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Top 100: The Republic's top high school football prospects in class of 2026

It's that time of year again to get the Arizona high school football recruiting lists cranking. We've started the Big 150 list for top 2025 recruits. Now it's time to start rolling out the Top 100 in the 2026 class in Arizona high schools.

The Arizona Republic ranks them by presenting 10 per week until it reaches 100. This class is stacked as the state continues to grow. Keep coming back each week to see who is added. High school coaches provide input to rank players.

Tony Cumberland practices with his teammates at the Desert Mountain High football field in Scottsdale on May 3, 2023.
Tony Cumberland practices with his teammates at the Desert Mountain High football field in Scottsdale on May 3, 2023.

Top 100 2026

1. Tony Cumberland, Scottsdale Desert Mountain, DL, 6-5, 290

He's been a grown man since his freshman year when he started varsity on both sides of the ball. An injury derailed him last season but coach Conrad Hamilton says Cumberland is progressing well, calling him one of the best college prospects he has ever coached. And he's been around some great high school athletes in his life. Cumberland checks all of the boxes to someday be a Sunday player on the defensive line, primarily at defensive tackle. Big, strong, quick, nasty streak. The 2024 season will be the year of redemption for the Oregon commit.

"Once he puts it all together, it will be scary," Hamilton said.

2. Tait Reynolds, Queen Creek, QB, 6-4, 205

He's not only one of the best baseball players (committed to Arizona State in the sport,) but he is one of the top football players. He is a big, strong quarterback who can make all the throws and will be starting his third season on varsity during his junior year. He recently took an unofficial visit to Oklahoma, where he threw in front of coaches. His football recruiting has ramped up this spring, and when spring football starts he'll continue to juggle baseball with football and show college coaches how ready he is to become a major-college quarterback and baseball player.

Queen Creek outfielder Tait Reynolds catches a shallow fly ball during a practice at Queen Creek High School on March 12, 2024.
Queen Creek outfielder Tait Reynolds catches a shallow fly ball during a practice at Queen Creek High School on March 12, 2024.

3. Rico Blassingame, Tolleson, WR, 6-3, 185

Still growing, he's been on Power 5 recruiting radars for more than a year with his speed, skills, hands and ability to break away from corners with his elite game. He's a matchup problem because he can play inside or outside receiver. Offers include Arizona State, Arizona, Washington, Louisville, Colorado State, NAU and UConn. He's also an impact basketball player.

4. Daylen Sharper, Phoenix Brophy Prep, WR, 6-2, 195

A talented basketball player who helped the Broncos get to the Open, he's the complete wide receiver that major colleges look for. Big, physical target who gets deep over the top of safeties to make plays. Football offers are from Oregon, ASU, Boston College, Wisconsin, Colorado State, UNLV, Arizona and Iowa State.

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5. Bastian Vanden Bosch, Brophy Prep, OLB, 6-1, 190

Still growing, one of the most versatile athletes you will find. His father was a football legend at Nebraska, playing defensive end in the NFL, including a stint with the Cardinals. Offers include UA, ASU, Oregon, Nebraska, Boston College, Iowa, Iowa State, Illinois and Colorado State.

6. Jalayne Miller, Goodyear Desert Edge, OL, 6-5, 300

He's been a man-child on the line since his freshman year at Desert Edge. He keeps getting bigger and better and is expected to have a monster junior season. He's got offers from Georgia Tech, UNLV, ASU, Boston College, Iowa State and Wisconsin.

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7. Zeth Thues, Peoria Liberty, DB, 5-11, 185

An elite safety who starred at Saguaro last season before transferring during the winter break to Open state champion Liberty. Whether or not he has to miss the first half of the season due to the AIA transfer rules, he'll make an immediate impact once he's on the field. Great leader on and off the field. Great instincts with a nose for the ball, he had 78 tackles, 44 solo, at safety last season. He also had two interceptions and eight passes defended.

8. Aveon Williams, Casa Grande, TE/DE, 6-7, 240

He's being recruited on both sides of the ball. He's a big-time target at tight end who can catch the deep ball and create separation on his routes. He had 47 catches for more than 750 yards and 13 TDs last season. He's got offers from ASU, Oregon, UA and NAU with high interest from Kansas State, USC, Notre Dame, Washington and TCU.

9. Tristan Armstrong, Scottsdale Saguaro, WR, 6-2, 170

He transferred over from Chaparral after last season when he was among the best big-play receivers in the state. Great hands, speed, electric moves. Will see if he has to sit out the first five games due to the AIA transfer rule. He's got all the abilities to become a top-flight major college wide receiver. Still adding size to go with the skills.

10. Mason Lewis, Queen Creek Casteel, DB/RB, 6-0, 185

He's got D-I offers from Iowa State, ASU and Washington State. Has a 4.1 grade point average. Played varsity his freshman and varsity seasons. Explosive running back who has a big upside as a defensive back in college with agility and the ability to get his hips over to be in a position to make plays.

Higley quarterback Gunner Fagrell (15) throws a screen against Desert Edge during the 5A State Championship at Mountain America Stadium in Tempe on Dec. 1, 2023.
Higley quarterback Gunner Fagrell (15) throws a screen against Desert Edge during the 5A State Championship at Mountain America Stadium in Tempe on Dec. 1, 2023.

11. Gunner Fagrell, Higley, QB, 6-1, 160

He is one of the top three of five quarterbacks in the state and might be the backup next season behind top QB Luke Haugo, who is a year ahead of him. But Fagrell is always ready to lead. He took over from Haugo, who became eligible halfway through the season because Haugo suffered a season-ending injury. Fagrell then led the Knights to a second-straight 5A championship. He threw for 3,084 yards and 33 touchdowns and ran for 509 yards and four TDs. He had 363 passing yards in the 42-41 win over Goodyear Desert Edge in the 5A final.

12. Aaron Thomas, Mountain Pointe. OL, 6-6, 260

Tough, hard worker, offered by Iowa State. He'll anchor the line. Great feet and length, gets out on top of blocks and stays with it.

13. Jaylyn Colter, Mountain Pointe, LB, 6-2, 190

Physical, aggressive linebacker with speed. Could be a strong safety at the next level. Offers include Arizona State, Arizona, Oregon, Nevada, UNLV.

14. Javon Bell, Peoria, RB, 5-11, 225

He is cut in the same mold as former Peoria running back Juwaun Price, who now plays at Syracuse. Bell is a bullish runner with speed and power. He ran for 1,150 yards and 17 TDs and had 110 receiving yards as a sophomore last season.

15. Khalil Bender, McClintock, WR, 6-0, 165

He was Jaxon Knutson's main target last year when he caught 66 passes for 1,145 yards and 11 TDs. Knutson will be back to throw to him again. His numbers should be even greater. Home run hitter as a punt returner, as well. No offers but getting looks from San Diego State, Iowa State and Arizona.

16. Case Vanden Bosch, Brophy Prep, QB, 6-2, 180

He could become QB1 next season. Big and athletic with strong will to win. He's got offers from Nebraska and Arizona State.

17. Devin Fitzgerald, Brophy Prep, WR, 6-1, 180

If Vanden Bosch becomes the QB, he'll have fun throwing to the son of former Cardinals great Larry Fitzgerald, one of the greatest NFL wide receivers of all time. Devin started coming into his own in the playoffs last season when the Broncos made a run to the 6A semifinals. He's got tremendous skills and the ability to make plays after catches. He has an offer from Bowling Green.

18. Donivan Dixon, Cave Creek Cactus Shadows, QB, 5-10, 185

He made first-team all-region last year, a dynamic dual threat who can take off any time with the ball and make big plays. Ability to extend plays with his legs makes him a home run hitter, leading his dad's offense.

19. Beau Jandreau, Chandler Hamilton, LB, 6-1, 190

The 2026 class is loaded with linebackers and Jandreau is among the best with speed and toughness. He had 66 tackles as a sophomore. Looks like a sure-fire D-I prospect.

20. Eli Cramer-Cronin, Basha, LB, 6-0, 205

He led the team with 114 tackles last year, picking up the slack after Jack Bleier suffered a season-ending torn ACL. A tough, physical backer who runs from sideline to sideline well. He plays varsity baseball.

21. Clarence Tucker, Tolleson, DB/Athlete, 5-10, 165

Has offers from Maryland, Northern Arizona, Bowling Green and Western Kentucky. He had four interceptions in the five games he played last season. Great ball skills. Locks it down in man-on-man coverage. Fast learner in zone coverage. Should see his recruiting rise even more during spring practices.

Saguaro running back Jacob Brown (22) celebrates his touchdown run with teammate Jaci Dickerson (2) during their 6A State Championship game against Red Mountain at Mountain America Stadium in Tempe on Dec. 2, 2023.
Saguaro running back Jacob Brown (22) celebrates his touchdown run with teammate Jaci Dickerson (2) during their 6A State Championship game against Red Mountain at Mountain America Stadium in Tempe on Dec. 2, 2023.

22. Jacob Brown, Hamilton, RB, 5-11, 207

An April transfer from Saguaro, he broke out big late his sophomore season, leading the Sabercats to the 6A title with a combination of speed and strength. He is a three-sport athlete who picked up his first Division I offer in December from ASU. He ran for two touchdowns in the 6A championship win over Mesa Red Mountain.

23. Jameson Wade, Red Mountain, LB, 6-1, 225

Big, strong, quick, productive, he'll be a third-year varsity starter this season. One of the top linebackers in his class. Led the team last year with seven sacks. He had 85 tackles. Great student with a 4.0 GPA.

24. Marcel Jones, Saguaro, QB, 6-2, 195

It's uncertain how much of his junior season, if any, he'll miss, after transferring midway through last season from Chaparral. But he's got potential. His ability to run and throw on the run, being elusive and athletic will have major college coaches tracking his progress.

25. Niko Jandreau, Hamilton, SS, 6-1, 190

Started every varsity game as a sophomore. Has an ASU offer on the table. Can play strong safety and nickel. Strong man-to-man ball skills. Big hitter. Had 51 tackles, two interceptions and 12 pass breakups last season.

26. Jackson McCarthy, Waddell Canyon View, OLB/DE, 6-4, 205

He had a solid sophomore season on varsity with 58 tackles, 27 solo. Has worked hard to improve in all areas. Stronger, quicker off the ball.

27. Corde Nunnery, American Leadership Queen Creek, DE, 6-1, 220

Returning varsity starter on the Open playoff team, he's athletic and aggressive, and gets into the backfield quickly. Should have a monster junior season.

28. Bryce Greer, Casteel, OL, 6-3, 285

This will be his third season starting on varsity. Big anchor with strong hands and is talented at pass protection and gets after it driving defenders back in the run game.

29. Omar Kaba, Williams Field, OL, 6-4, 280

Returning varsity starter who has gotten stronger and improved footwork since last season. Goes all out every play. Passionate in the weight room and classroom.

30. Thomas Yamashita, Scottsdale Chaparral, OL/DL, 6-4, 285

He started the last five games after becoming eligible due to transfer rule. He can play interior or at tackle on the offensive line. Will likely play tackle next season for the Firebirds. Has a bench press of over 300 pounds and a squat lift of over 400 pounds. Attention from Utah, UCLA and Texas A&M.

31. Kayden Steptoe, Salpointe Catholic, DB, 5-11, 180

He started every game on defense last year as sophomore.  Great athlete who also runs track.  Is going to be a big-time recruit.  Has an offer from Washington.

Liberty Lions linebacker Hudson Dunn (13) sacks O’Connor Eagles quarterback Mason Steele (12) during a game at O'Connor High in Phoenix on Sept. 1, 2023.
Liberty Lions linebacker Hudson Dunn (13) sacks O’Connor Eagles quarterback Mason Steele (12) during a game at O'Connor High in Phoenix on Sept. 1, 2023.

32. Hudson Dunn, Peoria Liberty, OLB, 6-2, 215

Returning starter from last year's Open state championship team that featured the best defense in the state. Fierce, tough, hard-nosed linebacker who is all over the field to make highlight plays.

33. Collin Campbell, Williams Field, OL, 6-6, 235

Son of head coach Steve Campbell, he's got plenty of room to grow. Great skills, footwork. Exceptional student with a 4.6 grade-point average. His brother was a standout lineman for the Black Hawks two years ago.

34. Trey Knox, Basha, CB, 5-9, 165

He started at corner on last year's varsity, doing a great job in coverage. Smart and discipline, a talented athlete who competes in track. He'll be one of the top cover corners in the state by the time he's a senior with the opportunity to play at the next level.

35. Dominic Carmigiano, Chandler, QB, 6-3, 175

Excellent arm, mobile, strong football IQ, he throws the deep ball with accuracy and on the move. A Division I prospect.

36. Ammon Alexander, Benjamin Franklin, OL, 6-4, 290

He's still growing. Interest from NAU, Southern Utah and BYU. Will hit the camp circuit this summer and get out in front of more college coaches. Older brother Brigham (BYU) and Jake (Southern Utah) signed D-I.

37. Seiji Hegg, Chaparral, Athlete, 5-11, 175

He plays wide receiver, running back, defensive back, returns kicks and punts. Put him anywhere and he's a game changer. Coach Doug Nisenson can't wait to get Seiji in spots to showcase his skills as a junior. He's the brother of top 2025 running back Alex Hegg.

38. Elly’jah Palmer, Chaparral, LB, 6-2, 200

He started at safety on varsity last season. Had a growth spurt and will be moved to outside linebacker. Has length, speed, energy and a motor that's always running. Young for his class, could have been a 2027 prospect. High ceiling on what he can do.

39. Ray Pruitt, Mountain Pointe, LB, 6-0, 200

Great instincts, good speed, tremendous ball skills. He'll make a major impact during his junior season on what could be one of the state's top defenses.

40. Brady Goodman, Mesa Mountain View, QB, 6-4, 205

He figures to be QB1 next season. Has the size, arm and ability to extend plays. Should take off in new coach Andy Litten's offense.

Liberty defensive lineman Paz St. John (57) and tackle Nicholas Spence (78) block Salpointe Catholic defensive end Keona Wilhite (50) at Liberty High School's football field in Peoria on Oct. 13, 2023.
Liberty defensive lineman Paz St. John (57) and tackle Nicholas Spence (78) block Salpointe Catholic defensive end Keona Wilhite (50) at Liberty High School's football field in Peoria on Oct. 13, 2023.

41. Paz St. John, Liberty, DL, 6-3, 260

He can play both sides of the line, but he's a backfield wrecker on defense. Quick, powerful, athletic. He had 44 tackles and six sacks on the state championship team as a sophomore.

42. Kamden Segall, Liberty, WR/TE, 6-3, 205

A three-sport athlete, he transferred in from Saguaro during spring break. He can play multiple receiving positions and also played some quarterback in a pinch at Saguaro last season. But he's a big target with good hands, speed and moves.

Desert Mountain Wolves wide receiver Ryan McDonough (17) runs for a touchdown against the Chaparral Firebirds during a game played at Chaparral High School on Sept. 23, 2022.
Desert Mountain Wolves wide receiver Ryan McDonough (17) runs for a touchdown against the Chaparral Firebirds during a game played at Chaparral High School on Sept. 23, 2022.

43. Ryan McDonough, Desert Mountain, WR/RB/DB/KR/Athlete, 5-10, 180

Talented playmaker on offense, defense and special teams. He averaged 47 yards per kick return last season, leading 5A. He also averaged five tackles a game at defensive back. And he gained nearly five yards a carry running the ball. Fast and quick defender who will have a breakout 2024 season on both sides of the ball.

44. Noah Banhie, Salpointe Catholic, DT, 6-0, 295, 6' 295

Big tank in the middle of the defensive line, he is strong and quick. Started every game on varsity as a sophomore. Arizona has offered him.

45. Canon Garday, Liberty, FS/SS, 6-1, 210

He could play strong safety or free safety. Smart, strong, great instincts and ball skills. Part of one of the best defenses in the state. Big impact sophomore year with 62 tackles. Talented baseball player, as well.

46. Dom Dampier, Phoenix North Canyon, WR, 5-10, 155

He played in only four games last season due to an injury, but caught 12 passes for 232 yards and three TDs. Gifted receiver with speed and the ability to make plays after catches. He is the brother of former Saguaro quarterback Devon Dampier.

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47. Artineal Gardener, Vista Grande, OL, 6-4, 265

Freakishly athletic, will garner D-I interest during spring football. He'll also attract interest during summer showcases.

48. Courshawn Hill, Williams Field, RB, 5-10, 192

Could he be the school's next Dylan Lee? Time will tell, but he's put in the offseason work to get there. Speed and powerful enough to break tackles.

49. Apaiata Tengei, Mesa Westwood, LB, 6-2, 215

A rugby player, he's relentless, non-stop on defense. Tough, hard-nosed, big hitter with great instincts and strong on covering backs out of the backfield.

50. Kainan Manna, Centennial, QB, 5-9, 165

Don't look at the measurable but what he can do with the football. Big arm. Accurate. Can extend plays. And he knows how to win. Fearless. Led Coyotes to the Open state final last season. His confidence will only grow his junior year.

Hawks wide receiver Grady Crandall (15) runs the ball at Queen Creek High School football field on Oct. 26, 2023.
Hawks wide receiver Grady Crandall (15) runs the ball at Queen Creek High School football field on Oct. 26, 2023.

51. Grady Crandall, Gilbert Highland, DB, 6-2, 180

A free safety, he had six interceptions, including two against Williams Field, last season when the Hawks broke through to reach the Open for the first time. Rangy and athletic, sure tackler, great cover skills. He is also an outstanding wide receiver.

52. Dante Bruley, Basha, LB, 6-3, 225

Big, strong, physical linebacker who had to sit out the first five games last year after transferring from Hamilton. He had 57 tackles in six games. Long and rangy. Has all the measurables that college coaches love.

53. Jake Jones, Gilbert Campo Verde, DL/TE, 6-2, 250

He made first-team all-region despite playing only five games last season. Strong, physical, athletic. Has run 40 yards in 4.8 seconds.

54. Michael O’Halloran, Desert Edge, TE, 6-5, 220

Was a key to Desert Edge's 5A final run. He's gotten bigger and stronger. Will make big impact as a junior. Great hands and can block. Was an offensive lineman in youth football.

55. Noah Swope, Chandler, OL, 6-3, 280

He started as a sophomore, playing both center and guard. Was the MVP of the freshman team two years ago. Explosive. Has good speed, strong football IQ. Division I prospect.

56. Josh Finch-Logan, Brophy Prep, DT, 5-11, 290

He started at nose guard on last year's 6A semifinal team. Finished third in state wrestling tournament at heavyweight division. Hard to move out. Strong, powerful.

57. Bryson Echols, Payson, OL, 6-3, 270

Started every game as as sophomore and earned second-team all-region. Ready for a big junior season with size and strength and a non-stop motor.

58. Riley Baughman, Cactus Shadows, OL, 6-5, 275

Ready to break out with a special junior season, blocking for dynamic dual-threat QB Donivan Dixon. He started last season on varsity.

59. Trey Peck, Goodyear Millennium, WR, 5-8, 160

Great athlete. He's one of the state's top track and field sprinters this spring. His hands and speed set him apart on the field. He led the Tigers in receiving last season with 32 catches for 486 yards and four TDs.

60. Antonio Casias, Cactus, QB, 6-0, 170

He split time at QB last year and threw for more than 2,100 yards and 23 TDs. Composure is key under pressure. Never too high or too loose. A gamer who makes something out of nothing.

61. Logan Guilford, Peoria Sunrise Mountain, OLB, 6-3, 210

An outstanding two-sport athlete who has helped the baseball team reach the 5A semifinals. He's got great upside with his speed and power. Versatile athlete who will make an impact on defense. He has a 4.0 GPA.

Saguaro offensive lineman Bryce Pollard (74) blocks on a designed run play during a spring practice at Saguaro High School in Scottsdale on April 25, 2023.
Saguaro offensive lineman Bryce Pollard (74) blocks on a designed run play during a spring practice at Saguaro High School in Scottsdale on April 25, 2023.

62. Bryce Pollard, Saguaro, C, 6-0, 315

A beast in the middle of the offensive line, smart, powerful, and hard-working, he's a leader on and off the field, anchoring the offensive line with his experience and commitment to the weight room.

63. Tevita Kale, Basha, OL/DL, 6-3, 285

He played both sides of the ball on varsity last year, eventually settling in a left guard. He'll have the chance to compete both ways again this year. Strong and physical with great feet. Has the measurables and the drive to play D-I football.

64. Hyatt Lang, Gilbert Christian, OLB/Edge, 6-3, 205

He had 112 tackles last season, 26 for losses. Athletic, aggressive, will continue to fill out, add muscle and strength. He should have a major impact for Gilbert Christian as a junior.

65. Tanyon Erdman, Gilbert Perry, OL, 5-11, 240

Started on varsity last season and has only gotten stronger and quicker, ready to lead a talented offensive line that is determined to get the Pumas to the Open.

66. Everett Stano, Anthem Boulder Creek, QB, 6-0, 200

Great leader, a strong runner, has a good arm, accurate passer. Makes smart decisions. Strong work ethic.

67. Isiah Hargrove, Buckeye Youngker, Athlete, 6-1, 160

He'll be all over the field. He can play wide receiver and running back but primarily will be at running back at Youngker. His college position might be a strong safety. Was voted team captain as a sophomore. There is height in his family so he's still growing.

68. Zayden Cundiff, Florence, LB, 6-0, 170

A talented athlete who is a champion wrestler at the Division III level. He made first-team all-region last year when he recorded 136 tackles, 86 solo, with three interceptions and three blocks kicks. A leader on defense who will also play running back and is the team's long snapper.

69. Camren Hamiel, Desert Edge, DB, 6-1, 175

Moved in from Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he had 22 solo tackles in seven games last season. He has strong ball skills and is a sure tackler. Will make a big impact on defense.

70. Blake Speer, Chandler, OT, 6-4, 270

Started as a sophomore on varsity at right tackle. Great footwork and technique that allowed him to excel as a sophomore. Has a chance to blow up into one of the best offensive linemen in the state.

Hamilton safety Marquis Richardson (25) yells to his teammates in a drill during practice at Hamilton High School at the Chandler Unified School District Spring Football Jamboree on May 14, 2024, in Chandler.
Hamilton safety Marquis Richardson (25) yells to his teammates in a drill during practice at Hamilton High School at the Chandler Unified School District Spring Football Jamboree on May 14, 2024, in Chandler.

71. Marquis Richardson, Hamilton, S, 6-3, 190

Many of the nearly 60 college coaches who attended Hamilton's spring practice at the Jamboree had their iPhones out, videotaping him during drills. He's long, athletic, great nose for the ball, strong ball skills.

Horizon Huskies running back Bodie Zamorano (22) is brought down by the Pinnacle Pioneers at Horizon High School in Scottsdale on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023.
Horizon Huskies running back Bodie Zamorano (22) is brought down by the Pinnacle Pioneers at Horizon High School in Scottsdale on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023.

72. Justice Brathwaite, Higley, CB, 6-0, 175

His recruiting has been blowing up. Picked up Kansas offer recently. Has offers from ASU, BYU, San Diego State, UNLV, Colorado State. Lock-down corner with tremendous cover skills.

73. Bodie Zamorano, Horizon, RB, 5-11, 185

Bullish back who can bounced outside and take it the distance. He ran for 1,639 yards and 14 TDs last season on 284 carries. Tough, durable, fast.

74. Brandon Nicholson, Centennial, SS/FS, 5-11, 195

He has a chance to be special. Very athletic. Runs 40 yards in 4.5 seconds. Only going to improve with time. Tough, hard-nosed tackler and good ball skills. Could contribute on varsity.

75. Jayden Rhodes, Higley, DE, 6-3, 220

Explosive off the ball. He had 40 tackles, eight for losses, five QB hurries helping the Knights win the 5A championship.

76. Rex Waterman, Hamilton, OL, 6-6, 295

He started every varsity game as a sophomore, Big, physical, long arms, moves well. Division I prospect.

77. Malachi Joyner, Williams Field, OL, 6-4, 275

Should be a force up front on an improved offensive line. Can play guard or tackle. Explosive, strong pass protector.

78. Preston Atwood, Westwood, DE, 6-1, 235

He made second-team all-region as a sophomore defensive lineman. Has a 4.5 GPA. He is a wrestler. Good feet, balance, strong.

79. Malachi Wilt, Buckeye Verrado, QB, 6-0, 205

He's a transfer from 2A Tonopah Valley, where he put up 4,407 passing yards as a sophomore. Very accurate, poised, strong arm. Will battle for the job this summer as he makes big jump in competition to 5A.

80. Tyler McRae, Saguaro, DL, 6-0, 270

A transfer from Centennial, he's got a big motor, strong, powerful, moves linemen out of the way, run stopper.

Basha wide out Kash Brock speaks to the team during a practice at Basha High School on April 25, 2024.
Basha wide out Kash Brock speaks to the team during a practice at Basha High School on April 25, 2024.

81. Kash Brock, Basha, WR, 6-3, 175

Long, rangy wide receiver is ready to make his junior season a big breakout year after backing up three seniors. He runs the hurdles in track and field. Great work ethic, athleticism. Has the measurables colleges love.

82. Caleb Larson, Mesa Mountain View, DE/TE, 6-4, 240

Relentless off the edge, never stopping to get to the quarterback. New coach Andy Litten likes to utilize the tight end in his offense, so he could play a role on offense.

83. Tucker Smith, Sandra Day O'Connor, OL, 6-4, 280

He started on varsity as a sophomore. Strong, physical, moves well. His recruiting should blow up next season.

84. Payton Wales, Cactus Shadows, OL, 6-1, 270

A talented wrestler, he plays center and guard on the offensive line. He made All-Northeast Valley Region last season. He's ready to break out big his junior season.

85. Timi Akinyoyenu, Chandler Prep, WR/DB, 5-11, 160

One of the more electric small-school athletes, he's got a chance to play at the next level. Great athlete. Works hard. He'll break out his junior year.

86. Joe Yoney Jr., Bullhead City Mohave, QB, 6-1, 175

Great running quarterback who rushed for 1,325 yards and 17 TDs and passed for 2,238 yards and 28 TDs with six interceptions in a breakout sophomore season. He's got Division I qualities, a true dual threat who can throw accurately on the run.

87. Jayden Pico, Liberty, QB, 5-11, 180

Transferred during the school year from Shadow Ridge, where he started varsity both his freshman and sophomore seasons. He'll be surrounded by playmakers at Liberty. Shifty, fast quarterback who has a strong arm. He passed for 1,261 yards and ran for 763 yards on a one-win Shadow Ridge team last season.

88. Jesus Diaz III, Centennial, OL, 6-4, 285

Transferred from Glendale Cactus last winter. Tough, big, physical offensive lineman with strong hands, good balance.

89. Eli Ruterman, Liberty, DB, 6-0, 175

A sprinter on the track team, he has good ball skills in the secondary. Expected to break out his junior season on one of the top defenses in the state.

90. Kaden Williams, Basha, DB, 5-9, 165

On varsity last season, playing nickel, he had 32 tackles, an interception and five pass deflections. Great instincts who will only get bigger, stronger and faster.

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