Before going to UA, Ka'Deem Carey finished with 5,702 yards rushing and a state-record 87 TDs in his CDO career.


Over the next four weeks, the Star will count down the top 10 football players from each major Southern Arizona High School program.

School: Canyon del Oro

Name: Ka'Deem Carey

Achievements: Before he rushed for a school-record 1,929 yards with the Arizona Wildcats last season and became a Heisman Trophy candidate, Carey was arguably the most accomplished high school football player to ever come out of Southern Arizona. As a junior, Carey rushed for a whopping 2,738 yards and 45 touchdowns, leading the Dorados to the 4A-I state title and a perfect 14-0 season in 2009. One season later, Carey rushed for 1,754 yards and 26 scores as CDO finished state runner-up. He was a two-time AZFCA Big 25 player, with 5,702 yards rushing and a state-record 87 touchdowns in his career.

The big number: 427. In the 2009 4A-I state quarterfinals, Carey picked apart eighth-seeded Glendale Apollo for 427 yards rushing to set the Southern Arizona single-game record. He had scoring runs of 71, 57, 49, 25, 13 and 4 yards in the 63-35 rout.

From the archives: "He's furious. He can do anything at any point. He's a special kid and anytime he touches the ball he could go the distance." - CDO coach Dusty Peace, in the Sept. 5, 2009, Arizona Daily Star

Coming up: Find out who the all-time top 10 players from Catalina are in Wednesday's Star.

On StarNet: View a slideshow of the top 10 football players in Canyon del Oro through the years at: football/high-school-and-prep/

cDO's Top 10

1. Ka'Deem Carey, RB, 2011

2. Richard Rucker, RB/LB, 1974

3. Craig Davis, HB/LB, 1985

4. Jason Verdugo, QB, 1993

5. Tony Brown, RB, 1994

6. Larry Epling, WR/HB/DB, 1972

7. Ed Hochuli, HB/DB, 1969

8. Aaron Tevis, TE/LB, 2007

9. Blake Martinez,TE/FB/LB, 2012

10. Kevin Thomas, OL/DL, 1982

- Daniel Gaona