Two years ago life was moving fast for Desert Edge sophomore defensive back Jonathan Kamara.
With his parents back in his home land of Africa, Kamara’s family chose to relocate Jonathan, and his sister, from Philadelphia, where he was living since age seven, to the southwest Valley with his aunt and uncle.
How good can Jack Endean be by the time he’s done at Tanque Verde? “He’s another elite recruiting prospect from Tucson, and if he can stay healthy and earn a ton of reps at Tanque Verde, which he will, then he could be the best offensive line that the hometown Wildcats will regret not landing. Oklahoma State got a good one.”
Long-time Salpointe assistant coach Al Alexander takes over at Sahuaro. The Cougars have had quite a bit of success in the past but slipped to 1-8 last year. Does Coach Al have the talent in place to flip this script this fall? “This is a tough one, because the pandemic hurt the Cougars. Players were either in protocols, struggled in the classroom and became ineligible, or had a difficult time adjusting to the new — but brief — norm. Al has his work cut out for him, but the east side of Tucson breeds athletes. The challenging part for Al will be corralling kids to stay and play for Sahuaro rather than going to nearby Sabino or the up-and-coming Mica Mountain Thunderbolts.”
Lastly, do feel this could be a big breakout season for massive 2024 Canyon Del Oro lineman Sa’Kylee Woodard? “He’s had one full season in the weight room and earned significant reps as a true freshman, which very seldom happens. Woodard’s body continues to transform and the next two years will be interesting to watch, because we could be talking about him as the next Bijan Robinson-level prospect from Tucson. The type to have five stars next to his name. He’s that big-time.”