The Falcons are coming off one of their most successful seasons going 10-3 and winning the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Riding the momentum, Air Force worked Colorado hard gaining some of the state’s top talent including James Jones, Bubba Watkins, Parker Hammond, Danny Highland, Michael DeVries, Dylan Draper, Matt Gaiter. This group of future Falcons is very athletic and has the ability to keep the Falcons winning.
Jones, a combo DB from Denver Mullen held a double digit offer sheet with Army and Navy joining Air Force as his finalist. On his Air Force decision Jones cited the opportunity to” fly, play big time football with a secured job.”
Watkins, an integral part of a Valor Christian squad that won state three of his four years in high school. Watkins is an explosive outside backer that fits the Air Force defense very well. “Looking at his decision Watkins says, “Being able to serve the country and keeping my faith at the center of everything I do is awesome.”
Hammond, a bruising offensive lineman who was athletic enough to play tight end at times in high school for this Pine Creek state title team, is a great pick up for the Falcons bringing a physical presence to the Falcon line.
Thompson Valley’s Danny Highland made an early verbal to Falcons and is another player that will bring a physical presence to Air Force. The defensive lineman is explosive and plays with good leverage coming of the line of scrimmage.
Michael Devries of Centaurus High School is another combo defensive lineman who will most likely move to the insider of the Falcon defensive line.
Discovery Canyon’s Dylan Draper is a long and athletic outside backer who posted 17 sacks and 31 tackles for loss. The long backer is a very good edge rusher.
Gaiter of Chatfield, will start at Academy Prep before moving over to the Academy. Another versatile defensive lineman, the 6-4 250 pound Gaiter can play on the edge or interior.
Every Colorado commit except Hammond is on the defensive side, further, each of these players has the capacity to become a major contributor. Jones, Watkins and Draper run well enough and are versatile enough to soon get time as special teamers.