2023 High School Football

2023 football: 50 top Southern Arizona seniors — Tucson High athlete Jimmy Diaz

Today marks only 39 days until the kickoff of the 2023 Southern Arizona high school football season with games scheduled Aug. 18. AllSportsTucson.com is listing 50 of the top seniors in Southern Arizona during this stretch. This is not a ranking. This is a list in alphabetical order. We acknowledge more than 50 quality seniors will play on high school fields locally this fall and we will report on them accordingly.

Jimmy Diaz, 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, is a Cienega transfer who is joining first-year coach Zach Neveleff with the Badgers. Per AIA transfer rules, Diaz must sit the first five games before becoming eligible Oct. 6 for Tucson’s game at Ironwood Ridge. … Diaz was a receiving and returning specialist threat with the Bobcats last season. He caught 25 passes for 423 yards with six touchdowns last season. He also averaged 22.2 yards a kickoff return and 17.3 yards per punt return. … He occasionally played in the defensive secondary and he intercepted a pass in a win over Catalina Foothills. … 247Sports rates Diaz as a three-star prospect and the No. 55-rated senior in Arizona. … Diaz is a successful baseball player as well as a shortstop and outfielder who has the ability to play in college in the sport. … He carries a 3.5 GPA. …

Jimmy Diaz starting playing 7-on-7 football with Tucson High in June after transferring from Cienega (Tucson High photo)

35. TUCSON (1-5, 0-1)

Head coach: Zachary Neveleff
Badgers compete in the 5A Sonoran. *Region game. Games at 7 p.m.
8/25South MountainW, 62-241-00-0
9/1MaranaL, 43-71-10-0
9/8at CienegaL, 28-241-20-0
9/15BuenaL, 21-131-30-0
9/22Catalina FoothillsL, 28-211-40-0
10/6at Ironwood Ridge*L, 37-221-50-1
10/13at Maricopa*------
10/20at Flowing Wells*------
10/27Mountain View*------


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator seven years ago and is presently a special education teacher at his alma mater Sunnyside High School.

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