One of the most under the radar players in Colorado is 2015 Gateway guard Steven Crews. The 6-2 275 pound Crews is a vicious run blocker who is getting looks at a guard and center from multiple colleges. Recently Crews made unofficial visits to Northern Colorado and New Mexico State. Crews is also hearing from Utah State, Montana State and Florida International. Crews and his Gateway team face Mullen this Friday.
Mullen DB James Jones, one of Colorado’s best, says he is, “extremely confident in the program, we will be a team to watch this year.” Looking at his team Jones says receivers Patrick Stephens, Ryan Manning and running back Marcus McElroy are looking good on the offensive side of the ball. Defensively Jones points out fellow DBs Isaiah Banks, Christian Cumber and Andre Thompson.
Thursday night, Lakewood starts it season against zero week victor Fountain-Fort Carson, a winner against Columbine last week. As the season starts 2015 Lakewood safety Mao Niko is reporting an offer from the University of Montana. Last season Niko recorded 67 tackles, three sacks and an interception.
2015 Pomona QB Justin Roberts faces a big test tomorrow night as his Panthers take on Colorado State football power Valor Christian. The key to the matchup is how the Pomona offensive line, anchored by Colorado commit Dillon Middlemiss, holds up against a very good Valor defensive line. Roberts had a strong offseason and is getting looks from North Dakota and the University of San Diego.
There are numerous intriguing pieces to look for in week one and questions to think about; is 5A wide open? How will Regis’ strength in the trenches match up against all the skill players from Cherry Creek? Can Mullen rise back to the top of Colorado football? Who is the player under the radar that will explode this season?
Also, key players to watch this weekend
Ashton Torres- Cherokee Trail has all kinds of talent. Torres, a 2016 prospect, is the key to the offensive line play that could propel the Cougars to a big season.
Ray Roundtree-2016 QB move in from Oregon to Cherry Creek adds another athlete to one of the state’s most talented teams.
Keelan Poole- 2015 Grandview linebacker has good size, 6-2 205, and great athleticism. He should shine in the Wolves’ aggressive defense.
Carlo Kemp- Fairview is reporting Kemp at 255 pounds!! That size, his speed, pedigree and ability to make big plays puts Kemp at the top of the states’ prospect list for 2016.
Marcus McElroy-The 2017 RB has gotten bigger, faster and stronger after a very good freshman season. If he has another big season Mullen could be scary on O.