Chandler Basha kicks off his 2022 football season against one of Southern California’s better teams, Los Alamitos, featuring one of the nation’s top quarterbacks and wide receivers, Malachi Nelson and Makai Lemon.
Both 5-star 2023 players are committed to USC.
Nelson, 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, is rated the No. 1 quarterback in California and No. 2 in the nation by 247Sports. Nelson last season scored 2,690 yards and 39 touchdowns with eight interceptions.
Lemon, 6-foot, 180 pounds, is rated by 247Sports as the No. 1 athlete in the nation in the class of 2023. Lemon caught 65 passes for 1,062 yards and 15 TDs last season.
Basha coach Chris McDonald said his team will travel to Los Alamitos to play on September 2 or 3, the first weekend of the high school season in Arizona.
“That will be a good match-up to open,” McDonald said. “We were looking for someone and made it a great experience for the kids.”
Key individual matchups pit Basha 2023 cornerback Cole Martin against Lemon and Basha 2023 corner Jeremiah Vessel against 2023 and Oklahama commit DeAndre Moore Jr., who is rated the No. 5 wide receiver in its class in the country by 247Sports.
Ship and Martin can be assigned to either recipient.
Martin committed himself to Oregon on New Year’s Day. He is The Republic of Arizona‘s no. 1 2023 football prospect. Martin is rated the No. 9 cornerback in the nation in its class in the 247Sports Composite.
Basha also has The Republic‘s no. 1 2024 college prospect in dual-threat quarterback Demond Williams Jr., who has started since his freshman year.
McDonald said there is a chance the match will be broadcast by Bally’s.
Last year’s schedule may have hurt the Bears, who lost 38-20 to Peoria Liberty in the first round of the Open Division playoffs after playing 10-0 for the first time in the regular season. , but avoided playing Chandler and Hamilton.
Basha returns all of his top players from his historic season, including offensive lineman James Durand, athletes Miles Lockhart and Deshaun Buchanan, wide receiver Bryson Dedmon, and linebackers Wyatt Milkovic and Jack Bleier, all top recruits.
“It’s going to be okay,” McDonald said of the showdown with Los Alamitos, who went 9-2 and lost to powerhouse St. John Bosco 63-38 in the playoffs. “We are both public schools with a lot of talent. There will be a lot of star ratings on the field.”
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