Jonathan Van Diest has endeared himself to Colorado fans with his love for the Buffs and his playmaking ability between the lines. The people in charge of lining up top talent for the Under Armour All-American Game also took notice of his skills.
The Under Armour All-American Game is one of the two most prestigious post-season high school all-star games. The contest will be played in Orlando, Fla., and will be televised live on ESPN on Jan. 1, 2017, at 11 am (MST).
“It definitely came out of left field,” Van Diest said of the invite. “I am hoping this is the type of stage I'll play on in college so I think it is a good opportunity to represent [Cherry] Creek, represent the Buffs, and put in work and kind of show what I have. … I am really ecstatic, I think that is the best word I can use to describe how I feel.”
Van Diest's Bruins suffered a 19-7 loss against a talented Regis squad last Friday to open the season. They will attempt to bounce back at Doherty this Friday.
“We definitely have a lot of young, talented guys but when it comes down to it, we need to correct our mistakes and bond together as a team,” Van Diest said. “The teams we've had the past couple years were really tight knit groups with guys that kind of know what they are doing.
“This year it is a test for us to see if, as a pretty new squad on defense and offense, we can put it all together. We made some mistakes but everything is correctable and we'll be fine for the rest of the season, I think.”
A couple of Van Diest's teammates were giving him updates on the score of the Rocky Mountain Showdown during the game last Friday.
“That is definitely what you want to see when the team is looking very good and has a lot of momentum building,” he said of the Buffaloes' 44-7 victory over Colorado State. “It was good to see them destroy CSU... sorry CSU fans.
“It is really encouraging and exciting to know I'll be a part of that and be under [head] coach [Mike] Mac[Intrye] and [defensive coordinator and linebackers] coach [Jim] Leavitt and refine my skill and just get better and play and have fun.”
Van Diest will be up in Boulder to attend the Buffaloes' game against Oregon State on Oct. 1 with a large group of other recruits.
Miller and Polley helped Denton improve to 2-0 with a 31-21 victory over Sanger last Friday. A two-way standout, Miller caught a touchdown pass in the second quarter, and he caught three other passes during the game. The day after the game, Polley added a new offer from UCLA. Polley is left in the picture below:
Servite dropped to 1-1 last Friday after falling to Bishop Amat, 14-10. Lytle accounted for 219 yards of offense in the loss. His highlights from the game below:
Allen improved to 2-0 with a home 45-10 victory over Evangel Christian Academy, a Louisiana-based high school. Sherman has helped Allen's offense score 70 points through two weeks, and they will look to keep that momentum going this Friday at Coppell, which has also started out the season with back-to-back wins. Sherman is set to take his official visit to Colorado the weekend of Oct. 1.
Shenault caught a 61-yard touchdown as DeSoto enjoyed a second straight blowout victory, this time over Guyer, 51-17. The Eagles outscored their first two opponents by a combined score of 98-30. They will face a challenge at Midland this Friday.
After a strong showing in his first game as a senior, Wells will miss this Friday's game as South Sumter takes on Hernando. “I'll be back next week, it is just a sprained ankle,” he told BuffStampede.com.
Sparaco helped IMG Academy to another victory as they edged Centennial, a talented California-based high school program, 50-49, on Saturday. Sparaco continues to make plays on defense for IMG Academy. Highlights from his first three games as a senior:
After defeating Deer Valley on Aug. 26, Landman and his Monte Vista teammates enjoyed a week off. They will play at Foothill this Friday night.
Newman and his La Mirada teammates enjoyed a big win over Orange Lutheran in week one but suffered a tough 34-0 loss to St. John Bosco last weekend. Despite the disappointing outcome, Newman showcased his impressive closing speed. His highlights from the game:
After falling to Golden Valley in their season opener on Aug. 26, Osling and his Antelope Valley teammates have had a week to lick their wounds and prepare to host West Ranch this weekend. A look at Osling's highlights against Golden Valley below:
Olver and his Marin Catholic teammates bounced back from a season opening loss at Central Catholic with a 31-15 victory at Menlo-Atherton last week. Two clips of Olver from the game below:
Fontenot returned the opening kickoff 89-yards for a touchdown but George Ranch fell to 1-1 after losing to Dickinson, 28-14, last weekend. Fontenot finished with 107 yards and a rushing touchdown on 16 carries. His highlights from the game:
Bell had 59 all-purpose yards as Murrieta Valley defeated Redlands, 41-28, last weekend to improve to 2-0.
Lewis and his Granite Bay teammates fell to 0-2 after losing to Whitney, 41-21, last weekend.
Paige and his ThunderRidge teammates traveled out to Orlando, where they lost their opener to Tift County, a Georgia-based high school, 55-19.
Hamilton had a strong opener, recording two sacks, but ASA College fell to Navy Prep, 32-14.
Jackson is out for the 2016 season with a torn ACL. In his absence, his Cedar Hill teammates edged Mansfield, 42-41, last Friday to improve to 1-1 after losing to talented Bishop Gorman in week one.