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Playing for school pride

Anyone who is an athlete or played sports as a youngster always dreamed one day of playing for the home team. In many cities that may be the local one and only high school or university with the ultimate goal of being on the roster of the regional professional team. As time goes on so do goals and the ability to be an athlete at the next level. However, sometimes so does the desire to play for pride of the home team. Many may ask why NOT play for the home team and it comes down to do they support their back yard. Over the past several years there has been criticism of the coaches from the local Colorado colleges and universities about talents leaving the state. The ones that got away will always be an issue in any state but in Colorado it seems to be a heated topic. Since 2015 @303Gonzo has been vocal on the topic and has made positive strides to identify local talents via the GWL (Gonzo Watch List) and present them to college coaches for evaluations. It is apparent when offers are extended and athletes visit to see if it is a good match. In an ever changing world the fact remains that high school students have more access and options to watch other teams out of state. Back in the day there were only a few options, local networks, to watch sporting events. So with cable and satellite television in addition to streaming options and apps the culture has changed and the desires for playing for school pride in the local team has diminished. In addition youngsters want to play for a winning team and quite frankly the passed decade has been brutally bad for the most part in local college football. Yes there have been some bright spots. However, the fact remains that each high school has players they think deserve to play for the local college and university, but when over the course of time players from out of state are perceived to be better, why would you not consider other options. They say it takes only one coach to believe in you and we are seeing college football coaches evaluating athletes at an earlier age and really getting to know their recruits. So it is no surprise when local talents feel that two way street and they commit. A few other contributing factors to commit may be parents who are alumni of the school or have a network in place at a particular school. If you examine years past like the high profile class of 2014 an athlete named Christian McCaffrey had both his parents attend Stanford and ultimately choose to be a cardinal. McCaffrey had offers from local schools, Colorado, Colorado State and Northern Colorado but like many others went out of state. The Class of 2015 saw Eric Lee choose Nebraska, followed by the Class of 2016 and Carlo Kemp and 2017 Dylan McCaffrey chose Michigan. As of today 2018 Adrian Jackson has committed to Oregon and 2019 Ty Evans Arkansas. So maybe the simple answer is the out of state coaches just recruit better. However, it could be the athletes just feel slighted in their hometown. What ever the case may be it is time for the local majors to focus on the hometown talents so playing for school pride will be as big as other states like neighboring Kansas, Nebraska or Oklahoma. Its time for Colorad fans of Friday nights to see athletes play on Saturdays and perhaps Sundays in a local uniform. While many dream of playing on Sundays they will be treated in 2017 as local product Christian McCaffrey will play for the Carolina Panthers this season. 

In the State of Colorado the class of 2017 saw these teams add local talents to their current roster:
Western State (30)
Colorado Mesa (28)
CSU-Pueblo (21)
Northern Colorado (11)
Colorado School of Mines (11) 3 walk-ons
Colorado (7) 4 walk-ons
Colorado State (7) 4 walk-ons
Air Force 4
Adams State 3
Fort Lewis 3

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So of the 271 players committed to playing in 2017 approximately 125 will stay home or about 46%. Meanwhile we will continue to hear about The ones that got away until we change the culture. The class of 2019 might be that group that impacts the four D1 local schools if that group decides to stay and play. Early signing day for the class of 2018 begins this December and the focus will turn to securing 2019 for early evaluations and official visits in the Spring of 2018. Stay tuned as we want to report the stay and play kids so it makes it more fun to watch Friday night stars on Saturday in their home state of Colorado as we have dudes that can play.

Isaac Power a US Army Bowl selection

Colorado has been fortunate to have athletes recognized over the years by some national outfits. Ponderosa will now have two that will have played in the US Army Bowl. The first is Chris Fox whom was recruited from Ponderosa (Parker, CO) in the class of 2013. He committed to Michigan on 2/18/2012. The 6-foot-6, 303-pounder was forced to take a medical scholarship due to injuries and is now a part of the program as a student assistant coach. (Fox and Gonzo post 2013 game in San Antonio, Texas.) In 2018 what appears to be the final US Army Bowl, sponsorship withdrawn, another Ponderosa athlete and kicker Isaac Power will play for the WEST team. The game features 90 high school athletes or 45 players per side in an East versus West format that will be televised on NBC on Jan. 6. The game is no stranger to Colorado athletes. Gonzo Watch List (#GWL) players include Cyler Miles the co-MVP 2012, Chris Fox , Christian McCaffrey, 2014 and Dylan McCaffrey 2017. Jake Moretti selected but injured for 2017. Adrian Jackson of JK Mullen has been offered both the Under Armour and US Army 2018 games. Issac Power #11 is a class of 2018 Kicker and Punter from 4A PONDEROSA HIGH SCHOOL in Parker, CO.

Rich mans gain/game?

We know athletes these days are getting bigger, faster and stronger. Unfortunately so do all the for profit companies ready to take your hard earned monies. Yes the pay to play all star games that are meaningless as it is not the best available athletes that play in these games. Just families that can afford to pay to attend. In addition to these marketing companies telling you how great you are they also sell your information to other companies like trainers, recruiting services, combine companies and subscription based entities. The common denominator is like the internet phishing, yes fishing to take monies out of your account on a monthly basis and offer little to no impact on your athlete. Many of these companies will tell you it is about exposure or that numerous college coaches that will be on hand to evaluate your athlete. The fact is many college coaches want athletes to attend their own camps and if you put the effort into them, they will evaluate you. So attending 40 camps and everything under the sun is really about being a “Selfie” and no one really cares if you attend 40 camps. Yes you can post it on social media but does anyone really care and does it scare off potential suitors? Imagine if coach ABC likes the athletes film and wants you at his college then sees multiple social media posts from a plethora of other universities. It could impact coach ABC because he figures coach XYZ might trump his efforts in the long evaluation process. Figuring out the evaluation process is fairly easy. The Varsity film, transcripts and attending the school of interests event like a junior day or camp is probably a path to success. Attending multiple events because you have the financial resources is like that little league coach that pumps his chest about his kids and has no regard for the other team members or their families success’. Too much individualism has occurred over the past 6-7 years and the team aspect has dwindled. So the rich mans gain has become his game of getting hustled on a daily basis. Yes eventually if you attend 40 events someone will notice you. However, for the vast majority it will be the student athlete that has a high score on the college board tests of ACT or ACT, a higher than average GPA and yes the varsity film that shows athleticism. So when you receive that email, social media tag or someone reaches out to you that is NOT a college coach just think about it and ask, is this in my best interest or are they hustling me? If you are a rich man and want to plan the game just remember do not wear an article of clothing from another camp or trainer to a college campus, rather wear your high school gear so the coaches can identify you and associate you with a high school. Most likely the college coaches know your head coach and can gain the necessary information to move forward of extending an offer. It is NOT a Rich mans gain/game unless you make it one. Trust the process!

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8 is enough ? NOT!

The race for the 2018 graduation class is on. There have been 8 athletes who have been evaluated, tested and finally committed. The list is quite impressive if you have attended multiple high school games you will know these young men.

Blake Stenstrom 2018 QB 5.6 6’3″ 202 Highlands Ranch, CO Colorado
Max Borghi 2018 RB 5.5 5’10” 186 Arvada, CO Colorado decommit 6/29/17
Ray Robinson 2018 DB 5.6 6’2″ 205 Highlands Ranch, CO Colorado
A’Jon Vivens 2018 WR 5.4 6’0″ 180 Denver, CO Colorado St.
Tate Wildeman 2018 DE 5.7 6’6″ 245 Parker, CO Nebraska
Adrian Jackson 2018 LB 5.9 6’3″ 205 Denver, CO Oregon
Cameron Murray 2018 DB 5.2 6’1″ 175 Aurora, CO Wyoming
Gunner Gentry 2018 WR 5.2 6’3″ 200 Aurora, CO Wyoming

If you are keeping track:

CU Boulder 3, Wyoming 2, CSU tied at 1 with Oregon and Nebraska. Obviously the border states are taking notice of Colorado players as is former CU coach Jim Leavitt now the Defensive Coordinator Linebackers Coach at Oregon.

While many 2018 athletes are seeking their 1st offer some are in the final stages of camping to make their final decision for their futures. The important factor is not how many players will be D1 rather how many will play next level. July will have several IVY league campers and D2, D3, NAIA. So we may have more commitments prior to the 2017 season. Otherwise, February 7, 2018 may be the day we discover the futures of many.

UPDATE June 29, 2017

Gunner Gentry 2018 WR 5.2 6’3″ 200
Grandview
Wyoming
Cameron Murray 2018 DB 5.2 6’1″ 175
Overland
Wyoming
Max Borghi 2018 RB 5.5 5’10” 186
Pomona
Washington St.
Adrian Jackson 2018 LB 5.9 6’3″ 205
Mullen
Oregon
Tate Wildeman 2018 DE 5.7 6’6″ 245
Legend
Nebraska
A’Jon Vivens 2018 WR 5.4 6’0″ 180
Mullen
Colorado St.
Ray Robinson 2018 DB 5.6 6’2″ 205
Highlands Ranch
Colorado
Blake Stenstrom 2018 QB 5.6 6’3″ 202
Valor
Colorado

CU Boulder 2, Wyoming 2, CSU tied at 1 with Oregon, Nebraska and Washington State.

Spencer Lovell becomes #9 out of Colorado to announce.

The tenth Colorado football player announced his future plans on Saturday July 15, 2017 after days of hype:


UPDATE July 15, 2017
Dimitri Stanley
ATH  6’0″ 178
Cherry Creek HS
Englewood, CO
COMMITTED 07/15/2017

Spencer Lovell
OG 6’7″ 315
Rocky Mountain HS
Fort Collins, CO
COMMITTED 07/08/2017

Max Borghi
RB 5’10” 195 4.40
Pomona HS
Arvada, CO
COMMITTED 06/29/2017

A’Jon Vivens
ATH 6’0″ 180
Mullen HS
Denver, CO
COMMITTED 06/13/2017

Gunner Gentry
WR 6’3″ 200
Grandview
Wyoming
COMMITTED 05/31/2017

Adrian Jackson
OLB 6’2″ 210
Mullen HS
Denver, CO
COMMITTED 04/29/2017

Tate Wildeman
DE 6’6″ 230
Legend High School
Parker, CO
COMMITTED 04/16/2017

Cameron Murray
S 6’1″ 175
Overland HS
Aurora, CO
COMMITTED 03/01/2017

Blake Stenstrom
QB 6’3″ 195
Valor Christian HS
Highlands Ranch, CO
COMMITTED 12/17/2016

Ray Robinson
S 6’2″ 205
Highlands Ranch HS
Highlands Ranch, CO
COMMITTED 10/23/2016

If you are keeping track:

CU Boulder 3, Wyoming 2, CSU 2 and tied at 1 are Oregon, Nebraska and Washington State.

4A Football Colorado Preseason Rankings 2017

2017 4A Preseason Football Rankings 

2017 @303Gonzo 6/11/2017

The summer sessions are about to be in full swing Monday June 12, 2017 state wide. Weight lifting and speed and agility sessions start as early as 6am. Meanwhile many programs chose to get the summer season started on May 30th, the official allowable day for members of the high school association. Those programs ended with college team camps and or round robin scrimmages. We had the privilege of being invited to attend and watch college and high school games by head coaches. One thing that is certain is the process of ranking players and teams is like a rubix cube. You think you have it figured out but there are multiple ways to determine outcomes. 

While there are 11-12 weeks until the season opens with zero week or week one, we are predicting the rankings as follows:

  1. Ponderosa
  2. Dakota Ridge
  3. Pine Creek
  4. Windsor
  5. Heritage
  6. Chatfield
  7. Vista Ridge
  8. Wheat Ridge
  9. Pueblo South
  10. Loveland/Broomfield (Tie)

Ponderosa is one of the teams that develops players and has a solid process that includes a summer program many should duplicate. As for Dakota Ridge they are in a concentrated area that competes for players but seems to rise to the challenge each year. Most notably they have some rugby guys that are tough dudes ready to compete in football, a sport with pads. Meanwhile Pine Creek is a solid program but with a new QB that needs Varsity reps it has to replace some quality starters and may struggle with a tough schedule. Windsor is at 4 is because the area has dudes and only 2 years ago were there in the end. Heritage has developed nicely and most of their seniors have bought into the new staff that has spent quality time in the weight room and taking their lumps years ago for a team built to win this year. In week two they face 5A Arapahoe in the “Milk Jug” that will determine their season.

As for the bottom 5 they are no slouches! Chatfield suffers from competing schools trading athletes. However, putting 5A teams on their schedule and how they utilize talents or the players they have, the Chargers could go deep in the playoffs. Vista Ridge might be the best hidden gem in 4A and if I were coaching it would be a landing sport for me. They have some area dudes and will just have to buy in and compete weekly. Wheat Ridge always is in the thick of things and tries to keep little leaguers to stay and play rather than be lured away to 5A powerhouses. Pueblo South is in a city that loves football and competes with multiple schools for top tier local products. PS just seems to roll up the sleeves and gets it done. Loveland has a great head coach that competes year in and year out and he will fine tune his players. After the embarrassing RPI debacle last season they will retool and compete in 2017. As for Broomfield they have a coach that wants to compete and this is a year in which replacing 2017 graduates may take some time. They have a growth area that might benefit their club and some talented little leaguers that feed into Broomfield.

As always I am sure some people will disagree and some may agree. So feel free to comment or respond. Remember this a project of passion and FREE content. I know others troll the twitter account @303Gonzo for their paid subscriptions and articles. However many hours traveling to fields, watching film and talking to athletes went into evaluating and ranking.

See you on the fields.

JK Mullen High School senior gets accepted into six Ivy League schools

JK Mullen High School senior gets accepted into six Ivy League schools

by Darrell GONZO Gonzales
Denver, Colorado (@303Gonzo) — A JK Mullen High School senior is trading in the mile high city for the East Coast this fall, after being accepted into six Ivy League schools. Getting into college is tough enough, but Jovan Tafoya managed to get accepted by Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Cornell, Penn and Brown University. In addition to Notre Dame, Boston College, SMU, CU, CSU and Colorado School of Mines.
Once the fall semester rolls around, he’ll be attending…

Tafoya answered on April 30, 2017 via Facebook and Twitter.

To give you an idea of how tough it is to get into an Ivy League school:
  • 8.3% acceptance rate – Brown University
  • 6.1% acceptance rate – Princeton University
  • 6.9% acceptance rate – Yale University

Needless to say, teachers and staff at K Mullen High School are thrilled as Tafoya might be the most accomplished and well rounded student athlete in their 85 year history. Jovan in addition to baseball and football was also involved in other club activities, namely speech and debate. His older brother is playing baseball at UNC Greeley and two younger brothers are freshmen at JK Mullen playing both football and baseball. Meanwhile his two sisters are athletes, one in grade school and another graduating from Rock Canyon in May. So Jovan knows how to be a leader being the second of 6 in his family and the second to graduate from JK Mullen with an impressive 4.60 GPA. His final trimester includes AP calculus, AP English composition, AP physics, AP US history and Applied Spirituality. It is plausible Jovan will be the valedictorian with a 4.71 GPA if councilors calculations are correct on May 20th, 2017.

Tafoya played football all four years as the starting Mustangs QB. An injury in the penultimate 2015 playoff game sidelined him the first 5 games of the 2016 season but perseverance in spite of all obstacles, discouragements and impossibilities had Tafoya lead his team to the playoffs in his final senior season.  It is this injury, that in all things positive things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak as Jovan could have given up to concentrate on his future beyond football or baseball. However, JT once again became the leader. Jovan lead his team mates in the offseason and was a sideline coach during his injury and recovery process. These are major qualities that make him The Athlete of the Year. In time it is conceivable he may be a congressmen or leader of our great country. For now Tafoya will be addressing his final days of high school in hopes of graduating as the valedictorian of JK Mullen 2017. Once again leading by example to his fellow students and younger siblings the future is bright for this young man.

Jovan announced his college choice on May 1st via a local NBC Denver television station.

Jovan was also nominated by www.cofridaynightlights.com for the MaxPreps Athlete of the Year by that should be announced real soon.

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Spring evaluation period starts

April 15 until May 31 all FBS programs are allowed 168 evaluation days, excluding Sundays and Memorial Day. Evaluation days are those in which an assistant coach is traveling to local high schools or on the road to his/her recruiting area high schools. Head coaches are not allowed on the road in the spring. The colleges visit to high schools is a conversation that goes on with the athlete that can be more in-depth or lead to a campus invite. The spring evaluation period has become more important because coaches have to keep up with everybody else spending more time recruiting and relying on their prospect camps to attract athletes.
The old school method was to wait for prospects to finish their senior season and evaluate film and talk to the high school coaches. Now these guys may not even be available by the time they are seniors as the offers are available as early as 6th grade. Something that may change based on current negotiations within the NCAA advisory board.
So for most visits the evaluations are an “Eye Test” to see if the film matches up or the athleticism is accurate. Sometimes the film is exaggerated and in some instances maybe the athlete has peaked. Being able to see them in-person helps them determine that and weather to continue to recruit or evaluate the prospect.
The spring evaluation period has lost its importance to instant gratifications via social media but is still the first time college coaches would have in-depth contact with recruits. Now the communication between college coaches and recruits is allowed via social media, Facebook IM, Twitter DM and mobile phone texts so the spring evaluation period may just be a follow up to prior communications.
Regardless it is an important time to share with visiting coaches the athletes college board test scores, transcripts as well as weight room athleticism and game film. So be prepared for coaches to pull you out of the class room or have you send pertinent information to coaches for further evaluations. Meanwhile its a 10-12 month process to find out if you will be part of their program.
Best wishes to all and be prepared to work hard and travel to schools of interest to make dreams happen.

Its a Good Friday as NCAA approves…

The NCAA Division I Council on Friday passed Proposal No. 2016-116, a nearly 5 year debate on comprehensive rule changes that have long plagued recruiting. In addition the NCAA on Friday approved the rule severely restricting FBS programs from hiring high school coaches to support staff rules and comprehensive recruiting changes.


The full release:

The Division I Council acted Friday to offer potential Division I football student-athletes earlier opportunities for official visits to college campuses and increase their access to college coaches. The Council also acted to make the recruiting environment more transparent and better tied to high schools.

Current student-athletes also will have increased access to coaches under the football recruiting proposal, adopted as a package by the Council. The proposal comes a year after an attempt to more tightly restrict coaches’ participation in camps and clinics failed. At that time, the Division I Board of Directors asked the Council to come up with a more comprehensive plan to regulate the football recruiting environment for students and coaches.

Council chair Jim Phillips, Northwestern’s vice president for athletics and recreation, said the Council and its Division I Football Oversight Committee accepted the challenge that resulted in the new legislation.

“Today’s adoption of the football legislation marks the most significant progress in recent years to improve the football environment and culture for current and prospective student-athletes and coaches,” he said. “Importantly, the action of the NCAA Division I Council delivers on the charge of the Division I Board of Directors to comprehensively improve the football recruiting environment. This affirms that the new Division I governance structure can effectively and timely address important issues.”


The new legislation accomplishes several things:

  • It changes the recruiting calendar to allow for an early signing period in December (effective Aug. 1). Only the Collegiate Commissioners Association can create new National Letter of Intent signing periods.
  • It adds a period for official visits that begins April 1 of the junior year and ends the Sunday before the last Wednesday in June of that year. Official visits can’t occur in conjunction with a prospect’s participation in a school’s camp or clinic (effective Aug. 1).
  • It prevents Football Bowl Subdivision schools from hiring people close to a prospective student-athlete for a two-year period before and after the student’s anticipated and actual enrollment at the school. This provision was adopted in men’s basketball in 2010 (effective immediately, though schools may honor contracts signed before Jan. 18, 2017).
  • Football Bowl Subdivision schools are limited to signing 25 prospective and current student-athletes to a first-time financial aid agreement or a National Letter of Intent. Exceptions exclude current student-athletes who have been enrolled full-time at the school for at least two years and prospective or current student-athletes who suffer an incapacitating injury (effective for recruits who sign after Aug. 1, 2017).
  • It limits the time for Football Bowl Subdivision coaches to participate in camps and clinics to 10 days in June and July and requires that the camps take place on a school’s campus or in facilities regularly used by the school for practice or competition. Staff members with football-specific responsibilities are subject to the same restrictions. The Football Championship Subdivision can conduct and participate in camps during the months of June and July (effective immediately, though schools may honor contracts signed before Jan. 18, 2017).
  • It allows coaches employed at a camp or clinic to have recruiting conversations with prospects participating in camps and clinics and requires educational sessions at all camps and clinics detailing initial eligibility standards, gambling rules, agent rules and drug regulations (effective immediately).
  • It allows Football Bowl Subdivision schools to hire a 10th assistant coach (effective Jan. 9, 2018).

After an intense period of study by a subgroup of the Football Oversight Committee, that group recommended — and the Council introduced — the legislation  adopted Friday. Some tweaks happened along the way, including changing effective dates and eliminating recruiting calendar adjustments to allow for a June National Letter of Intent signing period.


Football Oversight Committee chair Bob Bowlsby, commissioner of the Big 12 Conference, said the legislation was the result of widespread collaboration with numerous stakeholders.

“This is a significant move forward for football recruiting,” he said. “The entire package of rule changes is friendly for students, their families and their coaches. We will continue to monitor the recruiting environment to make sure the rules work as intended, and we will suggest adjustments when necessary.”

Football Bowl Subdivision members voted 14-1 for the proposal. Voting is weighted, with the autonomy conference representatives each receiving two votes and the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference, Mountain West Conference and Sun Belt Conference representatives each receiving one vote.

Football Championship Subdivision representatives on the Council voted 12-1 for the proposal, as amended for FCS football. The provisions prohibiting the hiring of individuals associated with a prospect to noncoaching personnel positions and placing a hard cap on the number of initial signees were removed from the proposal because members do not believe those issues are as prevalent in the FCS. FCS members considered other amendments that would apply only to FCS football, and adopted one that allows the group to conduct camps and clinics in June and July.

The Council also considered other legislation during its two-day meeting. Members:

  • Tabled a proposal that would prohibit coaches from making verbal offers of athletics aid to prospects before Sept. 1 of the junior year. The delay allows for a broad review of early recruiting rules.
  • Adopted a group of proposals changing some women’s basketball recruiting rules.
    • Allowing off-campus contact beginning March 1 of the junior year through the day before the official start of the WBCA Convention.
    • Allowing attendance at nonscholastic events during two weekends per year.
    • Prohibiting the hiring of individuals associated with a prospect in noncoaching staff positions and at institutional camps.
    • Allowing coaches to recruit during camps and clinics.
    • Requiring all school-sponsored camps for women and girls to offer the same participation, registration procedure, fee structure, advertisement and logistical experience.
    • Requiring all off-campus recruiting activities to count toward the limit on recruiting-person days, except during the July evaluation days.
  • Adopted a proposal that would require graduate students to complete six degree-applicable hours each term to be eligible.
  • Tabled a proposal that eliminates the counter limit and the minimum financial aid per student requirement in baseball.
  • Defeated a proposal adding a permanent 12th game for the Football Championship Subdivision schools.

“This affirms that the new Division I governance structure can effectively and timely address important issues,” Phillips said in a statement.

With the proposal’s passage, prospects will be allowed to take official visits, paid for by the school, from April 1 of their junior year through the Sunday before the last Wednesday in June. Before the change, official visits were not allowed before Sept. 1 of a prospect’s senior year. The change in the recruiting calendar becomes effective Aug. 1 and will first affect the 2019 recruiting class.

The early visits are designed to work in tandem with an early signing period, which was not part of the agenda this week in Indianapolis. Conference commissioners, who administer the national letter of intent, are expected to vote on a proposed mid-December early signing period at their meetings in June.

The legislation limits to 25 the number of prospects whose aid is initially offered in the fall term of an academic year. Before, rules limited to 25 the number of prospects allowed to sign from Dec. 1 through May 31. This portion of the changes will affect newcomers in the 2018 signing class.

The new rules also create an expanded summer dead period for the entire month of August and from Monday before the last Wednesday of June through July 24. This allows coaches to take a break from the recruiting trail, spend more time with their family and focus on the start of fall camp in August. This portion of the legislation doesn’t become effective until Aug. 1 and will affect the class of 2019.

FBS SPRING GAMES 2017

SPRING GAMES BY DATE

March 2: Arizona

March 4: Duke

March 11: New Mexico State

March 18: Colorado, Oregon State, San Diego State

March 23: Hawaii

March 25: BYU, Kent State, Vanderbilt

April 1: Georgia Southern, Michigan State, NC State, South Carolina, Texas Tech, UAB, UNLV

April 7: Florida, FIU, Rice

April 8: Air Force, Auburn, Boise State, Bowling Green, Clemson, Eastern Michigan, Florida State, Iowa State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, North Carolina, North Texas, Oklahoma, Purdue, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M, Tulsa, Utah State, Wake Forest

April 13: Indiana

April 14: Buffalo, Kentucky, Navy

April 15: Arizona State, Army, Ball State, Georgia State, Houston, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan, Middle Tennessee, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Old Dominion, Pitt, San Jose State, South Florida, Stanford, Texas, Texas State, Troy, USC, Utah, UTSA, West Virginia

April 20: UMass

April 21: Arkansas State, UConn, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Wisconsin

April 22: Akron, Alabama, Baylor, Boston College, California, Central Michigan, Charlotte, Colorado State, East Carolina, FAU, Georgia, Kansas State, LSU, Marshall, Maryland, Miami (OH), Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Penn State, Southern Miss, Syracuse, Temple, Tennessee, Tulane, UCF, Virginia Tech, Washington, Washington State, Western Kentucky, Wyoming

April 28: Idaho

April 29: Arkansas, Fresno State, Nevada, Oregon, UCLA, Virginia

No spring game: Appalachian State, Illinois, Toledo

TBA: Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Miami (FL), New Mexico, Ohio, South Alabama, UTEP, Western Michigan

Here is the spring practice information for nearly every FBS team (a few haven’t responded to the inquiry yet).

(Team — Start date — Spring game date)

Air Force — Feb. 24 — April 8
Akron — March 20 — April 22
Alabama — TBA — April 22
Appalachian State — Feb. 6 — N/A
Arizona — Feb. 18 — March 2
Arizona State — March 3 — April 15
Arkansas — March 28 — April 29
Arkansas State — March 28 — April 21
Army — March 21 — April 15
Auburn — Feb. 28 — April 8
Ball State — March 14 — April 15
Baylor — March 18 — April 22
Boise State — March 6 — April 8
Boston College — March 15 — April 22
Bowling Green — March 13 — April 8
Buffalo — March 7 — April 14
BYU — Feb. 27 — March 25
Cal — March 15 — April 22
Central Michigan — March 21 — April 22
Charlotte — TBA — April 22
Cincinnati — March 6 — TBA (likely April 14)
Clemson — March 1 — April 8
Coastal Carolina — TBA — TBA
Colorado — Feb. 22 — March 18
Colorado State — March 21 — April 22
UConn — March 21 — April 21
Duke — Feb. 3 — March 4
East Carolina — March 20 — April 22
Eastern Michigan — March 7 — April 8
Florida — Feb. 28 — April 7
Florida Atlantic — March 21 — April 22
Florida International — TBA — April 7
Florida State — March 6 — April 8
Fresno State — March 27 — April 29
Georgia — TBA — April 22
Georgia Southern — March 9 — April 1
Georgia State — March 20 — April 15
Georgia Tech — TBA — April 21
Hawaii — Feb. 20 — March 23
Houston — March 6 — April 15
Idaho — March 24 — April 28
Illinois — Feb. 14 — N/A
Indiana — March 4 — April 13
Iowa — March 22 — April 21
Iowa State — Feb. 28 — April 8
Kansas — March 12 — April 15
Kansas State — March 29 — April 22
Kent State — March 1 — March 25
Kentucky — March 5 — April 14
Louisiana Tech — TBA — TBA
Louisiana-Lafayette — March 7 — April 8
Louisiana-Monroe — March 14 — April 8
Louisville — March 21 — April 15
LSU — March 11 — April 22
Marshall — March 28 — April 22
Maryland — March 12 — April 22
UMass — March 20 — April 20
Memphis — TBA — TBA
Miami (FL) — TBA — TBA
Miami (OH) — March 14 — April 22
Michigan — March 24 — April 15
Michigan State — Feb. 25 — April 1
Middle Tennessee — March 16 — April 15
Minnesota — March 7 — April 15
Ole Miss — Feb. 28 — April 8
Mississippi State — March 9 — April 8
Missouri — TBA — April 15
Navy — March 20 — April 14
Nebraska — March 4 — April 15
Nevada — TBA — April 29
New Mexico — TBA — TBA
New Mexico State — Feb. 25 — March 11
North Carolina — Feb. 28 — April 8
NC State — Feb. 25 — April 1
North Texas — Feb. 27 — April 8
Northern Illinois — March 21 — April 22
Northwestern — Feb. 21 — April 8
Notre Dame — March 8 — April 22
Ohio — TBA — TBA
Ohio State — March 7 — April 15
Oklahoma — March 21 — April 8
Oklahoma State — March 6 — April 15
Old Dominion — TBA — April 15
Oregon — April 3 — April 29
Oregon State — Feb. 17 — March 18
Penn State — March 22 — April 22
Pitt — March 16 — April 15
Purdue — Feb. 27 — April 8
Rice — March 6 — April 7
Rutgers — March 23 — April 22
San Diego State — TBA — March 18
San Jose State — March 10 — April 15
SMU — March 28 — April 8
South Alabama — TBA — TBA
South Carolina — Feb. 25 — April 1
South Florida — March 6 — April 15
Southern Miss — March 21 — April 22
Stanford — Feb. 28 — April 15
Syracuse — March 21 — April 22
TCU — March 4 — April 8
Temple — March 20 — April 22
Tennessee — March 21 — April 22
Texas — March 6 — April 15
Texas A&M — March 1 — April 8
Texas State — March 22 — April 15
Texas Tech — March 4 — April 1
Toledo — Feb. 14 — N/A
Troy — March 16 — April 15
Tulane — March 17 — April 22
Tulsa — Feb. 28 — April 8
UAB — Feb. 23 — April 1
UCF — March 20 — April 22
UCLA — April 4 — April 29
UNLV — March 1 — April 1
USC — March 7 — April 15
Utah — March 9 — April 15
Utah State — Feb. 28 — April 8
UTEP — TBA — TBA
UTSA — March 6 — April 15
Vanderbilt — Feb. 27 — March 25
Virginia — March 28 — April 29
Virginia Tech — March 21 — April 22
Wake Forest — Feb. 28 — April 8
Washington — March 27 — April 22
Washington State — March 23 — April 22
West Virginia — March 14 — April 15
Western Kentucky — March 23 — April 22
Western Michigan — TBA — TBA
Wisconsin — March 14 — April 21
Wyoming — TBA (likely March 21) — April 22

Colorado Football Athletes Signing Day 2017

Colorado Football Athletes Sign February 1st, 2017 on the first official day that commences April 1, 2017.

Many Top prospects made their choices early as noted in social media below. However, we learned 250 plus athletes signed to play football at the next level. 2017COLOsigningDAY

Isiahia Banks JK Mullen Montana


Elijah Brockman Eaglecrest DE 6-3 245 Air Force Division I (FBS)


Anders Carlson The Classical Academy K Auburn Division I (FBS)


Keegan Cryder Dakota Ridge OL Wyoming Division I (FBS)


Christian Cumber Mullen CB Colorado State Division I (FBS)


Esaias Gandy Denver South LB/WR Wyoming Division I (FBS)


Dalton Keene Chatfield TE 6-5 233 Viginia Tech Division I (FBS) January Enrollee

 

 

 

 

Dylan McCaffrey Valor Christian QB 6-4 185 Michigan Division I (FBS) Football


Marcus McElroy Mullen RB Colorado State Division I (FBS)


We identified 51 D1 athletes based on tweets. These may include PWO and Walk-ons. So Colorado did well. Also there are some athletes waiting until April 1, 2017.