There’s a reason why more major colleges are coming through Arizona to recruit football players.
It’s booming with talent.
And the 2020 class might be the best ever.
It is why Tom Lemming, the national recruiting pioneer, said he is going to featuring Arizona players on the cover of his recruiting magazine, The Prep Report, for the first time in his 40 years publishing the magazine.
For the 2019 class, which was considered good in Arizona, there were only two players — No. 11 Phoenix Pinnacle quarterback Spencer Rattler and No. 49 Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep receiver/running back Jake Smith — rated among the top 100 in the 247Sports Composite from Arizona.
In the 2020 class, there are five Arizona players among the top 63 ranked nationally by Rivals.com: No. 9 Scottsdale Saguaro cornerback Kelee Ringo, No. 51 Phoenix Pinnacle offensive tackle Tosh Baker, No. 55 Tucson Salpointe Catholic running back Bijan Robinson, No. 56 Scottsdale Chaparral quarterback Jack Miller, No. 63 Salpointe safety Lathan Ransom.
On 247Sports Composite, both Ringo (No. 12) and Robinson (No. 26) are given five stars, the highest a recruit can get.
And then there are these guys who received four stars in 247Sports Composite: No. 39 Baker, No. 65 Miller, No. 69 Ransom, No. 115 Saguaro defensive end Damian Sellers, No. 128 Gilbert Higley defensive end Jason Harris, Saguaro safety Jacobe Covington (275), Surprise Willow Canyon running back Darvon Hubbard (288), Pinnacle quarterback J.D. Johnson (303), Gilbert Perry quarterback Chubba Purdy (312) and Chandler Hamilton wide receiver Brenden Rice (346).
“We’ve never had as many blue-chip recruits in one class as we do in this 2020 group,” Saguaro coach Jason Mohns said. “There’s top-tier talent and also a depth of talent at all positions throughout the state.”
Salpointe coach Dennis Bene has had a four-star recruit but never a five-star and a four-star on the same team.
“I think the talent across Arizona as a whole has gotten better each year,” Bene said. “Arizona is being recruiting by every major college in the country. The state is definitely trending upward.”
Not just that Arizona is growing in numbers, but the qualify of high school football with great coaching has been on the rise.
“It’s helped put Arizona on the national radar,” Bene said. “Arizona talent is not a secret anymore. Everyone knows about it.”
And get ready for the 2021 class. It could be loaded, as well, with Saguaro defensive end Quintin Somerville already a five-star and ranked No. 5 nationally in the 247Sports Composite listings. Last week, Somerville was offered by Ohio State.
Goodyear Desert Edge cornerback Steven Ortiz is ranked No. 83 and Saguaro offensive lineman Bram Walden No. 100 nationally in the 2021 class.