Currently, in the state of New Mexico, the consensus top prospect for the class of 2010 is linebacker Zach Daugherty of Onate. For the class of 2011, it could well be athlete Ronnie Daniels of La Cueva. This talented duo will put their skills to the test next weekend against some of the top players in the west as they attend the Scout.com combine in Phoenix, Arizona.
Both Daugherty and Daniels hold offers from New Mexico and New Mexico State, but a strong showing could improve their prospects as they prep for next football season.
Daugherty plays mike backer for his Onate squad and plays it well, but at 6-1 and in the 215 range he may need to move from the interior to the outside. This upcoming weekend in Phoenix, good times in the forty, as well as in the agility drills may show colleges that he can play in space, outside the tackles. If this is the case, look for more mid-major offers to follow.
For Daniels, the weekend in Phoenix could be big. Daniels, one of the top two sport athletes in the southwest, will play in a club basketball tournament in Phoenix and take part in the Scout combine. This athleticism and versatility makes Daniels an intriguing prospect. 6-1 200 pounds and with the ability to play multiple positions, colleges are already intrigued. If Daniels runs well this upcoming weekend, he could go from a regional recruit to a national level recruit.
Along with Daugherty and Daniels, some of the best football athletes in the west will be in attendance. Of note are five star defensive end Chris Martin, defensive tackle Ricky Heimuli, offensive lineman Nick Rowland and safeties Marquis Flowers and Devon Carrington.
Martin of California, 6-5 240 pounds, is an early commit to Notre Dame and is considered one of the best defensive end prospects in the country. Ricky Heimuli from Salt Lake City is a 6-4 285 pound D-tackle that can run 4.9. It should be fun to watch this big boy run. Nick Rowland of Peoria, Arizona is seen as one of the top guards in the class of 2010. Rowland holds offers from multiple Pac 10 and Mountain West schools. Flowers and Carrington, two of the top safeties in the west, each of whom hold multiple offers, bring good size and versatility to the position and will continue to gain offers over the next few months.
The Phoenix event was a great success last year and saw multiple New Mexico athletes attend. This season, strong performances from Daugherty and Daniels could draw attention not only to them but the state of New Mexico.