Four players from Tucson participating in the American Youth Football National Eighth Grade All-Star Game at Orlando this weekend indicates the type of young talent blossoming in the city.
The players include receiver/cornerback Savaughn Berryhill (younger brother of Arizona receiver Stanley Berryhill III), running back/linebacker Kayden Luke, defensive tackle/offensive tackle Sa’Kylee Woodard and defensive tackle/offensive guard Luis Cordova. All four will likely be starters at the varsity level as freshmen next year in high school.
They will be in Orlando through Monday with the game played tomorrow at 6 p.m. All participants and staff will attend NFL Pro Bowl functions and the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl on Sunday compliments of Roman Oben, NFL Vice President of Youth and High School Football, and the NFL Youth Staff.
Berryhill, a member of the Tucson Falcons, is also the son of former Cholla standout Stan Berryhill II.
Luke played for the Oro Valley Dolphins. With the Tucson 14U All-Stars played all the way to the national championship game at Orlando in December, coach Bam McRae raved about Luke’s performance mentioning that Luke is one of the toughest players he has coached.
Woodard, another member of the Dolphins, was bigger than most defensive linemen at the AYF National Championships. He is also has an affable personality who wrote daily postcards for AllSportsTucson.com during his week at Orlando.
Cordova, a member of the Tucson Raiders, is anoother big talent at such a young age. He should develop much further into a college prospect like his 14U All-Star teammates.
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