Top 100: The Republic’s top HS football prospects in class of ’26


It’s that time of year again to get the Arizona high school football recruiting lists cranking. We’ve started the Big 150 list for top 2025 recruits. Now it’s time to start rolling out the Top 100 in the 2026 class in Arizona high schools.

The Arizona Republic ranks them by presenting 10 a week, until it reaches 100. This class is stacked as the state continues to grow. Keep coming back each week to see who is added. High school coaches provide input to rank players.

Tony Cumberland practices with his teammates at the Desert Mountain High football field in Scottsdale on May 3, 2023.

Top 100 2026

1. Tony Cumberland, Scottsdale Desert Mountain, DL, 6-5, 290

He’s been a grown man since his freshman year when he started varsity on both sides of the ball. An injury derailed him last season but coach Conrad Hamilton says Cumberland is progressing well, calling him one of the the best college prospects he has ever coached. And he’s been around some great high school athletes in his life. Cumberland checks all of the boxes to someday be a Sunday player on the defensive line, primarily that defensive tackle. Big, strong, quick, nasty streak. The 2024 season will be the year of redemption for the Oregon commit.

“Once he puts it all together, it will be scary,” Hamilton said.

2. Tait Reynolds, Queen Creek, QB, 6-4, 205

He’s not only one of the best baseball players (committed to Arizona State in the sport) but one of the top football players, a big, strong quarterback who can make all the throws and will be starting his third season on varsity during his junior year. He recently took an unofficial visit to Oklahoma, where he threw in front of coaches. His football recruiting has ramped up this spring, and when spring football starts he’ll continue to juggle baseball with football and show college coaches how ready he is to become a…

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Publish date : 2024-03-29 14:22:57

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