The Eagles hosting the Panthers is about as good a week one game anybody could ask for! Both squads are always near the top of Colorado big school football, they are both extremely well coached and they boast great talent. From a recruiting perspective two of top prospects in the nation from the class of 2017 will be on the field in this game. Valor’s Dylan McCaffrey, now a 6-5 210 pound veteran, holds offers from multiple big time Power 5 schools. Last week, in a dominating win over Bonneville High School from Idaho, McCaffrey, with a limited number of snaps, looked very good. Most impressive was the clear growth of McCaffrey as a passer. His feet looked great in the pocket and his arm seems stronger. Throw in his natural athleticism and you can see while schools are lining up. On the other side, athletic bruiser and Ohio State commit Jake Morretti anchors a young but talented Pomona offensive line. Morretti and his line crew will be key as young Pomona playmakers find their footing.
Two players to watch closely, both of whom are under recruited, are Pomona DE/LB Elijah Leyva and Valor WR/TE Booker Schelhaas. Leyva, a beast with a high motor, at 230 pounds, is a tweener and may need to show the ability to cover before FCS and potentially mid-majors take a look. Leyva looks like the type of player CSU-Pueblo loves and uses to win titles. Watch the matchup as Leyva lines up across from Valor offensive tackle and Virginia verbal Dillon Reinkensmeyer.
Schelhaas, at 6-3 225 pounds, like Leyva is a tweener not quite a tight end, not quite a wideout, but a player and matchup problem nonetheless. Last week, in the 51-12 defeat of Bonneville, the big receiver showed some wheels on two big pass plays. Currently Schelhaas has an offer from Colorado School of Mines, and a great student, significant Ivy interest. A continued strong senior campaign should bring FCS attention. Schelhaas reminds me of players Montana’s Bob Stitt likes in his program.
Beyond these known commodities, tomorrow’s game features two up and coming playmakers. For Pomona sophomore speedster Max Borghi is ready for a big season. Borghi self-reports a 4.4 forty and last season showed that speed for Pomona as a runner, pass catcher and returner.
Last week, Valor introduced potentially their next big playmaker as freshman Joshia Davis showed impressive flashes.