Members of the Colorado Chapter's Class of 2002 are:
? Andrew Abdulla, Las Animas HS ? Patrick Blakemore, Fairview HS ? Logan Brewer, Evergreen HS ? Tom Doane, Holy Family HS ? Kevin Eberhart, Broomfield HS ? Jesse Nading, Thunder Ridge HS ? Lawrence Nee, Ellicott HS ? Stephone Robinson, Mullen HS ? Chris Sheehan, Columbine HS ? Dustin Sprague, Holyoke HS ? Branden Trujillo, Eaton HS
Since 1994, a total of 94 individuals from 64 high schools have or will be recognized by the Colorado Chapter of the National Foundation and College Hall of Fame as Colorado Prep Football Scholar-Athletes. Led by Limon and Rocky Mountain High Schools, 18 high schools have had multiple winners.
Representing thousands of high schools across the nation, more than 3,000 scholar-athletes are honored each year by the 119 chapters of The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. From these, the NFF selects one scholar-athlete from each of its regions to receive this prestigious recognition. The top five national scholar-athletes from the Class of 2002 will be honored next December at The National Football Foundation's Annual Awards Luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
Here are the bio's for the University of Colorado's two verbally committed recruits and potental future Buff.
Kevin Eberhart: Broomfield High School
(4A, 6-0, 180)
Ranked 65th in his high school class of 315 with a 3.733 grade point average, Eberhart is an honor student while playing as a three-way performer in football. In addition to being a record-breaking kicker, he has played as a wide receiver and defensive back as Broomfield won Skyline League titles in 1999, 2000 and 2001, and finished second this past fall. All four teams advance to the playoffs, reaching the finals in 2001 and the quarterfinals in 1999.
As a kicker, Eberhart set a state record with 255 kicking points, 147 extra points (tied with Windsor's Scott Juengst) and 36 field goals (with a long of 57 yards for the sixth best in state history). He also accounted for 98 tackles this season.
He was selected first-team All-Colorado by the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS. "Kevin has always shown the ability to perform when the pressure was at its greatest," said Eagle football coach Gary Davies. "He changed our program from a traditional philosophy of scoring touchdowns at the end of the half or game, to one where we depended on him to complete the scoring task ahead of us."
Broomfield Athletic Director Michele DeBerry noted that Eberhart "offered the student body an excellent role model for being a balanced student-athlete. He is popular amongst the student body and always willing to help a peer or assist in any manner possible." Eberhart has committed to the University of Colorado.
Dustin Sprague: Holyoke High School
(1A, 6-4, 185)
Ranked third in his high school class of 41 with a 4.068 grade point average, Sprague's achievements off the field are just as impressive in football, basketball and track. The president of the National Honor Society at Holyoke and class treasurer, Sprague is a member of the Science, Cadenza, Spanish and Drama Clubs, while also being involved with the FCCLA, FBLA, FCA and the El Pomar Youth Community Service groups.
He was a member Holyoke's Knowledge Bowl championship team while participating in Northeastern Junior College's Math and Science competition. He has also ranked as the school's outstanding student in math, science and Spanish classes.
A four-season letterman in football, Sprague plays guard in basketball and is a track sprinter. As a senior quarterback and defensive back in football, he was the conference player of the year. He has led Holyoke to the state playoffs in football and basketball, as well as state track titles.
Rated as the best small-school athlete in the state in 2002, he rushed for 1,340 yards, passed for 756 and was in on 127 tackles. Sprague, who has been selected to several All-America teams this season, scored 25 touchdowns this season, has 56 in his career, and also accounted for 869 kick-return yards and 480 on punt returns. He also is a state champion in track in the 110-and 300-meter hurdles and the long jump.
He was named first-team All-Colorado by both the DENVER POST and the ROCKY MOUNTAINS NEWS. Considered "by far the most well-rounded athlete he has ever coached" by Holyoke football coach Adam Archibeque, Sprague's brother (Russell) was also a Colorado Prep Football Scholar-Athlete in 1998. "Dusty's leadership in the school has been exemplary," said David R. Rice, principal at Holyoke. "He makes the right decisions and is a role model for our student body as he has demonstrated a commitment to the total school program."
Sprague has committed to the University of Colorado.
Stephone Robinson: Mullen High School
(5A, 5-10, 185)
Ranked in the upper half of his high school class with a 3.57 grade point average, Robinson was a four-season starter at wide receiver at Mullen where he earned both all-league and all-state honors.
He caught 35 passes for 896 yards and eight touchdowns this season after gaining 1,230 via pass receptions in 2001 to lead Colorado prepsters. He was first-team All-Colorado by both the DENVER POST and the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS.
A member of two Class 4A state track championship teams at Mullen, Robinson helped his team to the 2002 Centennial League football co-championship and play on the squads that advanced to the state semifinals in both 2000 and 2001. An honor student and member of the French Honor Society, Robinson "made coaching easy and fun," according to Jay Madden. "Everybody would like to coach a Stephone. He is exciting to watch play."
Tony Schenbeck, Mullen's Athletic Director, added that Robinson was "an outstanding young man in the classroom and is the kind of individual students and faculty respect because of his citizenship in and out of the school building. I remember watching Stephone take a kickoff back 95 yards for a touchdown his freshman year against Cherry Creek and knew there was something special about this young man."