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  • Mountain View guard Armani Hawkins chooses ASU

    Mountain View junior guard Armani Hawkins has verbally committed to Arizona State, according to multiple reports.Hawkins is rated as the top Arizona player in her class and No.15 nationally by ESPN. Her big sister, Arnecia, was also a standout with the Toros and will be a sophomore next season with the Sun Devils. The pair played together one year in high school and are on a similar path to do so in college.Armani averaged 14.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game as a sophomore. Mountain View went 18-10 last season.

  • Mountain Pointe RB Paul Lucas picks up Oregon State offer

    No one has ever questioned Paul Lucas' speed.The Mountain Pointe track star won the Division I 100-meter dash title as a sophomore last season in 10.44 seconds, the fifth-fastest time in state history.But as a running back on the Pride's football team, Lucas still needed to prove he had the ability to make cuts, elude tacklers and see the field. After Friday night's game against Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, he answered any and all concerns.Lucas played a starring role in the upset of the Gaels, rushing eight times for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Shortly after, he was offered a scholarship by Oregon State, becoming the ninth East Valley player in the class of 2015 to pick up a D-I offer.With his game-breaking speed, Lucas could become a hot commodity on the recruiting scene if he keeps this up.

  • First Class: E.V. football seniors a peerless group of recruits

    Sometimes a shift is so gradual, its effect isn’t realized until an event forces retrospection.The Phoenix metropolitan area underwent unprecedented growth from 2000-09, as more than one million people made their way to the area, causing a 33 percent population increase.The subsequent housing collapse helped curb the boom and took some focus off the changed landscape, but there is one place where the results are resoundingly evident: the Arizona high school football scene.With a population increase so substantial, it seemed only a matter of time until the East Valley jumped up the list of destination spots for college football recruiters. A greater pool of players meant overall improvement and an increased ceiling for the cream of the crop.For many coaches, it took time to buy in. Arizona had long been known as an area large on space but short on elite talent, and few wanted to waste their time unless it was a sure thing. So Nebraska dabbled and Southern California would swoop in and steal top-flight recruits when needed, but in the early 2000s, it wasn’t open season quite yet.By 2008, the movement began. Michigan came down to recruit elite defensive lineman Craig Roh from Chaparral and quickly noticed the vast potential in his teammate, Taylor Lewan. Desert Vista’s Devon Kennard and Saguaro’s Corey Adams were also national recruits.


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