Looking at Scout.com's Colorado player rankings it's easy to see why Mullen High School (Denver) is favored to win its third state title in a row.
The team features running back Adonis Ameen-Moore (No. 4) and is anchored on defense by linebackers Leilon Willingham (No. 6), Brady Daigh (No. 8) and Connor Healy (No. 13) from our top 15 players list.
Mullen officially started practice this week, and Willingham couldn't be happier to be back with his teammates.
"It feels great," Willingham said. "We are feeling terrific on the team. Trying 139 percent, and trying for the 3-peat."
The Mustangs, though, are staying grounded and not reflecting on their past accomplishments.
"Honestly, we aren't thinking about the past two, but what we can do to improve on that," Willingham said.
Daigh committed to Colorado over the summer, and now he's working on recruiting Willingham.
"We were talking about it yesterday actually," Willingham said. "The chemistry we have already. I feel like we compliment each other well.
"He just committed because it's close and we are both just trying go where we have the best opportunity to win, play, and get an education."
The Buffaloes are high on his list, and not just because of Daigh.
"I really like coach (CU linebackers coach Brian) Cabral," Willingham said. "He's going to be one of the better position coaches I could have."
The added benefits of playing close to home, the potential to play early in his career and Colorado's ability to graduate players puts the Buffs in Willingham's top five along with Central Florida, Arizona State, Oregon and K-State.
If Willingham prefers playing with former teammates, Central Florida might also have an edge. The Knights have offered former Mullen wide receiver Rayshon Williams, who is the cousin of NFL star Brandon Marshall.
Willingham plans on taking official visits to Central Florida and Arizona State, and said he will probably skip an official visit to Boulder.
"I've been up there a lot of times for games and stuff, so don't think officially would be necessary there," Willingham said.
Willingham, who scored a 21 on his ACT, said he'll take his time weighing his options and will probably make his decision after taking his campus visits.