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Arizona high school football program anticipates 11 transfers — and that's raising concerns locally

Sophomore quarterback Matt Purnell starts his first day at a new school on Monday.
Purnell’s move from Mesa Desert Ridge to Gilbert Higley is the fourth football transfer from Desert Ridge since last summer, when highly recruited sophomore defensive end and basketball player Jason Harris made the move.
In all, Higley football coach Eddy Zubey said he anticipates 11 transfers since last season, when the Knights had their deepest playoff run under Zubey. Higley reached the 4A semifinals, taking Scottsdale Saguaro into overtime before losing.
“The joke around here is that they’re ‘Desert Ridge South,’ ” Desert Ridge coach Jeremy Hathcock said