In sixth year at Tucson High, Argraves continues sending kids to college

Furthest to closest: Coach Argraves, Mike Saldivar, Julian Barceló, Tyree Pierson, Davajay Hinton, Malik Patterson, Sydney Lockery, Bryan Lopez and Jorge Flores. Photo: Jose Roman allsportstucson.com

In the six years Justin Argraves has been at the helm of Tucson High Badgers Football, 20 of his athletes have signed letters of intent to play at the college level. Today was Argraves biggest Letter of Intent Day class to date. Seven football Badgers were joined by Sydney Lockery, Tucson High’s girls soccer standout at a ceremony in Tucson High’s Hall of Champions this afternoon.

Lockery earned herself a scholarship to play in Klamath Falls, Oregon for the Oregon Tech Owls.

Sydney Lockery announcing her intent to play for the Oregon Tech Owls as her coach looks on.

Malik Patterson and Tyree Pierson both signed on to play junior college football for the Artichokes of Scottsdale Community College.

Malik Patterson (back) Tyree Pierson (forefront) officially signing their LOIs in Coach Argraves office after the Signing Day Ceremony and prepared to send them in. Photo: Jose Roman allsportstucson.com

Mike Saldivar plans to go home to Yuma for a year and play for Western Arizona Community College.

Coach Mike Argraves with Mike Saldivar. Saldivar is headed to Western Arizona.

Bryan Lopez will stay in Tucson for the time being and play for the Aztecs at Pima.

Bryan Lopez (white shirt) introducing himself to the crowd gathered at Tucson High’s Hall of Champions for Letter of Intent Day 2017. Photo: Jose Roman allsportstucson.com

Julian Barceló will head up the road to play for Mesa Community College.

Julian Barceló (second from the left) will play at Mesa CC and will compete against former high school team mates Saldivar, Pierson, Patterson and Lopez regularly at the college level.

Jorge Flores will be the one to head furthest from home. Flores will try earning his college playing time in Beloit, Wisconson for the Beloit College Buccaneers, a division three school.

Former Tucson High QB Jorge Flores announcing his intent to play at Beloit College in Wisconson.

The biggest splash of the day was no doubt created earlier in the week when Tucson High all-state, all-everything, Davajay Hinton announced he had flipped his commitment to Northern Colorado and accepted a Blue Shirt offer from The University of Arizona.

Coach Calvin Magee, of the Wildcats coaching staff, paid a visit to Coach Argraves office at Tucson High last week to talk about Hinton. After both coaches, Argraves and Magee, had some back and forth with Hinton and Hinton having had a chance discuss his options with his family, Arizona’s offer was simply to hard to pass up. In speaking with Davajay’s father, David Hinton, we learned that Arizona is looking to line Davajay up in the slot and in punt and kick returns. Arizona plans to take advantage of Davajay’s speed.

“His speed is his biggest asset,” David said of his son Davajay.

David finished his statement by saying, “Coach Magee and the UA coaching staff has told us of the plans they have for him. In terms of fitting in, I think maintaining a positive attitude and taking everything a day at a time, will be his everyday challenge. He’s a coachable kid, he’ll need to pay attention to detail and learn about the basic things that come with playing at that level. Recognizing defense, beating coverages, etc. That will come in time. He’ll be just fine. I’m going to be hands off when it comes to his football career though and just focus more on being a father and cheerleader.”

Having family members and influences like former Wildcat greats, Brandon Marshall, Brandon Sanders and Gary Love, as well as his father having been a Arizona Wildcat standout, Davajay Hinton has plenty of resources in his corner to have a productive career in cardinal and navy.

Davajay Hinton (middle) being joined at Tucson High’s LOI Day 2017 by family, former Wildcat greats, (from left) Brandon Marshall, Brandon Sanders, (from right) Gary Love and father David Hinton. Photo: Jose Roman allsportstucson.com

Jose Roman Jr. was born a Wildcat fan, lifetime fanhood was solidified when he was able to meet Tedy Bruschi, Sean Harris, Brandon Sanders, Chuck Levy and Ontiwaun Carter as a sixth grader. Having served 10 years in the armed forces and been deployed all over the world, he’s still managed to make it to every Arizona home football game, bowl game and at least one away game for the last 12 years. Now combining his love of writing with his love of all things sports, Jose is proud and honored to join AllSportsTucson.com as a writer.

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