Elijah Barclay and Kamden Gambrell, two of the top Class of 2022 receivers to play in Tucson last fall, have left Salpointe Catholic’s program.
Barclay, who transferred to Salpointe last school year from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, has returned to California to attend San Juan Hills High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Gambrell will play at Sabino in 2021. Per AIA transfer rules, he must sit out Sabino’s first five games, 50 percent of its regular season games before gaining eligibility. That means his first game with the Sabercats will be Oct. 1 at Sahuaro.
Barclay, who has a scholarship offer from Arizona, played with the Lancers last fall when COVID-19 suspended the football seasons in California until the spring.
Barclay, 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, caught 15 passes for 332 yards with six touchdowns as one of the top targets last season for Treyson Bourguet, another Class of 2022 prospect.
Barclay also has offers from Nebraska, Utah and Utah State.
Gambrell, 5-10 and 170, led the Lancers with 21 receptions. He had 270 receiving yards with two touchdowns.
Salpointe finished 7-1 in its first season under Eric Rogers last season after advancing to the semifinals of the Open Division state playoffs for the second consecutive year.
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