Juniors to Watch: Fort Collins

Coach <b>Eric Rice</b> has two players next year that he thinks will go on to play college ball. We take a look at tight end <b>Derrick Catlett</b> and offensive lineman <b>Jon Cooper</b>. Coach Barnett came by Fort Collins last week to find out more about the juniors and Wyoming and CSU are also showing early interest. Fort Collins HS also has the younger brother of this year's Insiders.com no.1 player in the nation, <b>Jeff Byers</b>. His younger brother, <b>Dan Byers</b>, will be a sophomore.

Derrick Catlett is a 6-4, 220-pound tight end that was a second team all-state selection as a junior. He had 39 catches for 600 yards and two touchdowns.

"He is a great blocker with outstanding hands," says Coach Rice. "His route-running is getting better. We use him as a tight end and we split him out as a receiver. So he is very versatile. He is not the fastest guy, but he has good football speed. He is a three-sport star for us here. He is a good Basketball player and he will also be highly sought after as a catcher in Baseball. If he doesn't do anything with Baseball I think he will be a great tight end some day."

Coach Rice went on to say that Catlett is getting early interest from the usual suspects; CU, CSU, and Wyoming. He knows Derrick likes Colorado early.

"If Colorado is interested, maybe he will sign with them. Coach Barnett was down here last week to find out more about him and some other guys."

Coach Rice admits that Derrick will need some work in the weight room as right now his bench is at 205, his squat at 315, and his clean at 275. He runs a 4.98 40 yard time.

Jon Cooper is a 6-2.5, 258-pound offensive lineman. He cleans 245, benches 305, and squats 395. His 40 time is said to be around a 5.0.

"When Dan Byers came to school here, him and his father put Jon on the Jeff Byers diet. Meaning that we will be doing all the same things for Jon that they did with Jeff to help him along."

Dan Byers will be a sophomore starting linebacker for Fort Collins this year.

Cooper and Catlett also double as defensive ends for Fort Collins.

Buff Country will be catching up with these two for interviews in the near future.

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