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Arizona seeking approval to create high school Open Division playoff system

The Arizona Interscholastic Association is only an approval from the Executive Board away from making an eight-team Open Division football playoff a reality next season.
The AIA will ask the board to vote on the proposal at its Jan. 22 meeting.
During Tuesday’s reclassification meeting, AIA Executive Director David Hines presented feedback he received from schools. The majority is in favor of an Open Division, which would take the top eight teams from 6A, 5A and 4A next season and put them in a College Football Playoff-like bracket for what will be billed as the Super Bowl of Arizona high school football.
The reclassification committee Tuesday voted in favor of eight teams, instead of 12, for the playoffs. It also voted to keep 6A at 16 teams for its playoffs. And the committee decided it would be best to not add a human element to rank the teams for the Open Division, but use computer rankings, such as MaxPreps.

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Margin of victory would figure into the rankings, but the cap would be 14 points. The committee also talked about making the cap 21 points. The hope is not to get teams to run up the score, especially at the end of games when a team is trying to make it a 14-point win if it is close.
Based on the 2018 season, Scottsdale Saguaro (4A champion) and Peoria Centennial (5A champion) would have been playing for the Open Division title against six 6A schools, led by state champion Chandler.
Centennial shocked the state in 2015, when the AIA did a super division at the highest level that was left with only 17 schools in the conference, after a rash of appeals to move down. The following year, the AIA scrapped the formula and went back to placing schools in conferences based only on enrollment numbers and doing away with treating football separately.
But there have been so many lopsided scores the last two seasons, and some schools had safety concerns, even playing against a powerhouse in its own conference.
“I think it’s an exciting proposition,” said Saguaro coach Jason Mohns, who has led the Sabercats to a state-record string of six titles, five of those coming in 4A and another in Division II (the 2015 version of 5A). “We need more information. But it has the potential to be a good thing.”
Here are the final MaxPreps’ Arizona 2018 rankings for the top eight:
No. 1 Chandler, No. 2 Centennial, No. 3 Gilbert Perry, No. 4 Gilbert Highland, No. 5 Saguaro, No. 6 Phoenix Pinnacle, No. 7 Phoenix Desert Vista, No. 8 Phoenix Mountain Pointe.
Read the full story at AZCentral.

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4-star DE Drake Jackson feels honored to be selected to All-American Bowl

Centennial High School (Corona, Calif.) defensive lineman Drake Jackson received his All-American Bowl jersey Thursday at his school as part of the All-American Bowl Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
“It feels so good. It’s the top game and I can’t even tell you how I feel right now, it’s crazy that I got picked.”
The 6-4, 260-pound weak-side defensive end is the 19th-ranked player at this position in the country, and 50th-ranked player overall in California, according to 247Sports.
Drake Jackson presented his parents with his Dream Champion Award. (Photo: AAG)
MORE: All-American Bowl Selection Tour
Jackson is uncommitted but says he will make a decision once he takes his final official visit to USC on Dec. 8.
“I’ll make a video after my final official (visit), but as of right now I’m undecided”.
When asked what will go into his final decision:
“Family. Who is going to get me to the next level and education for the long run”.
Currently, his top schools are USC, Arizona State and Washington.
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> Carlsbad High School (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>

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

<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>

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

<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>

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

<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>

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

<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>

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

<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>

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

<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>

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

<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>

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

<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>

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

<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>

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

<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>

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

<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>

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

<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>

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

<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>

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

<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>

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

<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>

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

<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>

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

<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>

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

<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>

<p><em>Photo: Intersport</em></p>

<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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