With the season well under way, here is a look at defensive players that have or continue to catch my eye as I watch games.
Matt Gaiter of Chatfield, at 6-4 250 pounds, has the most DI ready frame of any defensive lineman I have seen this season. Chatfield’s D has been beat up this season so Gaiter is moving around quite a bit on the line. When he lines up at defensive end he is tough to block. He will have to work on his pad level for an eventual move to the inside.
Chase Konkel of Regis has made plays every game I have watched this season. The big time lacrosse player has a crazy long 6-5 frame and the athleticism of a high level multi-sport athlete. His reach and first step make him tough to block. If football was (and it could be) Konkel’s choice, at 250 pounds three years down the road would be a beast coming off the edge.
Lakewood’s Mao Niko at 6-3 225 is a bullet of the edge and can finish plays. His explosiveness transfers well to the next level. Currently holding an FCS offer, Niko has mid-major talent.
Kevin Prosser, the early Wyoming commit is all over the field for Overland. He will play strong safety for the Cowboys and make plays against the run and pass. We will also make a very good pass rusher out of blitz packages.
Loveland’s Jacob Weinmaster makes a tremendous number of plays. He has 4.6 speed and a long wingspan. He plays on the inside but should be able to make the transition to outside backer at the college level.
Max McDonald is Rocky Mountain’s enforcer and the most impactful defensive player I have seen this year. McDonald gets to plays quickly and finishes angry. He lines up as needed for the Lobo defense and looks capable of playing inside or outside backer in college. Best I have seen this year on either side of the ball.
Denver East defensive back Wesley Ogsbury has all the skills you expect for a DI defensive back with good speed and quick feet and hips. He also has good ball skills evidenced by his play as a big play receiver. Most impressive is the willingness and success the 6-0 170 pound Ogsbury has playing close to the line of scrimmage.
Isaiahia Banks of Mullen, just a sophomore, has caught my eye every time I have seen him play. The 6-1 180 pounder has a great frame and will be scary as a senior at 200 pounds. He is active against the run, has good instincts for a young player and is athletic enough to make passes over the top hard to get.