Friday Film Session: 10/6/17

Ralph Amsden, Publisher
Arizona Varsity
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A continuation of a feature I started in the spring, where every Friday I'll take a look at the HUDL film that's sitting in my inbox at azhsfootball@gmail.com and give an honest assessment of what I see, and/or highlight a couple of things I think you need to see.

This week I'm taking a look at: Fin Lecky (Hamilton), Brendan "Bear" Haynes (Willow Canyon), Noah Gonzales (Brophy), Mat Koziol (Chandler), Greg Tremble (Liberty), Will Plummer (Gilbert), Andrew Young (Cactus Shadows), Dakota Haynes (Pusch Ridge), Carter Layton (Westwood), Baylen Redfern (Maricopa), Powell Skiba and Zach Jefferies (Benjamin Franklin), Devin Neal (Scottsdale Community College), Shelton Mathis (Florence) and Valentin Ontiveros (Imagine Prep).

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Fin Lecky (Hamilton)

Position: OL

Class: 2020

Height: 6-0

Weight: 250

What I liked: Plays low, good at staying in front to of his assignment. The best thing about Lecky is he's getting all of this varsity experience against some of the state's best competition as a sophomore. The same size rules still apply as an interior lineman, so it's a wait-and-see game as far as what level he'll end up recruited by, but if he's a 3-year starter in 6A by the time it's all said and done, there's no doubt he'll have additional opportunities beyond high school.

Brendan "Bear" Haynes (Willow Canyon) 

Position: QB

Class: 2019

Height: 6-0

Weight: 170

What I liked: I'm fascinated with the way the ball comes out of Haynes hand. Haynes is serving in the role of game manager in his junior season, averaging around 20 pass attempts per game and only turning the ball over once all year. As you can see, he's able to make plays when he has a receiver over the middle, or in the red zone. I'll be watching closely as he progresses into his senior season to see if they open up the offense a bit more to showcase what he's capable of.

Noah Gonzales (Brophy)

Position: QB

Class: 2018

Height: 6-2

Weight: 175

What I liked: I have to be honest, when I saw that Noah had sent me his film I was worried that I'd have little to nothing positive to say, as I watched Brophy in person in zero week and the offense struggled mightily. But I checked, and Gonzales has averaged 218 yards passing and 2 TDs per game since the opener, and his film is actually pretty encouraging. Check out the 35 yard throw to the corner at :27 seconds, and the 35 yard throw tot he sideline at 2:10. Those are bigtime.

Mat Koziol (Chandler)

Position: LB

Class: 2018

Height: 6-0

Weight: 200

What I liked: Unfortunately, Koziol is out for the season with a knee injury, but what I'm looking at on HUDL us a player who might not be completely done with football. If he can regain the quickness, aggression and instincts he had pre-injury, while he might have to got the JuCo or walk-on route, this is someone who could still have a future in this game.

Greg Tremble (Liberty)

Position: WR

Class: 2018

Height: 5-7

Weight: 150

What I liked: Lightning in a bottle. I've seen Tremble play in person, and I was shocked by his acceleration on his kickoff return against Sunrise Mountain. Trempble has the physique of one of those kids that dominates at the 2A level playing running back, but here he is at 5A, averaging 12 yards every time he touches the ball, and boasting 2 kickoff return TDs. You have to love the block he throws at the :20 second mark as well- he threw everything he had into that one.

Will Plummer (Gilbert)

Position: QB/TE

Class: 2020

Height: 6-2

Weight: 200

What I liked: The not-so-little brother of Jack Plummer, Will is nursing a torn tricep muscle, and still trying to figure out exactly where he fits in on the field, but when I watch this, I see someone who could make a serious impact as a pass-catching tight end. He uses his hands very well, and shows a solid ability to run after the catch, especially considering his age and injury issue.

Andrew Young (Cactus Shadows)

Position: QB

Class: 2018

Height: 6-0

Weight: 180

What I liked: I'm no stranger to Young's film. His junior tape was one of my favorite go-to running QB highlights. He's one of the fastest quarterbacks in the state, and a tough runner. If I'm a college coach, I'm in his ear convincing him to try safety of play in the slot. I look at the run he makes at :51 seconds into the clip and think to myself- you know who could have been aggressive and quick enough to stop Andrew Young on that play? Probably Andrew Young. As far as his prospects as a pure QB, there are plenty of teams that still run option systems that could use someone with his skillset. Even teams at the FBS level, like New Mexico, employ a system that he could use his skillset in to perfection.

Dakota Haynes (Pusch Ridge)

Position: RB/LB

Class: 2018

Height: 6-1

Weight: 205

What I liked: I've been watching Haynes' film for three years. He's a big reason why Pusch Ridge has had the season that they've been able to put together in 2017, and he's an asset on both sides of the ball. The strength of the competition Pusch Ridge played (up until this year) has hindered his development a bit, but he has the size and ability that I think could translate very well into the local NAIA or RMAC D2 level. Haynes is the type of kid I'd try and put together a very good offer of financial assistance toward if I was a coach at Arizona Christian, to keep him in the state and give myself an impact player on either side of the ball.

Carter Layton (Westwood) 

Position: QB

Class: 2018

Height: 6-2

Weight: 175

What I liked: This is my first time seeing any film on Layton. He's definitely one of the better athletes on the field for Westwood, and I'm sure the tough competition has contributed to his completion percentage and interception numbers. He makes a good 39-yard throw at the 3:24 mark, and another quality toss at the 7:15 mark on a fade route into the end zone.

Baylen Redfern (Maricopa)

Position: OL

Class: 2018

Height: 6-3

Weight: 280

What I liked: He's big and he opens holes. He does exactly what Maricopa needs him to. Plus, he's got a great offensive lineman name that could probably double as a brutish Game of Thrones character. My favorite part of his highlight reel comes at 1:04, in pass protection, where he's the only Ram OL to not give up any ground at all. I'm very interested to see how he performs against a dispruptive Apollo defensive line tonight.

Powell Skiba (Benjamin Franklin)

Position: WR/LB

Class: 2018

Height: 6-1

Weight: 175

What I liked: This is just Skiba's highlight against San Tan Foothills, and you get the sense right away that this is a kid who loves to mix it up. These are plays that are probably supposed to develop quickly enough that they negate the edge rusher completely, but Skiba consistently splits the defense and disrupts the play in the backfield. I'm curious to see how Skiba performs come playoff time, when all eyes are on the few teams that are left- that'll be the test to see if he's got what it takes to continue on after high school

Zach Jefferies (Benjamin Franklin)

Position: RB

Class: 2020

Height: 6-0

Weight: 170

What I liked: I saw Jefferies at an ASU camp over the summer, and I'll be honest- he was somebody who impressed me very much on sight. I feel like he could earn his share of carries at most if not all 5A schools, and quite a few 6A schools as well... nd remember, he's a sophomore. As Jason Jewell often says, running backs are a dime a dozen, so I don't know if that's where Jefferies' future is, but if he continues to develop physically I don't see what would be stopping him from playing on Saturdays.

Devin Neal (Scottsdale Community College)

Position: WR

Class: 2019 (JuCo)

Height: 6-0

Weight: 170

What I liked: I went out to watch Neal in person last week, because I'd heard he made a smooth transition from unstoppable 2A running back to legitimate wide receiver prospect at the JuCo level. I though t he was good in high school, but it's hard to tell how someone's skillset will translate from 2A to college... but Neal's out here doing the same things he did back then against 6A high school stars and D1 bouncebacks. I know NAU filled up the tank last year as far as receivers go, but there has to be room for someone with Neal's special teams and slot ability.

Shelton Mathis (Florence)

Position: LB/RB

Class: 2018

Height: 6-0

Weight: 205

What I liked: If you want to know a little more about Mathis, click play on the tweeted video below. Mathis plays for Florence, so if you haven't heard of him or seen him play, keep an eye out during this year's 3A state playoffs. He can play the run or the pass as an outside linebacker, and is a big hitter who will make lazy blockers pay. Just check out the tackle he makes after shedding two would-be blockers at 2:28.

Valentin Ontiveros (Imagine Prep)

Position: QB

Class: 2018

Height: 5-10

Weight: 188

What I liked: I try to give at least one Canyon Athletic association athlete some attention every week, this week it's Valentin Ontiveros of Imagine Prep. I'm not sure how his skillset would translate over to the AIA level, but I do enjoy watching Ontiveros work in this offense. He's a quick decision maker and good overall athlete that seems very comfortable with the ball in his hands.

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