Friday Film Session: 9/29/17

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: Conlan Carey (Chaparral), Keegan Freid (Sunrise Mountain), Jacob Walker (Mesquite), Davon Jones (La Joya), Jeremiah Trojan (Hamilton), Tre Hart (Chandler), Tate Grantham (Williams), Collin Thompson (Safford), Jake Orth (Valley Christian), Alonzo Saldivar (Pueblo), Branden Murden (Fairfax), Moses Ruiz (Tempe), Derien Beauregard (Vista Grande), D'Marco Campos (Desert Edge), Matt Leazier (Campo Verde), Jason Pisano (Yuma Catholic), Billy Bolger (Chandler), Jake Ayala (Queen Creek), Louis Contreras (North Canyon), David Webb (Imagine Prep)

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Conlan Carey (Chaparral)

Position: RB

Class: 2018

Height: 5-11

Weight: 200

What I liked: I though this could be a breakout year for Carey- if not statistically (the Chaparral backfield runs deep), then at the very least he'd be able to showcase his talent in the reps he did get. What I'm seeing here in his senior film is a vastly improved balance and lateral quickness. Look at the two plays starting at the :20 second mark- look at the way he bounces outside while maintaining his speed and keeping his shoulders square. At his size? This is a true RB that should be able to translate this skillset to the next level.

Keegan Freid (Sunrise Mountain)

Position: QB/WR

Class: 2018

Height: 6-3

Weight: 175

What I liked: I've seen Freid play in person, and while I'll be frank and say that I like him as a WR/S prospect more than at QB, he's a heck of a leader and athlete. He takes long strides when he runs and has great vision in the open field (1:19), and makes quick decisions on when to get out of the pocket (1:32). As a QB, he's got a more complete set of tools than some of the players that came out of Arizona in the 2017 class to go the NAIA route, so I would't write that off as an option- as seen at 3:55, he can get you a 40 yard gain through the air if you need him to.

Jacob Walker (Mesquite)

Position: WR

Class: 2020

Height: 5-11

Weight: 163

What I liked: Walker is a young wideout on a developing Mesquite team. The Kellis highlight he sent me is primarily him blocking on the outside, but includes a deep catch that shows a glimpse of how he's already able to use his 5-11 frame to create space to make a play. There's potential here. I'll be watching.

Davon Jones (La Joya)

Position: RB

Class: 2018

Height: 5-9

Weight: Unlisted

What I liked: Jones runs like a Pop Warner kid seeing the end zone for the first time. That's not a bad thing. When he sees daylight, he goes 110% toward it like a moth to the flame. No wonder he's about to eclipse 2,000 career rushing yards for La Joya. Check out the TD run at :28 seconds, or any of them for that matter. Absolutely love the way this kid hits the go button.

Jeremiah Trojan (Hamilton)

Position: DE/OLB

Class: 2020

Height: 6-3

Weight: 190

What I liked: Traditionally, the sophomores that get playing time on Hamilton's defensive line, like Qualen Cunningham, Caleb Peart and Garrett Rand, go on to do some good things. Trojan has the frame and the length to do some serious damage as a pass rusher coming off the outside, and in his highlights it's clear he's not afraid to mix it up in the run game, but quickness (which you see a bit of at 2:26) and size over the next 2.5 seasons will determine if he's the next Kyle Soelle.

Tre Hart (Chandler)

Position: WR

Class: 2018

Height: 5-11

Weight: 175

What I liked: Tre Hart exists in an offense where he needs to make the most of his opportunities, or he'll get swallowed up by the depth at the position around him. He's made a contribution in every game this year, but against Hamilton, he was a go-to receiver, with 6 catches, 90 yards and a TD. I like the way he runs comeback routes, as well as the dirty work he does as a blocker. Great hands, cool under pressure- I think the one area he can improve is in making tacklers miss. Quite a few of the slants and screens he catches are dependent on him making a play after the catch. If he can do that, he'll be a formidable weapon.

Tate Grantham (Williams)

Position: LB

Class: 2018

Height: 5-10

Weight: 195

What I liked: I don't cover 1A football, but I'm not going to turn a kid down when he asks for feedback on his film, and in this case, it's the film of what might be the best defensive player in all of 8-man in Arizona. Grantham has some collegiate interest, and based on this film, it'll be interesting to see if his active, aggressive style can translate to a LB/DB role at the next level. I like the way he gets to the ballcarrier quickly, and because he doesn't come off as a natural form tackler, I also like that he does whatever it takes to get his man to the ground.

Collin Thompson (Safford)

Position: DE/TE

Class: 2020

Height: 6-3

Weight: 205

What I liked: Thompson is a talented basketball player who is making contributions on the football field for Safford as a young sophomore. I watched him play against Snowflake, but I included his highlight from the Pusch Ridge game because they're the best team (according to me) in 3A, and it was interesting to see the athletic 2020 prospect in action against such good competition. Love his reaction time in coverage at :30 seconds, and the way he's used at TE at the end of the highlight. At 6-3, with his athleticism and basketball background, TE might be the spot where he earns some opportunities down the road.

Jake Orth (Valley Christian)

Position: RB

Class: 2019

Height: 5-9

Weight: 170

What I liked: This is one heck of a performance against Wickenburg. Orth, a senior RB, just scored 6 times in one game last week, and sent me a link to his film. Orth has a little quickness and elusiveness to his game that surprised me. He's one of those kids that uses being 5-9 to his advantage instead of trying to play bigger than he is- hides behind blockers and slides of open space. I'm looking forward to seeing if he can showcase some of these skills against Casteel at the end of the season.

Alonzo Saldivar (Pueblo)

Position: LB

Class: 2020

Height: 6-2

Weight: 230

What I liked: This kid is a young monster. That is some serious upper body strength for a sophomore that he's using to toss kids all over the field. When I see Saldivar in action I get flashbacks to some of the very good prospects to come out of Southern Arizona, like Brooks Reed, Blake Martinez, Daniel Gonzalez and Jeremy Timpf... I'm not saying he's on their level now... I'm saying that with a lot of work over the next 3 years, he can be.

Branden Murden (Fairfax)

Position: DB

Class: 2018

Height: 5-7

Weight: 145

What I liked: Fast and fearless, the diminutive DB out of Fairfax doesn't let his size get in the way of his play. Murden should be an asset to Fairfax during their run to try and win their section.

Moses Ruiz (Tempe)

Position: DB

Class: 2018

Height: 6-1

Weight: 188

What I liked: This was a fun highlight to watch, if for no other reason than Ruiz' energy after making a play. This is a kid who absolutely loves to hit people. Seriously, how can you watch this and not get hyped up? Now, as a prospect, I'm not sure from what I saw above if the speed is there to compete in coverage at the next level (That's not a knock, I just didn't see anything that showed off his wheels), but add another 15-20 pounds of muscle on this kid with the way he hits, and he's someone I think would be a serious asset in the run game for anyone who takes a chance on him.

Derien Beauregard (Vista Grande)

Position: DB

Class: 2018

Height: 5-10

Weight: 170

What I liked: There's no way he's only 170 pounds with the pop he delivers on some of these hits. Vista Grande has an absolute missile in center field when Beauregard is out at free safety. He's fast too. This one definitely intrigues me. I'll be checking back in as the season develops.

D'Marco Campos (Desert Edge)

Position: FB

Class: 2019

Height: 5-10

Weight: 220

What I liked: The fullback position lives! I'm officially president of the "give Campos the ball on dives" fan club, but in the meantime, while the Scorpions are using him as a blocker, they have themselves a heck of an advantage in the run game. It's a short highlight, but if you're old school, you'll watch it twice to see him blast players as a lead blocker.

Matt Leazier (Campo Verde)

Position: RB

Class: 2019

Height: 5-10

Weight: 165

What I liked: Campo Verde has themselves a good old fashioned workhorse at RB. At 23 carries per game, Leazier is the bulk of the Coyotes offense, and if you've seen him play, it's surprising that he's not a bulky bruising type like the traditional 20+ carry backs. Leaxier is shifty and always looking to make the next man miss rather than absorb contact. He's not a plodding aggressive runner either, watch his feet on that home turf... it's almost like he's floating. It's like what I'm seeing is a change of pace back that happens to handle all of the RB duties. It's not easy to be a RB in Arizona when it comes to recruiting, but if he's already making noise as a junior, then we might see his recruiting pick up.

Jason Pisano (Yuma Catholic)

Position: LB/TE

Class: 2020

Height: 6-1

Weight: 220

What I liked: This is Pisano's film against Northwest Christian. You can check out his Seton film here. Pisano is one of those kids who is physically impressive, has a great GPA at a private school, and is averaging 9 solo tackles per game on a highly ranked 3A team. He checks all the boxes. He's going to play at the next level if he wants to, the only question is where? He probably doesn't have the height that will get D1 recruiter's attention at LB or TE, but he could make a serious impact in the D2 RMAC and at the D3 level.

Billy Bolger (Chandler)

Position: QB

Class: 2018

Height: 6-4

Weight: 220

What I liked: This is a 3-year backup who was thrust into a starting role against three of the best teams around. He knows the offense, has good size, a solid arm, and the respect of his teammates... but is he college caliber? Look at the 47 yard throw to the sideline at :30 seconds... and then keep watching as he works the sidelines and fits throws into tight windows. This is more than a game manager. This is a QB who can dink and dunk you to some wins in an air raid, as well as make the big throw when you need it.

Jake Ayala (Queen Creek)

Position: TE

Class: 2018

Height: 6-4

Weight: 235

What I liked: Kody Kohl is my standard bearer for al 6-3/4, 230+ pound tight ends who cna do a little bit of everything. Ayala is tough to evaluate because they're so deep at Queen Creek that they don't need to run the offense through him, but in the plays he does make, you get the impression that he could produce at the level of the Hatten brothers at Pinnacle if the Bulldogs needed him to. Ayala has the prototypical TE body, and plenty of experience giving RBs an edge to run around- the demand for that type of player is always high.

Louis Contreras (North Canyon)

Position: QB

Class: 2019

Height: 6-3

Weight: 185

What I liked: Contreras sent me his film after one game with North Canyon- he'd sat the first five due to AIA transfer rules. I really like the out route at :12 seconds- it shows chemistry with teammates despite this being his first live action. He's got a live arm and can throw on the run. I'm looking forward to seeing how he develops.

David Webb (Imagine Prep)

Position: OL/DL

Class: 2018

Height: 6-0

Weight: 270

What I liked: This is supposed to be one of the Canyon Athletic Association's better players in the trenches. This is a short highlight but I really like his quickness off the ball on both sides of the line. Someone to keep track of in the future.

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