Some of America's best high school football is played the valley east of Phoenix.

Scottsdale. Chandler. Gilbert. Mesa. They're full of three- and four-star prospects. 

"There’s a reason Arizona has become a recruiting hotbed," said Chandler High School coach Rick Garretson. "We’ve got a lot of players on the quarterback side of things, the defense side of things. We’re acclimated to the climate, to having our kids working throughout the year."

Garretson has two outside linebackers — Malik Reed and Tate Romney — Nebraska is recruiting for its 2020 class. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Reed is among the many prospects visiting Saturday for NU's Red-White spring game. Last year, Garretson's school sent players to Texas, BYU, Kansas State and California, among others. Starting next week, when colleges can start making trips to high schools, Garretson eventually expects 85-90 programs to drop in. 

Nebraska will surely be one of them. After all, NU snagged the state of Arizona's Nos. 3, 5 and 15 prospects in the 2019 class when Noa Pola-Gates, Ty Robinson and Javin Wright signed. That trio arrives in May. All three of them, Garretson said, played within a few minutes of Chandler High School. They chose the Huskers over heavy attention from Pac-12 schools. 

Reed has those same kind of Pac-12 offers. UCLA has moved in strong. Arizona is a factor. He's scheduled a June official visit to Wisconsin, as well. 

Garretson said Reed's versatility makes him a good grab for inside or outside linebacker.

"He can be an edge rusher, a drop back into coverage guy, a run filler," Garretson said. "He’s multiple and he has a nose for the football. If you’re on offense and you’re playing Chandler, you have to know where he’s at, because he’s going to cause some issues." 

Reed is one of two known prospects from Arizona visiting this weekend. The other is receiver/kicking specialist Tommy Christakos, from Scottsdale Chaparral High School. 

More to come on NU's big spring game visit weekend. 

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