Well Saturday’s NFA event in Phoenix had a lot of promise but a compound fracture cut it short late in the morning. After all if a parallel injury can halt a huge event like the NCAA Tournament, then you know it will stop an off-season event in high school football.
The benefit of an NFA event, which is like an all-star event kind of like AAU basketball, is that the level of competition is heightened. Everyone out there is really good. Most players that are invited to attend are the top 2-3 guys at their respected schools. At the event this weekend there was one team coached by former Arizona QB Chuck Levy, that was loaded with talent and had several guys that Arizona has made offers to.
Trevor Wood is a stud Tight End at Chaparrel High School. He is a big kid standing at 6-5 and he weighs about 245 pounds. He is definitely a complete tight end as he can both block and put up very good receiving numbers. He can line up in the slot or off the line.
With his size and he has pretty good hands, Trevor has caught the eye of many elite college programs. He also has very good speed for someone his size. He has been clocked at 4.6 in the 40. He is being looked at by almost every school on the west coast and has offers from many schools including Arizona, ASU, Boise St, Oregon St, UCLA, Utah and Washington. Coach Rich Rodriguez is capitalizing in his close proximity. In fact Trevor attended the Arizona inter squad spring scrimmage that was held in Phoenix.
Tyler is a teammate of Trevor’s at Chaparrel High school. He is a wide receiver and defensive back. With decent size at 6’1 and 185 pounds, and good speed running the 40 in a 4.5, Tyler has also caught the attention of many coaches. He is a very good receiver who runs good routes and has very good hands to match.
He is looking to make a splash and put up some big numbers. He prefers playing in a system that spreads the defense so he can get some space to use his speed. That is something he is looking at in the next level. Although undecided whether he will play offense or defense, Tyler seems to be leaning at offense. He admits he likes the glory side of it and scoring touchdowns.
When looking at his college choice he does want a school that he can get playing time right away. Although being candid about wanting playing time right away, Tyler is a team oriented guy.
Mark Andrews is a big time player, I mean that in every sense. He will make a college coach and quarterback very happy someday. He is a big receiver but make no mistake about it, he is NOT a tight end. He said “I never plan on putting my hand down on the ground” (meaning a three point stance). With the way he plays receiver, that probably won’t be an issue either.
Andrews has been putting up huge numbers in varsity for years now. He is a tall receiver at 6’6 and is a stout 230 pounds. He runs extremely good routes and is very sure handed. He is also a very multi-faceted receiver, he is very physical so he has no problem when a linebacker is covering him and fast enough to out-run a lot of corners. When you combine the two, he is a matchup problem just about anywhere on the field.
He has been recruited heavily since his sophomore year and is looking at the in state schools, Oklahoma and Notre Dame just to name a few. He is a guy that when in doubt, a quarterback can throw it his way and he is going to end up with the ball almost ever time.
Jalen is a very highly recruited wide receiver, he has offers ranging from Arizona and ASU to K-State and Nebraska to West Virginia. He has been making plays on both side of the ball for Mountain Point High School as a receiver and DB for a while now. He has good hands and runs good routes. He reads defenses well and is very studious on and off the field. He is a real good kid and despite putting in the work to be a very good wide receiver and DB he also maintains a 3.4 GPA. This has also helped him get recruited by schools like Stanford and Yale.
Cameron is already committed to Arizona and hopes to add to the home-town hype that Ka’deem Karey has started. He is a speedy receiver who has been making plays for Salpointe Catholic for a while now. With decent size he can play all over the field. He also isn’t afraid to catch the ball over the middle. A versatile player he should fit well in Rich Rod’s spread system.