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August 25, 2012

Mountain Pointe stars making noise

Nobody hanging around the field following Mountain Pointe (Ariz) High School's historic, 17-14 upset of Arizona powerhouse Hamilton was in much of a mood to talk about the future. They were living in the now.

Mountain Pointe players were too consumed by celebration to worry much about college recruitment. Those on the Hamilton side weren't in the mood to be bothered. There were things to be gleaned in small doses, though.

A look at the recruiting scuttle surrounding four of Mountain Pointe's most notable players:

OL Kenny Lacy
Lacy remained non-committal about the perception that he favors UCLA. He restated that he will take his official visit to the Bruins' campus on Sept.8 , but insisted he did not plan to commit on the trip as some expect.

Instead, he's painting it as a run-of-mill recon mission.

"I'm excited to see what it's like out there and see how I fit into it possibly," he said. "It's the first year there with coach (Jim) Mora. He's a great coach. I'm excited to see what he can do."

The 270-pound offensive linemen has maintained that an offer from Florida could shake up his recruitment and force him to axe one of his planned official visits in favor of a trip to Gainesville. Following Friday's game, he said things with the Gators are getting serious and an offer could come in at any time.

"I haven't talked to Florida in a couple days, but they say they're real close," Lacy said. "They tell me to consider myself offered, but Coach (Will) Muschamp hasn't made it official."

OL Natrell Curtis
It's been pretty obvious that Curtis favors Arkansas for a while, but Friday marked the first time he actually said it in as many words.

"Arkansas is my No. 1 school right now," he said. "Arkansas, man, they're No. 1 on my list right now. But I'm still open.

Curtis also said he expects an offer from Notre Dame in the coming weeks and that the Irish would receive serious consideration should that come to fruition. He plans to wait until after the season to start taking official visits. At this time, only Arkansas is a lock to receive a visit.

TE Thair Blakes
It's not football as much as it's academics that's holding Blakes back in the offer column. His lone scholarship option comes from Northern Arizona, but the Mountain Pointe tight end looked like an FBS prospect against Hamilton. Standing 6-foot-5 and moving well for that size, Blakes, who transferred to Mountain Pointe from Saint Mary's, says college coaches want him to raise his grades before making offers.

He is currently receiving interest from Arizona State, Arizona, San Diego State and Utah. Blakes is an academic risk, but a talent nonetheless.

WR Jalen Brown
Following Friday's game, Brown said there's nothing new in his recruitment. But his performance in the contest warrants mention anyway. Brown recovered a fumble and made a key interception from the safety spot in the victory. He also looked quick and sure-handed playing his natural position of wide receiver.

He was the catalyst in the upset and projects as one the Arizona's top players in the class of 2014. He already holds 14 scholarship offers and more should come in throughout the year. He declines to name an early favorite or discuss plans for future unofficial visits.

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