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An Eagle has landed 3.6 miles away from his original roost

On December 21, 2017 an unidentified text came in that Rod Sherman was out as the Valor Christian football coach.  Of course that peaked our interests and some digging was done to find out the morning of December 22 that the coaching staff was brought together to confirm Sherman was out as the Eagles head coach after five seasons. Recently Valor named Ed McCaffrey their head coach. Ed becomes 1 of the 8  new leaders in 5A that will have new HCs come August.

Fast forward a few weeks and the plethora of open football coaching jobs in Colorado and Rod Sherman on the sidelines, it was.an opportunity worth inquiring about. So after a couple initial meetings and an application Rod became a leading candidate in neighboring Centennial, CO. After a football committee  was assembled and the process took its course on Friday February 16, 2018 in a players only meeting, Rod Sherman was officially announced to become the new face of the Arapahoe Warriors. Sherman will not have to travel far as his new school is only 3.6 miles North from the Eagles nest of Highlands Ranch and Valor. So Sherman flew North for the winter and will be preparing for spring and summer OTAs in preparation for the fall sport of football and soaring South in the standings.

Sherman said, "he wanted to pursue other opportunities," last December.


Now many in the community are hoping Rod can develop the LPS student-athletes and the Arapahoe football program. Arapahoe High School is a public high school Established in 1964 and the biggest of the 3 with over 2200 students. The school is known for its affiliation with the Arapaho tribe of Wind RiverWyoming.

Sherman will take over for Mike Campbell who resigned after 22 years and 15 years as a head coach to take the Englewood HS job in the 2A classification.

A parents meeting is scheduled for Tuesday February 20th but the community is buzzing to learn about their next leader.

Rod Sherman came to Colorado in 2007 from Orange Lutheran in California where he was the athletic director (AD) to become Valor’s AD until 2014. In 2013, Sherman took over as head coach after serving as the team’s offensive coordinator that helped the Eagles win four straight state titles from 2009-12. Sherman was the 2nd HC in Valors history after Brent Vieselmeyer whom amassed a 55-11-0 from 2008-2012 and moved on to another out of state coaching position. Sherman went 57-11 and won three Class 5A state championships in 5 years.

In the past 15 years the Football program went 90-68 under Cambell and has been non relevant the past decade while the suburban sprawl continues in each direction. Most noticeably the Heritage Eagles have been a school of choice for many student athletes as of late as their program has blossomed.  Ironically  the 2012 Valor Christian football team blasted Arapahoe 49-18 under Brent Vieselmeyer in his last season as head coach and winning state 9-0 over Cherokee Trail.

Year Coach Name Record
2017 M. Campbell 3-7
2016 M. Campbell 5-5
2015 M. Campbell 10-1
2014 M. Campbell 4-6
2013 M. Campbell 6-4
2012 M. Campbell 10-2
2011 M. Campbell 5-5
2010 M. Campbell 8-4
2009 M. Campbell 3-7
2008 M. Campbell 3-7
2007 M. Campbell 4-6
2006 M. Campbell 5-6
2005 M. Campbell 8-3
2004 M. Campbell 10-2
2003 M. Campbell 6-3
90- 68

So after over two decades the Warriors opposition may not see that well known counter play or tight end to the boundary that was made so famous over the years. As you peek at the roster the Warriors have 47 players listed on both HUDL and MaxPreps that are scheduled to return in 2018. The bright spot seems to be the 8-3 JV team from last season as the Freshmen suffered an 0-10 season and the Varsity settled for 3-7 in 2017.

2018 will be a fresh start with a fresh coach and a new set of values. Only time will tell as high school football is 27 weeks away from game number one. The Warriors will play in Metro East newly aligned 6 team conference in 2018-19.

METRO EAST
Cherokee Trail
Cherry Creek
Eaglecrest
Grandview
Overland
Arapahoe

Unless something changes here are the teams stated to play in an 11 week football season with one bye week during the regular season. Also new for this season will be a 24 team format for the post season play, up from 16 the past two seasons and 32 teams prior to the 2 year waterfall system that featured RPI. Official practice begins August 6, 2018.

The non-league schedule is as follows:

Adams City,
Castle View (8-31) who has a new HC
Heritage, 4A Rival Game for the Milk Jug & neighborhood school pride
Rock Canyon,
Douglas County

If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the cofridaynightlights.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.

Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April 1st
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

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Always KISS

How fitting to be talking KISS the day after Valentines day. I hope you all spent quality time with your sweetheart. However, KISS is an acronym for Keep It Simple Stupid. Something many sales people are reminded of in sales meeting and industry conferences. Also something we forget to do on a daily basis and need reminding from time to time.
In the football world many were so crazed in weeks or even months past to declare a college decision on February 7th, the first day of NLI that lasts until April 1st in mainly football and soccer. However, it has become a stressful day for both athletes, coaches and parents. What has been forgotten is KISS. To keep it simple stupid we must reflect on what the goal is or was and that is gaining a post secondary education. Also to be at a place that is mutual to your goals and the opportunity to play athletics. So to those still trying to decide I say KUDOS to you for taking the time to decide your fate. As for those 2019 graduates all I can say is KISS. Do not worry or feel pressured to keep up with the Jones’ or run yourself in the ground by flying all over the globe to get an offer or attend some underwear olympics event. Remember to KISS.As for getting noticed or exposed just remember KISS. The college coaches often say 50-75% of recruiting is based on film. So if you have limited Varsity film, I doubt being a globetrotter is a solution to your issues. Stay home and KISS. Yes stay home and work out with your team mates and build bonds in the weight room or secondary or tertiary sports. High school should be FUN! Once you KISS remember another piece of the puzzle is academia. While 2.3 might be the minimum for some gifted athletes it is well known a 3.2 GPA combined with a high ACT or SAT gets you more qualified. The other part will be the evaluation period which should be getting your cleats on their turf. Basically attend the colleges you researched with your school councillor that is a correct fit for you. If the school seeks candidates with a 4.1 GPA and 33 ACT you better KISS. Again have obtainable goals and do your homework and remember to always KISS, Keep It Simple Stupid..

If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the cofridaynightlights.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.

Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April 1st
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

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Castleview names a new HC

The 5A landscape is becoming a little more clear today as Castleview has named Todd Casebier as their new head coach for the southern Denver metro suburb called Castle Rock. Casebier leaves a very talented Fruita Monument team that went 22-12-0 in the past 3 seasons. Casebier had been at Montrose for 10 seasons, going 86-30 prior to Fruita Monument. Before coaching at Montrose, Casebier had  success at his alma mater, class of 1985, Palisade  from 1998-2004. He was also an assistant at Durango from 1990-97.

If you have watched Casebier and his teams his DNA is to run the ball! So 5A fans expect to see success now as the football committee of  2 parents, 3 athletes and the district AD, school AD and athletic secretary picked a winner. Casebier has had a lot of past success and he wanted the challenge to prove it in 5A once again. Fruita was a casualty of waterfall the past 2 seasons but 3 years ago  Casebier went 5-6 in year one with Fruita in the 5A Continental North that consisted of Regis, Mountain Vista, Highlands Ranch, Rock Canyon and Thunder Ridge. A few common opponents you say, well look at the schedule.

The Sabercats will be playing in the conference currently named METRO SOUTH that features conference games against geographical teams Valor Christian, Mountain Vista, Highlands Ranch, Rock Canyon and Thunder Ridge. 2 of those teams also have a new HC in both VC and HRHS. In addition neighboring Douglas County a whopping 3.6 miles will continue the rivalry match up that shakes up the town of Castle Rock for a week to be the King of the Castle on September 14th. Meanwhile Legend is another neighboring battle that has little league ties as does Arapahoe from youth days. AHS will also feature a new HC but Fossil Ridge in Northern Colorado will be a long stretch reminiscent of waterfall the past 2 seasons but the longest distance will be week 3 and Wasatch out of Utah that also is in the 5A classification in Utah.

If you are unaware of the Castleview Sabercats shame on you but that is why you rely on @303Gonzo
The 2018 team features
-17 returning starters from 2017
-8 of which will be 3rd year starters
-3 returning starters with all conference honors from 2017
So the path to success started early and is the main reason a new coach in Casebier can have immediate success. While many teams play Seniors it is obvious that football is a game of repetitiveness and gaining playing time early does really helps long term. Having 8 third year starters is a big deal! Look for the Sabercats to scratch out some early wins because their starters have been on the field and won’t be green. Also as the season goes on the Sabercats will know how to finish games as their schedule ramps up weekly to face better competition and game 6 against powerhouse Valor who many say has an easy chance to win a title in 2018.

So now that a new head coach in Casebier has been named and a team meeting to introduce the new chief, it is time for the off season OTAs and a new direction as a new leader will have everyone excited and readying for official August 6th practices.

If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the cofridaynightlights.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.

Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April 1st
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

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5A no way

The sport of football is an easy game of 11 versus 11 on any given day. However, you need direction in most situations otherwise it is considered pick up ball. Well this week in 5A we were hoping to tell you whom landed some open positions and BOOM, another 5A coach stepped down in Rod Dobbs of Chaparral. Thus paving the way for 8 new head coaches in 5A  that will adorn the fields in August for opening weekend or the 23-25th.

Here is a recap of 5A movement of coaches resigning, retiring or moving on:

  Arapahoe 5A   Mike Campbell
  Castle View 5A   Dustin Pfeiffer  http://www.cofridaynightlights.com/?p=3093
  Chaparral 5A   Rod Dobbs
  Eaglecrest 5A   Mike Schmitt  Dustin Delaney
 Highlands Ranch 5A   David May     (interim)  John Trahan
  JK Mullen 5A   Tom Thenell
  Smoky Hill 5A   John Trahan
  Valor Christian 5A   Rod Sherman  Ed McCaffrey

Upon further review one would say, really? Yes 5 of the vacancies are teams that have had success and been to the playoffs. The one common factor in 5A is enrollment is above 1825 students. Many will argue enrollment is a false barometer. The challenge has become retaining athletes from club sports and in football from a handful of teams actively persuading families to attend their schools. For sure this week and by months end 3 of the 5 open spots will be filled and we will start March with a clean slate looking forward to OTAs and the summer grind for an opening weekend just 27 weeks from tom tomorrow.

If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the cofridaynightlights.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.

Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April 1st
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

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Turn out the lights

The last article, IMG COLORADO?, struck a cord to many as my inbox was over 50 responses in the first day. The fact is there are coaches and teams that want to be great and want to play high level teams, the reality is 5A teams are punking out, as we learned several 4A teams want to play IMG Colorado Valor.  So now the time has come for a true high level course of action. We have heard in 2 years an open league may come about from the local association but that is too long to wait. The talent levels are rising while participation is diminishing. The decline in wearing high school sports colors for a varsity letter does not mean that much to kids and families. It has turned into high level coaching and playing for the ultimate reward, a scholarship for college.

While many of the phone lines ring at area schools to transfer kids, a vast many will go unanswered. Some because they do not want to be known as a football school and others because they just do NOT care and it is evident in the over all athletic records not only in football but other athletics. The culture is is a reboot or restart stage as parents are demanding more. However, the demand may be to Turn out the lights.

We feel to Turn out the lights may be the beginning of something new and refreshing. There are a vast many of coaches that enjoy the game of football and get satisfaction of teaching a game and teaching kids life lessons. Given that fact and mention of Club Football in the past few years the time has come for U16 and U18 Football in Colorado.

Many will struggle to accept the fact travel teams are a wave of the future in football but they said that about Basketball, Baseball and Hockey 2 decades ago and both Volleyball and lacrosse in recent years. So Football is a natural progression ever since IMG in Florida 5 years ago gave a blueprint for success. If you provide a top notch product people will come and in droves to pay you money. Private schools have seen this and have had big names run their program. However, we know its the assistants that run the program day to day and receive little notoriety.  Now they will have a better reason to coach because athletes and families have a vested interest to get better each day and win as a unit. However, the satisfaction will be down the road when kids are put in a better environment and given better opportunities. This is not to say some current high school coaches do not provide a more conducive atmosphere but sometimes the community is not on board or the school is fine with mediocrity.

“To be of good quality, you have to excuse yourself from the presence of shallow and callow minded individuals.”

So if you are an athlete, coach or parent feel free to respond to our exploratory questionnaire. While 2018 is 6 months away from league play, the transformation could happen for club immediately but the intention is to start play in 2019.

Some coaches might think an RPO is a Star Wars character, but our guys will know and learn its a Run, Pass Option!

We want to hire successful people to teach athletes to be successful on and off the field so we are all victorious. A proper education will last a lifetime. However, the memories of high school are only relevant at class reunions. The college experience is what creates your future, unless you inherit the family business,  so just like all the other club sports the local Colorado community is prepared for Club Football. Just see some of the comments:

We live North of Ft. Collins and know many coaches will not attend our games or visit our school. Based on some of the same schools or athletes always being feature we feel its time to consider other options that include Club Football for our son just like Club Volleyball for our daughter.

I have heard Valor University on your podcast and live video game nights, so IMG Colorado is fitting. I am sure the Denver Metropolitan area parents would travel as a club team. Currently there are parents  in 5A that we know falsify documents to play at one school and both in 4A and 3A coaches entice parents to attend their schools and drive miles out of their way because they want a better experience than the local attendance area HS.

Sports is important to our family and we would consider participating in a club football team. Our HS is given 5 conference team games that are not the best and based on RPI we will not be a top tier team or be able to schedule the top 5 teams because they all want to play one another based on competitiveness.

Our school would welcome playing Valor. Hell they are on TV all the time and nobody talks about the other 200 teams in the local papers or on broadcasts. I was just happy the last McCaffrey is graduating so maybe we can take the focus off that family and now Ed is the HC so its troublesome as its all about one family and one team. So yes I would appreciate club football for a semester if that is what it takes for writers or media folk to recognize other statewide talents. I really do not think 5A is that good of competition compared to 3A and 4A teams the past few seasons.

There will always be families like mine that would enjoy attending a try out to see how our kids stack up against others. But based on some camps we attended in the past it seems like players are pre determined for selection. However, a club team will want to win so we would definitely consider the opportunity to play for a Colorado based outfit. However, it can not be like some 7 on 7 teams that just do it for the money and empty promises.

If IMG is $70-$80,000 dollars and out of state that makes it difficult to attend games. I understand they are like a college prep school but would rather stay local to attend 5 games and probably watch 5 on TV. Also our local colleges say Colorado players are not as good as those from Florida, Georgia, Texas and  California. So to ready or compete against those teams would give us piece of mind and allow us to get better over time. Especially since many are specializing in one sport and train year around.

The outpouring of competitive football is among us and time will tell. The 6A classification is defunct and the participation is lower than ever before with more high schools than ever before statewide. The numbers suggest a decline. Also the recent 20% vacancy of head coaches in 5A, Colorados highest classification is another reason for concern. The State Title champion winners in the past decade probably dictate that reasoning but if a program takes that blueprint they could compete. Something we called “The Process” last summer. Currently the big boy classification has 3 vacant HC positions in Arapahoe, Castleview and JK Mullen. Their next leader will determine the direction of the program and if they can retain local talents and schedule local rivals, All 3 should have immediate success. However, it is the long term growth that matters most, otherwise team might succumb to Club football as the temptation for parents has arisen. Every parent wants their sons or daughters talked about at their school or in the local rags and until their is a climate control change it will be about a few teams thus fueling a desire to attend one school being featured, so for now its enroll in Club Football or attend a powerhouse high school team.

If you play cupcake teams, you will be a cupcake! Colorado just doesn't have the numbers like other states. We are suffering because every year it is the same teams. Look at DPS prior to suburban high schools. We created this mess and allowed the private schools to dictate the level of play. Now with open enrollment it is a mess and too much intensive self promotion from parents and kids not to mention the absurd trainers selling division one aspirations. Hell with all this hype its not like CU or CSU is adding 8-10 local kids each year. They will add walk ons to bolster the rosters but until competition gets better Colorado will be what it always has been, a Broncos city with a handful of high next level players that love the game of football - Former HS HC

IMG Colorado?

Over 6 years ago Colorado High School football was in a tizzy! Yes the State was in agitation over the dominating 3A then 4A to 5A team named VC (Valor Christian) that no one wanted in their conference because they were dominating. If this sounds familiar it is because again the football committee of 2017 found out again no one wanted to play VC. After all the Eagles have only suffered once in 2008 going 4-6-0 in 3A only to rebound in 2009 with a 14-0-0 record and a 3A State Title. Then the move to 4A resulted in a 2010 11-3-0 record and a back to back State Title. In 2011 VC again went 14-0-0 and won another State Title. In 2012 VC goes 12-2-0 and wins the last State title under coach Brent Vieselmeyer. So success of 2 Undefeated Seasons and 4 State Championships in 5 years with 1 Nationally Ranking seemed unfathomable. However, 2013 saw a change in the HC as Rod Sherman would go 13-1-0 and win the State 5A Title. In 2014 VC went 10-4-0 and lost to Cherry Creek but would rebound in 2015 by posting a 12-2-0 record and face Pomona in State and win. In 2016 VC would play to a 11-3-0 record and rematch the Pomona Panthers and win another State Title. But in 2017 the 11-1-0 Eagles would be halted in the playoffs by Grandview and eventually caused the head coach to resign.

Prior to be being officially announce by the school a media outlet took it upon themselves to publish a rumor and that led to lots of confusion statewide. The big splash hire was indeed Ed McCaffrey and the phone lines were  heating up in Highlands Ranch prior to the hiring of McCaffrey. The 13-year NFL veteran who has 3 boys that have played and graduated from VC also has another headed into his senior season and the fire has been ignited in Colorado once again.  Ed has been apart of VC for 10 years and Max and Christian in the NFL while Dylan is at the University of Michigan and Luke the youngest slated to be the VC starting QB.

Now the work begins as a head coach is in place but only 6 games have been officially scheduled of of 10. The only non conference game is against Pomona in the first 6 weeks of the season only to be followed by area teams Highlands Ranch, Mountain Vista, ThunderRidge, Rock Canyon and Castle View. It is conceivable Faith Christian will be added to reciprocate for their visit to Colorado last season. Other than that no one locally wants to schedule the powerhouse in a down year if there is such a thing. The 2018 graduating class removes 6 offensive linemen, 3 receivers, 1 TE and leaves CU commit RB Davis and QB McCaffrey in the backfield. As for defense there are a few players that will be major contributors in a rebuilding process.

So how do you get better? Oh that is so easy, recruiting that taboo so many hate to say but has happened for decades. Every time a big splash name hire happens the parents flock to that school and will do almost anything to get little Johnny on the field. At a private institution it is much easier to navigate the rules than a public school but many will turn their eyes the other way to make their program successful. The integrity of winning with what you have is long gone as the sports world has turned into a BIG GAME of attracting parents to buy into winning championships and being recruited. Just look at Floridas IMG. Basically a boarding prep school for sports that has made its mark recently with Football but was originally a tennis school. IMG now has 2 traveling football teams and 120 players with parents forking out $83K per year.

In California there are a handful of teams called IMG West but in Colorado the term has not been used until now. Yes Valor has a National following as Colorado is a centrally located state that offers much more with its mountains to ski or bike in addition to rock climbing and fishing. Some might mention the friendly 420 industry called legalized Marijuana that also brings attention to the Centennial state and Denver being a Mile High both literally and physically. As for a school in Colorado being the next IMG type, it has to be Valor as it has an expanding campus and a growing population to the South. The area is conducive to boarding athletes as apartments are about a block away and there will be a need to continue winning. A football team is the pulse of a school and a community. Also the $18-21K is a lot cheaper that the fellas in Florida if that is the only option.

Basically we are about to see Club Football for families that want professional coaches and coaching styles. Football is BIG in many other states and until you play out of state or the best competition you do not realize this statement. So for local teams not wanting to play a Pomona or Valor or even a Creek or Columbine is absurd. If you want to be the best you have to play the best. Given the dynamics of Valor and their dedication to being a small religious based school it comes as no surprise they are the crown jewell of Colorado. Any parent with the means probably should look into being a part of their community.

On the sports side of things the have their own TV network and always seem to be featured during the football season. So for the media rags and broadcasters it’s always going to be Valor, Creek and everyone else. It is unfortunate but everyone remembers number one and forgets about number two. Just read :

6A OR 5A ITS THE SAME RESULTS!

Only 6 different teams have been crowned state champion in the past decade, Pomona, Valor Christian, Cherry Creek, Columbine, Mullen and Grandview and a whopping 9 in the past 23 years in 5A. If you go back 27 years there was a 6A football conference for 4 years but the usual suspects were title winners.

If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the cofridaynightlights.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.

Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April 1st
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

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NSD 2/7/18

The day many have waited for or worked multiple years to obtain. While many schools will honor all sports this day was intended for soccer and football players to announce their selections of the choice from multiple offers. As of last year the process has changed as football has implemented an early signing period. Many athletes signed their #NLI and some have enrolled into college while others just verbalized their choice. Today February 7, 2018 is just day one of the National Letter of Intent period that lasts until April 1st. The NLI program or agreement legally binds recruited student-athletes to a school for one year.

From 7am February 7, 2018 until April 1st we will follow the movement and celebrations. Feel Free to tag, DM or update @303Gonzo your source for Colorado High School Football.

Division I (FBS), Division I (FCS), Walk-Ons (47)

NAME SCHOOL COLLEGE
Blake Carette Arapahoe Air Force
Jalen Mergerson Eaglecrest Air Force
Jaylen Thomas Vista Ridge Air Force
Tevye Schuettpelz-Rohl Fairview Air Force
Spencer Lovell Rocky Mountain Arizona State
Issac Power Ponderosa Baylor
Blake Stenstrom Valor Christian Colorado
Dimitri Stanley Cherry Creek Colorado
Ray Robinson Highlands Ranch Colorado
A’Jon Vivens Mullen Colorado State
Florian McCann Mullen Colorado State
Trey McBride Fort Morgan Colorado State
Chad Muma Legend Legend
Tate Wildeman Legend Nebraska
Willy Boatman Kent Denver Northwestern
Adrian Jackson Mullen Oregon
Max Borghi Pomona Washington State
Cameron Murray Overland Wyoming
Gunner Gentry Grandview Wyoming
Zach Watts Windsor Wyoming
Dustin Johnson Cherry Creek Colorado
Ethan Villarreal Fairview Colorado
Thomas Pannunzio Pueblo South Colorado State
Jacob Wilton Brighton Colorado State
Ryan Marquez Pomona Wyoming
Tristen Lee Mead Wyoming
Jon Engle Fort Collins Drake (Iowa)
Justin Lamb Regis Jesuit Drake (Iowa)
Aaron Harris Grandview Northern Colorado
Chris Ditzenberger Cherry Creek Northern Colorado
Ezekiel Creps Skyview Northern Colorado
Gavin Green Fountain-Fort Carson Northern Colorado
Gunnar Garcia Cherry Creek Northern Colorado
Joe Golden Doherty Northern Colorado
Keion Cross Rampart Northern Colorado
KP Werner Northridge Northern Colorado
Mason Knighton Ponderosa Northern Colorado
Max Bruner Ponderosa Northern Colorado
Noah Sarria Clear Creek Northern Colorado
Santos Maguina Pomona Northern Colorado
Shamauri Rivera Cheyenne Mountain Northern Colorado
Jake Heimlicher Regis Jesuit Penn
Chad Dines D’Evelyn Rhode Islande
Koby Soden Fairview San Diegio
Trevor Szilagyi Valor Christian Weber State (Utah)
Garry Raymond Cheyenne Mountain Yale
Ryan Barkley Durango Montana State

 

The “Offer” & How It All Works

Last July, I released an article on College football recruiting. This explained attending college campus’ and NOT hustle money camps. Today we will take a look at what the “offer” means and how it should be viewed in current college football recruiting.

Every year the recruiting game is a brand new world for athletes and parents. Obviously recruiting is the lifeblood of a college program, but many fans didn’t really follow it year-round. They just wait to see the product on the field and don’t know any better.

The last few years though, recruiting has absolutely taken off, and the importance and the interest has grown immensely to the point there are multiple dedicated subscription paid websites.

So as someone who has followed recruiting closely for awhile now, I thought I’d give you a quick rundown of a trend going on in college football recruiting, and it centers around the “offer“.

Someone asked me the other day, “what the heck is the point of offering a kid a scholarship if he can’t accept it or commit to it?”

What he’s referring to are offers given to kids, that are clarified to be offers that are NOT committable. Meaning if the player tried to commit to the offer, he’d probably be turned down or told to wait. Almost like having last weeks winning lottery ticket numbers played this week.

So the question stands, why make an offer to a kid if you won’t accept his commitment?

Here’s why.

Most “offers” to kids at this stage, are bogus offers. Sure many are the real deal, but many are nothing more than a way for the school to stay in the game with a prospect without losing ground on him to other schools. When in reality, the offer isn’t a committable one, though it could be down the road.

      1. These “offers” mostly consist of certain verbiage such as, “we are offering you a scholarship depending on three main goals being met:
      1. keeping your grades up,
      2. continuing to get better on the field,
      3. staying out of trouble off the field.

    That way the school has “offered” the prospect, but they have given themselves wiggle room if the prospect wanted to commit right then, saying the offer is based on certain things that must be met first.

    Nowadays, offers go out before evaluations are even made on many of these kids. If not, then you won’t sign up many of these prospects to on field camps. So if you “offer” a player before making an evaluation, you can see why the so-called offers aren’t exactly iron clad.

    Now that the college game is making money and coaches well compensated, you better be very sure about a player before you sign him, or you will be fired. Well  This approach to vet high school athletes  to college is to make sure about a kid before they are offered a scholarship over a series of years. Years beyond the coach in some instances.

    Problem with that is by the time a full evaluation is done on a player, if you haven’t offered him, other schools have and you don’t have a chance to sign him. Especially now with a December early signing period and a truncated off season for coaches.

    Basically the “offers” are a way to keep the school in the thick of the race for the kid, but if he tried to commit at that time, he would be turned down. That’s the way the game is being played now. Usually by July prior to a senior season a decision should be made at the division one level. Unless a late bloomer arises it is fairly certain a Senior will not be recruited at the highest level and the NAIA, D2, D3 coaches will set up events to lure you to their campus events from November to January.

    Many colleges  have offered well over 150 kids to a scholarship this year so far. Keep in mind you can only bring in 25 players a year, so offering 150 -300 seems outrageous. But not when you take into account that many of those offers are simply a way to stay in touch with a player that might be further down the board, but you might want him down the road if you have lost out on other top targets. It basically gives you a backup plan.

    Some might think this is disingenuous to the player if he thinks he has an offer, but it really does not. The kid could turn down other schools thinking he has an offer from a big time school, only to find out that it isn’t exactly a committable offer at the time. But that’s the way the game is being played right now, and it’s up to the player to find out just how sincere this offer is.

    If school A reads about a stud player that has 10 offers, that school will most likely send an offer in the mail as well, whether they think they want him or not. The point is to not fall behind in case you do need or want that player.

    So you get your foot in the door with an “offer”, and then evaluate him. If he’s a player you want, then you become the first school to offer him, and he remembers that and it’s your advantage.

    If he’s a player you do not want, then you just forget to call him come spring.

    Offers breed offers.

    I can’t tell you how many times you will see a kid that is relatively under the radar get an offer from a big time BCS school, and within a month he will have interest from many more programs. If one premier school is “offering” the kid, then maybe we should get in on him too. In some instances alumni force coaches to make offers to family friends to kick start the process. Also if another family member had success they will take a gamble prior to the evaluation or film study.

  1. The bottom line is you have to offer kids earlier now, if you don’t, you probably won’t land the prospect because everyone else already has “offered” him.

    Recruiting is an ever evolving game, and this is just one of many little “secrets” that recruiting entails, but you must grasp this concept to have a better understanding of how the game is being played these days.

    All we can say is DO NOT believe the hype of rankings, ratings and stars. It just takes one coach to believe in an athlete and if you attended a college camp of a school you have interest in attending if athletics was not an option that should be your best plan A. Attending college or a university should be about post secondary education not a future in sports. Like an “Offer” you as a student have to evaluate your future and the next 60 years of life. So chose wisely and keep informed as it is your future at stake. Make the right choices and a campus you can call home for 4, 5 or even 6 years.

    If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the cofridaynightlights.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.

    Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
    February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April
    May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
    August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
    August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

Valor adds another McCaffrey in Eddie the Eagle ?

Eddie the Eagle ?

Yes, The Eagle has landed in Highlands Ranch as Valor Christian names former NFL player Ed McCaffrey to its roster, officially at 10:36 am via a broadcast email to Athletes, parents and media.

No Fast Eddie will not be in uniform on the field, rather leading the Navy and Light Blue on Game nights. McCaffrey whom has no high school head coaching experience will try to get the Perennial Contenders in contention for either a division crown or league championship. Valor has established itself as a  powerhouse team and were becoming a force to be reckoned with until the early playoff exit to the Grandview Wolves and a 28-16 loss. While every division has one team that is on the rise, the Eagles lost an experienced Rod Sherman that was 57-11 overall as the head coach of the program and won three state championships and were 11-1 in 2017. So Valor will have to roll up the sleeves and get to work as they are projected to play Mullen, Pomona and Cherry Creek in non conference and 2 TBD teams. The METRO SOUTH foes will be geographical opponents Highlands Ranch, Mountain Vista, ThunderRidge, Rock Canyon and Castle View in the new first year 2 year cycle.

McCaffrey is just the third person to hold the position as Head Coach at Valor Christian. Ed and wife Lisa have graduated Max, Christian and Dylan from Valor but have always been fans in the stands. Ed will now be on the sidelines with his youngest and last son Luke. Luke McCaffrey is slated to be the starting QB after splitting time with now University of Colorado commitment Blake Stenstrom. Meanwhile RB teammate Joshia Davis has a verbal to the Buffaloes and is the only other projected starter as the offense will be replacing 9 starters in 2018 due to graduation in May.

So for those that said, “We need New Blood,” well you got it!

The Colorado high school season kicks off the weekend of August 23-25, 2018. Since Valor is one of a few that owns its own stadium it is conceivable Friday August 24, 2018 will unveil the new blooded head coach Ed McCaffrey, currently (0-0).

 If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the cofridaynightlights.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.

Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

Valor Announces McCaffrey as Head Football Coach 02.05.18

The BIG day !?

The Big day is ambiguous today of all days. Many are waking up to prepare for the ultimate end of the season in the Super Bowl. Some for the interaction with others as socialites to watch million dollar commercial ad placementss and others to find out if the Patriots can tie the Steelers for 6 titles or the first title for Philadelphia. In addition to all this hoopla there are the athletes returning from visitations to colleges for what may be their big decision day on Wednesday February 7th, the first day of signing day that concludes on April 1. At the same time today starts the quiet period in recruiting, which means prospects can be on campus but coaches come off the road and can not have in person contact off campus. At midnight the dead period starts until 7 am Wednesday which means no in person contact.

Since we are talking about high school athletes to the next level it is interesting to note that several college level athletes are watching todays big game hoping to be playing in the league one day. Since late November and definitely in December these potential draft picks or free agents were and are preparing for the annual pro days or NFL combine in March.

So there are many things happening today including a few faculty members, football committee members and principals discussing a BIG decision in the hiring of their new head coach for 2018 in Colorado high school football. In essence the off season officially begins at the highest level on Monday February 5th. Also a day where college coaches are hoping their hard work paid off and the youngsters officially commit on Wednesday to solidify its roster. In Colorado high school football it might signal the start of OTAs. However, for many competitive coaches and teams this process was in full effect on November 6th or 3 months ago. Probably the difference of winning the 4th quarter and a few more games. After all you have to win the mental make up of the off season that lasts 9 months and an in season lasts 3 months or maybe 3.5 months if you are in the state title game. Therefore, nothing in the past matters it is what you can do in the off season to advance your team and its goals. So maybe the Dig day is a series of events leading up to that one day you consider The BIG day!

If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the cofridaynightlights.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.

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Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.