Prep Notes: Jal’s Carreon picks Boise State football - Albuquerque Journal

Prep Notes: Jal’s Carreon picks Boise State football

Roger Carreon

The meeting was not planned, Roger Carreon said.

Near the end of the first day of his official visit to Boise State, Carreon asked for a meeting with Broncos coach Andy Avalos.

Carreon was with his mother and brother as they entered Avalos’ office last Friday.

“I walked in and told him, ‘This is home,’ ” Carreon said. “It was a very emotional moment.”

Jal High School’s senior tackle didn’t need to take any other official visits to make his decision on college. Carreon, arguably New Mexico’s most sought-after and highest-rated prep football prospect for the fall 2021 season, made his commitment to Boise State known on Sunday night when he announced it on his Twitter account after returning to Jal from Idaho.

But the Broncos knew on Friday.

“I wanted it to be special,” the 6-foot-4½, 300-pound Carreon said. “I wanted them to hear it from me personally. I didn’t even tell my mom or anyone else.”

New Mexico, Oregon State, UNLV, Air Force, Northern Arizona, Army, Texas State and Illinois State also had offered Carreon.

“UNM did a great job of recruiting me,” Carreon said. “They stuck with me throughout this whole process. I like UNM a lot; they encouraged me to stay home. They preached that I would make a good impact in the state.”

Until Carreon signs his national letter of intent later this year, he remains recruitable.

But in an interview Monday morning, Carreon didn’t sound like he was going to change his mind. Boise State was his first official visit.

The Broncos preached to him about “family, brotherhood,” Carreon said, adding that that was an important element to the recruiting process to him. Boise State, a member of the Mountain West Conference, offered Carreon a scholarship in mid-February.

“Boise State was my top school to begin with, ever since they offered me,” Carreon said. “It just felt right to me. As soon as I stepped on that campus, I knew.”

But he kept it to himself, he said, until he could meet with Avalos.

TOUGH SETBACK: Del Norte’s stellar scoring guard, Shane Douma-Sanchez, suffered a serious injury in a recent club game and is likely to miss the entirety of the 2021-22 boys basketball season for the defending Class 4A state champions.

Douma-Sanchez tore an ACL, Knights coach Jeron McIntosh said, adding that his junior-to-be is expected to soon have surgery.

With the rehab window of about 6-9 months, McIntosh said he is inclined to let Douma-Sanchez completely heal and return healthy for his senior season in 2022-23, rather than have him rush back and try to be ready for the end of the upcoming season.

WRESTLING: The Dream Team for the 2021 high school wrestling season has been announced.

This year’s honorees are:

Bryson Valdez, Aztec (106 pounds); Julian Juarez, Farmington (113); Joshua Robison, Sandia (120); Avery Atma, Las Cruces (126); Taeoma Frank, Farmington (132); Tye Barker, Centennial (138); Emilio Cordova, Atrisco Heritage (145); Jayden Luttrell, La Cueva (152); Xzavier Romero-Trujillo, Cleveland (160); Jacob Vialpando, Atrisco Heritage (170); Jacob Fuentes, Carlsbad (182); Kymani Castillo, Cleveland (195); Shane McCoy, Piedra Vista (220); Zach Doyle, Los Lunas (HVWT).

Farmington’s Frank was named the senior wrestler of the year.

MOON LANDS NEW JOB: Bill Moon, a high school football coach whose stops as a head coach include Rio Rancho, Santa Fe and Capital, is the new head coach at Santa Fe Indian School.

Moon was Rio Rancho’s first head coach.

Also, Capital last week announced that it, too, had chosen a new leader: Joaquin Garcia. He was a running backs and linebackers coach under Moon the past two seasons at Capital.

ANOTHER CRANDALL FOR GATORADE: Artesia’s RyLee Crandall is the Gatorade softball Player of the Year. She has won 10 games in the circle with a 0.22 ERA, and has struck out 131 batters in 62⅓ innings. At the plate, she’s hit nine home runs this season for the Bulldogs. The junior has committed to play for Baylor.

Artesia is the No. 2 seed for this week’s Class 4A state tournament.

RyLee’s older sister, Kali, won the same Gatorade award following the 2018 season for Artesia.

THIS AND THAT: Las Cruces High 6-foot-11 post Isaiah Carr on Monday morning made a verbal commitment to play basketball for Division I Grand Canyon, which is one of the top rivals in the Western Athletic Conference for his hometown New Mexicio State Aggies. … Former Volcano Vista quarterback Diego Pavia has received his first Division I offer, at Saint Francis University of the Northeast Conference in Loretto, Pennsylvania, Pavia announced on social media. Saint Francis is a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) program.

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