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Matthew Pola-Mao Named #2 on Arizona’s top high school football prospects: 2019 class

Matthew Pola Mao  (Photo by Sports360AZ)

No. 2 Matthew Pola-Mao, Phoenix Mountain Pointe, DT, 6-2, 290

A four-star by Scout.com, he has started at nose tackle since his freshman year on varsity. He is the younger brother of senior safety Isaiah Pola-Mao, who signed with USC. Pola-Mao has offers from UA, ASU, Washington,  among others.

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Arizona’s top high school football prospects: 2019 class

, azcentral sports11:35 a.m. MT April 19, 2017

 

Spring football is around the corner, and it’s time to get going on the class of 2019 for Arizona high school football prospects.

I’ll roll out 10 each week until I reach 100.

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No. 10 Aaron Wood, Mesa Skyline, RB, 5-9, 175

He ran for 1,000 yards as  a sophomore, splitting time with a senior. Great work ethic and passion for the game. Has added 25 pounds since the end of last season.

No. 9 Nate Polk, Scottsdale Saguaro, S, 6-2, 190

A long, athletic, rangy defensive back who comes from tremendous football bloodlines. His father played in the NFL. His brother Ray played for Colorado. He is a dynamic defensive playmaker with great ball skills who could be the next Isaiah Pola-Mao to come through high school.

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No. 8 Avery Carrington, Chandler, DB, 6-2, 180

He transferred from Hamilton in January. He is the brother of former Hamilton All-Arizona defensive back Devon Carrington, who went on to have a good career at Stanford. This Carrington could be just as good if not better. He anticipates well covering a lot of field. He had 41 tackles and three interceptions on Hamilton’s varsity as a sophomore.

No. 7 Ryan Puskas, Peoria Liberty, S, 6-2, 190

Great athlete who runs track. He covers the field really well. Makes plays on defense with his speed and physical play. He 54 tackles, five for losses, last season on varsity. He also blocked five punts. One of the more valuable special teams players in the state. He had three interceptions and eight pass breakups. His recruiting will blow up.

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No. 6 D’Shayne James, Gilbert Perry, WR, 6-3, 210

Similar build as Arizona State wide receiver N’Keal Harry, James is getting serious looks from Nebraska. He had 58 catches for 823 yards and nine touchdowns last season. Big-play threat who makes plays after catches.

No. 5 JaCobby Dinwiddie, Mesa Mountain View, WR, 6-2, 180

He made a major impact as a sophomore when he caught 70 passes for 1,012 yards and six TDs. His offers will depend on his grades. Arizona, Arizona State and Washington State are on him. He’ll be getting great looks in spring ball. Excellent athlete. Big-play target.

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No. 4 Dez Melton, Glendale Deer Valley, Athlete, 6-4, 210

Tremendous athlete who picked up his first offer from Arizona. He can play anywhere. The Skyhawks used him at running back and he ran for 1,362 yards and 15 touchdowns on 190 carries. He caught 17 passes for 271 yards. And his best position in college could be safety.

No. 3 Jacob Conover, Chandler, QB, 6-1, 196

He beat out two guys in grades above him to become the starting quarterback and led the Wolves to the 6A state championship, then a Georgia state championship team in Texas in late December. His stats were off the charts: 3,715 yards, 32 TDs passing with just five interceptions. He completed nearly 70 percent of his passes.

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No. 2 Matthew Pola-Mao, Phoenix Mountain Pointe, DT, 6-2, 290

A four-star by Scout.com, he has started at nose tackle since his freshman year on varsity. He is the younger brother of senior safety Isaiah Pola-Mao, who signed with USC. Pola-Mao has offers from UA, ASU, Washington,  among others.

No. 1 Spencer Rattler, Phoenix Pinnacle, QB, 6-2, 180

He started picking up football scholarship offers from Power 5 conferences after his freshman season. Rattler, also a talented basketball player, is up to 12 offers, five from the Pac-12, including both Arizona and Arizona State and UCLA, Colorado and Utah. He has grown a little more each year. His athleticism is off the charts and his arm strength and IQ only getting better. Watch for his best season yet in his third year as a varsity starter.

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Suggest human interest stories to Richard Obert at richard.obert@arizonarepublic.com or 602-316-8827. Follow him at azc_obert

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