CENTENNIAL, Colo. - In the video above, Matt McChesney talks about future Buffs Heston Paige, Jonathan Van Diest and Ray Robinson, among other prospects. Below is a look at some lesser known recruits that are part of McChesney's #DungeonFamily:
Blake Carette | Arapahoe HS | Class of 2018
One of the state's most underrated prospects, according to McChesney, Carette has an admirable work ethic. "Right now I am playing lacrosse but I still make sure I get in here for an early morning workout before school, then I workout with my football team during sixth hour before lacrosse practice; rinse and repeat and get better," he said. An offensive tackle at Arapahoe, the 6-foot-3, 274-pound Carette expects to move in to guard or center at the next level. "I have been to a lot of Junior Days throughout the Pac-12 and Mountain West," he said. "Arizona State, CU, CSU, Air Force, they all want me to come camp with them. ... I would definitely like to stay somewhat close to home so I am definitely interested in all those programs." Carette attended one of the Buffaloes' Recruit Day events earlier this spring. "It is an awesome place," he said of CU. "The changes they have made and how awesome their facilities are, it has been a cool experience to watch CU grow as a program."
Reece Atteberry | Eaglecrest HS | Class of 2020
A starter on varsity as a 6-foot-4, 235-pound freshman, Atteberry is an offensive tackle prospect to watch in the coming years as he continues to grow and develop. "I talked to my doctor at my last appointment and they saw my growth plate on an X-ray. They believe I will end up being between 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-7," he said. Atteberry is in the process of lining up visits with CU, Colorado State and Wyoming. He has attended a "few" games in Boulder but has yet to tour the Buffs' facilities. "I like everything I have heard about CU," he said. "They have stepped it up and have improved more and more since they joined the Pac-12. It is probably Colorado's best college, in my opinion." Atteberry has grown up cheering for Ohio State. "My parents didn't like [the Buckeyes] so I liked them. I was that type of kid," he said laughing. "So if Urban Meyer ever calls me up on the phone, I will be very excited."
Michael Lynn | Cherry Creek HS | Class of 2019
At 6-foot-7, 293-pounds as a sophomore, Lynn has a frame that has already attracted attention from FBS recruiters. "And coming here, Matt has helped me move a lot better, which was honestly tough for me to do before," he admitted. "I was having a hard time moving and being comfortable in my body but I have improved on that a lot." CU, Kansas, Washington, Northwestern, Princeton, Colorado State and Wyoming already have Lynn on their radar. He attended "five or six" of the Buffaloes' home games in 2016. "It is a beautiful school, a beautiful campus," Lynn said, adding that he has been in contact with Buffs' offensive line coach Klayton Adams. "I like the mentality up there at CU, I really do."
Drake Nugent | Highlands Ranch HS | Class of 2019
A two-way lineman that plays with a high motor, Nugent recently picked up his first scholarship offer, from Colorado State, after attending the Rams' Junior Day event. "I was really surprised and really glad they were the first to believe I can play at the next level," he said. "I really appreciated that from them. I'll keep working so I can get my name out there even more and hopefully get some more offers." Nugent believes he will most likely play as an interior offensive lineman at the next level.
Austin Johnson | Highlands Ranch HS | Class of 2019
Johnson also holds an early offer from Colorado State, which he earned after camping with the Rams last summer. "CSU has a good program," he said. "I like [head] coach [Mike] Bobo and the offensive line coach there." Utah and Louisville have sent him a camp invite for this summer. A two-way starter for the Falcons, Johnson projects as an interior offensive lineman for college. "I was a starter as a freshman on varsity so it definitely helped me going into my sophomore year knowing what to expect," he said. "Now I am in here getting over some injuries, nothing major, but it is good to keep [honing] my technique while getting more experienced." Johnson plans to attend a The Opening regional event in North Carolina early next month.
Chad Muma | Legend HS | Class of 2018
Colorado State offered Muma last year, and he has since added new offers from Wyoming, Nevada, Hawaii, Columbia and Harvard. "Recruiting has gone well, you can tell who really likes you and who just kind of likes you," he said. "It is good to talk to the head coaches to see how they feel about you." Currently 6-foot-3, 195-pounds, Muma is trying to get up to 210-pounds for his senior season. He will likely play outside linebacker at the next level, but could also play safety, depending how his body develops. Muma is known as an excellent leader and a "determined" player. He plans to commit to a college sometime this summer.
Spencer Lambert | ThunderRidge HS | Class of 2019
A safety and running back, Lambert also maintains a 4.0 GPA in the classroom. He is a Colorado native but his parents are from Utah. "I am looking at BYU and Utah early in the recruiting process, and obviously the in-state schools, CU and CSU," Lambert said. "I grew up a Cougar fan, I love BYU. My dad went there and I love watching the play, I love the culture and I love the area." He wants to study Engineering in college.
T.J. Love | Kent Denver | Class of 2018
Playing at the 2A level, Love excels on both sides of the ball, but takes extra pride in his ability on the defensive line where he recorded 74 tackles and seven sacks as a junior. "I have a good first step and great speed," said Love, who stands 6-foot-4.5, 243-pounds. "I can be good with my hands, I have great length, and I have a love for the game." Colorado State, Wyoming, Montana and Brown have been in the most contact with Love early in the recruiting process, he reports. "They all invited me to camp with them this summer," he said. "I am in the process of planning my schedule for the summer with my parents. We'll see which ones I go to but I expect it to be a really busy summer."
Jacob Stanton | Chaparral HS | Class of 2018
Now 6-foot-2, 225-pounds, Stanton has gained more than 10 pounds of muscle since we interviewed him at Six Zero Strength last summer. He recorded a total of 246 tackles during his sophomore and junior seasons with the Wolverines. Arizona State, CU, Montana, Montana State and a few Ivy League programs have been evaluating Stanton, who likely projects as an inside linebacker for college. "I plan to go out to a lot of camps this summer," he said. "At this stage I am just looking around but hopefully some will offer me here soon. I am in here every day working my butt off to try to make that happen."
Alex Smith | Arapahoe HS | Class of 2018
A two-way standout at safety and running back for Mike Campbell at Arapahoe, Smith projects as a strong safety or Rover for the college level. He has been drawing interest from, and has already visited, Air Force, Colorado State, Princeton, Penn and Columbia. "They are all in the evaluation phase right now," he said. "I will get my test scores back and we'll see where it goes from there. My education comes first, but I also want a great college experience and I want to be part of a great college football program." The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Smith was named first-team all-conference and honorable mention all-state in 2016. "I value my toughness," he said. "I think I am one of the meanest players in the state."
Nicholas Clancy | Douglas County HS | Class of 2018
A hard worker that prides himself on being a student of the game, Clancy recorded more than eight tackles per contest in 2016. The young inside linebacker attended Junior Day events at Kansas, Colorado State and Wyoming. He has also been invited to go check out Princeton. "At KU, the first thing I noticed was the new locker room they put in. The electronic screens above everyone's locker makes it really cool, makes it feel like football is really important there," he said. "At CSU, we got to tour the new stadium, which is sweet. Wyoming is also pretty exciting." Clancy plans to attend some camps this summer, but he will also be busy running his own small business, "The Grass Boys," a landscaping endeavor.
Trace Lindemann | Mead HS | Class of 2018
A 6-foot-0, 170-pound safety, Lindemann racked up 113 tackles and picked off seven passes as a junior while helping Mead to the 3A state semifinals. He recently attended Junior Day events at Colorado State and Wyoming. The Rams' staff has contacted Lindemann multiple times. "Wyoming is a nice school with nice facilities and nice coaches," he said. "Same thing with CSU, and it is a little bit closer to home, which is nice."
Brelan Griffin | Highlands Ranch HS | Class of 2018
A three-sport athlete at Highlands Ranch, Griffin excels as a cornerback for the Falcons' football team. "I think my change of speed, my ability to track the ball in the air, and my speed, is really good," he said. "I am working on my back peddle and my hip movement." Griffin recently took an unofficial visit to Drake, a Pioneer League program that has shown early recruiting interest. He plans to camp at CU, Colorado State and Wyoming this summer.
Weston Lee | Lakewood HS | Class of 2018
Lee attended Junior Days at Montana, Montana State and Northern Colorado this spring and he plans to return to all three campuses this summer for camps. He has also drawn some early interest from San Diego. A wide receiver and defensive back for the Tigers, Lee believes he is being recruited by most colleges as an athlete. "I am a pretty solid player all-around," he said. "I have fluid hips, and I can get to the ball, have good range, on defense. I am not afraid to come up and hit a guy but I am trying to get bigger so when those bigger backs come, I have an opportunity to force a fumble or two. And on offense, I think I have pretty good hands."
Tyler Martindale | Prairie View HS | Class of 2018
Martindale drives from his home in Henderson to Six Zero Strength, roughly a 45-minute trek each way, almost every day of the week. "I love football, the passion I have for the sport is my strength, along with my work ethic," he said. "Nothing is going to stop me from accomplishing what I want to accomplish." Of course one of his goals is to play at the next level. Martindale plans to attend camps at Air Force, Colorado State and Northern Colorado this summer. "Hopefully I'll get some more looks and get an offer," said Martindale, who projects as a defensive back.
Willy Boatman | Kent Denver HS | Class of 2018
Boatman has shown off his versatility by playing every position on the offensive line, every position on the defensive line, and on special teams, during his prep career. His father played collegiately at Indiana but Willy is most likely Ivy League bound. He has visited Cornell, Princeton, Havard and Brown. "I am definitely highly interested in playing Ivy League football," he said. Boatman wants to study History and Law in college.
Joseph Alber | Highlands Ranch HS | Class of 2018
Alber starts at both quarterback and linebacker, not an easy task at any level, particulary at the 5A level. "There is a reason not a lot of people do it, because it is double the work, but I am all for it," he said. "I really pride myself on giving everything I've got, as much as I can." The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Alber has been drawing early recruiting looks from a number of Ivy League schools and FCS programs. "I will be going to a lot of camps this summer, just trying to get my name out," he said. "I don't have a favorite school, I just want to play college football."