Arizona Football

David Watson signs with Arizona & Matteo Mele with Washington

David E. Watson (Andy Morales/


A pair of All-State linemen from Southern Arizona put pen to paper today, solidifying their commitments to play at the next level. Salpointe standout Matteo Mele (6-6, 275) is headed to Washington and Amphitheater standout David E. Watson (6-6295) will be playing for the University of Arizona.

Mele made the move from tight end to lineman in the offseason and it paid off immediately for all parties involved. The Lancers went from 2,682 yards rushing in 2016 to 3,779 yards and a state runner-up finish this year….


Watson with his parents Laura Espinoza-Watson & David Watson. (Andy Morales/


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at



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