Saguaro's Poplawski gets ASU offer, Perry LB Hatch's future

Saguaro's Poplawski gets ASU offer, Perry LB Hatch's future

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Saguaro's Poplawski gets ASU offer, Perry LB Hatch's future

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Saguaro's Michael Weinstein (78) lifts Jared Poplawski (87) in the air after a touchdown reception at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, AZ on October 9, 2015.

Saguaro’s Michael Weinstein (78) lifts Jared Poplawski (87) in the air after a touchdown reception at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, AZ on October 9, 2015.

Scottsdale Saguaro junior tight end Jared Poplawski attended Arizona State’s game Saturday afternoon against Arizona with some of his teammates and left Sun Devil Stadium that night with his first major-college football offer.

Poplawski, 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, said that ASU offered him following its win over UA.

“After the game, I talked to (offensive coordinator Mike) Norvell and he said that they think I would fit in well in their offense and that they were going to offer me,” Poplawski said.

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Poplawski has the kind of versatility that ASU likes in its offense, Saguaro coach Jason Mohns said.

“He has the ability to put his hand down and play a running blocking tight end, can split out and run routes like a wide receiver, and he also lines up as an up back in the backfield,” Mohns said. “Very similar skill set to what they have with (Kody) Kohl right now.”

Poplawski, who has 29 catches for 406 yards and five touchdowns this season for the Division II state finalist Sabercats (11-2), also is receiving strong interest from Arizona, Wisconsin and Oregon State.

“It motivates me to work harder,” he said. “I’m very excited to get that offer.”

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Hatch earns Cardinals recognition 

Gilbert Perry senior linebacker Case Hatch, 6-1, 220, voted the state’s Defensive Player of the Year by the Arizona Cardinals, will go on a two-year church mission out of high school, which is keeping major college coaches away, coach Preston Jones said.

Jones said that Brigham Young and Utah had shown interest but have not offered Hatch, whom Jones calls the best defensive player he has seen in 20 years. Hatch has more than 100 solo tackles this season, playing against the top competition in Division I.

South Dakota State and Adams State are his only college offers.

“He’s unbelievable,” Jones said. “These college guys, most of them are going to get five-year contracts, and who knows if they’re going to be there for two or three years. When he’s gone two years on a mission, then will redshirt a year after that, it’s hard. They need immediate help.

“I thought BYU would offer him last winter, but they didn’t. They almost did. Utah said they’re not going to sign a linebacker. He can play. I think he would have no trouble playing at the Division I level. He runs a 4.6 40. He’s fast on the field.”

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Reach Obert at richard.obert@arizonarepublic.com or 602-460-1710. Follow him at twitter.com/azc_obert.

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