The Mountain Region has a few athletes that have abilities that are off the charts when you compare them to their peers. These "freaks" have talent that rivals any prospect across the country.
The Cream Of The Crop "Freaks":
Noah Jefferson: Jefferson is a scary looking individual. At 6-6 280 pounds, there is a very good reason his coaches & teammates call him "Jadeveon". The USC commit hails for Henderson, Nevada (Liberty HS) and possesses about as much potential as anyone in the region. Jefferson can play tight end, defensive end, or defensive tackle. He moves really well for his size, recently clocking a 4.86 40. Jefferson is as strong as an ox, squatting 500+ pounds in the weight room. The future Trojan could probably play basketball in college if he wanted to, he led his team in scoring and rebounding as a junior. As you can imagine at 6-6 with a 34 inch vert, Jefferson puts a lot of opponents on his posters.
Alize Jones: At 6-5 220 pounds I don't think there is a tight end with more upside in the entire country. Jones runs and jumps like an All Pac-12 tight end already. His recent SPARQ testing at The Opening was proof of that, posting a 4.03 shuttle time and a 37 inch vert. He needs to continue to get stronger and work on some of the fundamentals of the game, but he has scary talent. I grew up down the road from a pretty good (and very infamous) tight end named Aaron Hernandez and I was always amazed at what he could do on the field. Jones' upside makes Hernandez look average. You don't want to compare a teenage boy to Vernon Davis, but if there ever was a prospect to compare to the biggest freak to ever play TE, it may be Jones. UCLA should be excited about this kid, he is just scratching the surface.
Tristen Hoge: Notre Dame has one of the most versatile and athletic linemen locked up. Hoge may be the best offensive linemen to come out of the Mountain Region since Xavier Su'a-Filo came out of Timpview (UT) in 2008. Hoge can play all over the offensive line and has everything you want in an offensive linemen. He is smart, nasty, athletic, and built like a horse. Once Hoge spends a summer or two with the Notre Dame's strength staff he could be one of the most physically imposing interior linemen in the country. And with that being said, he is already benching 310 4x, he has maxed 225 22x, and is squatting 485 4x... freakish. When you watch Highland (ID) game tape from last year, their offensive game plan is really easy to see, "run behind Tristen and then line up and do it again". It isn't fair for opponents that have to line up against Hoge, they don't stand a chance.
Tevis Bartlett: Bartlett will go down as one of the best athletes in the history of Wyoming. As a junior, Bartlett threw for 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns, while adding another 1,400 yards, and 19 scores on the ground. Bartlett never left the field, he was also a standout linebacker for Cheyenne East HS. Bartlett has picked up offers for Colorado, Oregon, and Utah and is being looked at very seriously by Stanford as well. The craziest thing about Bartlett is football isn't even his best sport. The freak from Wyoming's capitol is one of the best wrestlers in the nation. You'd be hard pressed to find five better wrestlers at the high school level. The 6-4 215 pound athlete is also a fantastic student. They don't come much more impressive than Tevis Bartlett.
Tim Lynott: The Regis Jesuit (CO) offensive linemen is a bully on the football field. At 6-4 295 pounds, Lynott moves very well on the football field. He packs one of the meanest punches I have seen out of a 2015 linemen. His physicality is exactly what coaches dream of in an offensive linemen. Lynott has very good strength, putting 225 up 20x on the bench. What makes Lynott the most impressive is the intensity he plays at. Most offensive linemen struggle to give 100% for the entire game, often times they slow down late in the game. Watching Lynott on film, he is the opposite, he gets stronger as the game goes on. Colorado got a very good linemen to stay home.
Up And Coming "Freaks"
Greg Rogers: Rogers may only be going into his sophomore year, but he is already on his way to being a major freak. The Centennial (NV) defensive tackle is 6-4 275 pounds and is as impressive a linemen as I have seen in the class of 2017. At the Pylon Linemen Challenge in Vegas, both Brandon Huffman and I were shocked to find out the kid we were watching was only a freshman. Since then, Rogers put on 15 pounds of muscle and dominated the Utah State team camp. He was throwing linemen, quarterbacks, and running backs around like rag dolls.
Dylan McCaffrey and Dante Sparaco: The two 2017 quarterbacks out of Colorado are both on their way to becoming big time prospects. McCaffrey has tremendous athleticism and smarts and Sparaco is already 6-4 220 pounds with good strength and speed. It is going to be fun to watch these two compete for the next few years. They are both special talents.
(There is a separate list for Utah "Freaks" & Hawaii's list is on its way)