Recruiting New and Notes

As signing day quickly approaches, the best from the class of 2015 takes trips while some make commits.

2015 prospect Mark Hopper of ThunderRidge, a 6-3 200 pound athlete who did it all for his Grizzly squad has opted to play his college football at Colorado School of Mines. Hopper, received DII and RMAC attention as well as some FCS and DI looks, but was very impressed with what Mines had to offer. Regarding Mines and his commit Hopper says, "The key for my decision was greater than football. I wanted a school where I could graduate and know there is a job waiting for me." Hopper, who will study petroleum engineering, said the offensive system at Mines added, "It is a good football program for a wide receiver. The big receiver, who was All-State this past season, is also a very good defensive back and one of Colorado's best kickers.

Chatfield's Shawn Berry, a 6-2 215 pound inside backer, opted this week to walk on for the Colorado Buffaloes. Berry is very strong run stopper and could eventually contribute as a special teamer for the Buffs. Berry nearly committed to Colorado Schools of Mines but wanted a shot to play DI football. Berry had preferred walk on status at Colorado and Oregon. Berry felt at Colorado he would be able to compete and contribute sooner than at Oregon.

Trenton Noller of Windsor is on an official visit to Navy this weekend. The big and rugged offensive lineman may opt to join his teammate, defensive end Zach Peck who recently gave his verbal commit to the Midshipmen.

2015 athlete Kalen Ballage of Falcon High School in Colorado Springs continues to take official visits despite a December soft verbal to Arizona State. Last week Ballage had a positive visit to Tempe to check out Arizona State. This week Ballage is visiting the University of Washington. Next week Ballage visits UCLA. ASU fans will hold their breath over the next two regarding the very athletic Ballage, a legit 10.6 sprinter. So far this recruiting season the Bruins have flipped multiple high profile prospects.

This past week I watched a ton of film on Colorado linebackers as I put together our linebacker watch list. From a deep list of prospects 2015 Rocky Mountain linebacker Paul McDonald stood out. The 6-2 210 pounder is very athletic and has surprising speed. He lines up in multiple spots for his D making plays as a blitzer, run stopper and in coverage. McDonald does a nice job getting off blocks, reads well, gets downhill and finishes tackles. At the next level I like him as an insider backer.

Denver Post reports Poudre QB Cody Limmer committed today to School of Mines. Per his twitter account Eaglecrest DT Deyon Sizer says he will play for CSU-Pueblo. 2015 WR Zane Lindsey of Silver Creek will play at Black Hills State.

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