Chandler WR Mitch McCulley accepts late Air Force offer

Chandler senior wide receiver Mitch McCulley, who overcame an injury that kept him out of most football activities last summer, finally got his dream ticket.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound McCulley accepted an offer to attend the Air Force Academy’s prep school and play football. He also gets to serve the nation.

McCulley led the 10-3, state semifinal Wolves with 662 receiving yards last season. He caught 41 passes, seven for touchdowns.

Air Force offensive coordinator Mike Thiessen called McCulley on Monday to offer him a slot in the prep school, McCulley said.

“I had been waiting for it and thought it might not happen, so it felt great getting the offer,” McCulley said. “I called my mom and dad as soon as I could and let them know the good news.

“It’s a great opportunity to play football and serve the nation as an officer. I have always been interested in being a pilot and am also interested in engineering. Both are great options at the Academy. I still need to pass the physicals but that shouldn’t be a problem.”

McCulley thanks everybody at Chandler, including his counselor, Geri Jaramillo, and positions coaches and head coach, for helping him get a chance in college.

“Coach (Shaun) Aguano’s wide open, hurry up, offense was a lot of fun,” McCulley said. “I can’t imagine a better offense for a wide receiver. Our offense allowed my offensive teammates and me to set numerous school records during my time at Chandler. Those are great memories that I will take with me as I move forward.”

After nominations from coaches, school staff and members of the Arizona high school football community, presents the 2013 All-Academic Football team for Divisions I and II. Spotlighting the state’s top student athletes who got the job done on the football field as well as in the classroom.

All-Academic Honorable Mention

QB: Kyle Allen, Senior, Desert Mountain, 3.75 GPA
QB: Antonio Hinojosa, Senior Mountain Pointe, 3.6 GPA
QB: Gunther Johnson, Sophomore, Boulder Creek, 4.5 GPA
QB: Brian Lewerke, Junior, Pinnacle, 4.2 GPA
QB: Gabe Losada, Junior, Saint Mary’s, 3.58 GPA
QB: Dalton Sneed, Junior, Horizon, 3.5 GPA
RB: Mitchell Carpenter, Senior, Willow Canyon, 3.917 GPA
RB: Josh Hoekstra, Senior, Pinnacle, 3.3 GPA unweighted
RB: Rajhan Meriweather, Senior, Basha, 3.78 GPA
RB: Joey Smith, Junior, Sunnyslope,  4.0 GPA
WR: Jalen Brown, Senior, Mountain Pointe, 3.75 GPA
WR: Will Edwards, Senior, Brophy, 3.6 GPA
WR: Terry Juniel, Senior, Valley Vista, 3.2 GPA unweighted
WR: Mitch McCulley, Senior, Chandler, 3.7 GPA
WR: Wayne Scatena, Senior, Willow Canyon, 4.58 GPA
WR: Jeremiah Sullivan, Senior, Saint Mary’s, 3.92 GPA