Three of this top five are very skilled offensive players while the two offensive linemen, Middlemiss and Lynott are making Colorado Buffalo fans happy as the both opt to stay in state. Hall and Wingard are similar players and great fits in 21st Century college football based on their ability to work as runners and receivers.
1.Tim Lynott 6-4 295 Regis Jesuit
Brutish run blocker with very surprising athleticism. There is a reason why the 295 pound Lynott is Colorado’s most recruited athlete and will, when it is done, have well over a dozen DI offers. At the next level, Lynott is a swing lineman who could potentially fill three spots. In college I like him as a guard. Lynott made folks in Colorado (except in Fort Collins) happy, opting to stay close to home and play for the Buffs.
2.Milo Hall 5-8 185 Cherry Creek
Speed kills and Hall has it. Further, Hall is a triple threat who can put his skill set to work as a runner, returner and receiver. Hall averaged nearly nine yards a carry last season and over 33 yards per kick return. Hall does not play around, he gets north and south and uses his speed. Most impressive is Hall’s ability to run through arm tackles.
3.Dillon Middlemiss 6-5 265 Pomona
I went back and reviewed film of this Colorado verbal and was impressed with Middlemiss’ athletic upside. His best football may be in front of him at Colorado as he fills out his long frame.
4.Chukwuma Obinnah 6-0 210 Grandview
On paper Obinnah is the most college ready of these athletes. Weighing right at 215 and running in the upper 4.4s Obinnah has the measurables colleges crave. Obinnah dinged up his knee last season and played through it so many schools are taking a wait and see approach. Obinnah gained an initial offer from Northern Colorado and whichever DI pulls the trigger will be rewarded with an intriguing one cut runner with the ability to take it to the house.
5.Andrew Wingard 6-0 180 Ralston Valley
The three sport athlete is also a triple threat on the football field able to make plays as a runner, receiver and returner. Wingard also moonlights as a very good safety. Key to his game is great field speed, balance and the ability to make people miss. His ability to catch the ball will be key to his play at the next level, where he can put his versatile skill set to work.
Austin Conway 5-11 170 Overland
Obviously based on my background as a football coach and recruiting analyst I’m biased, but if Conway was concentrating on football as opposed to basketball, he would be my 1B to Lynott’s 1A as top offensive player in Colorado. With his recent verbal, and much to my dismay as a football fan, Wyoming basketball will get potentially Colorado’s top athlete.