Ty Atencio (Aztec HS) enters his senior year as a 3 year starter for the Tigers and is quite possibly the best all-around pass catcher in New Mexico. Standing 6'5, 215lbs and running the 40 in the 4.78 range, Atencio has the tools of a D-I TE. He will line up as a lot receiver for Coach Brad Hirsch and exhibits very soft hands, good athleticism and great blocking. We expect huge numbers out of Atencio and don't be surprised if he lands up earning a D-I scholarship; the young man has all the tools to play at that level.
Chris Kline (West Mesa HS) after helping to lead West Mesa to their best season in recent memory, Kline steps into an even bigger role as a senior. With the graduation of many playmakers, including New Mexico State signee Matt Jaramillo, Kline will need to hold an even larger role in terms on moving the ball and playmaking ability. That will be incredibly hard as West Mesa just lost their head coach James Palacios and will not put out nearly as much talent as a year ago. However, if there is one kid who can do it, it is Kline. He is one of the state's fastest players and is dangerous with the rock in hand.
Andrew Pope (Aztec HS) is only a junior and has a legit argument as the state's best wide-out. Standing 6'1, 175lbs Pope has a knack for burning CB's deep. In addition, we fully expect him to see a lot more screens this year in order to take advantage of his speed and big play ability. Pope will be one to watch extremely close and we expect him to really establish himself as a potential top level prospect for the class of 2013.
Quavshaun Branch (Manzano HS) didn't play last year but is back to football and is an outstanding athlete. As a sophomore Branch was a starting CB and was also the back up RB for the monarchs. With the rise of Anthony Johnson and the losses of Kevin Reaves and Josh Bowen, Branch will likely be used as a slot receiver. He provides similar shake and bake like reaves did but also has added power in his running and stands a larger 5'11, 175. We expect really big things from Q Branch and if you think Manzano lost all the playmakers……you are dead wrong! This kid is LEGIT!
Elite WR watch list:
Geoff Segovia 5'11, 185 Las Cruces
Reece White 6'2, 180 Sue Cleveland
Brandon Reece 6'1, 165 Silver
Josh Quiros 5'9, 170 Goddard
Devon Casias 5'9, 160 Raton
Quintin Rizek 6'2, 190 St. Pius
Daniel Sanchez 6'2, 175 St. Pius Jr.