If you’re looking for future Saturday stars, Casteel and Centennial are good places to start.

This is a look at the top recruiting prospects for the azcentral sports Aug. 17 Game of the Week.


Gunner Cruz, QB, 6-5, 225, Sr.

He committed this summer to Washington State. He was the school’s first football player to garner a Division I offer last year by Arizona State. But after Todd Graham was fired and offensive coordinator Billy Napier left to be head coach at Louisiana, ASU didn’t continue to pursue. He added an inch and gained 15 pounds since his junior season, when he led the Colts to a 14-0 record and 3A state championship. He is poised in the pocket and has a strong, accurate arm.

Brandon Babcock, OL, 6-6, 280, Sr.

He recently committed to Yale. Long, powerful reach with quick feet, he protects Cruz’s blind side in the passing game.

Khyheem Waleed, WR, 6-3, 180, Sr.

After missing the first five games last year with the transfer from Chandler Hamilton, Waleed quickly showed why major colleges began lining up in the spring. He has speed, quickness, good hands. He has 14 Division I offers, including ASU, Arizona, Cal, Oregon, Michigan State and Iowa State.

Cameron Brown, S, 6-0, 195, Sr.

A two-star recruit by 247Sports, Brown, a physical safety with great ball skills, holds offers from Pennsylvania and San Diego. A great game against Centennial will surely boost Brown’s recruiting.

Watch list: WR Zach Nelson, 6-1, 185, Sr. Reliable hands who is physical and will make big plays, he is reminiscent of Tempe Corona del Sol senior WR Ricky Pearsall Jr., who was offered this summer by ASU. … Brock Dieu, OL, 6-1, 265, So. He started as a freshman and keeps getting bigger and stronger. Very mature kid who will be a major-college recruit.

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Kieran Clark, CB, 6-0, 185, Sr.

Not as big as former Centennial cornerback Dominique Hampton, who was 6-2, 191 pounds last year when he committed to Washington. Clark is fast, as well, and has a chance to be special. His recruiting picked up some in the summer with offers from Hawaii, Nevada and South Dakota State. This game will help get noticed by Power 5 schools.

Carson Keltner, C/G, 6-2, 285, Sr.

This is a chance for arguably the state’s best center to get his recruiting going after picking up his only offer from Air Force on May 23. Keltner is the vocal leader who also leads by examples and anchors what could be the state’s best run game in Arizona.

Watch list: Eric Cire Fields II, FS, 6-3, 195, Sr. He is a beast who comes from strong football bloodlines with his father having played at ASU. … Tawee Walker, RB, 5-10, 195, Sr. He also plays strong safety. Moved from Las Vegas. A huge first half of the season will generate large interest. … Jaydin Young, SS/RB, 5-10, 175, Jr. Great instincts on defense, tremendous talent. Older brother  Dedrick was standout linebacker at Nebraska.


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