This week in 1st and 10 we take a look at ten of the top junior football players in the state of Colorado.
The big 6-7 280 pound offensive lineman was 1st Team All-League last year as a sophomore in the highly competitive South Metro. This year he is having a solid season for 6-1 Bear Creek. Bear Creek's diverse offense gives Sirles the ability to work as a run and pass blocker, which is a great advantage as he preps for the next level. Currently Colorado, Louisville and Kansas State have offered.
Think of Kasa and Sirles as interchangeable as the top prospects in Colorado.
The 6-7 Kasa's mix of size and speed make the Legacy defensive end an intriguing prospect. Last season in a 1st Team All-League campaign, Kasa established himself as one of Colorado's top pass rushers and has continued that this season. Thus far, Kasa holds offers from Colorado, Colorado State, Kansas State, Iowa State and Utah. Recently, Kasa was invited to participate in the Army All-American combine this year in San Antonio.
The Heritage wide receiver was 1st Team All-League last season in the Continental and looks to repeat that honor this season as he already has over thirty catches on the season. At 6-4, Kaufman has the size that D1 schools are constantly on the watch for.
The 6-1 190 pound Bowens has rushed for over 1,000 yards already this season and averages 155 yards rushing in the Pomona run game.
Horizon's 6-7 240 pound tight end has the physical size and presence to take his game to the next level.
Flanagan may be the most complete offensive player in Colorado. Flanagan kicks, punts, runs and catches. Often the Bear Creek junior back saves his best plays for when the game is on the line.
If Flanagan is the most complete offensive player in the state, Orms may be the most versatile two way player in the state. Last year as a sophomore, Orms excelled as a defensive back for Wheat Ridge on their way to a 4A title. This season, Orms has established himself as a top offensive threat.
8. Justin Herrera
6-2 215 pound junior defensive end from Heritage has a great first step and has already registered six sacks for the 6-1 Eagles.
9. Bryce Schwindt
6-2 270 offensive lineman is the prototypical Columbine offensive lineman made up of equal parts strength and toughness.
Douglas County's exceptionally quick back has averaged over 160 yards rushing for the 5-2 Huskies this season.
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