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