I need to send an apology out to head football coach Jeff Bowen and his staff at Arizona Christian University. In my article Thursday, I failed to mention the signing day class for the Firestorm. Over the years, I have just got in the habit of talking about the Division I kids and that is not fair to these student-athletes that signed or the coaches at ACU that grinded to sign 30+ players.
Here is a look at the class that ACU put together:
Michael Allen (Phoenix, AZ)- Running Back, University of Charleston/ Hamilton High School
Trey Anderson (Maricopa, AZ)- Wide Receiver, Sequoia Pathway Academy
Khristopher Broom (Mesa, AZ)- Cornerback, Desert Ridge High School
Parker Brubaker (Peoria, AZ)- Kicker, Ironwood High School
Josh Chadwick (Gilbert, AZ)- Defensive Back, Scottsdale Community College/ Highland High School
Kaiden Chong (Tempe, AZ)- Defensive Back, Tempe High School
Michael Corso (Phoenix, AZ)- Kicker, University of La Verne/ Boulder Creek High School
Tyrese Cunningham (Glendale, AZ)- Wide Receiver, Raymond S. Kellis High School
Anthony Frausto (Tucson, AZ)- Offensive Lineman, Desert View High School
Maverick Gamez (Goodyear, AZ)- Quarterback, Verrado High School
Andre Goodman (Flagstaff, AZ)- Defensive Back, Phoenix College
Christopher Harris (Surprise, AZ)- Wide Receiver, Bemidji State University/ Valley Vista High School
Tharon Hill (Gilbert, AZ)- Defensive Tackle, Campo Verde High School
Herman Manning (Goodyear, AZ)- Cornerback, Desert Edge High School
Daniel Meador (Phoenix, AZ)- Wide Receiver, Saint Mary’s High School
Jacob Moore (Peoria, AZ)- Defensive Back, Sunrise Mountain High School
Joshua Moyer (Mesa, AZ)- Linebacker, Desert Ridge High School
Seau Nguyen (Gilbert, AZ)- Offensive Lineman, Perry High School
Ardis Palmer (Avondale, AZ)- Defensive Tackle, Washburn University/ Westview High School
Marcus Powell (Chandler, AZ)- Defensive End, Perry High School
J’Carie Redmond (Phoenix, AZ)- Running Back, Carl Hayden High School
Simeon Rivera (El Mirage, AZ)- Offensive Lineman, Dysart High School
Nick Rock (Prescott, AZ)- Slot Receiver, Yavapai College/Prescott High School
Daryl Stagger (Avondale, AZ)- Wide Receiver, Westview High School
Kyle Swann (Duncan, AZ)- Quarterback, Morenci High School
Angel Torres (Tolleson, AZ)- Offensive Lineman, Tolleson High School
Matt Totah (Buckeye, AZ)- Offensive Lineman, Verrado High School
Garrison Underwood (Phoenix, AZ)- Offensive Lineman, Mt. San Jacinto College (CA)
Isaiah Veal (Peoria, AZ)- Wide Receiver, Peoria High School
Sam Ver Straten (Surprise, AZ)- Fullback, Glendale Community College/ Shadow Ridge High School
Zachary Watson (Gilbert AZ)- Linebacker, Campo Verde High School
Who stands out?
When I look at this group, you can’t get past the first name, Michael Allen. You have to go back in the archives, but remember, Allen was a very talented back at Hamilton that actually signed with FCS powerhouse North Dakota State.
Isaiah Veal, the wide receiver from Peoria, was heavily recruited by the Valley junior colleges and signing him on Wednesday was a great get for their program.
Josh Chadwick was one of the state’s leading rushers at Highland a few years ago.
Ardis Palmer was an all-state player for Bowen at Westview before heading to Glendale CC. He had a D1 offer from Jackson State but signed with Washburn. He is back in the state to finish his last year at ACU.
There is a good mix of high school, junior college and bounce back talent in this group.