We’ve spent the past three weeks rolling out a comprehensive Arizona high school football preview, including team previews, region previews, conference previews, player profiles, player rankings, predictions and more.
Now we want to hear from you: Who will prove himself as the best player in 6A Region 4? Cast your vote below and let us know who you think will be the East Valley player of the year in 2020.
We will send a free SBLive Arizona T-shirt to the winner of this poll! (Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8.)
RB/LB Zeke Branham, Skyline. He has Division I scholarship offers from Fresno State, New Mexico State, Penn and a few other schools, per 247Sports.com. He ran for 238 yards and three TDs, caught 15 passes for 110 yards, and had two interceptions and 51 tackles (three for loss) on defense.
QB Damyian Duarte, Dobson. He completed 44 of 88 passes for 612 yards and seven touchdowns last year, and he carried the ball 81 times for 702 yards and seven scores.
WR Xavier Jimenez, Dobson. He typically plays in the slot, where he caught 30 passes a year ago for 467 yards and four TDs.
QB Gavin Letourneau, Westwood. He completed 107 of 212 passes for 1,560 yards and 14 touchdowns with just five interceptions last season.
QB John Mendoza, Mesa. He completed 122 of 192 passes for 1,398 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2019.
QB Jack Nelson, Skyline. He has done a little of everything in his high school career, and now he’s the starting quarterback. “Football players play football. Jack’s a football player. He’ll play football,” Coyotes coach George Hawthorne said.
WR/DB Jeremiah Reed, Westwood. He made eight catches for 119 yards and a touchdown last season. He had 43 tackles and two interceptions, as well as a recovered fumble and a blocked field goal.
LB Alex Sanchez, Skyline. One of the region’s top linebackers and a talented wrestler, he had 63 tackles (three for loss), a sack and a fumble recovery in 2019.
WR/LB Jake Schmitt, Corona del Sol. He hauled in 24 passes for 391 yards and five touchdowns in 2019. Defensively, he had 94 tackles, 2½ sacks and a fumble recovery.
S Tyler Speece, Skyline. He sports offers from a number of Division III and NAIA programs. He made 30 tackles and an interception last season.
WR Kvon Sutton, Mesa. Sutton is one of the top returning receivers in the region, making 24 catches for 456 yards and eight touchdowns a year ago.
QB Quade Swearingen, Corona del Sol. He completed 151 of 277 passes for 2,010 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. Aztecs coach Jon Becktold praised his leadership skills and how his teammates respond to him.
RB Anyale Velazquez, Corona del Sol. He ran for 720 yards and five touchdowns as a junior and caught 21 passes for 209 yards.