Colorado talent is on a major upswing!
This year’s class coupled with next year’s 2017 class are the best back to back classes Colorado has put together in ten plus years. Multiple players signed with Power 5 schools and numerous players made mid-major commits. Further, it is good to see increased interest in Colorado talent from FCS schools across the nation. Also don’t forget the legion of great players from Colorado that will play at RMAC schools as well as multiple DII programs across the nation.
Keeping Talent Home
Recruiting is tough and it is the life blood of programs, none of this is shocking news, but the University of Colorado and Colorado State need to get in the game regarding keeping the talent close to home! Boulder native Carlo Kemp will play at Michigan, Jack Stoll and Jo Jo Domann are headed to Nebraska, Matt Lynch to UCLA and Dillon Reinkensmeyer to Virginia. Also, Deron Harrell of East should have never made it outside of the state’s borders. For 2017 Jake Moretti of Pomona has already committed to Ohio State and Dylan McCaffrey will head out of state. Santino Marchiol, holder of a massive offer sheet and former Cherry Creek linebacker has moved to IMG Academy and Jonathan Van Diest and Marcus McElroy are garnering national attention. No college every pulls every top recruit in the state, but the Buffs and Rams need to be in the conversation.
Despite top talent leaving the state, Colorado and Colorado State did grab prospects that could become major steals. Denver South’s Terriek Roberts and Legend’s Hunter Vaughn are players that will contribute to the University of Colorado. Both Roberts and Vaughn have ridiculous frames and great athleticism. For Colorado State, keep an eye on Toby McBride, the wrestling champ from Fort Morgan is tough and talented and has the ability to play multiple spots on the d-line.
Watch and Learn
Head Coach John Wristen and his CSU-Pueblo staff get it! Once again the ThunderWolves have pulled a great class. The Pueblo M.O. is tough, hardworking, position versatile players who love the game. There are numerous players to watch from the class, but I’m most curious to see the growth of Ammon Johnson and Wes Exum under the tutelage of the experienced CSU-Pueblo staff.
Athletes have higher GPAs as compared to their peers in high school, this stat is true for football programs. Further, players learn the ever more complex offensive and defensive playbooks. Finally, all the smartest guys I know were offensive lineman, bottom-line football is a game for athletic thinkers.
Ben Waters, Dalton Lawrence and Jon Cole got into Air Force. Ace Escobedo and Kailish Graham-Bell will play at Penn. Isaac Schely is going to Georgetown and Chris Reese will attend the University of San Diego. Don’t forget the numerous Colorado prep student athletes that will attend School of Mines. Dumb jocks!!??
One of my favorite past times is to watch athletes I have covered play on Saturdays, on rare occasions even Sundays. Many of these player will not just contribute but become starters at the next level. Certain players, somewhat under the radar, are very intriguing.
North Dakota commit Ray Haas is a player I will track. At 6-5 Haas can run, cover and he has an instinct for the game.
Deron Harrell, at 6-3 with corner speed and skills, has the potential to be very special.
Also on the under recruited front is Chatfield’s Isaac Schely. I watched him play multiple times this season and was impressed with his arm and functional mobility. I have always felt the Chatfield staff does a good job with QBs. Also, Schely, now at Georgetown, is a player I will keep an eye on.