Three Top Eastmark Football Players Begin Chandler Basha Process
Mesa Eastmark, it seems, is losing three of its best players — essentially the core of the team — with defensive end/wide receiver Javery Mayberry, linebacker/tight end Jordan Howard and running back Javien Celaya starting. the transfer process to Chandler Basha.
Basha sporting director Eric Magana said he was in communication with Eastmark AD Kraig Leuschner over the process which will likely be completed next week.
“They started the process with the intention of registering here at Basha,” Magana said. “They’re still in the early stages with that.
“They’re not doing anything with Basha until registration is approved. There’s an intention to come this way but they’re still technically Eastmark students.”
Last year, Basha hosted two of Chandler Hamilton’s best players – cornerback/puncher returner Cole Martin and running back/defensive back Deshaun Buchanan – who helped them lead the regular season draw at 10 -0 and earn a spot in the Arizona Interscholastic Association. eight-team open division playoffs.
Martin and Buchanan will be the top seniors next season, while Mayberry, Howard and Celaya will be the juniors.
They were expected to make Eastmark a favorite to win the 3A title in the 2022 season.
Eastmark coach Scooter Molander would not comment on the potential moves.
Basha was already entering the 2022 season as one of the favorites to win the Open with a core consisting of quarterback Demond Williams Jr., Martin, Buchanan and cornerback Jeremiah Vessel, who left Louisiana in the summer. last.
Basha’s coach Chris McDonald said he didn’t know anything about the Eastmark players until they approached the school for a transfer.
McDonald said they went through sporting director Eric Magana.
Mayberry, 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, is ranked No. 23 in the state in the 2024 class by the Arizona Republic. He also plays basketball.
Howard, 6-2, 230, is considered an impact player on the line. And Celaya, 5-10, 180, has huge potential to become a breakout player.
All three will have to go through the Arizona Interscholastic Association to request hardship to avoid having to sit out the first half of the season with the transfer.
Eastmark went 7-4 last season when Celaya led the Firebirds on the ground with 673 yards and 12 touchdowns on 107 carries. He also had 11 catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns.
Mayberry only played one game last season due to injury.
Howard had 64 tackles, 11 for a loss and eight sacks.
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