Good to see former Colorado prepsters Kalen Ballage and Sam Jones getting some love from the Arizona Republic this week as players to watch. Ballage, a running back from Falcon High School, and Jones, an offensive tackle from ThunderRidge, had strong offseasons for the Sun Devils and will be factors for an Arizona State squad many have picked to win the Pac 12 South.
I went back and reviewed some film in preparation for the season and by far one of the most impressive defenders in the state is Pomona’s Elijah Leyva. The 6-2 230 pound OLB/DE is a strong, tenacious defender who gets after the passer and stands up against the run. He is under recruited and deserves some DI looks.
Another piece of film that is very impressive belongs to 2016 Pine Creek OLB Kacin Nowlin. Although undersized, Nowlin has great instincts, closes on plays and is a sure and physical tackler.
Dante Sparaco is a giant and at 6-4 265 pounds he will be a beast to bring down running the ball for Pomona. This summer many colleges have started looking at the giant quarterback as a tight end or defensive end. Sparaco reports recently Ole Miss, LSU, Michigan State. Arkansas, Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Miami, and Auburn have made contact.
Columbine’s Mikey Griebel had a very busy summer camping at Montana State, Colorado State, Northern Colorado and North Dakota. Griebel, a utility knife in the Columbine offense, worked out at camps this summer as a slot receiver. Griebel, a very good baseball player, is definite that he wants to football in college. A potential fit is Montana State, where his brother Mitch, a former PrepColorado Player of the Year, is a Captain on Bobcat football squad.
2016 D’Evelyn quarterback Owen Burke competed at North Dakota this past weekend. The 6-4 quarterback will build on the over 3,000 yards he threw for last season.