Chandler, Queen Creek football players to see in Arizona Republic's high school Game of the Week
Maybe a dozen future Division I football players can be found on Queen Creek's field Friday night when the Bulldogs take on Chandler in The Arizona Republic's High School Game of the Week.
Here's who to keep an eye on:
Chandler Wolves (6-0)
Kyion Grayes II, WR, 6-1, 180, Sr.
This is his first game of the season. He missed the first six games due to a dislocated elbow. He's come back sooner than everyone expected. Ohio State fans will be anxious to see how Grayes responds in his first game and whether the Bulldogs bracket him.
Blaine Hipa, QB, 6-2, 200, Sr.
He got banged up two weeks ago in Chandler's last game, but he figures to be ready to go against Queen Creek. He has yet to commit to a college but he's definitely headed to a Division I program. Makes all the throws. And under pressure. Has 1,400 passing yards and 19 TDs with three interceptions in five games he's played.
Quaron Adams, WR, 5-9, 165, Sr.
In Grayes' absence, Adams has been rolling. He's lightning on the field with his ability to change directions and make defenders miss. The Arizona commit is having his best season with 32 catches for 473 yards and five TDs.
Nason Coleman, TE, 6-3, 230, Sr.
After missing all of his junior season after undergoing major knee surgery, the Princeton commit had an instant impact when he began playing Sept. 17, when he had two TD catches in a win over Sandra Day O'Connor. Great receiver, blocker and teammate, he has 24 catches for 386 yards and seven TDs in four games.
Isaiah Johnson, DL, 6-3, 285, Sr.
Another UA commit, he has 9.5 tackles for losses. A big tank in the middle of Chandler's strong defensive line that has been a big reason why the Wolves still haven't lost. He has 3.5 sacks and four QB hurries, along with two fumble recoveries.
A’mauri Washington, DL, 6-4, 290, Jr.
He's the hottest recruit in the team right now, getting offers this season from UA, Arizona State, Florida State, Iowa State, Michigan, Oregon, Syracuse, Wisconsin. Go see why. He finds himself sometimes in double-teams because he's such a monster. Move in from Detroit.
Jacob Holmes, DL, 6-2, 280, Sr.
He had six tackles in his first game two weeks ago against Perry. Transferred last spring from Laveen Cesar Chavez. Can move from tackle to end on the defensive line. Offers include UA, West Virginia, ASU and Colorado State.
Samori El-Amin, DE, 6-1, 235, Sr.
No offers but why not? He's had the most productive season on defense for the Wolves with 43 tackles, 16.5 for losses, eight sacks and two caused fumbles. Where did he come from?
Anyale Velazquez, RB, 6-1, 225, Sr.
This is the former Corona del Sol running back's second game eligible for the Wolves. He ran for 51 yards on eight carries against Perry. Chandler coaches believe he could have an impact running the ball the same way Dae Dae Hunter had two years ago.
Queen Creek Bulldogs (6-0)
Porter Reynolds, LB/DE, 6-0, 225, Jr.
He's good enough to make an impact at a major college down the road. Strong, tough, physical defender who will play linebacker in college. Queen Creek often uses him on the edge because of his quickness and tenacity. He just gets after it. He has 52 tackles, recorded a safety and has three QB hurries. He also will run the ball on occasion on offense.
Payton Barlow, RB, 6-0, 180, Sr.
Might be under-recruited but he can play. He's a leader and makes big plays in big games. He has 683 yards and six rushing TDs in the Bulldogs' ground-control offense. Good receiver out of the backfield. Comes from a football family.
Cole LaLama, LB, 6-0, 195, Jr.
Still growing, great nose for the ball. Leads the team with 92 tackles, 50 solo. He has three interceptions and two caused fumbles. Always in the middle of the action.
Griffin Schureman, OL/DL, 6-3, 235, Jr.
Son of head coach Travis Schureman, he has all the tools to make it big on Saturdays. Still growing and developing, he'll be ready after next year. He is a versatile athlete who can play tight end on offense and defensive end on defense. He has 14 solo tackles and two sacks.
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