Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Final Super 25 Rank: Unranked
Why them: Saguaro returns after winning six straight 4A state titles and is eager to prove itself against 5A and 6A competition with the new Open Division.
Second-year starting dual-threat quarterback Tyler Beverett has been around the team every year. The offense is built around running the football with an 11-personnel spread, so Beverett – who completed 66% of his passes and rushed 40 times last year – works well in it next to running back Israel Benjamin, who rushed for 1,675 yards with 27 touchdowns last year, and behind four of the five starting offensive linemen from last year.
Opposing quarterbacks will have immense difficulty finding receivers with Chosen 25 cornerback Kelee Ringo on one side and four-star Jacobe Covington on the other. The linebacking corps is also strong with four-star Damian Sellers and Will Schaeffer, a two-way starter. McCade Siegel, listed at 6-foot-2, 225-pounds is set to get an opportunity. Incoming transfer Braxton Tepler will play SAM and nickel once eligible and is expected to help replace the production of Connor Soelle.
Saguaro will miss graduates on both sides of the ball like Soelle, Jaden Swink, Clay Randall, Hayden and Hogan Hatten and Marqui Johnson, but the bulk of the roster returns to run it back. With 19 athletes with FBS/FCS offers between the 2020-22 classes, it might be the team to beat in Arizona.
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