Student-Athlete Spotlight

Student-Athlete Spotlight: Sabino’s Prolific Passing QB A.J. Skaggs is running a series of brief stories about Southern Arizona high school senior student-athletes entering this school year. The series, first-person accounts from the student-athletes, continues with a profile on Sabino quarterback A.J. Skaggs.

A.J. Skaggs

School: Sabino

Scholarship offers: Augustana, Sioux Falls and Whittier.

Honors/Background: Invited to prestigious Hawaii Tiki Bowl in Honolulu from Dec. 30 to Jan. 4 showcasing some of the nation’s top seniors. In his career as a starter on the varsity team, Skaggs, who is 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, is 18-7 with 311 completions in 487 attempts (63.9 percent) for 4,119 yards. He has 45 touchdown passes and 18 interceptions.

A,J. Skaggs (Andy Morales/

Football has always been a huge part of my life. I actually started as a tight end and didn’t really start playing quarterback until eighth-grade flag football.

Once I made the switch, I fell in love with the position and have continued to learn and grow every day.

Obviously, the goal for this season is to get a ring because we’ve been working harder than any other team since December, just grinding on our own and getting together with no coaches and putting in the work.

My other main goal is to beat Sahuaro this year because I’ve never beat them on the varsity level and that gets to me everyday and pushes me to work harder.

Beyond school, I just want to be the best man I can be.

Football is definitely the best sport that prepares you for all of life’s challenges and curveballs it throws at you because no other sport puts you through the adversity that football does. I think that’s why I love it so much.

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