Gerard Martinez

Pre-Spring Evaluation Period Top 10

An early look at 10 of the top prospects in Colorado from the Class of 2018... the list will be updated and expanded in the summer, and again next winter after they have played their senior season.


Jackson is a long, athletic defender with a frame to gain substantially more weight. His versatility has allowed him to play both safety and linebacker at the prep level. He will need to shore up his tackling technique before he sees the field in a college football game. Jackson has been more receptive to the Buffaloes' interest in him since their 10 win season, but right now USC, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Washington appear to be leading.


The son of a coach, Robinson is a heady player that excels on both sides of the ball for Highlands Ranch. He will likely fit into the Buff linebacker position that was created for Ryan Moeller last season. Robinson has a frame that looks Pac-12 ready. Colorado's first commitment for 2018, Robinson has followed the example set by Dante Sparaco and Jonathan Van Diest last cycle by being an active recruiter for the Buffaloes.


Because his playing time was limited as Dylan McCaffrey's back-up at Valor Christian the previous two seasons, Stenstrom is a lesser known commodity. But with a small sample size he has shown good accuracy, athleticism and decision making. And he has good bloodlines (his dad Steve Stenstrom starred at Stanford before playing in the NFL) and size (measured in at 6-foot-4, 199-pounds at The Opening regional event in New Orleans last weekend).


A slotback that can make plays as a ball-carrier or pass catcher, Borghi is arguably the most entertaining player to watch in the Centennial State. He had racked up nearly 4,300 all-purpose yards as a three-year letterman before a torn ACL sidelined him last season. What Borghi lacks in height, he makes up for in explosiveness. He grew up cheering for the Buffs and will re-join his former Pomona teammate Jake Moretti in Boulder next summer.


Appropriately classified as an athlete, Stanley could end up playing either wide receiver or cornerback at the next level. He has a long, lean frame with the speed to perform at the power conference level. The son of former Buff standout Walter Stanley, Dimitri is giving Colorado's offer strong consideration but he plans to take some other unofficial visits before deciding. Nebraska, Louisville, Iowa State and Colorado State have also offered.


Colleges slept on his brother Toby, who led Colorado State in sacks as a true freshman last year. Two Pac-12 programs are trying not to make the same mistake with Trey. Colorado and Cal have both offered, and he has an offer from Colorado State, Northern Colorado and Wyoming. McBride is listed on Scout as an outside linebacker, but the Buffaloes project him as a tight end. He plays with good body control, strength, and he has good hands.


Playing as a traditional defensive end in Legend's 4-3 scheme, Wildeman showed an array of pass rush moves during his junior season for which he earned first-team all-state honors. Wildeman picked up his first power conference offer from Arizona State last weekend and he has an offer from Air Force, Colorado State, Hawaii and Nevada. Colorado has also shown interest and Wildeman attended the Buffaloes' Recruit Day event earlier this month.


The best pass rusher in the state, Heimlicher racked up 22 sacks and 49 hurries last season. And he accomplished that playing at 6-foot-4, 200-pounds. Heimlicher is up to 210 this off-season and he needs to continue to add size before playing in college, likely at outside linebacker. Cal, Hawaii, Montana State and Penn have offered Heimlicher and he is drawing increased interest from Boise State, Colorado, Colorado State and Northwestern.


A hard worker that moves well and has good strength, Carette would undoubtedly have some offers already if he was a little bigger. The camp circuit will be big for him with recruiting this summer. Colorado, Cal, Air Force, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming are among the colleges tracking his progress this off-season. Carette spends time playing left and right tackle for Arapahoe but projects as an interior offensive lineman for the next level.


Muma is known as a high-motor, intelligent player with good size. The question as to whether he has the speed necessary to play at the power conference level will likely be answered this summer during camp season. Arizona, Colorado, Purdue and Utah are some of the power conference programs looking at him. Right now Muma has one offer from Colorado State and he has expressed interest in staying close to home for college.

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