Quarterback-Chris Helbig (2016) of Holy Family and Dante Sparaco (2017) of Glenwood Springs both garnered consideration but based on film review of this season it came down to Legacy QB Matt Lynch (2016) and Valor QB Dylan McCaffrey (2017) In the end the nod went to McCaffrey. Both McCaffrey and Lynch are athletic, have great size and ever improving arms, but McCaffrey’s improvement during playoffs set him apart. On the run to the title game, McCaffrey saw his completions increase while throwing 11 TDs against one interception.
Running Back-Regis Jesuit’s Alec Barnes(2016) had a great season running behind a very good offensive line while Doherty’s TeQuan Baker (2016) posted big numbers this year as did Jeremy Lujan(2016) of Dakota Ridge, but for their diversity and upside Mullen’s Marcus McElroy (2017) and Boulder’s T.J. Jones highlight the squad. Both backs have good size at over 6-0 and nearly 200 pounds and they have the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield as well as run between the tackles and hit the edge. Great college upside for both backs!
Tight End- Regis Jesuit junior Jack Stoll combines great size, good hands and exceptional blocking making him a prototypical tight end. Most impressive is how much he enjoys blocking, bringing a physical presence wherever he lines up.
Wide Receiver-Tim Pless of Heritage and Ben Waters of Valor, both juniors, are the picks here. Pless, at 6-2 and reporting 4.5 speed, combines good size and speed, but most impressive are his hands. Pless goes after the ball, can out jump DBs and bring in the catch. Waters, at 6-1 190, also has good size and very good hands. Waters is a very good route runner.
Offensive Line-Traditionally this is a position where Colorado shines placing numerous players, in recent years at major colleges. Highlighting the group is Pomonas’s Jake Moretti (2017). The sophomore has it all with size and athleticism, but most importantly he is a physical presence who relishes dominating defenders. With three offers already in the books Moretti is a national level recruit. Cherokee Trail’s Ashton Torres (2016) had another strong season garnering All-Conference and All-State honors again this season. Dalton Lawrence (2016) of Rock Canyon played multiple positions for his squad as needed. Adding to his resume the versatile 6-4 255 pound lineman is also a long snapper. Columbine’s JT Gentry (2016) at 6-5 250 is another big Rebel run blocker. One of the most intriguing prospects, Laitham Johnson of Durango (2016) is a big kid at 6-5 that is physical and athletic.