Former Tucson football standout Levi Wallace named Top Graded Rookie Cornerback

(Buffalo Bills Graphic)

Pro Football Focus rated former Tucson High standout Levi Wallace as the Top-Graded Rookie Cornerback in the NFL. The Buffalo Bills rookie came out with an 83.5 grade according to their formula, which put him 4.5 points ahead of Cleveland Browns rookie Denzel Ward.

Ward was the fourth pick in the NFL draft out of Ohio State while Wallace went undrafted out of Alabama. Wallace was pulled up from the Bills’ practice squad on Nov. 6.

This list will be updated all year in an effort to recognize all former local prep stars who have gone on to achieve either academic and/or athletic awards at the next level. These are not high school awards but collegiate and professional recognitions. NOT CHAMPIONSHIPS. If you are aware of anything I have missed along the way, please let me know.

We recognized 164 athletes in 2018.

Levi Wallace/Football
Tucson High/Buffalo Bills
PFF Top Graded Rookie Cornerback (1/2)

Alexis Cortez/Basketball
Tucson High/Utah Valley
WAC Player of the Week (1/7)

Portions from news release.


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 is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at


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