TEMPE — A number of Southern Arizona’s top football stars were in Tempe on Saturday to participate in the Gametime Recruiting & Consulting College Showcase at McClintock High School.
For the Class of 2022 and 2023 standouts looking to continue playing at the next level, the event provided an opportunity to perform live in front of programs such as Hastings, Lyons College, Arizona Christian and the Papago Pumas.
Nearly two dozen other programs watched virtually, with the event using a multi-camera livestream to provide maximum exposure.
After warming up together, the players were split up into three groups based on what color they were assigned at check-in. Quarterbacks wore white, while offensive position players wore teal and defensive position players wore gray.
The list of Southern Arizona Players from the event includes:
Oscar Barraza – Desert View – 2022
Jack Arvizu – Cienega – 2023
Josh Roman Jr. – Mountain View Marana – 2023
Alfredo Sotelo – Salpointe Catholic – 2023
Caden Dawes – Canyon del Oro – 2023
Michael Aguirre – WR – Salpointe Catholic – 2022
Ricardo Alaniz – RB – Santa Cruz Valley – 2022
Carlos Alvarez – RB – Desert View – 2022
Yasuo R. Bean – RB – Catalina Foothills – 2022
Devin Bowling – RB – Benson – 2022
Jelani Brown – RB – Buena – 2022
Gage Felix – WR – Salpointe Catholic – 2023
Melkite Gaskin – WR – Sunnyside – 2023
Dailan Goodman – RB – Salpointe Catholic – 2023
Angel Miller – RB – Mica Mountain – 2023
Cristian Pando – RB – Willcox – 2023
Zack Rogowski – WR – Canyon del Oro – 2023
Dylan Thomas – WR – Sahuaro – 2023
Will Way – TE – Pusch Ridge – 2023
Cesar Alcantar – DB – Sunnyside – 2023
Ruben Barragan – DB – Salpointe Catholic – 2022
Joshua Consavage – LB – Cienega – 2022
Rhubin Harris – LB – Buena – 2022
Ethan Navarro Curiel – LB – Sahuaro – 2022
Bryce Jewell – DB – Pusch Ridge – 2023
Lloyd Johnson – LB – Mountain View Marana – 2022
Ethan Krominga – DB – Canyon del Oro – 2023
Sean Madrid – LB – Salpointe Catholic High School – 2023
Jaylen McCall – DB – Buena – 2022
Levi Miranda – DB – Sabino – 2022
Mavrick Neustadter – DB – Canyon del Oro – 2023
Jacob Rivera – DB – Salpointe Catholic – 2023
Mason Sanchez – DB – Salpointe Catholic – 2023
Brett Santa Maria – DB – Buena – 2022
Logan Stell – LB – Sahuaro – 2022
Manuel Zamorano – LB – Canyon del Oro – 2023
Defense started things off by showing off speed and agility while running five-three-fives while the offense ran the 40-yard dash. After everyone had a chance to go through a few reps, they switched. The players then worked on more skill and position-specific drills to highlight their strengths before the group got together collectively for some one-on-one play to wrap up the morning.
After a 30-minute lunch break, the athletes returned and warmed up again before entering the final phase of the day, the 7v7 player draft and game. Again, the athletes were split into three groups, this time based on the draft by the coaches.
Not only did it bring out a chance for some friendly competition, but it allowed everyone a chance to work with other players.
Making perhaps the biggest splash early in the day was Way, as he was not only able to show off his size and speed, but also his hands and ability to reel in some tough passes. However, when the 7v7 game got underway, Alvarez and Felix were dominant when it came to picking up yards after the catch or making explosive plays in the shortened field.
Showing that the passing game is going to be improving in the near future for the Southern Arizona programs, Roman Jr., Sotelo and Dawes all showed off their strength and their accuracy with impressive passes during both the morning drills and the 7v7 play.
Neustadter was also a star during the 7v7 play, with a couple pass breakups and an interception.
Brittany Bowyer is a freelance journalist who started her career as an intern for a small sports website back in 2015. Since then, she’s obtained her master’s degree in Sports Journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU and is in her fourth year of covering various levels of sports across a broad range of platforms in Arizona. You can follow her on twitter @bbowyer07