Here we go. In just 27 days, the University of Arizona will take on BYU on Saturday, Sept. 3 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. We will be honoring and listing 50 of the greatest high school football players from the state of Arizona (not just Southern Arizona) who went on to play for the Wildcats until kickoff.
This list honors high school achievements only. Some went on to have great careers with Arizona and in the pros but many did not. Some still hold Arizona high school records like our first honoree, Ted Bland.
This list is not a countdown from No. 50 to No. 1. That would be a nearly impossible task. Again, it’s not a list of the 50 greatest players with the greatest impact at Arizona. That list is for another day.
Day 27: Jerry Beasley, Sunnyside (1983): Arizona (1987)
Jerry Beasley was the defensive piece of the trio of Sunnyside standouts that went on to star for Arizona at the same time. Beasley, along with running back David Adams and receiver Jon Horton, represented a bridge between the past and the future of Arizona athletics. We might never again see three players from the same high school go on to start for their local college at the same time – not in the Pac 12 anyway.
Even more impressive, all three grew up south of the railroad tracks.
Beasley went on to be one of Arizona’s all-time best linebackers before spending time in the CFL. He was one of seven former Blue Devils to play professionally. Only Amphitheater has been able to match that total.
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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on AZPreps365.com and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com