The depth of the Colorado high school recruiting classes of 2016 and 2017 is well known and well documented. The state, always a bastion of mid major and FCS recruiting, is now a frequent stop for Power 5 programs. Already 2016 prospects Jack Stoll and JoJo Domann have verballed to Nebraska, Matt Lynch to UCLA and multiple big schools are lining up for the services of Fairview’s Carlo Kemp.
For 2017 Pomona’s Jake Moretti has already verballed to Ohio State, while Cherry Creek’s Santino Marchiol holds offers from every major conference and Valor’s Dylan McCaffrey is a top quarterback prospect in the nation. At times, lost in this recruiting frenzy, are numerous very good players who will impact DII and FCS programs. Here is a look at a few underappreciated defensive linemen that deserve a look.
Elijah Larry Horizon 2016
Watching Larry he pops off the film as a playmaker from his defensive end position. The stats back up the film as the defensive end had eight sacks and over eighty tackles for the season. Larry is equally productive going at the passer with his hand on the ground or standing up.
Devon Harris Rangeview 2016
Harris, a 6-1 200 pound undersized defensive end posted five sacks while playing in only five games last season. Film shows a very explosive athlete that will be able to convert easily to an outside linebacker at the next level.
Dante Lewis Smoky Hill 2016
Lewis of Smoky Hill, like Larry and Harris is an explosive defensive end that will have to convert to outside backer at the next level. Lewis, has a great first step and uses his hands very well. Lewis, has shown the ability to play up and should transition nicely to college outside backer. Smoky Hill is not a football power, but recruiters may want to stop by and take a look.
Calvin Townsend Longmont 2016
I have always been a fan of squatty body defensive tackles and Longmont’s Calvin Townsend at 6-0 300 pounds, fits the bill. In a shortened seven game schedule, Townsend posted 25 tackles. Tough to block due to his size and natural strength, Townsend is surprisingly athletic and has very good feet.
Aron Pino Littleton 2016
Of the players mentioned Pino may have the most potential. The 6-0 260 pound Pino benches 335, has good explosion and is capable of finishing plays as seen by his 66 tackles and six sacks.
Matt Yockey Mountain Vista 2016
Yockey plays defensive tackle for Mountain Vista, but at 6-1 205 pounds he is more suited for defensive end or even linebacker, bottom-line, Yockey is a high motor, high impact player that deserves some college looks.