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September 3, 2008
Arizona 2009 Top-25
ASUDevils.com has attended the games of many of these players last season, has watched film on them, and has attended two NIKE Camps, a NIKE combine, ASU's camps and several passing league events, where many, if not most of these prospects had their talents on display. Here is a look at our 2009 Arizona Top-25, which we will update through the season.
1. Devon Kennard, 6-foot-3, 257 pounds, Phoenix Desert Vista: Kennard is top defensive recruit in the country according to Rivals.com. He has offers from essentially every elite school in the nation and is the most highly regarded recruit in Arizona history. His recruitment seems to be a battle between ASU, USC, and Texas but a decision could be a ways off.
2. Corey Adams, 6-foot-3, 277 pounds, Scottsdale Saguaro: It looks to be a fight between ASU, USC, and Ohio State for this elite defensive lineman, with ASU perhaps holding somewhat of an advantage. Adams is considered to be among the best at his position nationally, a Rivals100 prospect. Adams is an elite level pass rusher from the tackle position.
3. Adam Hall, 6-foot-4, 195-pounds, Tucson Palo Verde: Hall is one of the fastest rising players in the state. He is being recruited at both wide receiver and safety but the decision from most schools will likely come later, as he is just a superb talent. His recruitment is among numerous schools, including Arizona State, Arizona, Oregon, USC, Colorado, and more.
4. Craig Roh, 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, Scottsdale Chaparral: Roh is another player that can basically pick his school. While ASU is recruiting him, much of the word surrounding his recruitment is related to Michigan and Stanford. A good student in the classroom, Roh also has a ton of potential on the field. His recruitment could play out late in the year or perhaps even after the season is completed.
5. Taylor Lewan, 6-foot-6, 270 pounds, Scottsdale Chaparral: Lewan is a transfer from Cactus Shadows High School and he has moved from defense to offensive tackle. He has offers from ASU and Minnesota. The assumption is that with more visibility at Chaparral, Lewan will also receive more offers, but the Gophers (where he father attended) and Sun Devils are favorites.
6. Jamal Miles, 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, Peoria: Many consider Miles to be the best pure running back in the state and it is hard to disagree. Known for his blazing speed, he currently has an offer from both Arizona and Arizona State and the early word is that he is likely to sign with one of those schools with an early decision possible.
7. Marcus Washington, 6-foot-0, 195 pounds, Phoenix Desert Vista: Washington may be one of the more underrated players in the west, as he is a very balanced runner with great athleticism and the ability to play multiple positions. ASU is seemingly the leader to land him and if the Sun Devils are successful, they will get a player that has terrific versatility.
8. Anthony Jones, 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Chandler Hamilton: Jones has the prototypical body type for an outside linebacker and thus has a nice list of offers. With Minnesota, Arizona State, Arizona, Oregon State, and Washington State on his list, Jones promises to be one of the more highly recruited linebackers in the west.
9. Shane McCullen, 6-foot-2, 193 pounds, Apache Junction: This ASU commit is known for his versatility. Whether it is safety, linebacker, running back, or wide receiver, McCullen has the tools to play numerous positions. He is the type of player whose position you worry about later, and thus ASU is happy to land him. It will likely start him out at safety, where he worked in the school's one day camp.
10. Drew Terrell, 5-foot-10, 175-pounds, Chandler Hamilton: Terrell is known as the best receiver prospect in the state, and rightfully so. He has great speed and fits in well with certain styles of offense, thus it is no surprise to see much of the Pac-10 recruiting him. With that being said, the word is that his recruitment is being led by ASU and Stanford with an early decision possible.
11. Trent Murphy, 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, Phoenix Brophy: Murphy is one of the better defensive linemen in the state and he committed to Stanford over ASU. He has great length and a frame to grow into as a strongside end. He missed much of last season with a leg injury which perhaps kept some schools away but he should have a strong senior season.
12. Markus Wheaton, 6-foot-0, 180 pounds, Chandler: Wheaton has offers from double digit schools and the biggest reason is his speed. He is a big-time athlete who transferred from Mountain Pointe where he never came off the field. He could end up at receiver or defensive back and we think defense is more likely. Oregon, Arizona State, Arizona, and Colorado are actively recruiting him.
13. Anthony Rose, 6-foot-0, 185 pounds, Tempe Marcos de Niza: Rose is an ASU commit and his statistics may be among the best you will in this upcoming class. As a junior, Rose collected an impressive 154 total tackles (91 solo), and had nine passes defended, six quarterback hurries and three sacks from his middle linebacker position, earning regional defensive player of the year honors. He'll play OLB or SS at ASU.
14. Chris Putton, 6-foot-4, 275 pounds: This Glendale Cactus offensive lineman has an offer from Arizona and may be the best offensive guard in the state. It's very close between Putton and ASU commit Kody Koebensky. Putton has good strength and he plays with above average fundamentals and a good sense of purpose.
15. Kharyee Marshall, 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Phoenix Washington: Marshall has offers from nearly the entire WAC conference when he gave a commitment to Boise State. The Pac-10 hadn't quite come around to Marshall but it may be a steal for BSU. Marshall had 106 tackles and 16 sacks as a junior and he has very good speed off the edge as a pass rushing specialist, with the frame to add a lot of size.
16. Bryce Lamb, 6-foot-0, 180 pounds, Chandler: Lamb can basically be what a team needs him to be. He finished with 336 rushing yards, 211 receiving yards, and 75 tackles on defense. He and Wheaton give Chandler a versatile pair of two-way athletes. Lamb currently claims an offer from Arizona State and Oregon State.
17. Kody Koebensky, 6-foot-3, 293 pounds, Scottsdale Saguaro: Another ASU commit, Koebensky has good size for a player his age, with long arms and a barrel chest. He is a hard worker with dedication in the weight room and on the practice field. He will likely redshirt upon arriving at ASU and subsequently compete at guard. He committed to ASU over offers from Arizona, SDSU and others.
18. Ryan Milus, 5-foot-10, 155 pounds, Chandler Hamilton: Whatever Milus lacks in size he makes up in skill, as he is one of the more highly recruited corners in the west. He is a gifted, speedy cover corner with the ability to make plays on the football. Many schools have not been deterred by his frame, though the Sun Devils appear to be in a holding pattern.
19. Jake Fischer, 5-foot-11, 223 pounds, Tucson Ironwood Ridge: Fischer is one of the top tacklers in the state and his offer list is evident of major programs liking him. Fischer is currently looking at Arizona, Nebraska, Utah, and Colorado among others. There is no timetable for his decision but he'll be arguably the top defensive recruit in Tucson.
20. Rueben Robinson, 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Chandler Hamilton: Robinson was loyal to one of the first schools to offer him a scholarship, committing early to Oregon State. He may not be considered as good as some of the other linebackers in the state, including teammate Jones, but he is a solid player and the Beavers are no doubt happy with their pick up.
21. Ebenezer Makinde, 5-foot-10, 166 pounds, Paradise Valley: Committed to Boise State, Makinde has had plenty of schools continue to recruit him. Considering his athleticism, attitude, and ability to play both sides of the ball, it is easy to see why he lands in this spot.
22. Max Smith, 6-foot-2, 244 pounds, Scottsdale Saguaro: Smith runs well and has soft hands for a player his size. In addition to being dangerously offensively, he is also fundamentally sound when coming off the line and being asked to block. Smith currently only has an offer from Idaho but we expect that to change when his senior film gets out.
23. Patrick Foley, 5-foot-11, 171 pounds, Notre Dame Prep: Foley has an offer from Stanford and when it is all said and done, the Cardinal will likely not be his only one. He is primarily a rusher but his high school team used him in numerous positions, including receiver, defensive, and as a kick return specialist.
24. Jeremiah Cornist, 5-foot 9, 158 pounds: Cornist's only current offer is from Arizona and he wants to go through the entire process. He has the ability to break through tackles as well as around them, but needs to be more consistent and get a bit stronger. In addition to Arizona, San Diego State is recruiting him hard.
25. Cole Rarrick, 6-5, 205 pounds, Scottsdale Saguaro Last season, Saguaro quarterback Tim Ruben completed 70 percent of his passes for 2,188 yards, with 24 touchdowns and only four interceptions, while also rushing for 2,023 yards on 133 carries (15.2 yards per carry) with 20 rushing touchdowns. This season, Saguaro will look towards Rarrick, who has plenty to prove, but great size and a plus arm.
Just missed the cut: Justin Jungblut, Kevin Yost, Laurence Gibson, Fred Thornton, J.J. Holliday, Brent Michaels, Jeremy Dang, Danny Mullarkey, Mike Brown, Doug Zismann, Beau Burton, Paul Porras, David Kraus, Bryan Burke, Caleve Deboskie