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: www.azstarnet.com/sports/ 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