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No. 6 Jakim McKinney, Phoenix Mountain Pointe, 5-8, 170 [Sr. Carlos Salcedo/Special to azcentral sports]
In this age of the no-huddle offense fueled by the passing game, very great offense has to have a quality running back.
There will be no shortage in Arizona high schools during the 2018 football season.
Top 10 running backs
He has proven to be a dynamic back on Friday nights since he was a freshman. Last year, he emerged among the top eight candidates for azcentral Sports Player of the Year with his ability to make plays out of nothing and to dominate in 4A, helping the Lancers reach the 4A final.
With offers from Pac-12 California and Oregon State, Brooks is ready to impress the country as the marquee, featured back with Drake Anderson moving onto college at Northwestern. Brooks had more than 1,000 yards rushing last season as a parttime running back in Chandler’s potent, well-rounded offense.
He moved from Akron, Ohio, late last summer, and gave a sampling of what’s to come this season with his ability to break tackles. Great downhill runner who will be asked to catch passes out of the backfield in a new spread offense. Has a few gears that makes him a top weapon.
This was a gift from Las Vegas heaven for coach Richard Taylor, who was wondering how he was going to replace two-time, 2,000-yard rusher Zidane Thomas. Walker, who recently moved in from Las Vegas, fills those shoes with power and speed. He ran for more than 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns last season at Mohave in Nevada.
He has transformed his body during the off-season, becoming much stronger and faster, according to coach Jason Mohns. Understands the offense after transferring in last summer from Brophy Prep. Very good coming out of the backfield to catch passes. Watch for a big season from one of the best students in the classroom.
Fast, elusive, great cutback moves, he ran for 1,334 yards and 18 touchdowns last year. Averaged nine yards a carry. Great at catching the ball. A threat to score every time he touches the ball with his breakaway speed.
Electric player who runs under 11 seconds electronic in 100 meters. Ran for more than 1,600 yards, averaging nine yards a carry, during a breakout junior season. He also is a threat to take it back on kickoffs, averaging 40 yards a return in ’17. He scored more than 20 touchdowns for the Panthers.
Mohammad should be even better after he ran for 1,530 yards and 22 touchdowns last season. Quick, fast, elusive, he has gotten stronger in the weight room without losing speed and agility.
Red Mountain found an answer to its run game with Elliott recently transferring from Mesa Desert Ridge. But he may have to sit out the first five games because of the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s transfer rules. To have this speedy athlete for the second half of the season should help the Lions in their push for the 6A playoffs.
A recent transfer from Chaparral, Johnson will likely sit the first five games with the move. But he’ll probably play nine games with the Sabercats again the favorite to win 4A. He is lightning, great in space, has moves that make it tough to get a good hit on him.
For all Current Mountain Pointe Football Players & Incoming Frosh Football Players
Mondays – Fridays | through June 28 AND July 16 – 20 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | Strength Conditioning | Weight Room
Tuesdays & Thursdays | through June 28 AND July 17 & 19 | 4:00 – 6:00 pm | Skills Training | Practice Fields
Camp Fee: $125
Football Camp is conducted by Mountain Pointe Head Rich Wellbrock and his coaching staff. The camp is designed to provide the best in the coaching, teaching and development of sound and basic football fundamentals.
Questions: Coach Wellbrock email@example.com
Lacarea Pleasant-Johnson, Jakim McKinney, Nick Wallerstedt, and Anthony Dedrick named in Arizona’s Top High School Football 2019 Recruits
Major colleges are going to be coming through Arizona in May to see all the talent. There’s a lot and it just keeps growing. The 2019 class is as deep and talented as any that has come through in the past 10 years.
This is the azcentral sports’ Big 150, and each week, we’ll add 10 names to the list.
Editor’s note: Richard Obert ranked the Top 100 high school football prospects in Arizona before last year, but this is a new list for the 2018 season.
His recruiting ramped up in the spring with offers from Colorado, Florida, Iowa State, Missouri NAU. It’s a matter of time before ASU and Arizona offer. He is fast with great range and top-notch ball skills. Great athlete. Plays receiver on offense. He had 20 tackles and an interception last season.
Ran for 1,300 yards last season, showing great burst and change-of-speed moves that had tacklers grasping at air in 6A.
A great multi-sport athlete in football and baseball. He started several games his sophomore year, then became the full-time starter last season when he passed for close to 1,600 yards and ran for 711 yards.
He played in just six games last season, totally 13 tackles. But he has made dramatic steps in his recruiting with offers from South Dakota State, San Diego State and New Mexico State since May 7.
Hedley Orthopaedic Sports Medicine staff will be conducting PreParticipation Sports Physicals for the 2018-2019 school year on Tuesday, May 8th. Physicals will be $15 cash or check. Checks can be made payable to Hedley Orthopaedics. Every student planning to try-out for a school sport will be required to have a physical prior to try-outs. These physicals will be good for the entire 2018-2019 school year!
In addition to Sports Physicals, the Hedley Orthopaedic Sports Medicine staff will have Baseline ImPACT testing available to take at the time of physicals. ImPACT is a computerized neurocognitive baseline test for concussions/head injuries. Every high-risk athlete is required to have a valid baseline test on file prior to try-out every school year. The baseline test will be good for the entire 2018-2019 school year. The Sports medicine staff will review all tests at the conclusion of physicals to determine validity. If invalid, student-athletes will be required to do a retest prior to beginning try-outs. This test provides baseline data to the Certified Athletic Trainers and Team Physicians to refer to if a concussion is sustained during the season, think of it as a physical for the brain.
High-Risk Athletes that are required to have a valid baseline test on file prior to try-outs are Football, Cheerleading, Volleyball, Diving, Soccer, Basketball, Wrestling, Baseball, Softball, and Pole-vaulting.
The 1st Annual Mountain Pointe Football Boosters Cornhole Tournament will be held Saturday, May 12th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Desert Foothills Park, 1010 E Marketplace SE, Phoenix, AZ 85048.
This ADULTS-ONLY event will benefit the Mountain Pointe High School Football Boosters Club.
In addition to the cornhole tournament, there will be a 50/50 raffle, and other raffles for various prizes, including two Arizona Cardinals football tickets to an upcoming game.
Pizza, water and soft drinks will be available for purchase as well.
Find details and registration form here: MP Football’s 1st Annual Cornhole Tournament
MP adds Conrad Hamilton as defensive coordinator and Ross Crow as offensive coordinator.
Phoenix Mountain Pointe continues to make moves beyond the Norris Vaughan era with new head coach Rich Wellbrock adding Conrad Hamilton as his defensive coordinator and Ross Crow as offensive coordinator.
Both men were ran high school programs in the Valley.
Hamilton was head coach at both Phoenix North Canyon and Scottsdale Chaparral. He was defensive coordinator on two of Chaparral’s state championship teams during the Charlie Ragle era.
Crow led Avondale Agua Fria’s program the last two years. Before that, Crow was head coach at Phoenix Sierra Linda.
“I’m just excited for our kids, to get to be coached by a staff that both Ross and Conrad has helped me put together,” Wellbrock said of the coaching additions. “I know the community is really excited.”
Wellbrock said that Hamilton is bringing his defensive coaches from Chaparral with him.
Crow also is bringing help, according to Wellbrock.
“I’ve kind of given him and Ross a little leeway hiring their own guys,” Wellbrock said. “At this level, you’ve got to have guys you can trust.”
Mountain Pointe again figures to have one of the best teams in the state with the return of quarterback Nick Wallerstedt, running back Jakim McKinney and offensive lineman Deandre Henry. Mountain Pointe also has one of the top defensive backs in the West in Lacarea Pleasant-Johnson.
Crow was offensive coordinator at Surprise Shadow Ridge before he became head coach at Sierra Linda, where he was 7-13 in two seasons. His Agua Fria teams went 2-8 and 1-9.
Hamilton teaches at Chaparral, but the Firebirds went out of state for their next head coach, hiring offensive-minded Brent Barnes, who had a successful run at Norman (Okla.) North, where he was 26-9 in three years.
Nine of Hamilton’s 10 years coaching high school football in the Valley was spent at Chaparral. He was head coach at North Canyon for one season, before returning to Chaparral. He was the DC at Chaparral on two of the state title teams while Chaparral strung together three championships in a row from 2009-11.
Hamilton left Chaparral as head coach in 2016 to join Todd Graham’s staff at Arizona State as a defensive analyst. He returned to Chaparral last year back in his role as defensive coordinator under Thomas Lewis.
Hamilton is a fiery coach, just like Wellbrock.
How will that mix on the sideline?
“When we’re fired up, we’ll keep an arm’s distance,” Wellbrock said. “We want the best for the kids.
“After we talked, we figured out it was a good union. I’m excited.”
Wellbrock, who was 2-8 in his only season leading Chandler Basha in 2017, says this will be much like his days at Goodyear Desert Edge, where he delegated to coordinators. The Scorpions had a big run under Wellbrook, leading to a state championship in 2015.
Congratulation to the following Mountain Pointe football players on committing to play at the next level!
|Gary Bragg||Colorado State University - Pueblo|
|Kenny Churchwell||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Marshawn Gibson||Pima Community College|
|Jatori Gipson||Pima Community College|
|Sky Hinojosa||New Mexico State University|
|Mason Honne||Washburn University|
|Donte Lindsey||Pima Community College|
|Jeon Moss||Phoenix College|
|Daniel Pena||Pima Community College|
|Andres Rangel||Pima Community College|
|Khalif Ravenell||Eastern New Mexico University|
Kenny Churchwell holds up four fingers as he sports a UCLA hat on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 at Mountain Pointe High School. (Photo: Richard Obert/azcentral sports)
Mountain Pointe safety Kenny Churchwell, playing the ‘eeny, meeny, miny, mo’ game Friday, initially picked up an Arizona State hat.
He started to put it on as friends and family in the room started to applaud.
But then his mother grabbed his arms to stop him. He put the ASU hat back down and grabbed the UCLA hat as students screamed and swarmed him.
Churchwell, picking among UCLA, ASU and Arizona, announced during an early-morning news conference in the Mountain Pointe High School gym lobby that he will play college football for the Bruins.
UCLA didn’t offer him until two months ago but he always thought of himself playing at a major university in California. The All-Arizona senior took his official visit there last weekend.
“UCLA is a great school,” Churchwell said. “Everybody dreams of going to California.
“I always wanted to either to go to USC or UCLA. I grew up watching them. They’re big on education. I love the opportunity there.”
Churchwell, who teamed up in Mountain Pointe’s secondary with current USC safety Isaiah Pola-Mao during the Pride’s 2016 runs to the 6A final, will now be a football rival with his good friend in the Pac-12.
“He asked me a couple of days ago, ‘Where are you going?’ ” Churchwell saiid. “I said, ‘Wait until Friday.’ Everybody had been asking me. I told (Pola-Mao) either we’ll play together or we’ll play against each other.”
But USC wasn’t among the three hats in front of him at a table on Friday. It was Arizona, ASU and UCLA. All three schools have new coaches.
It looked like it was ASU when Churchwell picked up the hat.
But he told the students to hold back before rushing him, then put the cap down and put on the UCLA hat, as more screams of joy erupted.
He embraced his father, Kenny Jr., in an emotional hug, filled with tears.
Churchwell said he was leaning towards ASU at one point.
“Coach (Herm) Edwards is a big-time coach,” Churchwell said about ASU. “But when UA picked (Kevin) Sumlin, that also is a big-time coach. So it was hard to decide. But it’s Chip Kelly (new UCLA coach) all the way.”
Churchwell texted former Mountain Pointe offensive lineman Kenny Lacy, who plays at UCLA, asking him if he thought he would get a UCLA offer.
“He said, ‘Look at you, you’re going to get one,’ ” Churchwell said. “I thought it was just UA offer, an ASU offer, and be a home-town hero. But the opportunity to get a Cal-Berkeley offer, a UCLA offer, Washington State, Boise State, those are big-time schools.”
Even though Churchwell hadn’t yet to receive the UCLA offer, he posted on Twitter in early November that the Bruins were in his top five.
“I had to say I’m open for anything,” he said. “UCLA came and I’m truly blessed with it.”
Kenny Churchwell, the three-star safety prospect from Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe, announced at his high school Friday morning that he had committed to UCLA.
Churchwell chose the Bruins over his other two finalists, in-state Arizona and Arizona State.
Churchwell is UCLA’s third defensive back commitments for 2018 — joining four-star safety Stephan Blaylock from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco and three-star cornerback Patrick Jolly, of Lithia (Fla.) Newsome.
It’s UCLA’s 16th commitment overall for 2018. The Bruins could end up signing a total of around 24 by National Signing Day on Feb. 7th.