The state of Colorado, especially in the Class of 2017, has a very solid group of recruits that are gaining ever increasing college attention. Quarterbacks Dylan McCaffrey and Dante Sparaco of Glennwood Springs already hold offers from Colorado and Colorado State respectively. Beyond the two young QBs potentially the most impressive 2017 prospect I have seen during this young season is Pomona offensive tackle Jake Moretti. At 6-5 270 pounds, the young right tackle has the size needed to play at the next level. Playing for Pomona, a school known for big and physical linemen, including linemate Dillon Middlemiss, Moretti will get plenty of looks from colleges. What colleges will see is a physical run blocker that has the athletic ability to become a good pass blocker.
Chase Konkel of Regis has committed to play lacrosse at the Mercer, but the pass rusher could gain looks for his play at defensive end for his Raider squad. Last week Konkel posted five sacks and has been a disruptive force all season. Athletic and long, Konkel has a good first step and is surprisingly strong for a lean player.
This past weekend Colorado’s premiere power backs Trevonte Tasco of Denver south and Jerrell Nettles of Montbello squared off and showed why they are two of Colorado’s best. In South’s win over Montbello this past weekend the 240 pound Tasco rushed for over 200 yards while the 235 pound Nettles went for 146 yards. Both backs are built low to the ground and could be a fit in the right program. RMAC schools looking for a power presence will take a hard look at both of these players.
Currently two players named Josh are dominating Colorado high school football and are hopefully garnering mid-major and FCS attention. Josh Wright of Overland posted a huge 300 rush yard six touchdown game this past weekend for his 2-0 Overland team. The offensive explosion is an indication of Wright’s athleticism. At the next level Wright is a corner and could be a very good nickel. Josh Clausen of Lutheran already has 15 catches and 376 yards receiving yards, averaging 25 yards a reception. At 6-4 Clausen has great size. Clausen is also a very good student and is getting Ivy looks.
Last week Wes Exum of 2-0 Horizon caught my eye. The 6-2 200 pound junior insider backer has eighteen tackles and is a player to watch.
As if Cherokee Trail needs them, another Cougar playmaker is emerging in junior Kamal Howard. The 6-2 receiver has size and speed.