DII Grabs Top Pass Catchers

Prairie View's Zach Peterson and Mullen's Ryan Manning both heading to Colorado DII.

Last season Colorado School of Mines posted a 10-2 record on the strength of an explosive offense that had over 4,500 passing yards.  Seven Mines receivers caught 25 or more passes, four of whom caught over 50 passes.  Spreading the rock around the field requires receivers and School of Mines gained two of Colorado’s best recently securing verbals from Prairie View tight end Zach Peterson and Mullen wideout Ryan Manning

In Peterson School of Mines gain a perfect fit for their H-back position.  Peterson, 6-3 235, is big, smart and versatile.  Playing in a run first offense during high school, Peterson became a physical blocker with the ability to make big catches when necessary.  A top student, Peterson fits the Mines profile and was gaining serious Ivy interest before his commit.  Regarding his commit to School of Mines Peterson says, “It is an extremely successful football team and the academics speak for themselves.”   Peterson is also very excited to learn the H-back position from Mines All-American Cole Spurgeon.  Regarding the H-back position Peterson says, “I’m excited because the H-back is a giant receiver position and he gets a lot of touches!”

In Manning, School of Mines gains a 6-5 receiver that has his best football in front of him.  The big and productive Manning was banged up at times during high school, limiting his DI looks.  Like Peterson and all Mines prospects, Manning is a very good student who was gaining Ivy as well as FCS attention. 

In the future, both Manning and Peterson will do a great job for School of Mines as their specific skill sets fit very well in the wide open offenses.  

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