Signing Day News and Notes

Here is a look at one of the most interesting signing days in recent Colorado history, with more to come as Mullen's Leilon Willingham makes his decision.


The severe weather in Denver made for an interesting LOI day as many schools postponed signing day ceremonies. The most intriguing storyline deals with Mullen linebacker Leilon Willingham. Willingham, as you remember, committed to Texas A&M, then de-committed, opened his recruitment and made trips to Michigan and Central Florida. Willingham's partner in tackles Brady Daigh is heading to CU. Willingham's former teammate Junior Onyeali prospered at Arizona State. Willingham gushed about his Michigan trip and today his facebook page said he was a Central Florida commit. Stay tuned.

How about Air Force? The Falcons picked up some top Colorado talent. Rangeview QB Jaleel Awini picked the Falcons over a late push from Vanderbilt. Fountain-Fort Carson LB Patrick Stevenson II will fly with the Falcons as well. Add today's commits with Ian Imamura, Christian Gann and Connor Healy and this is one of Air Force's best in state hauls. Most impressive, each of these players has their best ball in front of them.

Miles MacKenzie of Denver East is a great example of the life of a kicker on signing day as he still sorts through a myriad of options ranging from the University of San Diego, School of Mines, Hampton University and Montana Tech. Occidental and Ohio Wesleyan would like MacKenzie to kick and play soccer. With options to sort through MacKenzie will hold off his commit a few more days. MacKenzie has also not ruled out a preferred walk on position at Colorado State and Colorado. Colorado is full of many of Mackenzie's old Denver East buddies Devaughn Thornton, Quentin Hildrith and Zach Grossnickle.

Linebacker Trevor Stubbs of Cherokee Trail opted for Colorado School of Mines.

Northern Colorado picked up massive offensive lineman Sean Palinkx of Ponderosa.

Denver East DB River Thompson, holds DII offers but wants a shot to play at Colorado. He will meet with the CU staff, he may potentially go as a preferred walk on.

In my opinion here are some of the steals of the signing period

QB Brode McDonald of Rocky Mountain is a great pickup for CSU-Pueblo.

QB Andrew Loudenback is a good get for Fort Lewis.

Adams State gained a great O-lineman in Mullen's Conor McKenna and a great tight end in Pine Creek's Jess Roverson.

Longmont's Justin Traxinger has a great frame and good upside and could become a very good player at Mines.

Remember the name Sammy Smalldon. Of all the talent on Rangeview this season Smalldon gained most of the rave DI reviews. Grades will see him at a juco. In a couple of years, if all works out, expect schools in droves to come after this talented DB/LB hybrid.


Cherokee Trail kicker Brady Rogers is sorting through options and hopes to make a decision soon. DIIIs Augustana and Amherst, both in Illinois, as well as Puget Sound in Washington are interested. In Colorado, both CSU-Pueblo and Adams State like Rogers.

Tyree Ogsbury of Denver East committed to Fort Lewis while his teammate River Thompson, a very talented corner, holds an offer from Northern Colorado and Fort Lewis.

Glendale Community College CB Terrell Thompson will sign with Utah State on Wed. The 6-2 215 pounder signed with Washington State out of Eaglecrest High School but failed to qualify. He played safety and corner for the Gauchos and was named 1st team All-WSFL and ACCAC.

Fort Collins Head Coach Eric Rice reports WR Ben Marum and RB Sam Seeton will play at Colorado School of Mines. Lambkin QB/DB Erik Brakke is taking his game to Augustana in Sioux Falls, south Dakota.

TE/OLB Chris Urbaniak of Colorado Springs Palmer is headed to Northern Colorado. The 6-4 230 pound athlete has tremendous upside as a pass rusher.

Legacy TE Bob May is heading to Fort Lewis and RB Dezmon Hernandez is heading to School of Mines.


Joe Kawulok of Monarch High School will be the fourth sibling to play DI football.

Here is the current list of Mullen player that will go on to play college football;

Adonis-Ameen Moore RB - Syracuse
Mike Mancinelli OL - Harvard
Hank Baker K - Brown
Andrew Donahue DB - Dartmouth
Malcolm Whye WR - CSU- Pueblo
Rayshon Williams WR - Central Florida
Connor Healy LB - Air Force
Brady Daigh LB - Colorado
Keil Silva DB - Mines
Currently missing from the list is Leilon Willingham who has quite a few BCS programs wondering what he will do.

The Colorado Springs Gazette is reporting Pine Creek athlete Kris Kentera will attend Vanderbilt University. In the past two weeks, Vanderbilt, in Nashville, Tennessee has a made a big push for Colorado athletes offering Kentera and Jaleel Awini of Rangeview while also bringing in Patrick Stevenson II of Fountain-Fort Carson for a visit.

Cherokee Trail standouts Ryan Campbell and Austin Huff have both opted for DII schools. Huff, a WR will attend CSU-Pueblo while Campbell an All-State choice at DT will play at Nebraska-Kearney.

Huff is one of numerous Colorado prepsters that will play at CSU-Pueblo. Chris Ashe, the 2,000 plus yard rusher from Colorado Springs Widefield and Rocky Mountain QB Brode McDonald will both head south to play in Pueblo for Coach Wristen.

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