This is a recruiting ranking which differs from a player ranking. Often the best and most productive players in high school do not have the size and speed to transfer their game to the DI level. Further, rankings are like drafts, a true evaluation may not be possible until a few years down the road.
Here is PrepColorado’s take on the class of 2016.
1.Carlo Kemp 6-3 230 Fairview OLB
Kemp is my #1 not only 2016’s top Colorado prospect, but also as its top player. Beyond his great measuarables of size and speed, Kemp is productive every time he is one the field. More importantly as a defensive player he is a disruptive force with a knack for the big play. Already holding offers from Colorado, Colorado State and Boise State, look for Kemp’s offer list to explode over the next few months.
2. Isaiah Pannuzio 6-2 210 Pueblo South OLB
Explosive athlete who is a big time player on both sides of the ball. His play last season was key to Pueblo South’s football resurgence. Looks to have the skill set to be a very good college outside backer.
3.Matt Lynch 6-3 200 Legacy QB
Lynch fits the proto type of a DI quarterback. Big, with a strong arm and athletic ability. His game has great upside! Colorado State was smart to grab this prospect early.
4.Ace Escobedo 6-3 260 Regis Jesuit DT
5.Deron Harrell 6-3 175 Denver East QB
Big time athlete who is one of the best all-around prospects for the Colorado class of 2016. At 6-3, Harrell runs in the 4.4-4.5 range and has solid arm talent. Just as good on the basketball court as the field.
6.Jack Stoll 6-5 230 Regis Jesuit TE/HB
Tall and long 6-5, in the Regis offense Stoll has to block and he does it well. Most important, regarding his future recruitment, Stoll is comfortable line up as a wing an h-back on the line or as a receiver.
7.Ashton Torres 6-4 280 Cherokee Trail OT
Big, strong tackle who will get plenty of looks as college coaches come by to watch his talented team.
8.Dillon Reinkensmeyer 6-5 255 Valor Christian OT/DE
Great frame at 6-5 and very solid athleticism. Equally skilled on offense and defense.
9.JoJo Domann 6-0 210 Pine Creek OLB
Due to his size Domann is a hybrid player who can cover and play in the box. Very productive for his state title team.
10.Clayton Hacker 6-4 190 Rampart WR
Great size, Hacker was one of the most productive receivers in the state regardless of year.
11.Samuel Warren 6-1 175 Overland WR
Overland never has a shortage of athletes and Warren is another to watch out for. The 6-1 wideout has impressed on the camp circuit this summer.
12.Anthony Kasper 6-0 180 Silver Creek RB
The running back is one of the most productive players in his class rushing for nearly 1,200 yards and making 18 receptions.
13.Dalton Lawrence 6-3 260 Rock Canyon OG
Solid run blocker for a team that rushed for 150 yards a game last year.
14.Elway Tubbs 5-11 170 Vista Ridge QB
Maybe the most productive player on this list with over 2,500 pass yards and 25 TDs.
15.Booker Schelhaas 6-2 200 Valor Christian WR
Great frame and hands, should have a breakout season for Valor this upcoming campaign.
16.Todd Jones 6-0 200 Boulder RB
Jones is a big framed runner with suprising speed who has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.