Phoenix College Preview

Even though they finished with a record below their expectations in 2006, Phoenix College is poised for a breakout season this fall with several top prospects on the defensive side of the ball and a couple of top offensive players as well. Head coach Dale Wolfley took the time to talk about his top returning prospects and gave us some thoughts about where each stands heading into the season.

DE /DT Tevita Finau "He's an amazing football player and athlete. He's 6-5, 275 and we use him mostly at defensive tackle, as like a three-tech guy, but he can easily play defensive end at the next level and be just a monster out there. He has prototype speed (4.65) and size for a defensive end. He's strong and he has great intensity. He's about as good as it gets right now.

"As far as offers, you can pretty much name a school and he's been offered by them. Tennessee, Oregon and Oregon State just came in really recently and then Florida, West Virginia, Auburn, Nebraska, Oklahoma, USC, Arizona, Arizona State and Cal have all offered along with a ton of other schools I can't even remember right now."

LB Aki Vakalahi "He's so versatile that we use him at the MIK (middle) spot and then we'll drop him down to defensive end at times as well. He's 6-3, 250 and he's got legit 4.7 speed so he can really move and he's a really physical hitter.

"Nebraska, West Virginia, Kansas State, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada and Tulsa have all offered him and he's got a lot of other schools looking at him."

CB Brantwon Bowser "He was a freshman qualifier and he actually committed to Arizona State out of high school, but he qualified late so they had sorta already moved on, but he's a good one.

"He has long arms, he's smart and he runs a 4.5 so he can be a physical big corner because of his size (6-1, 190). He may even grow into a safety, but I think playing corner is where he's best served, at least right now.

"BYU and UCLA are both looking at him pretty hard right now and he'll have some others on him when they realize he's a full-qualifier."

DB Connor Scroggins "Connor will play some corner for us and some safety, it just depends on the situation. He runs a legit 4.4 so corner is probably where he will play most of the time. He's 6-0, 200 though so he can really be physical with receivers and he's a good tackler. He's probably the best corner we have right now and he's a great punt and kick returner too.

"West Virginia, Arizona State and Arizona are looking at him pretty closely right now. He'll have a lot of offers before the end of the season I think."

LB Anthony Freeman "He's about as physical of a linebacker as we've had here. He's 5-11, 235 and he plays our SAM (stronside) linebacker spot. He's got good speed (4.7), but he's got incredible instincts. We love what he brings to our defense.

"Right now he's got some schools looking at him. Tulsa is his most recent offer and he got offered by Ole Miss a little while ago. Arkansas State, Southern Illinois and Northern Arizona are other schools that have offered so far."

LB/DE Mike Harlan "He was a full-qualifier, but he'll be a sophomore for us this year. He's got great size (6-3, 230) and speed (4.6) and he'll play some MIK for us and some defensive end. He's very versatile.

"He really passes the eye test in just the way he looks. He's got great strength and he's had an excellent offseason. We expect a lot of things from him this fall."

S Courtney Stewart "He's a big safety. He's 6-2, 220 and he plays strong safety for us, but he can even play some free safety for us too. He's super-fast too. He ran a 4.4 this summer for us.

"He doesn't have any offers yet, but UNLV, Iowa State, Colorado and Nevada have been on him so far. He'll attract a lot of teams when they see how he can run and play."

CB Edwin Lampkin "He's another one of our freshman qualifiers. He's 5-10, 190 and he's out of Miami so he's faced off against some talented players in high school. He just got here really recently, but you can just tell he's going to be a shut-down corner and he'll be one of the best in the conference this year."




WR Xavier Lucas "He's a transfer from Boise State so you know he's a talented guy. He's 6-4, 210 and he runs a 4.5 forty so he can really move. He's big and he's just a long athlete. He's got great hands. He's probably a possession guy right now. You won't see him stretch the field much but teams always need possession guys. He just got here in June so we haven't gotten to see much of him yet, but he's a great looking athlete and we think he's really going to do some big things for us."

OL Jabari Watkins "He plays tackle for us and he's really athletic and just a big man. He's 6-4, 290 now and he can run and pull really well. He ran a 4.9 this spring for us so that's really moving for a young man with the size he has.

"He's got great feet, great hips and he's really, really strong. He can run and pass-block really well.

"Nevada and Colorado are the two schools that are looking at him right now."

RB John Horn "He's really a bruising runner. He's 5-11, 205 and he runs a 4.5 so he's got enough speed to hurt teams. He's a physical and tough guy running the ball and he was a greyshirt for us last season so he could leave this year, but he might stay another year, we just need to see how well he does."

WR Leonard Jackson "He'll be in the slot for us this year. He's so quick and he's strong for his size (5-10, 185). He's really shifty and he's got the ability to make people miss in the open field.

"Right now he's probably a guy that is a D-1AA guy, but you never know who will end up liking a guy."


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