In what looks to be a very competitive 5A Colorado football season, no team is more intriguing on paper than Cherry Creek. The Bruins are loaded with big time skill players, an underrated offensive line and numerous defensive difference makers.
One of the skill players crucial to the Bruins is 2015 wideout Joseph Parker. Parker, a polished receiver with good speed, the ability to catch in traffic and solid running ability, holds offers from Wyoming and Colorado State. Beyond the Rams and Cowboys, Parker reports Colorado, Kansas State, Washington State and Utah State are showing interest. Key to turning interest into offers are Parker’s early games as colleges look to evaluate his play.
Beyond Parker, Cherry Creek boasts running backs D.J. Luke and Milo Hall as well as receiver Tyus Carter. The only issue regarding these playmakers is who will get them the ball. Currently juniors Joe Caplis and Ray Roundtree are working out at the quarterback position. Caplis, as a sophomore, had limited throws in his backup role. Last season at South Eugene High School in Oregon, Roundtree hit over 57% of his passes for 1,670 yards.
Cherry Creek jumps right into the thick of the season as they open next Friday at Regis-Jesuit. The game is a who’s who of top Colorado athletes as Creek and its bevy of skill players face a Regis squad headed by Tim Lynott and Jack Maly. Others players to watch in this game are Regis tight end Jack Stull as well as defensive linemen Ace Escobedo and Ed Gonzales and athlete Trevor Williams. For the Bruins, corner Nick Long, linemen David Imola and Bryce Blair as well as youngsters Anthony Martinez and Jon Van Deist are worth a look.