Eric Lira set to transfer to Mesquite with Phoenix Union district on football pause


Gilbert Mesquite five-star quarterback Ty Thompson will soon be adding another big-play receiver to his arsenal this fall with Phoenix Central senior wide receiver Eric Lira set to transfer in on Tuesday.

Lira said the he will be enrolling at Mesquite, which is down the road from where his father lives, on Tuesday. There is no school Monday because of Labor Day.

He said he has been living with his dad this summer.

Central is among the 11 schools in the Phoenix Union High School District, which isn’t starting football practice next week, because of COVID-19 concerns.

The district postponed all fall sports in mid-August. Those suspensions have yet to be lifted, as most other districts in the Valley are allowing for the first official football practices in helmets to begin on Monday.

Lira is ranked in the top 10 for Arizona high school football Athletes for the 2020-21 school year by The Arizona Republic. He also started at point guard on Central’s basketball team, averaging eight points and 10 assists last season. He runs on the track and field team, as well.

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Lira has been recruited in football by colleges. He is hoping to go to college on an athletic scholarship.

“It really puts all the athletes that want to play at the next level in a difficult situation,” Lira said about the PXU’s decision to postpone football. “I feel as if they didn’t give us enough understanding.”

Lira could be immediately eligible to play for the defending 4A champion Mesquite Wildcats, if the Phoenix Union district does not play a fall football season, according to the AIA eligibility bylaws.

Central coach Chandler Hovik calls Lira’s departure “bittersweet.”

Last season, in Hovik’s first year as head coach at Central, Lira, 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, caught 59 passes for 962 yards and eight touchdowns. He had 12 total TDs.

“I would have loved to have him finish his senior season at Central but, with the current situation and the unknown, this was the best choice for Eric and his future and I fully support his decision,” Hovik said. “He is going to do great things over there and I’m hoping they allow fans in the stands. If so, I will be there watching.”

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