2023 High School Football

2023 football: 50 top Southern Arizona seniors — Ironwood Ridge TE/OLB Oluwanifemi Femi-Adeleye

Today marks only 37 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.

Oluwanifemi Femi-Adeyle is a 6-foot-4 and 205-pound tight end and outside linebacker who earned his first starting position on Ironwood Ridge’s varsity team last season. He immediately became one of the top defenders in Southern Arizona. … He totaled 71 tackles, including an incredible 14 for loss. He also had two sacks and three quarterback hurries. … Coaches selected him to the All-5A Southern second team. … He has been timed at 4.65 seconds in the 40 and 11.3 seconds in the 100. He can bench 250 pounds, squat 450 and clean 225. … Femi-Adeyle was a bright spot in Dale Stott’s rebuilding project last year after Ironwood Ridge lost all but one starter and finished 1-9. He figures to lead Stott, in his second year, to some wins this season. …

Ironwood Ridge assistant head coach Bryant Stott (Dale Stott’s son) on Femi-Adeyle: “Femi is a really, really nice kid off the field but we expect him to be an absolute nightmare on our defense this year. He lead the team in tackles as a junior and has only gotten better through his commitment this offseason. He plays on the edge of our line and is one of the fastest players on the team. With his length at 6-foot-4, explosiveness and ability to pursue the ball, he will be a force to be reckoned with.”

Ironwood Ridge TE/OLB Oluwanifemi Femi-Adeleye was a terror for running backs last year with 14 tackles for loss (Ironwood Ridge photo)


Head coach: Dale Stott
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