Thursday the Fairview Knights struggled but managed a victory over a Poudre program that has improved over the last couple of year. As is the case with Fairview, all attention falls on Carlo Kemp. The 6-3 255 pound defender played all over the place for Fairview last season, this season, Kemp is playing outside backer and H-back. Early in the game Kemp, like his team, was lethargic, not playing with energy and motor as Poudre took a lead and made the game tight. In the second half Kemp started to exert himself and made the plays expected of a Power 5 recruit. I personally would like to see Kemp at 245 instead of his current 255 so he could better put his athletic gifts to work and show the explosion of his early high school career. Kemp is very thick and powerful through his lower half and I expect to see to primarily play with his hand on the ground at the college level, with that said he is athletic enough to play in multi fronts and can drop into coverage and pass rush from a two point.
The defender for Fairview that really caught my eye was senior Kailash Graham-Bell. The defensive end is a long 6-6 230 pounder that has a frame to envy. He could go 260 and still look lean! I especially like his motor and he does a good job standing up against the run and setting the edge. Already this season Graham-Bell has three sacks, a hurry, two passes defended and an interception. Watch this young man who is a sleeper in Colorado!
Fairview has a QB friendly offense that puts receivers wide and allows the quarterback to get the ball out quick. The last two signal callers Anders Hill and Johnny Feauto put up monster numbers. Next up is senior Daniel Creese. The 6-3 195 pound Creese has a strong arm and quick release. Creese was a little off early Friday against Poudre, but his receivers hurt him with some drops. Creese finished the night with nearly 300 yards passing, but he did have two interceptions bringing him to seven for the year. Creese is a very bright young man and he is getting Ivy interest. I expect he will only get better as the season brings experience for the first year starter. Creese has the arm, the size and upside to warrant looks.
Also for Fairview, senior RB TJ Kebede caught my eye. Kebede is a 5-9 220 pound squatty body who also doubles as a very productive defensive lineman. In the Fairview offense RBs are often an afterthought, but Kebede can make plays. He is not a speedster but he is very agile and no defender wants to take on his tree trunk thighs in the open field. One play, a catch on a swing pass, a jump cut to make a defender miss, a quick burst and a violent finish with pads forward make this young man very intriguing!
For Poudre, on size alone, tight end Mason Morton deserves attention. Morton moves well and is a big 6-5 250 pounder. On first glance I see him at the next level as a potential offensive tackle. Further review is needed but well worth it.