1.Versatile Running Backs
Traditionally the top recruits in Colorado are offensive linemen and this year saw multiple offensive linemen head to top programs, but multi-talented backs drew this headlines for the class of 2014. Christian McCaffrey put a bow on what will go down as one of the great careers in Colorado prep history. Not surprisingly McCaffrey followed the route of his father and in May became a commit to Stanford. It will be interesting to see how this multi tool back eventually contributes to the Cardinal.
Cherry Creek running back Nathan Starks' odyssey this year was all about Bruins. First, after much wrangling he was allowed to play for the Cherry Creek Bruins and in January the RB/S opted to play college ball for the UCLA Bruins. Keep watch to see what side of the ball Starks ends up on.
2.Some Drama is Good
Athletes verbal earlier each year and LOI day has lost much of its drama. This year most of the top recruits in Colorado wrapped up their recruitment in the summer or early fall. Two story lines in Colorado that have added soap opera twists deal with Fairview's Sam Martin and Falcon's Kalen Ballage.
Martin, statistically the top receiver in Colorado history, had many FCS offers and took an offer from Miami of Ohio. Soon after, Martin flipped his commit to join Rutgers. Martin did not take a trip to Rutgers this past weekend and flipped back to Miami of Ohio. As of now, Martin's commit will not be final until tomorrow.
In December Kalen Ballage made a very soft verbal to Arizona State, but continued to take official visits and check in on schools. Of late, Ballage has gone silent so don't be surprised to see hats on the table when the 6-2 220 pound athlete with 4.4 speed makes his announcement tomorrow.
Fans of Colorado high school football should be very proud of the young men, despite offers from numerous other programs that have opted to join service academies. Windsor's Tiny Noller and Zach Peck will go to Navy. Valor Christian offensive tackle Isaiah Holland, who received significant recruiting attention, opted for Army. Also, defensive linemen Miles Rivera of Longmont and Levi Cecil of Silver Creek, as well as athlete Alec Wirtjes of Discovery Canyon chose Air Force. All of these young men are high quality individuals and will excel at the challenges they have chosen.
Colorado and Colorado State gained in state players with very good upside. For the Buffs, Isaac Miller of Silver Creek will need some time, but this is an athletic tackle who could contribute in a few years as he grows into his frame. On defense Safety Evan White of Cherokee Trail and OLB Terran Hasselbach of Regis are tweeners that make plays. The rangy White could potentially become an outside backer that can cover. Hasselbach, who overcame quite a bit of adversity due to injury during high school is a sleeper with something to prove.
For Colorado State versatile players were key. From the in state class my favorite is Tre Thomas, a backer that is solid as a blitzer and in run support. I really look forward to watching him play on Saturdays.