Justin Favors a tight end prospect from Trotwood-Madison High School outside Dayton, Ohio will board a plane at 6 a.m. Saturday morning to head for the Rocky Mountains and check out the Colorado Buffaloes.
Favors has offers from a wide range of schools from as far east as Syracuse and as far west as CU. He also is being recruited by programs such as Louisville, Cincinnati, Toledo, Bowling Green and Kent State.
Trotwood coach Maurice Douglass said Rippy and Favors didn't play together, but they are friends. Favors actually transferred to Trotwood the season after Rippy left for Boulder.
Favors was named first team all-conference this week and has 26 receptions for just under 400 yards with one touchdown this season. He plays in an offense loaded with talent, including a running back who has rushed for more than 2,000 yards and 25 touchdowns, a wide receiver with six touchdowns and a quarterback with seven rushing touchdowns. Douglass said Favors has the best hands on the team and his blocking has been an integral part of the team's success in the running game.
"He has to do a whole lot of blocking and he's gotten much better with his blocking skills, that's for sure," Douglass said. "It's kind of hard to get him the ball in the redzone when your running back has 25 touchdowns."
Douglass said Favors has blossomed as a student since transferring to Trotwood prior to his junior year.
Trotwood-Madison plays host in the playoffs for the first time in history tonight against Mt. Healthy-Cincinnati. Then Favors will head for Colorado.
Douglass said Favors has grown a bit in the past year and has added some weight. He is 6-foot-3 and 228 pounds.