Over the next three days we will feature our picks of Southern Arizona's top preseason high school football players.
Our countdown continues today with Mountain View's Corbin Gouby, an experienced leader on both sides of the ball.
• The rundown: Corbin Gouby, TE/MLB, 6-2, 215, Mountain View, senior
• Who he is: Called up to the varsity half way through his freshman year, Gouby has spent the past two seasons stalking opposing ball carriers from sideline to sideline as the Mountain Lions' inside linebacker. Roaming the middle of the field for Mountain View, Gouby has size, strength, a nose for the football, a love of hitting and the determination to rarely give up ground after making contact. Mountain View coach Clarence McRae considers him a natural who he prefers to just let play. The leader of not only the defense but the entire team, Gouby is one of the main reasons Mountain View doubled its win total (8-4) from the season before and returned to the postseason for the first time since 2008. This year he also will be more involved on offense as the Mountain Lions' starting tight end. Gouby has shown the ability to catch passes in past seasons, but this year hopes to be an asset setting the edge as a blocker after adding 30 pounds to his bench press (335) and 50 to his squat max, which is more than 500 pounds.
• Proof he's good: Gouby was a first-team All-Southern Arizona linebacker in 2012 with 80 tackles as a junior, including 12 in a playoff win over Cienega. He used the offseason to focus on his diet to trim down in hopes of being even more agile and aggressive this season. As a sophomore, Gouby was named an All-Southern Arizona second-team linebacker in 2011, finishing with 94 tackles, 56 of which were solo. Gouby had a busy summer attended camps at the UA, Kentucky, San Diego State, North Dakota State and NAU. Along with plenty of positive feedback, Gouby performed well enough to receive an offer from NAU to go along with his offer from North Dakota. The Division I hopeful has talked with Wildcats defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel, and would prefer to stay out west, preferable in the Pac-12.
• He said it: "He's a kid who works hard. He grinds every day. He's constantly trying to learn the game and get better. He's a D-I kid and hopefully he gets an opportunity and a school takes a chance on him." - McRae