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The 2020 class might be the best in Arizona high school football history

There’s a reason why more major colleges are coming through Arizona to recruit football players.
It’s booming with talent.
And the 2020 class might be the best ever.
It is why Tom Lemming, the national recruiting pioneer, said he is going to featuring Arizona players on the cover of his recruiting magazine, The Prep Report, for the first time in his 40 years publishing the magazine.
For the 2019 class, which was considered good in Arizona, there were only two players — No. 11 Phoenix Pinnacle quarterback Spencer Rattler and No. 49 Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep receiver/running back Jake Smith — rated among the top 100 in the 247Sports Composite from Arizona.

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In the 2020 class, there are five Arizona players among the top 63 ranked nationally by Rivals.com: No. 9 Scottsdale Saguaro cornerback Kelee Ringo, No. 51 Phoenix Pinnacle offensive tackle Tosh Baker, No. 55 Tucson Salpointe Catholic running back Bijan Robinson, No. 56 Scottsdale Chaparral quarterback Jack Miller, No. 63 Salpointe safety Lathan Ransom.
On 247Sports Composite, both Ringo (No. 12) and Robinson (No. 26) are given five stars, the highest a recruit can get.
And then there are these guys who received four stars in 247Sports Composite: No. 39 Baker, No. 64 Miller, No. 69 Ransom, No. 113 Saguaro defensive end Damian Sellers, No. 127 Gilbert Higley defensive end Jason Harris.
On Rivals, Sellers (113), Harris (127), Surprise Willow Canyon running back Darvon Hubbard (285), Pinnacle quarterback J.D. Johnson (300), Saguaro safety Jacobe Covington (309), Gilbert Perry quarterback Chubba Purdy (311), Chandler Hamilton wide receiver Brenden Rice (347) and Chandler outside linebacker Malik Reed (424) are all among the top 450 recruits nationally.

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“We’ve never had as many blue-chip recruits in one class as we do in this 2020 group,” Saguaro coach Jason Mohns said. “There’s top-tier talent and also a depth of talent at all positions throughout the state.”
Salpointe coach Dennis Bene has had a four-star recruit but never a five-star and a four-star on the same team.
“I think the talent across Arizona as a whole has gotten better each year,” Bene said. “Arizona is being recruiting by every major college in the country. The state is definitely trending upward.”
Not just that Arizona is growing in numbers, but the qualify of high school football with great coaching has been on the rise.
“It’s helped put Arizona on the national radar,” Bene said. “Arizona talent is not a secret anymore. Everyone knows about it.”
And get ready for the 2021 class. It could be loaded, as well, with Saguaro defensive end Quintin Somerville already a five-star and ranked No. 5 nationally in the 247Sports Composite listings. Last week, Somerville was offered by Ohio State.
Goodyear Desert Edge cornerback Steven Ortiz is ranked No. 83 and Saguaro offensive lineman Bram Walden No. 100 nationally in the 2021 class.

Spencer Rattler, Nico Mannion give Phoenix Pinnacle HS national elite in two sports

Pinnacle High School (Phoenix) is blessed with two of the best passers in the nation.
It’s been quite the week for the Pioneers athletic program, which saw Chosen 25 point guard Nico Mannion hit a game-winning buzzer-beater to defeat Shadow Mountain (Phoenix), which had been the No. 8 team in the preseason boys basketball Super 25, on Nov. 30.
Then, on Monday, quarterback Spencer Rattler received his All-American Bowl jersey.
He said the Shadow Mountain game “was the best game I’ve seen (Mannion) play.”
But Mannion might have one-upped himself Thursday, putting on a show against Chosen 25 guard Jalen Green. Mannion dropped 33 points and 12 assists as he weaved his way into the paint, drew attention from multiple defenders and consistently whipped pinpoint passes cross-court for open looks.

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Mannion did so with Green switching on and off him.
Rattler was among the onlookers.
The quarterback also played on the Pinnacle basketball team last season, but with his Oklahoma career right around the corner, he’s focusing on getting into college football shape.
He is the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the country.
And Mannion is the No. 1 point guard in the country despite reclassifying so he could start at Arizona a year early. He was a preseason ALL-USA selection.
Photo: Darryl Webb/Special for the Republic
Yet with all the accolades and attention, Mannion said he remains level-headed about Pinnacle running out the top player at two positions in two different sports.
“I wouldn’t say it’s normal now, but we’ve kind of gotten to the point where it’s not as big of a deal to us,” he said.
He does, though, take pride in the fact that neither player transferred. Both have been at Pinnacle since their first day of high school.
“It’s definitely odd to have the No. 1 point guard and the No. 1 quarterback at the same school, same city, and I mean, it’s not like we just transferred in recently.”
Rattler: “We really put Pinnacle on the map we feel like, and we just want to continue doing that.”

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Pinnacle basketball coach Charles Wilde said Mannion is humble, not just putting on a facade in front of the camera.
“He likes being on the court with a big crowd,” Wilde started to say – and that much is clear. The Thursday game was televised on ESPN+, and Mannion scored 12 of the first 17 points for Pinnacle, going 4-for-5 from 3-point range with his one miss rolling in and out of the hoop.
“But everything else outside of that, he’d rather just be at home or with his teammates in the locker room,” Wilde continued. “He doesn’t have to have the glory.”
Mannion was elected duke of Pinnacle’s homecoming but asked if he could pass on the honor.
“I get a lot of attention… I didn’t feel the need to do it,” Mannion said. “I felt like, if I won, cool, it’s not a big deal for me, especially when someone else could do it and get the attention for it.”
A point guard on and off the court alike.
Quarterback Spencer Rattler (2) of the Pinnacle Pioneers runs for a touchdown against the Perry Pumas on Aug. 17, 2018. (Photo: Billy Hardiman/Special for The Republic)
Rattler is no novice to national attention either. He has been the subject of an ESPN feature and Netflix’s “QB1: Beyond the Lights,” seemingly in the news his entire high school career.
The attention spans to social media, where Rattler has 43,000 followers on Instagram and Mannion has 227,000. Both have more than 10,000 followers on Twitter.
“I’m used to it and I like it,” Rattler said. “It’s something that really doesn’t matter to me, and I just kind of roll with it. It kind of just comes to me and I just try to not get a big head from it.”
That doesn’t mean either player lacks confidence. They absolutely recognize their abilities.
Wilde said Mannion realized he can compete with anyone after becoming the youngest basketball player ever on the Italy national team, and Rattler believes Pinnacle football would have won the championship if he hadn’t lost eligibility right before the playoffs.
But they don’t let that confidence become cockiness.
“They love (being the top-rated players) … but the thing is, as good as players they are, they’re probably better people. They’re fun to be around, they’re very polite, they’re very coachable,” Wilde said. “They’re just going to be outstanding at the next level because they’re that way.”

Pinnacle's Nico Mannion runs past San Joaquin Memorial's Jalen Green during in the first half of their game in Scottsdale, Thurs, Dec. 6, 2018.

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<p>Pinnacle's Nico Mannion puts up a 3-pointer against San Joaquin Memorial's Jalen Green during the first half of the game on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Photo: Darryl Webb/Special for the Republic).</p>

San Joaquin Memorial's Jalen Green points points to Pinnacle's Nico Mannion and during in the first half of their game in Scottsdale, Thurs, Dec. 6, 2018.

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<p>Pinnacle's Trent Brown (24) drives to the basket against San Joaquin Memorial's Kyle Micheli during the first half of the game on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Photo: Darryl Webb/Special for the Republic).</p>

Pinnacle's Nico Mannion drives the lane and scores against San Joaquin Memorial's Braxton Meah (34) and Jaden Geron(1) during in the first half of their game in Scottsdale, Thurs, Dec. 6, 2018.

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Pinnacle's Nico Mannion shouts out a play against San Joaquin Memorial's Jalen Green during in the first half of their game in Scottsdale, Thurs, Dec. 6, 2018.

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With Arizona records in hand, Chosen 25 QB Spencer Rattler receives All-American jersey

The No. 1 quarterback in the country donned the his All-American Bowl jersey on Monday.
Pinnacle (Phoenix) High School quarterback Spencer Rattler received the bowl jersey as part of the All-American Bowl Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
“I’ve been dreaming about this since I was a little boy, putting in hard work and balling,” Rattler said. “It’s finally came and I’m excited to make an impact out there on the game.”
He might be the most accomplished high school quarterback in Arizona high school history, a claim that’s nothing to blush at. With NFL talent such as Danny White, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brett Hundley, the state has seen stars come through.
This season, Rattler set the 5A/6A Arizona passing touchdowns record and became the first quarterback in the state to throw for more than 11,000 career yards.
“It’s cool, that was something I’ve wanted to do,” he said. “That’s another checklist off the box … It feels good having the all-time record in yards and touchdowns.”
Spencer Rattler (center) presented his Dream Champion Award to family members: mother Susan (middle left), father Michael (middle right) and sister Olivia (right) (Photo: AAB)
With that has come an influx of attention nationally. Rattler has been the center of media focus throughout his high school career, including ESPN and Netflix’s “QB1: Beyond the Lights,” and his 41.9K Instagram followers includes Baker Mayfield. He’s gotten the attention of a handful of rappers too, Rattler said.
“But I can’t really think about it right now,” he said.
He’s doesn’t have the time. Ratter is preparing for Oklahoma.
The preparation period began a little earlier than expected after a rules violation cost him his eligibility late in the season. The most prolific quarterback in Arizona history had to watch as his team fought through the playoffs before falling in the semifinals to a team Rattler had beat in August.

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“It was definitely difficult, knowing all my players are out there having fun,” he said. “They couldn’t make it to the state champions, so that kind of hurt, knowing if was in there, we would have won it for sure, I think.”
For sure? That’s a bold claim, considering the champion won the game 65-28 to clinch its third title in a row.
“We were rolling,” Rattler said. “We would have still been rolling.”
Rattler is the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 20 player nationally, per 247 Sports. He is firm in his Oklahoma commitment.
The quarterback took a quick liking to head coach Lincoln Riley.
“He was just more genuine than everybody, some other coaches kind of hit you with the sales pitch,” Rattler said.

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That’s the same type of praise Trejan Bridges, an Oklahoma commit out of Hebron High (Carrollton, Texas), paid to the head coach.
Rattler is already excited to play with soon-to-be wide receiver.
“I’m looking forward to (the Army game),” the quarterback said. “That’s my boy.”
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> 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> 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> 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> 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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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