Scout Out West: Colorado

A look at some of the top prospects we saw while in the state of Colorado, including commits to Colorado, Colorado State, Tennessee and Wyoming...

Games Scouted:
Aurora (Colo.) Regis Jesuit vs. Aurora (Colo.) Gateway
Grand Junction (Colo.) vs. Littleton (Colo.) Columbine
Castle Park (Colo.) Castle View vs. Ralston Valley (Colo.)

Scout Out West
Anthony Holmes – 6-5/180 - WR – Aurora (COlo.) Gateway - 2014

Recruiting: Interest from several Western schools
My Take: Holmes is a long, lanky receiver, who's got above average speed and glides when he runs.  He has very soft hands, and does a good job of getting open and using his body well to adjust to the catch.  The one flaw in his game right now is his route-running.  He's a raw route runner, sometimes pinching off his routes too soon and other times improvising in his routes too much.  Towards the end of the game, though, he did what he needed to do to get open and kept Gateway in the game with some clutch catches, where his body control allowed him to adjust and bring in some not-good throws.  He's got some time to put on weight, and to become a more effective route-runner, but all the tools are there for a bigtime receiver prospect, because of his size.

Zackary Golditch– 6-4/250 – OT/DE – Aurora (Colo.) Gateway - 2013

Recruiting: Committed to Colorado State
My Take: Golditch is a big-time effort guy.  He's got good size, and a frame that can easily add more weight.  He's headed to Colorado State to play on the offensive line, but his best position may be as a defensive end.  He's quick off the ball, has a non-stop motor, and does a good job in pursuit and changes direction really well.  The fact that he's playing football this year is a credit to his toughness.  During the tragic Aurora movie theater shootings this summer, Golditch was in the theater next to the shootings, and a stray bullet went through the back of his neck.  He didn't miss any of the season.
 

Dan Skipper– 6-10/290 – OT – Ralston Valley (Colo.) - 2013

Recruiting: Committed to Tennessee
My Take: Skipper is a mammoth offensive linemen, a legit 6-9, 290, and for as big as he is, surprisingly showed a good amount of athleticism and agility. He's really flexible, and has a lot of nasty, really good in run blocking and strong in pass protection. Ralston Valley had a running clock for the entire second half, so he was limited in his reps, but he's one of the rare, big guys, who plays like he's a tight end.
 

John Lisella – 6-4/260 – OT – Littleton (Colo.) Columbine - 2013

Recruiting: Committed to Colorado
My Take: Lisella plays left tackle for Columbine, but will likely slide inside and play guard at the next level.  He's got pretty good flexibility and bend and does a really good job in run blocking.  His pass protection is decent, but he really shined when pulling and opening holes for his running back.  Its also not a stretch to think he could be a center in college.  He also played on the defensive line, but his future is clearly on offense.
 

Austin Berk– 6-4/240 – DE – Grand Junction (Colo.) - 2013

Recruiting: Committed to Colorado State
My Take: Berk is one of the more physically impressive players we saw in Colorado over the weekend.  The two-way player, he also plays tight end, does a good job as a blocker on offense, though he wasn't targeted much in the passing game.  He also handled the punting duties for Grand Junction.  But his future is on the defensive line.  He's got a quick first step and technically is really sound. He doesn't just try to bull-rush, he uses his moves to get into the backfield, and played under control, not over-pursuing, but waiting for the passer and the running back.  If there is one thing he can work on, though, its doing a better job of playing low.  He stands a little too upright, and even with a quick first step, a couple times he went right into a block. If he can get a little lower, with his quickness, he'll be a difficult block.
 

James Diamante – 6-4/290 – DT – Grand Junction (Colo.) - 2013

Recruiting: Committed to Wyoming
My Take: Diamante is another two-way lineman for Grand Junction, playing offensive and defensive line.  But his future we think, is on the offensive line, as either a guard or a center.  He's not too athletic, but has good size, and has a lot of nasty in his game, playing through the whistle and really fiery.  He needs to work on being more flexible and bending more at the knee than the waist, but he does do a good job of using his hands in protection.  He can pass block pretty well, but run blocking is his strength. 
 

Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout.com Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout.com network since 2003.
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