2013 Arizona D1 Preseason Preview
Qualen Cunningham
Qualen Cunningham
Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Posted Aug 14, 2013
Jason Jewell

Top 10, all-state team, players of the year and more inside...

Division I

Section 1- Basha, Chandler, Gilbert, Hamilton, Highland, Perry

Section 2- Cesar Chavez, Maryvale, Millennium, North, Valley Vista, Westview

Section 3- Desert Mountain, Desert Ridge, Mesa, Mesa Mt. View, Red Mountain, Skyline

Section 4- Brophy, Corona del Sol, Desert Vista, Dobson, Mountain Pointe

Section 5- Boulder Creek, Horizon, Mountain Ridge, North Canyon, O'Connor, Pinnacle

Toughest Section- Section 1, five of these teams were in the playoffs in 2012.

Top 10

1. Mt. Pointe

2. Hamilton

3. Basha

4. Desert Ridge

5. Chandler

6. Desert Mountain

7. Westview

8. Desert Vista

9. Mesa Mt. View

10. Pinnacle

On the Cusp: Boulder Creek, Brophy, Chavez, Highland, Horizon, Perry, Millennium, Mt. Ridge, Red Mountain, Valley Vista

Sleeper Team- Highland- They have a very good defense and two of the best TEs in the state. If they can make it out of their tough section, they will certainly be battle tested come playoff time.

Biggest Questions- Is Desert Mountain going to find a run game to go along with the Andrews-Allen combo? Hamilton’s defense is loaded, will they have the offensive firepower to repeat? Is this finally Mt. Pointe’s year? Brophy lacks the star power of recent years and I had a tough time leaving them out of the top 10, can their excellent coaching staff make them a contender? Who is the best player, Kyle Allen, Mark Andrews, Jalen Brown?

Division-One Preseason All-State Team

QB- Kyle Allen – Desert Mountain

Honorable Mention: Zach Werlinger - Basha, Antonio Hinojosa – Mt. Pointe, Brian Lewerke – Pinnacle, Tarek Morrison – Desert Ridge

RB- Rajhan Meriwether - Basha, Josh Hoekstra – Pinnacle

Honorable Mention:

WR- Mark Andrews – Desert Mountain, Jalen Brown – Mt. Pointe

Honorable Mention: Mitch McCulley - Chandler, Dionte Sykes - Chandler, Emmanuel Butler – Mt. Pointe, Terry Juniel – Valley Vista

TE- Dusty Cook – Highland

Honorable Mention: Lane Veach – Perry, Colin Gardner – Highland, Dan Johnson – Boulder Creek

OL- Casey Tucker – Hamilton, Troy Kowalski – Mt. Ridge, Austin Hall - Brophy, Natrell Curtis – Mt. Pointe, Bryce Holland – Hamilton

Honorable Mention: Chandon Herring - Perry, Jake Grant – Horizon, Austin Pauley – Perry

DL- Qualen Cunningham – Hamilton, Jalen Jelks – Desert Vista, Cole Neubauer – Pinnacle, Caleb Peart - Hamilton

Honorable Mention: Jordan Hoyt – Chandler, Sammy Taueli - Mesa, Cassius Peat – Corona del Sol, Grant Thompson – Highland, Nathan Elridge – Boulder Creek, Cruz Flores – Chandler

LB- Wesley Payne – Mt. Pointe, Lane Veach – Perry, Santana Sterling – Hamilton

Honorable Mention: Brandon Rutt - Basha, Amoni Itaaehau, - Desert Ridge, Billy McEowen – Mt. Ridge, Kristian Salinas – Horizon

DB- Juwan Jones – Hamilton, Dominique Fenstermacher – Mt. Pointe, J.R. Hunt – Chandler, Melvin Lewis – Cesar Chavez

Honorable Mention: Jalen Jenkins – Hamilton, Josiah Pola-Gates – Hamilton, Ryan Parenteau – Boulder Creek, Aaron Diggs – Millennium Wesley Sutton - Chandler

ATH- Bryant O’Georgia – North Canyon

Honorable Mention: Kordell Provchy – Westview

K- Luis Bustillos – Mt. View

Honorable Mention:

P-Chase Funk – Mt. View

Honorable Mention:

Return- Terry Juniel – Valley Vista

Honorable Mention: Daniel Fedorka – Desert Mountain

Coach of the Year: Norris Vaughan – Mt. Pointe

Offensive Player of the Year: Jalen Brown – Mt. Pointe

Defensive Player of the Year: Qualen Cunningham - Hamilton

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