Every time PrepColorado tracks down Joe Caplis the 2016 Cherry Creek signal caller exudes a mix of leadership and quiet confidence about his game and his team. Last season, while helping the Bruins bring home the state title, Caplis threw for over 1,300 yards.
The 6-2 200 pound Caplis has smarts, a solid arm and sneaky athleticism augmented by a strong work ethic. Right now Caplis does not have an offer, but he did camp this summer at Arizona, the University of San Diego and Yale. Regarding his summer Caplis said, “Camps have been great! I had a great time at all three and received really encouraging feedback.” Regarding a potential offer Caplis says, “I think I'm very close to an offer from a few schools. I've been told the hardest one to get is the first one and I've seen that play out. Schools have told me they want to see the senior season before they make their choice and I believe that works strongly in my favor.” Of the schools, Caplis singles out Yale, stating, “I have an awesome relationship with the coaching staff and love Coach Reno and how he runs his program. I could see myself being very successful there and being able to help out the team early.”
Caplis’ senior campaign is key to his recruitment. The senior quarterback lost his primary playmakers, Milo Hall, D.J. Luke and Joe Parker, from a 2014 state title squad. As such more of the offensive load will fall on Caplis as he works with a new set of offensive performers highlighted by receiver Ammon Johnson and back Ashton Riley. Talking about his Bruins Caplis cites the, “best team chemistry of any team I have ever been on.” Caplis goes on to say, “The defense is incredibly fast and strong and I believe the offense will shock a lot of people this year.” Caplis and the Bruins are too good to “shock” anyone, but if Caplis has a strong season and if he and his playmakers mesh, Cherry Creek could make another run.