Here we go. In just 40 days, the University of Arizona will take on BYU on Saturday, Sept. 3 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. We will be honoring and listing 50 of the greatest high school football players from the state of Arizona (not just Southern Arizona) who went on to play for the Wildcats until kickoff.
This list honors high school achievements only. Some went on to have great careers with Arizona and in the pros but many did not. Some still hold Arizona high school records like our first honoree, Ted Bland.
This list is not a countdown from No. 50 to No. 1. That would be a nearly impossible task. Again, it’s not a list of the 50 greatest players with the greatest impact at Arizona. That list is for another day.
Day 40: Marcus Bell Saint Johns 1995: Arizona 1999
Marcus Bell led St. Johns to a 43-game winning streak from 1992-95, a streak that included three consecutive Class 2A state championships. An All-State selection, Bell chose to play for the University of Arizona where he earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors in 1998.
Bell led the nation with 139 tackles in 1998 when the Wildcats went 12-1 and finished ranked fourth in the nation. He went on to play for the Seahawks and the Texans.
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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and 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, on AZPreps365.com and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com