Treyben Letlow, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect, plays middle linebacker for Hayden High School and coach Shawn Baumgartner.
Hayden is considerably off the beaten path for college recruiters located just off highway 40 between Craig and Steamboat Springs, Colo. But a few college coaches might be inclined to make the trip if Letlow continues dominating during what remains of his senior season.
"He's a kid who has just really worked hard and has kind of worked himself into a situation where he has kind of caught some peoples' eyes," Baumgartner said. "He's the youngest of three boys in his family and his two older brothers both went on to play college football (Mesa State and Northern Colorado) so I think that has just always been a goal for him. I think that has really driven him. He has turned out to be a really good football player for us."
Letlow made the nearly four-hour drive to Boulder last week to watch Colorado defeat Georgia. He is being recruited by the Buffs but doesn't hold any Division I scholarship offers yet. Utah, Wyoming and Northern Colorado also are actively recruiting him, with Wyoming showing the most interest to this point, according to Baumgartner. He attended a camp at Utah over the summer.
Colorado began talking with Letlow during his junior year. Former CU assistant coach John Wristen also is recruiting Letlow to play at Colorado State-Pueblo, a Division II school.
His coach estimated Letlow has made roughly half of his team's total tackles so far this season. He also has played some tight end, fullback and split end on offense.
Letlow's team is struggling at 2-3, but the three losses have come to the No. 1 Class 1A team in the state and two teams from larger classifications.
Letlow is a solid student with a 3.0 GPA and isn't afraid of earning what he gets.
"He lives in the weight room," Baumgartner said. "He was the only kid that I had come in during two-a-days and he would ask for the key to the weight room and lift between practices."