Category: Arizona

ALL-USA punter Austin McNamara commits to Texas Tech

Highland High School (Gilbert, Ariz.) senior All-Arizona punter Austin McNamara announced his commitment to Texas Tech on Tuesday.
He will be signing on Feb. 6.
“I really liked the campus, facility, coaching staff, academics,” McNamara said. “All the people there want you to feel at home and I definitely do there.”
McNamara, 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, is considered one of the top players in the country. He averaged 42 yards a punt and placed 12 inside the 20-yard line this season.

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He also was the among the best place kickers, being named to the ALL-USA Defense Second Team.
“I’ve always wanted to play somewhere in the Power 5 and (the) Big 12 is such an awesome opportunity I couldn’t pass it up,” McNamara said. “I have an opportunity to play right away and start as a punter and possibly compete for a kicking job so that was a huge deal. All in all I love Texas Tech and I can’t wait to sign and get started.”
Read more at the Arizona Republic.

Four-star DB Noa Pola-Gates ready to make impact at All-American Bowl

Williams Field High School (Gilbert, Ariz.) four-star safety Noa Pola-Gates received his All-American Bowl jersey Thursday at his school as part of the All-American Bowl Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
“This means close to the world for me, because this has been a childhood dream since I can imagine,” Pola-Gates said. “It’s really big for me, not only to be labeled as one of the best athletes in the nation, but to have this great opportunity to even play and practice against such highly regarded recruits.”
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The 6-foot-1, 180-pound safety the No. 3 recruit in Arizona and the 18th-ranked safety in the country, according to the 247 Sports Composite.
This weekend, he makes his official visit to USC. Pola-Gates already visited Alabama, Arizona State and Nebraska. Pola-Gates also recently had in-home visits from head coaches from Alabama (Nick Saban), Arizona State (Herm Edwards), USC (Clay Helton) and Nebraska (Scott Frost), and he told the Arizona Republic that Penn State’s James Franklin will be visiting him on Monday.
While still undecided, Pola-Gates plans to make his college announcement on Jan. 19.
The nephew of legendary former USC and Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, Pola-Gates is carving out his own path while sharing some football characteristics with his uncle.
“I’d say I’m really explosive, fast, a ballhawk, determined,” Pola-Gates said. “And fearless.”
A do-everything player who saw time at receiver, running back and kick and punt returner in addition to his work in the defensive backfield, Pola-Gates can make his imprint anywhere on the field. Look no further than the fact that his three receptions all went for touchdowns. He amassed a clean 200 yards receiving and a trio of TDs on the same number of catches.
Since his sophomore year, though, he has felt that his football destiny would be on defense.
“When they switched me to safety,” he said, “that’s where I knew I could have the biggest impact on the team.”
The All-American Bowl is scheduled for Jan. 5 in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas and will be televised live on NBC at 1 p.m. EST.

<p><strong>School:</strong> St. Louis (Honolulu, Hawaii)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Defensive Tackle<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/300<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Washington<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 68<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 6</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Outside Linebacker<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-3/195<br />
<strong>College:</strong> LSU<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 23<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 2</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Tight End<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-6/235<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Oklahoma<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 97<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 3</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Naples (Fla.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Running Back<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-1/205<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Clemson<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 319<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 19</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Outside Linebacker<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-2/231<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 38<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 3</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Tight End<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-5/233<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 190<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 13</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Nolan Catholic (Fort Worth, Texas)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Weak-Side Defensive End<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/231<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Notre Dame<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 113<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 7</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Miami Southridge (Homestead, Fla.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Cornerback<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-1/202<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 25<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 2</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Allen (Texas)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Offensive Guard<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/328<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Oklahoma<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 120<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 6</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> San Ramon Valley (Danville, Calif.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Outside Linebacker<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-2/202<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Stanford<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 110<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 8</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> South Dade (Miami, Fla.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Wide Receiver<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/186<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Clemson<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 33<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 4</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Running Back<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 5-10/190<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Stanford<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 107<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 5</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Weak-Side Defensive End<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/215<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 60<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 3</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Hebron (Carrollton, Texas)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Wide Receiver<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-1/184<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Oklahomoa<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 54<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 7</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Lehigh (Lehigh Acres, Fla.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Strong-Side Defensive End<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/277<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Florida State<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 194<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 15</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Running Back<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-0/214<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 9<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 1</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Defensive End<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-3/232<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Georgia<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 1<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 1</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Offensive Guard<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-3/323<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Florida State<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 360<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 22</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Offensive Center<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/260<br />
<strong>College:</strong> LSU<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 617<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 6</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Plant (Tampa, Fla.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Offensive Guard<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/280<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 80<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 4</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Wide Receiver<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-3/212<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 4<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 1</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Cornerback<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-2/187<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 55<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 6</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Cornerback<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 5-11/186<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 66<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 8</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Lakeville North (Lakeville, Minn.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Offensive Tackle<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-8/305<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Nebraska<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 65<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 10</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Orange Luthern (Orange, Calif.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Quarterback<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/237<br />
<strong>College:</strong> South Carolina<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 111<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 3</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Orange Luthern (Orange, Calif.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Wide Receiver<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-2/212<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 13<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 3</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Warner Robins (Ga.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Tight End<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-5/225<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Auburn<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 223<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 9</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> East Kentwood (Grand Rapids, Mich.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Offensive Tackle<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-6/285<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Wisconsin<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 6<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 1</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Upson-Lee (Thomaston, Ga.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Defensive Tackle<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-5/272<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Georgia<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 7<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 1</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Centennial (Corona, Calif.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Weak-Side Defensive End<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/260<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 336<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 20</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> West Bloomfield (Mich.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Outside Linebacker<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-2/201<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Penn State<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 49<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 4</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Olentangy Orange (Lewis Center, Ohio)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Weak-Side Defensive End<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-5.5/243<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 2<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 2</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> San Juan Hills (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Offensive Tackle<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-5/302<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 24<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 3</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Marist School (Atlanta, Ga.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Safety<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-3/195<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Notre Dame<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 22<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 2</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Buford (Ga.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Long Snapper<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-0/235<br />
<strong>College:</strong> LSU<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 3,232<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 6</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Buford (Ga.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Center<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/300<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Ohio State<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 50<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 2</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Marietta (Ga.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Wide Receiver<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-3/187<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Tennessee<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 108<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 17</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Roswell (Ga.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Outside Linebacker<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-2/205<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Florida<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 94<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 6</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Greater Atlanta Christian (Norcross, Ga.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Strong-Side Defensive End<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/280<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Michigan<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 36<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 3</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Cedar Grove (Ellenwood, Ga.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Wide Receiver<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-2.5/196<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 11<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 1</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Blessed Trinity Catholic (Roswell, Ga.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Running Back<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-2/215<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Ohio State<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 173<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 8</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Walton (Marietta, Ga.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Wide Receiver<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-1/187<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Georgia<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 35<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 5</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Warren Central (Indianapolis, Ind.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Wide Receiver<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-2/185<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 81<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 14</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Carlsbad (Calif.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> ATH/Safety<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/215<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Washington<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 295<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 14</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> West Lafayette High School (Ind.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Defensive End<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/260<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Purdue<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 71<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 5</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> William Amos Hough (Cornelius, N.C.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Wide Receiver<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-0/185<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Wake Forest<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 238<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 33</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Lausanne Collegiate (Memphis, Tenn.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Running Back<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 5-10/193<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Michigan<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 86<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 1</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Harding University (Charlotte, N.C.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Running Back<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-2/230<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 52<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 2</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Southern University Lab (Baton Rouge, La.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Offensive Guard<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-3/356<br />
<strong>College:</strong> LSU<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 67<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 1</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Southern University Lab (Baton Rouge, La.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Running Back<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-1/230<br />
<strong>College:</strong> LSU<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 106<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 6</p>

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<p><strong>School</strong>: Booker T. Washington (Tulsa, Okla.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Safety<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-0/186<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Michigan<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 8<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 1</p>

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<p><strong>School</strong>: Laurel (Miss.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Offensive Tackle<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-5/270<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Florida State<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 79<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 13</p>

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<p><strong>School</strong>: Lloyd C. Bird (Chesterfield, Va.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Wide Receiver<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-3/195<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Virginia Tech<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 142<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 6</p>

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<p><strong>School</strong>: DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Safety<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-1/207<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Florida State<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 95<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 6</p>

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<p><strong>School</strong>: DePaul Catholic (Wayne, N.J.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Safety<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-1/200<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Ohio State<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 171<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 16</p>

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<p><strong>School</strong>: West Jones (Laurel, Miss.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Strong-Side Defensive End<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/285<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Alabama<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 189<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 14</p>

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<p><strong>School</strong>: Wall (Belmar, N.J.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Long Snapper<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-0/210<br />
<strong>College:</strong> N.C. State<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 3002<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 3</p>

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<p><strong>School</strong>: Bishop Hendricken (Warwick, R.I.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Offensive Tackle<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-7/350<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Georgia<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 164<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 22</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Hillcrest (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Punter<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-2/175<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Notre Dame<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 2027<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 2</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Colonia (N.J.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Strong-Side Defensive End<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/285<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Alabama<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 51<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 3</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Pro-style Quarterback<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 5-11/203<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Alabama<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 173<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 5</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Choate Rosemary Hall (Wallingford, Conn.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Punter<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-2/190<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Princeton<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> NR<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> NR</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Auburn (Ala.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Outside Linebacker<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-3/215<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Florida<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 109<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 9</p>

<p><em>Photo: AAG</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Brunswick School (Greenwich, Conn.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Wide Receiver<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-3/195<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 181<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 26</p>

<p><em>Photo: AAG</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Hun School (Princeton, N.J.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Offensive Guard<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-5/307<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Penn State<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 92<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 4</p>

<p><em>Photo: AAG</em></p>

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From near death to college prospect, how Solomon Buchanan could end up at ASU

It’s a story Solomon Buchanan hasn’t shared with many.
When he was 4, he said he was thrown into a swimming pool by a family friend. He said he passed out, then spent four months in the hospital.
With that long, long ago in his rear-view mirror, today the Mesa Skyline receiver/safety is considering a walk-on football opportunity as Arizona State, where he has family ties to the school and to coach Herm Edwards.

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His grandfather, Dave Buchanan, was a running back at ASU in 1968. His uncle, Floyd Young, played cornerback for Edwards and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2000 when Edwards was the team’s defensive backs coach.
“We’re die-hard ASU fans,” the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Buchanan said. “My uncle said, with Herm there coaching, you can’t get any better than that.”
Buchanan said he also could accept the only Division I offer he has received, from Prairie View A&M. But he feels he would earn a scholarship once he got to ASU and showed the coaches what he can do.
Read the rest of the story in the Arizona Republic

Gatorade releases Top 3 Watch List for National Football Player of the Year Award

Kicking off its Player of the Year program’s 34th season, Gatorade has released a “Top 3 Watch List” video ahead of the 2018-2019 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year announcement.
The video announces the three finalists — Dunham School (Baton Rouge, La.) wide receiver/defensive back Derek Stingley Jr.; St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei; and Notre Dame Prep (Scottsdale, Ariz.) athlete Jake Smith.
All three finalists have GPA’s above 3.30, and volunteer within their respective communities.

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Derek Stingley Jr. (Photo: Bill Embody, 247Sports)
Derek Stingley Jr., Sr. WR/DB, Dunham School (Baton Rouge, La.)
The future LSU Tiger leaves his high school program as one of the Bayou’s most imposing threats at cornerback, totaling 27 interceptions for his career at Dunham. This fall, Stingley was also an unstoppable threat on offense, averaging an absured 28.3 yards per catch and totaling 14 touchdowns in nine games.
St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei. (Photo: St. John Bosco Football)
D.J. Uiagalelei, Jr. QB, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
The nation’s top Class of 2020 signal-caller turned in a virtuous junior season for the Braves, who spent five weeks as the No. 1 team in USA TODAY’s Super 25 national rankings before falling to rival Mater Dei in the CIF Southern Section D1 Final. On the season Uiagalelei completed nearly 70 percent of his passes (179 of 257) for 3,366 yards and 48 touchdowns, to just seven interceptions. He also added six rushing touchdowns, carrying 50 times for 312 yards.
Notre Dame Prep’s Jake Smith (1) looks to cut back against Millennium’s Kaysan Barnett during their game in Scottsdale, Friday, Nov.9, 2018. #azhsfb (Photo: Darryl Webb, Arizona Republic)
Jake Smith, Sr. ATH, Notre Dame Prep (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Last year, Smith became the first Arizonan to reach 1,000 yards both receiving and rushing since Arizona Cardinals rookie Christian Kirk did it in 2013. Smith wanted to do it again, and wanted to set the state single-season record for touchdowns by a non-QB. He came close to doing both, totaling 2,443 all-purpose yards and 39 total TDs as the Saints reached the state Class 5A final. The future Texas Longhorn is a jack-of-all-trades, lining up at six different positions for Notre Dame Prep; in addition to his prowess as a running back, receiver and return specialist, Smith averaged 38.7 yards per punt in the kicking game and recorded 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles as a safety.

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No. 18 Chandler, RB DeCarlos Brooks dominate in Ariz. 6A state final

This is how it goes again:
DeCarlos Brooks slices through Gilbert Perry’s defense and Chandler celebrates another 6A football championship.
With Brooks running for 149 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, then delivering a 58-yard scoring dagger in the third quarter, Chandler rolled to its third consecutive state title with a 65-28 rout Saturday night at Sun Devil Stadium.

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“I stayed locked in, focused all week,” Brooks said. “I saw it in my teammates. They were locked in on the offensive and defensive side.”
This has been the same script played out for three years, as Brooks became Chandler’s third 2,000-yard rusher in three years. Two years ago, T.J. Green ran for more than 2,000 yards. Last year, Drake Anderson ran for more than 2,000 yards.
Brooks went over the 2K mark in the first half on Saturday, then shifted momentum quickly back to Chandler in the third quarter after Perry opened the half with Jaden Burns running 33 yards for a score that cut Chandler’s lead to 27-14.
Brooks found a huge seam between the tackles and ran untouched 58 yards to make it 34-14.
Game over.
Read the rest of the story in The Arizona Republic

With Chosen 25 QB Spencer Rattler out, J.D. Johnson seizing spotlight

ESPN trucks were rolling into Phoenix Pinnacle the day J.D. Johnson found out he would be the starting quarterback on national television.
With Spencer Rattler ineligible for a Paradise Valley Unified School District code of conduction violation, it was the junior’s turn to step into the spotlight on Senior Night.
It wasn’t one of Johnson’s better games, but he did enough — 24 of 39 for 268 yards and one TD — in a 23-7 win over Scottsdale Chaparral.

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Since then, Johnson has made the most of an opportunity he didn’t see coming at all this season while Rattler was wrapping up an historic season as the only passer in Arizona preps history to throw for more than 11,000 yards.
Johnson, 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, threw three TD passes against Anthem Boulder Creek, three more against Mesa Desert Ridge and two last week in the 6A quarterfinals against Mesa Red Mountain, which came in believing it had one of the toughest defenses in Arizona.
Against Red Mountain, Johnson riddled the secondary for 354 yards, completing 17 of 27, and not throwing an interception.
“He never really was unsettled,” coach Dana Zupke said. “His worst game was finding out on a Thursday morning that he was starting in the ESPN game. He has steadily improved.”
Johnson had only one previous start before the Chaparral game. That was Pinnacle’s 49-35 win over rival Scottsdale Horizon. He was 18 of 26 for 401 yards and four TDs.
He got that start because Rattler injured his ankle late in the first quarter the previous week in a 56-34 win over Phoenix Mountain Pointe on Aug. 24.
Johnson didn’t have time to process that, because he was suddenly thrown into the game. All he did was complete 14 of 17 for 250 yards and three TDs against Mountain Pointe.
“He’s been awesome,” Zupke said.
Read the rest of the story in The Arizona Republic