Colorado star likes military academies

He's 6-foot-5, 270 pounds and has run the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds. A.J. Frieler of Greeley West High School in Colorado is rearing to serve his country but so far has only talked to coaches from one of America's three academies. He wants to hear from the other two. Look inside for complete details.

Offensive/Defensive tackle A.J. Frieler had 145 tackles, eight sacks last year playing on the defensive line. After the season the speedy lineman was named All-Conference on both sides of the line. He also earned First Team All-State honors as a defensive lineman and Second Team All-State as an offensive lineman.

Frieler has always dreamed of giving something back to his country by serving in the military. That's why when the Air Force recently offered Frieler was excited, "When Air Force offered that was just like a dream come true."

Frieler, who led his team to the state championship game, said he is also very interested in the other two academies, Army and Navy. However, he has yet to hear much from either of those coaching staffs. He says he has gotten letters from Army and talked briefly to representatives from the Navy Alumni Association after Greeley West's 49-6 playoff win over Pine Creek, but that's all.

Although A.J. wants to hear from the other two academies, Frieler, who likes the water and is an avid swimmer, is not waiting around on them. "I'm actually headed to Air Force on Wednesday (June 17th) night to take part in their two-day skills camp," said Frieler. Frieler will likely attend Air Force's prep school if he commits to them. Frieler says Air Force's nearby location appeals to both him and his parents, "They won't have to go driving all over the country to watch me play."

Colorado State is another school that is very interested in the big Colorado player. He recently camped there and was offered a scholarship by the Ram staff. Frieler enjoyed the camp saying, "It was a good camp, a lot of contact. About time we got to hit somebody else."

Frieler says he is also hearing from Kansas State.

Will Air Force pick up a stellar prospect in their own backyard or will Colorado State, Army or Navy gain his services? Stay tuned to for more on A.J. Frieler. Top Stories