The recent commitments of Sunnyside linebacker/running back Andrew Gonzalez to Muskingum University and Tucson defensive end Troy Mann to Concordia (Minn.) increases the total of local Class of 2021 prospects making a commitment to 39.
Muskingum and Concordia are NCAA Division III programs. Muskingum is in New Concord, Ohio, and Concordia is located at Moorehead, Minn.
“I really put a lot of time into thinking about where I was going. I stayed up countless nights just thinking, doing research. Research about the school, what the school has to offer, the area, the coaching staff, the players,” Gonzalez mentioned about his choice. “I talked to my parents and family about it so many times and they would always say ‘Go where your you feel is right,’ and I feel like I’ve made the right decision.”
Mann is the third Tucson High Class of 2021 prospect to commit or sign to college.
Daniel Becerra, a wide receiver/safety, and Martin Barreras, a running back/linebacker, are both headed to Chadron (Neb.) State.
After careful consideration I've decided to commit to Concordia College! I'm excited to get to be a part of the Cobber football tradition! Thanks to @KCBakk31 and @CoachTerryHoran for the opportunity! LETS GO! #RollCobbs #TogetherWeWill @CoachArgraves pic.twitter.com/s6TjjyxVrr
— Troy Mann (@Tmann7521) March 27, 2021
Gonzalez is the second Sunnyside player to make a commitment. Anthony Galvez, a wide receiver, announced Feb. 17 he is headed to Simpson College.
“I picked Muskingum because I felt like I was actually wanted there and I wouldn’t just be another student or another number,” Gonzalez said. “My recruiter always checked up on me to see how I was doing. And that really made a good impression on me. Another reason why I chose Muskingum is because it’s a close-knit family community.
“I’m really big on family. Another reason was of course it was the most affordable for me and my family.
The 39 players who have committed or signed:
- Former Salpointe OT Jonah Miller on May 18 to Oregon. He signed on Dec. 16.
- CDO RB Stevie Rocker on July 16 to Arizona. He signed on Dec. 16.
- Ironwood Ridge QB Chase Cassel on Sept. 23 to St. Norbert. He signed on Feb. 3.
- Nogales LB Rene R. Urias Jr. on Oct. 1 to Grinnell, He signed on Feb. 13.
- Cienega QB Ryan Swoger on Oct. 23 to South Dakota State. He signed on Dec. 16.
- Walden Grove LB Sebastian Adamski on Nov. 16 to Drake. He signed on Dec. 16.
- Cienega C Andrew Husfelt on Nov. 19 to Washburn. He signed on Feb. 3.
- Ironwood Ridge FS Dylan Cook on Nov. 24 to Morehead State
- Walden Grove WR Alex Culbertson on Nov. 24 to Simpson
- Catalina Foothills TE Garrick Krautz on Dec. 9 to Morehead State.
- Cienega SS Sebastian Felix on Dec. 16 to Drake. He signed on Feb. 3.
- Cienega LB Isaiah Webb on Dec. 18 to Western New Mexico. He signed on Feb. 3.
- Cienega DT Hunter Schlagel on Dec. 18 to Western New Mexico. He signed on Feb. 3.
- Buena OT Dominic Avant on Jan. 19 to Sioux Falls. He signed on Feb. 3.
- Pusch Ridge RB/DB Evan Lovett on Jan. 19 to Minot (N.D.) State. He signed on Feb. 3.
- Cienega WR/DB Charles Hamm III on Jan. 19 to Jamestown. He signed on Feb. 3.
- Buena RB Isaac Benoit on Jan. 20 to Sioux Falls. He signed on Feb. 3.
- Salpointe TE Fernando Torres on Jan. 22 to St. Olaf.
- Cienega RB Gabe Levy on Jan. 23 to Mary. He signed on Feb. 3.
- Nogales WR Ricky Hanlan on Jan. 27 to Western New Mexico. He signed on Feb. 3.
- Cienega LB Josiah Flores on Feb. 2 to Fort Lewis. He signed on Feb. 3.
- Cienega S/RB C.J. Flores on Feb. 3 to NAU. He signed on Feb. 3.
- Empire ATH Yani Brown on Feb. 3 to Arizona Christian.
- Tucson WR/S Daniel Becerra on Feb. 3 to Chadron (Neb.) State.
- Sahuaro WR/S Damon Robledo on Feb. 3 to Concordia (Chicago). He signed on Feb. 3.
- Desert View LB Anton Jamero on Feb. 4 to Ripon.
- Rincon/University WR/S Steven Geiger on Feb. 4 to Lawrence. He signed on Feb. 4.
- Walden Grove RB Stephen Brower Jr. on Feb. 5 to Simpson. He signed on Feb. 18.
- Desert View RB Jacob Ramirez on Feb. 11 to to Lyon.
- Salpointe RB David Cordero on Feb. 15 to Ottawa.
- CDO CB Raife Anthony on Feb. 16 to Aurora.
- Sunnyside WR Anthony Galvez on Feb. 17 to Simpson.
- Salpointe DE Brees McCraren on Feb. 25 to Fort Lewis.
- Cienega WR Caleb Kidney on Feb. 25 to Western New Mexico
- Marana LB Mateo Campos on March 1 to Carroll.
- Pusch Ridge WR/S Kannon Jewel on March 7 to Randolph-Macon.
- Tucson RB/LB Martin Barreras on March 16 to Chadron (Neb.) State
- Tucson DE Troy Mann on March 26 to Concordia (Minn.)
- Sunnyside LB/RB Andrew Gonzalez on April 5 to Muskingum College
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