Next season’s senior quarterbacks are starting to stack up nicely in the state with Scottsdale Saguaro’s Kare’ Lyles (Wisconsin commit) and Chandler’s Mason Moran (multiple offers) leading the pack of 2016 prospects.
But there are a few starting to get on the radar.
Maybe the most intriguing senior prospect next season is 6-foot-6, 232-pound Dylan Wright, the Mesa Desert Ridge transfer, who has been getting some tutelage from Dennis Gile and Mike Giovando at The Quarterback Academy.
“I’m just telling you, he’s a beast,” Giovando said. “He’s a stout 232. And he can run. I think when people get an opportunity to see him, they’ll be on him. San Diego State had him over for an unofficial. They like him.”
Another is Gilbert Higley’s Tyler Bloom, who is 6-5, 210, and just starting to get the interest he was generating before he blew out his knee in the 2014 season opener.
“Last Thursday, I got called by both Utah and Boise State about Tyler,” Higley coach Eddy Zubey said. “They wanted to check up on him and see how he’s doing.
“Tyler will have just about every major college coming out this May to see how his knee responds.”
Giovando and Gile also work with Bloom.
Giovando said they’re going to film one of his workout sessions this spring so college coaches can get a look.
Wright has bounced around in his prep career, starting at Chandler Basha, before transferring to Gilbert Campo Verde last season. He played part time on varsity last season.
At Desert Ridge, he figures to be the main man next season.
Giovando says that Wright “has a cannon on him.”
“He’s worked really hard at changing his mechanics,” Giovando said. “We worked on his motion. He did well at the Elite 11 (regional). It was a chance to see how he stacks up.”
Ready for launch
The 2017 class is filled with athletes, but there is an emerging man-child among the lot. Gilbert Highland tight end Tyler Johnson, 6-4, 245 pounds, might end up being as big a prospect there is in Arizona by the time he is a senior.
Last season, Johnson caught 20 passes for 332 yards and eight touchdowns.
Highland appealed to stay in Division I, so he’ll face some of the best defenders in the state next season. If he continues to make strides, watch out.
Remember former Snowflake tackle Reggie Peterson?
He is due back from his two-year Mormon church mission in June. When he left Snowflake two years ago, he was 6-6, 250 pounds with BYU and Utah both interested. He was offered by Glendale and Mesa community colleges out of high school and likely will go that route once he returns, Snowflake coach Ron Tenney said.
“I’m curious to see,” Tenney said. “He had BYU and Utah looking at him. Both recommended to him that he should go the JC route. They liked his size. He played basketball for us. He’s probably got the wingspan of a 7-footer. They liked his arm length. With him on his mission, they wanted to see how serious he was with football when he came back.”
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