Team Preview: Glendale (Az.)

The Glendale Gauchos had a solid 2011 season, going 8-4 and this year they have some very talented prospects to keep an eye on. Today, takes a look at some of them and also gives a quick preview to their season...

The Gauchos have some work to do with summer as they have to replace their quarterback, top two running backs, top receiver and starting tight end who have all graduated.

Luckily for the replacements, they have two big-time studs along the offensive line to anchor things -- C Steven Gurrola and G Junior Nieves.

Gurrola already has a couple of offers and committed to Arizona back in May.

Nieves is big and physical and likes to pound opposing defenses. With a good start to the 2012 season, he will likely see quite a few offers start to roll in.

Defensively, things are the same, but they do return their leading tackler, S Dallas Nichols (71 tackles and one interception), who has had a solid spring and summer and will likely see a lot of attention this fall from four-year schools, as well as CB Diondre Moore-Young, a lock-down corner who played in nine games last year and totaled 34 tackles, 13 passes defensed and one interception that he took back 94 yards for a touchdown.

Also in the mix will be CB Avery Boykin, a player who could end up being the best defensive recruit on the roster and he's got speed to burn (4.45) as well as solid grades.

S Ramon Abreu is a bounceback from Arizona State who should be able to play some nickel as well as free safety.

Lastly, up front the Gauchos have to find a rotation that works for them, but keep an eye on the likes of Sean Fugate who played sparingly as a freshman in 2011, but he has outstanding size (6'3", 240 pounds) and speed (4.6). He should be able to get some pressure off the edge and will see recruiting pick up this fall as well.

Glendale kicks off the season August 25th on the road against Scottsdale and plays their home opener two weeks later against Pheonix College on September 8th.

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