Storm Front: ACU Solidifies Solid Class

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.