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Under the tutelage of Head Coach Norris Vaughan, 30 Mountain Pointe football players have signed with Division One schools over the past eight years.

 

2010

Alex Lewis  –  Nebraska
Ben Demarr   –  Air Force
Davon Jones   –  Mississippi Valley State

2011

Izzy Marshall  –   Arizona State
Jose Romero   –  Arizona
JR Plote   –  South Dakota State

2012

RJ Hollis  –  Hawaii

2013

Kenny Lacy  –  UCLA
Tre Campbell  –  Georgia State
Landry Payne  –  Oregon State
Thair Blakes  –  UAB

2014

Jalen Brown  –  Oregon/Northwestern
Wesley Payne  –  Oregon State
Timmy Hernandez  –  Oregon State
Markell Simmons  –  TCU
Natrell Curtis  –  UAB
Dominique Fenstermacher  –  UNLV
Mitchell Fraboni  –  ASU
Emmanuel Butler  –  NAU
Deontay Townsend  –  Sam Houston State
Xavier Cochrane  –  Colorado

2015

Nick Carman  –  Utah
Davis Perrott  –  Washington State
Paul Lucas  –  Oregon State
Brandyn Leonard  –  New Mexico State

2016

Jack Smith  –  Arizona State

2017

Isaiah Pola-Mao  –  USC
Eddie Rivas  –  NAU
Jaydon Brooks  –  Navy
Rashie Hodge  –  South Dakota State

Pride representing Arizona at Oregon State!  |  

Football factories: High schools producing college talent

, azcentral sports2:37 p.m. MST September 29, 2016

Many high schools in Arizona have been sending players to the next level for years. In fact, this season, 37 Arizona high schools have more than one former player on FBS college football team rosters. We rank each high school with at least two former players at the next level. (Note: Data includes players only at the FBS, or Football Bowl Subdivision level.) Where does your school stand?

 

1. Chandler Hamilton (14)

  • Arizona: Kyeler Burke, safety, 6-11, 174, freshman
  • Texas A&M: Qualen Cunningham, defensive line, 6-3, 240, junior
  • Oregon: Reggie Daniels, defensive back, 6-1, 205, senior
  • California: A.J. Greathouse, cornerback, 6-0, 195, junior
  • Army: Bryce Holland, offensive line, 6-2, 285, junior
  • Arizona: Malcolm Holland, cornerback, 5-11, 182, freshman
  • Arizona: Jalen Jenkins, safety, 5-10, 185, freshman
  • Kansas: Kwamie Lassiter II, wide receiver, 5-11, 165, freshman
  • Notre Dame:  Cole Luke,    cornerback, 5-11, 195, senior
  • Oregon State: Trent Moore, offensive line, 6-4, 297, sophomore
  • Stanford: J.J. Parson, cornerback, 5-10, 173, freshman
  • Vanderbilt: Caleb Peart, linebacker, 6-1, 234, freshman
  • Wisconsin: Garrett Rand, defensive end, 6-2, 274, freshman
  • Stanford: Casey Tucker, offensive line, 6-6, 301, junior

2. Phoenix Mountain Pointe (13)

  • Oregon: Jalen Brown, wide receiver, 6-1, 200, sophomore
  • Georgia State: Cloves Campbell, defensive back, 6-1, 205, senior
  • Utah: Nick Carman, offensive line, 6-3, 276, freshman
  • UAB: Natrell Curtis, offensive line, 6-3, 335, freshman
  • Colorado: Xavier Cochrane, wide receiver, 5-9, 170, sophomore
  • ASU: Mitchell Fraboni, long snapper, 6-2, 217, junior
  • Oregon State: Timmy Hernandez, wide receiver, 6-0, 195, sophomore
  • Hawaii: R.J. Hollis, offensive line, 6-4, 295, senior
  • UCLA: Kenny Lacy, offensive line, 6-4, 305, junior
  • Oregon State: Paul Lucas, wide receiver, 5-11, 188, sophomore
  • Oregon State: Landry Payne, safety, 6-0, 195, junior
  • Oregon State: Wesley Payne, linebacker, 5-10, 215, junior
  • ASU: Jack Smith, athlete, 6-1, 185, freshman

3. Peoria Centennial (12)

  • California: Kamryn Bennett, offensive line, 6-3, 295, sophomore
  • Old Dominion: Reed Buce, long snapper, 6-2, 209, junior
  • Arizona: Layth Friekh, offensive line, 6-5, 282, junior
  • Purdue: Tanner Hawthorne, offensive line, 6-6, 275, freshman
  • UNLV: Troy Hawthorne, defensive back, 6-3, 210, senior
  • Stanford: Zach Hoffpauir, safety, 6-0, 202, senior
  • ASU: Marshal Nathe, offensive line, 6-3, 290, freshman
  • Wyoming: Jalen Ortiz, defensive back, 5-10,    196, junior
  • Arizona: Shawn Poindexter, wide receiver, 6-5, 210, junior
  • Arizona: Isaac Steele, cornerback, 6-1, 171, freshman
  • Colorado: Brett Tonz, defensive end, 6-3, 285, freshman
  • Nebraska: Dedrick Young II, linebacker, 6-1, 220, sophomore

3. Chandler (12)

  • Utah State: Devin Centers, defensive back, 5-9, 200, senior
  • Oregon State: Darell Garretson, quarterback, 6-0, 209, junior
  • Colorado: Justin Jan, wide receiver, 6-3, 210, freshman
  • ASU: N’Keal Harry, wide receiver, 6-4, 200, freshman
  • ASU: Jordan Hoyt, defensive line, 6-4, 280, junior
  • ASU: Chase Lucas, 6-0, 170, defensive back, freshman
  • ASU: Tyler McClure, offensive line, 6-1, 271, junior
  • Oregon State: Mason Moran, quarterback, 6-3, 185, freshman
  • ASU: Bryce Perkins, quarterback, 6-3, 215, freshman
  • Oregon State: Hamilcar Rashed Jr., linebacker, 6-4, 222, freshman
  • Memphis: Dustin Woodard, offensive line, 6-2, 285, freshman
  • San Diego State: Kyree Woods, cornerback, 6-0, 175, freshman

5. Scottsdale Chaparral (10)

  • New Mexico State: Josh Aganon, wide receiver, 5-10, 185, junior
  • Virginia: Connor Brewer, quarterback, 6-2, 195, senior
  • ASU: Ryan Bright, wide receiver, 6-5, 190, freshman
  • Massachusetts: Jordin Hamilton, cornerback, 5-10, 172, junior
  • Arizona: Cody Ippolito, linebacker, 6-2, 248, senior
  • Arizona: Davonte’ Neal, cornerback, 5-10, 178, senior
  • Boise State: Jake Roh, tight end, 6-3, 227, junior
  • Arizona: Keenan Walker, offensive line, 6-5, 283, freshman
  • ASU: Tyler Whiley, defensive back, 6-0, 210, sophomore
  • Arizona: Trevor Wood, tight end, 6-5, 258, sophomore

5. Scottsdale Saguaro (10)

  • UNLV: Aaron Borg, linebacker, 6-1, 225, junior
  • Miami: Jordan Butler, long snapper, 5-9, 190, sophomore
  • Boise State: Julian Carter, wide receiver, 6-2, 200, freshman
  • Navy: Rob Dusz, nose guard, 6-0, 287, senior
  • UNLV: Andrew Erbes, offensive line, 6-2, 310, junior
  • Texas A&M: Christian Kirk, wide receiver, 5-11, 200, sophomore
  • Wisconsin: Karé Lyles, quarterback, 6-0, 214, freshman
  • Washington: Byron Murphy, defensive back, 5-11, 170, freshman
  • Purdue: Jalen Neal, offensive line, 6-8, 315, junior
  • California: Luke Rubenzer, safety, 6-0, 195, junior

7. Phoenix Brophy Prep (9)

  • Oregon: Devon Allen, wide receiver, 6-0, 185, junior
  • ASU: Frederick Gammage, wide receiver, 5-11. 185, senior
  • Stanford: A.T. Hall, offensive line, 6-5, 295, junior
  • Stanford: C.J. Keller, long snapper, 6-3, 210, junior
  • USC: Connor Murphy, defensive end, 6-7, 255, freshman
  • Colorado: Isaiah Oliver, defensive back, 6-1, 190, sophomore
  • Arizona: Donald Reiter, long snapper, 5-10, 254, freshman
  • ASU: Owen Rogers, safety, 6-1, 190, sophomore
  • Army: Ryan Velez, running back, 5-11, 195, freshman

8. Chandler Basha (7)

  • ASU: J.D. Alexander, tight end, 6-1, 212, freshman
  • ASU: Manuel Harris, wide receiver, 6-1, 172, freshman
  • Arizona: Nate Phillips, wide receiver, 5-7, 186, senior
  • Navy: Ronnie Querry, long snapper, 6-1, 208, junior
  • Arizona: Brandon Rutt, linebacker, 6-1, 215, sophomore
  • San Jose State: Evan Sarver, offensive line, 6-5, 297, senior
  • Arizona: Zach Werlinger, quarterback, 6-1, 188, sophomore

9. Phoenix Desert Vista (6)

  • LSU: Connor Culp, kicker, 5-11, 186, freshman
  • Utah: J.J. Dielman, offensive line, 6-5, 300, senior
  • Navy: Dylan Fischer, nose guard, 6-2, 307, junior
  • Oregon: Jalen Jelks, defensive line, 6-6, 268, sophomore
  • ASU: Drew McIntyre, athlete, 6-1, 220, freshman
  • New Mexico State: Peyton Theisler, punter, 5-8, 160, freshman

9. Gilbert Perry (6)

  • BYU: Mitch Harris, long snapper, 6-4, 215, freshman
  • BYU: Chandon Herring, offensive line, 6-7, 270, freshman
  • New Mexico State: Andrew Kenney, long snapper, 6-0, 220, senior
  • San Jose State: Deano Motes, offensive line, 6-5, 278, freshman
  • Washington: Taelon Parson, wide receiver, 6-1, 194, junior
  • Stanford: Lane Veach, linebacker, 6-6, 239, junior

11. Tucson Salpointe Catholic (5)

  • SMU: Carlos Carroll, linebacker, 6-3, 238, junior
  • Arizona: Cam Denson, wide receiver, 5-11, 187, junior
  • SMU: Travis Fister, offensive line, 6-2, 274, junior
  • Kentucky: Dylan Greenberg, offensive line, 6-2, 302, junior
  • Arizona: Justin Holt, defensive tackle, 6-2, 285, freshman

11. Vail Cienega (5)

  • Arizona: Matt Aragon, punter, 6-5, 211, freshman
  • Navy: Daniel Gonzales, linebacker, 6-2, 240, senior
  • Army: Christian Poe, wide receiver, 6-3, 190, sophomore
  • Army: Edgar Poe, wide receiver, 6-4, 216, senior
  • Hawaii: Jalen Rogers, defensive back, 6-1, 200, senior

11. Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep (5)

  • ASU: Grant Martinez, tight end, 6-5, 235, junior
  • Colorado: Jordan Gehrke, quarterback, 6-1, 200, senior
  • Arizona: Nick Reinhardt, long snapper, 6-1, 240, sophomore
  • Michigan: Brendan White, wide receiver, 6-1, 191, sophomore
  • Arizona: Parker Zellers, defensive line, 6-1, 247, junior

11. Glendale Mountain Ridge (5)

  • San Diego State: Turner Bernard, long snapper, 6-1, 200, freshman
  • Southern Mississippi: Cody Block, long snapper, 6-0, 215, junior
  • Boise State: Austin Cottrell, wide receiver, 6-2, 202, junior
  • San Jose State: Troy Kowalski, offensive line, 6-5, 293, freshman
  • Utah State: Brandon Pada, long snapper 5-11, 220, freshman

15. Mesa Red Mountain (4)

  • Utah State: Ethan Cortazzo, wide receiver, 6-0, 195, junior
  • BYU: Quin Ficklin, offensive line, 6-3, 280, sophomore
  • San Jose State: Billy Freeman, tight end, 6-3, 231, senior
  • Arizona: Josh McCauley, offensive line, 6-3, 266, freshman

15. Scottsdale Desert Mountain (4)

  • Houston: Kyle Allen, quarterback, 6-3, 210, junior
  • Oklahoma: Mark Andrews, wide receiver, 6-5, 250, sophomore
  • Arizona: Christian Boettcher, offensive line, 6-2, 285, sophomore
  • Idaho: D.J. Olmstead, defensive back, 5-11, 184, junior

15. Oro Valley Ironwood Ridge (4)

  • Arizona: Tyler Grammar, safety, 5-10, 190, senior
  • Arizona: Jake Matthews, linebacker, 6-3, 230, senior
  • New Mexico State: Kennon Nunez, long snapper, 6-2, 208, freshman
  • Air Force: Tyler Williams, wide receiver, 5-10, 185, junior

15. Tucson Sabino (4)

  • Navy: Marcus Edwards, nose guard, 6-4, 285, freshman
  • Arizona: Albert Green, safety, 5-10, 207, freshman
  • Florida: Andrew Mike, offensive line, 6-6, 301, sophomore
  • Army: Jeremy Timpf, linebacker, 6-1, 230, senior

15. Gilbert Higley (4)

  • ASU: Quinn Bailey, offensive line, 6-5, 311, sophomore
  • Nevada: Nick Colson, tight end, 6-4, 220, freshman
  • ASU: Trent Gilbert, wide receiver, 6-2, 186, freshman
  • ASU: Michael Tate, offensive line, 6-3, 280, freshman

15. Tucson (4)

  • New Mexico State: Austin Perkins, defensive back, 5-9, 175, freshman
  • San Diego State: Antonio Rosales, offensive lineman, 6-4, 295, junior
  • TCU: Markell Simmons, safety, 6-1, 200, sophomore
  • Alabama: Levi Wallace, defensive back, 6-0, 170, junior

21. Mesa Mountain View (3)

  • ASU: Jacom Brimhall, running back, 5-8, 185, junior
  • ASU: Brandon Mathews, linebacker, 6-0, 216, senior
  • BYU: Cody Stewart, defensive back, 6-3, 191, junior

21. Gilbert Mesquite (3)

  • Eastern Michigan: Juan Giraldo, defensive back, 5-11, 202, junior
  • ASU: Kody Kohl, tight end, 6-3, 235, senior
  • New Mexico State: Roy Lopez, defensive line, 6-2, 290, freshman

21. Paradise Valley (3)

  • Washington: Daniel Bridge-Gadd, quarterback, 6-2, 199, freshman
  • North Carolina State: Ryan Finley, quarterback, 6-4, 200, sophomore
  • Idaho: Patrick Johnson, offensive line, 6-2, 290, sophomore

21. Phoenix Horizon (3)

  • Baylor: Harrison Fox, offensive line, 6-2, 300, junior
  • Utah: Jake Grant, offensive line, 6-3, 290, freshman
  • UNLV: Dalton Sneed, quarterback, 6-0, 195, freshman

21. Gilbert (3)

  • UNLV: Will Kreitler, offensive line, 6-0, 295, senior
  • ASU: Steven Miller, offensive line, 6-5, 310, freshman
  • BYU: Young Tanner, quarterback, 6-0, 190, sophomore

21. Peoria Liberty (3)

  • Marshall: Deyton Jackson, wide receiver, 5-11, 174, freshman
  • New Mexico State: Tyler Rogers, quarterback, 6-3, 218, senior
  • Utah State: Travis Seefeldt, nose guard, 6-1, 305, senior

27. Anthem Boulder Creek (2)

  • Arizona: Nathan Eldridge, offensive line, 6-3, 290, freshman
  • Arizona: Gunther Johnson, quarterback, 6-0, 187, freshman

27. Marana Mountain View (2)

  • Arizona: Richie Estrada, running back, 5-10, 201, sophomore
  • Arizona: Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, safety, 6-2, 199, sophomore

27. Phoenix Thunderbird (2)

  • Oregon: Kani Benoit, running back, 6-0, 210, junior
  • Arizona: Jake Glatting, punter, 6-3, 206, sophomore

27. Buckeye (2)

  • Arizona: DeAndre’ Miller, linebacker, 6-3, 236, junior
  • Idaho: Aaron Pue, linebacker, 5-7, 207, freshman

27. Phoenix Shadow Mountain (2)

  • Arizona: Isaiah Strong, cornerback, 6-0, 172, junior
  • BYU: Beau Tanner, wide receiver, 6-0, 188, freshman

27. Tempe Marcos de Niza (2)

  • ASU: Richie Becerra, linebacker, 5-11, 200, junior
  • Texas A&M: Priest Willis, defensive back, 6-2, 200, junior

27. Goodyear Desert Edge (2)

  • New Mexico State: Sebastian Anderson, offensive line, 6-6, 290, freshman
  • ASU: Brock Corbin, offensive line, 6-7, 315, freshman

27. Gilbert Williams Field (2)

  • ASU: Cade Cote, offensive line, 6-4, 281, freshman
  • ASU: Colbe Smelser, linebacker, 5-9, 210, junior

27. Peoria Sunrise Mountain (2)

  • Utah State: Preston Brooksby, offensive line, 6-5, 295, junior
  • Colorado State: Elroy Masters, Jr., wide receiver, 6-2, 215, junior

27. Surprise Valley Vista (2)

  • UTEP: Terry Juniel, wide receiver, 5-10, 180, sophomore
  • Louisville: Gio Pascascio, wide receiver, 6-3, 195, senior

27. Phoenix North Canyon (2)

  • Wyoming: John Okwoli, wide receiver, 6-2, 205, freshman
  • New Mexico: Evahelotu Tohi, linebacker, LB, 6-2, 235, junior

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Coach Norris Vaughan leads Mountain Pointe High School football practice Wednesday, July 27, 2016 in Phoenix, Ariz.


Mountain Pointe football faster, stronger, ready for title run

, azcentral sports12:57 p.m. MST July 28, 2016

Phoenix Mountain Pointe football coach Norris Vaughan, riding in his golf cart, gave a tour of the facilities that are enclosed with a Wall of Fame wind-resistant banner along the fence (thanks to Under Armour and the booster club). That banner shows action photos of top players since Vaughan began restoring pride in the Pride in 2009.

Jalen Brown, Wesley Payne, Kenny Lacy, Emmanuel Butler and Natrell Curtis are among the honored players.

It’s been an assembly line of great talent since Vaughan arrived with more ready to take center stage this season when the Pride line up against the likes of Chandler and company to try to make another run for the state championship in the 6A Conference.

Mountain Pointe’s only loss last season was to eventual champion Peoria Centennial in the state semifinals.

“It makes you more desperate to win,” said Rashie Hodge, one of the state’s best athletes who can play running back, receiver, tight end, safety and linebacker.

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Offense

Vaughan said that Noah Grover would have been the starting quarterback last season if Jack Smith hadn’t moved in from Indiana. Smith, now at Arizona State, was a good runner who can pass. Grover might be a better passer, Vaughan believes.

Mountain Pointe lost only one 7-on-7 passing league tournament game in June, and most of the success was due to Grover.

“I think we have one of the best quarterbacks in the state,” Vaughan said.

Watch for a balanced attack with speedy junior Gary Bragg emerging as the go-to ball carrier on the ground. The line is stacked with Eddie Rivas and Mason Honne back to anchor it. Senior running back Anthony Stephens will miss the first two games, but watch out. He’s got 4.4 speed in the 40.

Grover will have plenty of targets, led by 6-foot-4, 195-pound Isaiah Pola-Mao and Jaydon Brooks (5-10, 165).

Pola-Mao is a two-time All-Arizona safety who will be on defense all the time. He has double-digit major college scholarship offers, but Vaughan believes he could be a Division I receiver, also.

“We’re going to pass it 20-plus times again and we’re going to run it I hope a lot,” Vaughan said. “We’re going to have a good line.

“We have some good players. We expect a lot.”

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Defense

This could be as good a defense as Vaughan has had, which is saying a lot because that 2013 team that went 14-0 was absolutely loaded on defense.

But down the middle, led by the Pola-Mao brothers, this team is fast, physical and nasty.

Cornerback Antwaun Woodberry is ready to have a huge season.

“Everybody is fast on defense, even our D-line,” Woodberry said. “We have to keep the bar high. If we go down low that can cost us some games. That could hurt us.”

Vaughan says he has seven very talented offensive linemen, and “our defensive line might be even better.”

Aside from the younger Palo-Mao (6-2, 300), a sophomore who made a varsity impact as a freshman, the Pride line up Shomari Hayes (6-2, 270) and Khalif Ravenell and Michael Washington, who can both play linebacker.

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On the lookout

Rashie Hodge, LB/RB, 6-0, 195, Sr.

Vaughan says this guy is reminiscent to Wesley Payne, the heart and soul of Mountain Pointe’s only state championship team in 2013.

“I would rank him right up there with Isaiah Pola-Moa,” Vaughan said. “I know you’ll look at me funny, but as a football player, that’s where I’d rank him. He’s fast. He’s strong.”

On the calendar

Sept. 8, vs. Chandler at Mountain Pointe

This is a Cox7 Thursday night TV game in the third game of the season for the Pride. These teams could be ranked 1 and 2 in the state at the time. They didn’t play each other last season, but two years ago, they were involved in two of the more physical and entertaining games of the year.

On the record

“It should wake us up a lot more and come back a lot better.” – sophomore DT Matthew Pola-Mao.

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Jr. WR/DB was named Player of the Year by the Coaches of Section III South. Officially, Brown finished the season with 63 catches for 1,150 yrds and 18 TDs, breaking several school receiving records along the way. Congratulations to Jalen!

The Pride also picked up several other individual honors. These players were chosen by the coaches of Section III South:

1st Team Offense:

QB – Antonio Hinojosa

RB – Garette Craig

OL – Kenny Lacy

Snapper – Mitchell Fraboni

2nd Team Offense:

RB – Thomas Warren

Punter – Ryan Sheehan

1st Team Defense:

DB – Travonn White

LB – Wesley Payne

DL – Natrell Curtis

2nd Team Defense:

DB – Jimmy Holtrop

LB – Landry Payne

DL – Charlie Trevino

Congratulations to all! GO PRIDE!