2023 High School Football

2023 football: 50 top Southern Arizona seniors — Sabino athlete Devon Waxwood

Today marks only eight 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. We acknowledge more than 50 quality seniors will play on high school fields locally this fall and we will report on them accordingly.

Devon Waxwood, 5-foot-5 and 135 pounds, underwent a recent growth spurt and hopes to use that to his advantage as he tries to catch more passes from Sabino QB Cameron Hackworth and dominate on the field in many facets. He caught 17 passes for 212 yards with two touchdowns and also rushed 14 times for 101 yards on end-arounds or sweeps. … In the defensive secondary, he tallied 36 tackles and caused a fumble. He also blocked a field-goal attempt. … Coaches selected him to the All-3A South First Team as a kickoff returner. He averaged 25.8 yards with his kickoff returns and 23.0 yards with punt returns last year. … Part of the TYFSF 14U All-Star team in 2019 that played in the AYF national championship game in Orlando, Fla. …

Sabino coach Ryan McBrayer on Waxwood: “Devon brings light into every room he enters and his energy is infectious for our entire team. The dude is 5-foot-5 and constantly locks down guys a foot taller than him. Not only is he one of the best corners in the state, he catches passes out of the slot, runs between the tackles as a tailback, and returns kicks and punts. Devon is a football player. He can make a guy miss in a phone booth so I almost feel bad for guys trying to tackle him in the open field. Can’t wait to watch the show he puts on as a senior.”

Sabino senior playmaker Devon Waxwood (Sabino photo)


Head coach: Ryan McBrayer (56-20, eighth year at Sabino and overall)

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