‘Jacks of All Trades: NAU Stockpiles AZ Prep Talent

NAU football is in the midst of one their best three-year runs in program history.

If the Lumberjacks 2015 recruiting class turns out to be as successful as they believe it will the future is as bright as the sun in the high altitudes of Flagstaff.

Head coach Jerome Souers and his staff landed 11 of their 21-member 2015 class from inside state lines. 

“High school football in Arizona, since I’ve been here 17 years, has continued to improved,” Souers told Sports360AZ.com after his annual LOI banquet at Little America Hotel in Flagstaff Wednesday night. “The fact that we’re able to solve more of our questions within the state…is an advantage for us.”

The local headliner of the class could be former Saguaro two-way star Kamron Johnson who earlier held an offer from Big Ten power Wisconsin before eventually landing at NAU. The signing day program listed the first-team all-state performer as an “athlete” who will play a number of offensive positions for the ‘Jacks.

Even more offensive firepower will come from former Hamilton Huskies standout Kendyl Taylor who transferred in from the University of Washington. The wide receiver will have two seasons of eligibility and expects to see plenty of action this fall.

On the defensive side a trio of Arizona linebackers will help fill gaps due to graduation. Tough Billy McEowen from Glendale Mountain Ridge and Hamilton’s Tristen Vance arrive from the Valley. They’ll be joined by Tucson Salpointe’s Taylor Powell. 

Souers was busy the past week traveling over 3,000 miles in four days leading up to Wednesday. 

NAU will have their spring game April 25th before opening their 2015 schedule at the University of San Diego on September 5th.

A Valley native, Eric has had a passion for the Arizona sports scene since an early age. He has covered some of the biggest events including Super Bowls, national championships and the NBA and MLB playoffs in his near 20 years in local media.