The next player to watch is cornerback Greg Gwinn, a sophomore who is already drawing interesting from Boise State, BYU, Eastern Washington, Idaho and Utah State. Although the 5-foot-10, 165-pound Gwinn does not have any offers yet, he expects recruiting to pick up during his junior year, one where he is primed to break out.
"I'm hoping to get some offers next season," Gwinn said. "I have a lot of interest from schools, and even recruiting for Tristen and Kyler didn't pick up until their junior years."
Gwinn was a key piece of the 2013 Highland defense that led the state in points allowed per game at 13.8. He recorded five interceptions and 47 tackles that year, and many teams chose not to throw to his side of the field.
When linebackers coach Andy Avalos visited Highland as part of the Bronco Blitz, Gwinn was a clear standout. NCAA rules didn't allow Avalos to speak with prospects, but Gwinn approached him and introduced himself.
"We talked for a little bit," Gwinn said. "He couldn't talk much because of the dead period. It got me excited to have them there."
Gwinn played quarterback and outside linebacker in middle school and during summer drills with Highland. But, when two-a-days started before his freshman season, Highland head coach Gino Mariani moved him to cornerback. He started on varsity for the Rams as a freshman, sharing the field with his then-senior brother Vinny, also a cornerback.
Gwinn attributes his early playing time to his offseason dedication.
"What I'm all about is preparation and working when nobody is looking," Gwinn said. "The closeness you get with the team, the passion you have and the workouts you got through together make you feel like the coolest guy in the world. You're on top of the world."
Gwinn is also a standout baseball player for the Rams varsity and top Legion team. The center fielder stays busy during the summer as he balances Legion games and attending football camps across the United States. It's all part of a plan to become a better athlete.
"At the start of the summer my parents and I come up with a schedule of camps and I coordinate with the Legion coaches," Gwinn said. "They put me on a team and I go from there. I'm pretty busy. My favorite part are the camps; the 7-on-7s, the lifting and running workouts. Watching yourself progress is really fulfilling."
Gwinn says football is his No. 1 sport and is working to play in college. At this point, he says BYU and Utah State are recruiting him the hardest. He will attend a camp in Logan, Utah, on June 9.
And while it's still early in the process for him, Gwinn says he does have a dream school.
"I really like Washington and Boise State I really, really like their programs," he said. "My brother goes to Boise State and I go stay with him some times. I would love to play there."