The Grand Canyon State is home to a tight end prospect who is beginning to see his stock turn in an upward direction. The players' name is Steven Figueroa (6-5, 225, 4.7) from Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista.
Figueroa will be a three-year starter when his senior season rolls around. He earned first-team all-region honors for his junior season after accounting for 16 receptions for 262 yards and four touchdowns with a long of 45 yards. He as was a second-team all-region selection as a sophomore.
"Steven is a good blocker and he came around big time for us at the end of the season," Desert Vista coach Dan Hinds said. "We do a lot of things with him.
"We don't always put Steven with his hand down," Hinds said. "Sometimes he stands up like a wide receiver when we see a mismatch in the secondary. We also line him up in the slot.
"You have to love how athletic Steven is," Hinds said. "As of right now, he has the farthest shot put in the state with a throw of over 60-feet against great competition at the Arcadia meet a few weeks ago. He's very explosive.
"Steven has great hands," Hinds said. "He doesn't drop the football. He has the ability to run downfield and catch the football. He runs routes like a wide receiver.
On the recruiting front Figueroa has a written offer UNLV and the word is Colorado could offer any day
Arizona came by the school and invited Figueroa to attend their one day camp in June. Arizona State is also showing interest.
Figueroa currently benches 295, hang cleans 300 and has full squat of 355. That means he squats from the floor up.
Things are likely going to pick up this spring as more colleges come by the school and acquaint themselves with Figueroa.