The state of Arizona's 2014 class is absolutely loaded. In any other year, any of the players listed below could easily stake their claim as the top recruit in the state. As it stands now, five players can make an argument for the top spot and several others are right on the verge.
So who will be #1? Only time will tell. Below are the five front-runners (listed in alphabetical order), their stats, their known offers and why they have a chance to be #1.
Scottsdale Desert Mountain quarterback Kyle Allen had a tremendous junior season. He completed an amazing 72% of his passes and threw for 3,119 yards and 36 TDs versus 7 INTs. Allen (6-2 195) already has been offered Colorado State, Colorado, Duke, Arizona State, Arizona, Boise State, UCLA, Oklahoma State and North Carolina and is currently the top ranked junior signal caller on the West Coast.
Scottsdale Desert Mountain wide receiver Mark Andrews was named the state's player of the year by the Arizona Republic after using his 6-5 230 pound size to out-muscle opposing DBs for 81 catches, 1,494 yards and 21 TDs. Andrews already has a big stack of offers that include Notre Dame, Colorado, Virginia, Duke, Boise State, Washington State, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Utah, Ohio State, Nebraska, UCLA, Michigan, Oregon State, Arizona and Arizona State.
Phoenix Mountain Pointe WR/DB Jalen Brown was the state's Gatorade Player of the Year. He has been an impact for the Pride since his freshman year and had a super junior season. The 6-2 175 Brown made 67 catches for 1,235 yards and 18 TDs. On defense he made 26 tackles and 4 INTs. He has offers from Ohio State, Oklahoma, Northwestern, Washington, Utah, NAU, Nevada, UCLA, Arkansas, Virginia, Colorado, Nebraska, Yale, Oregon State, Vanderbilt, Boise State, Arizona State and Arizona.
Tucson Salpointe Catholic WR/DB Cameron Denson also has been a starter since his freshman year. He been an all-state pick each of the last three years and this year showed his versatility, playing QB out of need. As a QB, the 6-1 175 Denson completed 78% of his passes for 408 yards and 3 TDs to 1 INT. He rushed for 1,026 yards and scored 18 TDs. He also caught 37 passes for 585 yards and 2 TDs. On defense he made 18 tackles and 2 INTs. Denson has offers from UCLA, Washington, Utah, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Oklahoma, Arizona State and Arizona.
Chandler Hamilton offensive tackle Casey Tucker made a very early commitment to USC after he had been offered by the likes of Oklahoma, Nebraska, Boise State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Washington, Arizona State and Oregon State. The 6-6 280 pounder was an all-state player as a junior and is the top ranked OT on the West Coast.
Others on the verge:
Tucson Sabino TE Matt Bushman, Chandler Hamilton DE Qualen Cunningham, Phoenix Mountain Pointe OG/DT Natrell Curtis, Peoria Centennial OT Layth Friekh, Phoenix Brophy Prep OG Austin Hall, Jordan Schlueter - WR/DB Notre Dame Prep and Tucson Sabino OT Andrew Mike.