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#B18horns are heating up!! 🔥

are heating up!! 🔥 seems to be the mantra in #FOCO and in Denver, Colorado at JK Mullen. On June 13, 2017 The Mustangs saw its first commitment in A’Jon Vivens:

On July 21, 2017 the second Mullen Mustang and 11th Colorado athlete decided to join his teammate Vivens.

It appears the Rams of Fort Collins have struck Gold in Mullen. This will be the second year @CoachBobo_CSU @CoachMEnglish have secured talents from the Navy and Gold. The class of 2017 featured Christian Cumber, Marcus McElroy Jr. and Tanner Clem. On August 5th many will enter the new stadium in Fort Collins and will see the locker rooms with some local talents names and one thing for sure is the Mullen Mustangs will be represented.

It will be interesting to see if the Rams continue to recruit Colorado as there are some top tier players still undecided. One thing for sure is Colorado does not lack depth in 2019 and we are keeping a close eye on that group as they fast track the upcoming recruiting cycle. An early signing period of December 20-22, 2017 has propelled the efforts of the class of 2019. Most recently the #GWL (#GonzoWatchList) QB Ty Evans committed to Arkansas.

For more in depth coverage of local talents please follow @303Gonzo #GWL ( #GonzoWatchList )

Click here to see LOCAL ATHLETES COMMITTED 07/15/2017

Flo makes it 11 Colorado athletes committed to play next level.

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.

Local Athletes COMMITTED 07/15/2017 UPDATE 7/21/17

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


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

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


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

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


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


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


Gunner Gentry
WR 6’3″ 200
Grandview HS
Aurora, CO
COMMITTED 5/31/17


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


UPDATE
July 21, 2017
#11 in 2018 committed

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.

D1 or Bust!

Rocky Mountains – Denver, Colorado
Every year many athletes hit the roads to fulfill their dreams of playing next level football. The common error some families make is only attending Division I camps or schools. The Rocky Mountain region has been favorable to Colorado athletes. However, the fact is there are 50 states that get recruited plus Canada and a handful outside of North America. So the competition is rigid and the recruiting goes beyond the X’s and O’s during a year long evaluation period in many instances for many college coaches.

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Traditionally July has been a dead month as many Division I coaches take vacation time as August starts the year long grind. However, recent activity within the NCAA has an early signing period to coincide with the 3 day JUCO signing of December 20-22, 2017 aimed at the graduating class of 2018. So this means the traditional teams that sandbag until the 3rd week of January may have to really recruit in November and December. A spike in Division II camps has arisen in June that normally happen in late July and compete with IVY league camps. Traditionally IVY, D2, D3 coaches focus on academic driven individuals that play the sport of football. Meanwhile the NAIA has 3 showcase events and like the Division III schools they just try to identify athletes and direct target them to attend their campus. In essence many families need to spread the wealth when attending camps and visiting colleges and universities. The best advice is to target 5-8 D1, D2, D3, JUCO or NAIA schools. Usually your high school has a system in place, naviance, to identify these schools. Both athletes and parents are provided with valuable information and what it takes to qualify to the school you are interested in attending. The savvy families will try to identify 3-6 schools and attend their campus post sophomore year and again post junior year. Therefore when September of the senior year the high school will be able to assist families seeking guidance and councilor support. Remember the journey includes your high school councilor, head coach, teachers, parents and of course the student athlete.  In addition to these individuals it is helpful to update your sports video profile, availability of school transcripts and college board exams namely SAT and ACT scoring. So the goal is to obtain an education. However, often the athlete is NOT a Division I athlete and dreams are shattered when August rolls around and schools have moved on to the next recruiting class. So if you have a mantra of “Division I or Bust” you might want to rethink and retool you travel plans for July and August.

In Colorado nearly 300 football players attend colleges to play next level. Usually 5-6% will obtain and maintain a Division I scholarship. So if you are not one of the Top 15 or 20 athletes post junior season it is time to shine in your final season of play. There are a few schools that only play athletes their senior year so film is limited. However, waiting until your senior season to be recruited probably means you are behind in the process unless you hit a tremendous growth spurt or are dominating the playing field each and every week. So athletes make the time to get your cleats on their turf as its NOT “D1 or Bust!” if you follow the process for success.

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Max Borghi lights a firecracker

We have often talked to RB  of Pomona HS and one thing soon became very apparent, the correct fit. The verbal commit for CU Boulder has made a decision to go out of state.


#JoinTheHunt is his new motto as Borghi will be a Washington State University football player. Just check out this video:


Q:
Will you early and roll or wait until August
A:
Early enroll
Look for a December 20, 2017 signing day and January enrollment for the talented athlete.

Realignment rewind: Water Fall flooded dreams

Every two years the Colorado High School activities associations (chsaa) plays a game of conference musical chairs, hoping to find a better seat than the one they previously occupied and it creates chaos! Football committees have been formed to evaluate feedback from athletic directors and coaches in hopes to assemble a better solution. However, the sad truth is conference realignment did NOT change the landscape of competitive play. Rather, it created financial burdens and a deeper resentment to the association for allowing an arduous process to occur. In addition to creating an imbalance of power it created a domino affect on the lower level programs. The fact conference games are played in the final 5 weeks of regular season and are important to Varsity squads for post season, it forced cancellations and forfeits statewide. At the beginning of the season many teams scrambled to find opponents in zero week through week 5 because of the fiasco called (RPI), a system that rewards sub par teams for playing better competition versus a standard win/loss record that allows teams to control their own destiny. So in the offseason leading up to August 2016 some teams had to take out of state games to fill out non conference schedules to complete a 10 game schedule. Others rolled the dice and got stuck with a two year cycle to play whatever team was available in state. As November 2016 ended the financial data suggested an increase in travel expenses and low attendance because the student body choose not to travel vast distances which also contributed to the demise of play at most schools, Therefor JV and Freshman teams suffered the most because many are the first to be cut in budget crisis modes as they are the lower level teams. In addition only parents attend these games and already pay lofty booster club fees so no additional more monies were available or could be raised. In essence no gate revenues are earned like Varsity and $8 admissions, so why bother funding these travel games. The travesty is many reps were lost at lower levels that will impede future Varsity squads. The level of the game gets faster and more demanding at each level. When speaking with athletic directors and conference coaches many have stated the issue or lack of competitive high school football has been building for years, RPI and waterfall just made it more apparent. That is the overall sentiment from multiple schools but others said, turning the other cheek on fluid transfers has been a major issue and improperly handled . One coach said, “Some high school football teams are more like a group of trained mercenaries.” while several have stated’ “We are in a salt and pepper neighborhood that is mostly salt!” Salt referring to an older generation without many youths feeding the high school attendance area. Participation numbers suggest 2017 will be a down year in football and is not surprising. The continued media stories on CTE and concussions is a contributor. However, the rise in college tuition has forced parents to rethink sports and buy into year around activities or club sports namely Baseball, Basketball, Hockey, Lacrosse, Track and Volleyball. Many of these sports are increasing exponentially. The fact is Colorado does not have guys from sixth grade all the way through 8th grade being developed like at a lot of places or states which is a deterrent that derails area schools success. Even worse is when they arrive to their attendance area school and they have to rely on being coached by a teacher supplementing their incomes and not like the schools that have invested in their youth programs or youth leagues that have accelerated coaching staffs. So as a handful of area schools continue to hire top notch coaches and lure athletes away from their attendance areas, they will continue to breed success at all levels and continue to instill a winning pride in the program. Meanwhile, every two years chsaa will play musical chairs and the same teams will be playoff teams, natural area rivals will die like the attendance at current area games and the state title game will be a bore as the same teams will be in it year after year. 2017 will complete the 2 year cycle and strong considerations should be made to even the playing field for 2018 and 2019.

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This message will repeat Every two years until immediate actions are taken to make high school an even playing field so average teams can compete. Otherwise, the attitude of why play will exist and club sports will be the answer. Similar to sports taken out of middle schools because of for profit entities and lack of school funding.

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.

3A Preseason Football Rankings 2017

2017 3A Preseason Football Rankings 

2017 @303Gonzo 6/19/2017

The summer sessions began May 30, 2017 as many high school (HS) took advantage of the early period and to jump start the summer. A few moved right into the Denver Broncos 7 on 7 tournament at Denver South HS. We saw some talent players and guys working hard. Most notable was Mead in the strong man competition.3A football has to be one of the most competitive classifications on a week to week basis. When the dust all settled from 3 weeks of being on the road from Northern Colorado to Southern Colorado and multiple fields the list began to become clear. Every team will have the opportunity to battle it out and prove us wrong but for now here it is the 2017 3A Preseason Football @303Gonzo Top 10 6/19/2017

  1. Palmer Ridge
  2. Longmont
  3. Pueblo East
  4. Holy Family
  5. Discovery Canyon
  6. Palisade
  7. Fort Morgan
  8. Mead
  9. Erie
  10. Berthoud

Palmer-Ridge has a QB we just absolutely love on and off the field and a LT that may frame up to be a DE.  PR has a great culture that resounds when you are around the coaches and team. The chemistry is an important part of being a complete unit. With that said, many of the 3A teams get little respect and do not even get to play in Mile High stadium for the State Title. So it was nice to see some teams in the Denver metro area for HS 7v7. A vast majority on the 3A teams have the grit and grind attitude and when September arrives we might see some movement as there is time to get better in the off season during team OTAs.

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.

5A Preseason Football Rankings 2017

2017 5A Preseason Football Rankings 

2017 @303Gonzo 6/12/2017

The summer sessions began May 30, 2017 as many high school (HS) teams got in the required days before attending and competing in college team camps. Fort Collins and Pueblo seemed to be the early winners. However, UNC in Greeley will host a camp in later June while CSU-Pueblo will continue more weekly camps until July 22. Regardless this is the time many HS coaching staffs get to know new players and evaluate those in the program since freshmen year. For some teams they have 11 weeks to get the sand out as zero week happens on August 24-26, 2017. Week 1 will begin on a Thursday August 31 and complete on September 2nd, 2017. 

As teams try to get better for 2017 the fact is RPI had a major impact on the 2016 playoff selection, a year many want to forget but will have to deal with again in 2017. The 2 year cycle called “Water Fall” was more like a mudslide that allowed sub .500 teams entrance into the 16 team format down from 32 in previous seasons. Many administrators thought eliminating 2 dominating conferences would make 5A more competitive. Unfortunately all it did was create more confusion, travel and lower attendance than ever before. In addition to more Blowouts in what is termed “Mercy Rule” games has athletes rethinking playing the sport in 2017. The fact remains certain programs are allowed to finesse the rules in their attendance area and the association turns the other cheek and wipes their hands of the imbalances. Hopefully in July when the new administration takes over they can make positive impacts or form an immediate committee so neighborhood teams can compete in 2018 when the new 2 year cycle begins. 6A and geography should be a high priority and a possible “Private School” conference so it allows public schools that follow the rules to compete.

As the summer weights and daily speed camps attempt to get teams better, one thing for sure is this season will be more competitive but most likely the same final 8 playoff teams will be in the mix come week 11 of the 2017 season. Many of these teams took their lumps by playing younger players early as Freshmen or Sophomores and now they will have double digit reps and Varsity game time under their helmets. More programs are realizing playing the BEST 11 is more important than playing graduating Seniors as a reward for 4 years of service. The sport of football participation is dwindling but the talent is getting better and is most notable on NLI SigningDay. 2018 has some talent but the best class is the 2019 graduates who truly love the sport of football.

  1. The most noticeable change will be moving off the number 1 and 2 teams from the past 2 seasons of Valor and Pomona. Both quality programs that seems to have the process down and will compete in 2017 but others in 5A have grown organically and have developed players at a younger age to compete in 2017 and 2018.

So here is the 2017 @303Gonzo 6/12/2017 5A Colorado Football 5A Pre season Top 10*

  1. Grandview
  2. Pomona
  3. HR
  4. Columbine
  5. Valor
  6. CC
  7. Mullen
  8. Legend /RJ/Eaglecrest/Doherty/Fairview (TIE)

Grandview was my last season favorite to go 10-0 and came close. A loss to rival Eaglecrest after an out of state contest was the only blemish on the season until a loaded Valor team beat GV in the playoffs. Grandview has a great attendance area and a solid competitive balance with feeder youth teams that want to be Wolves. The defense is solid and as they retool on offense with a new QB and RB they will be the team to beat in 2017.

Pomona is not second fiddle but to replace some seriously talented 2017 graduates is tough but they are a work in progress. The Panthers will rely on a Senior QB that has a group of talent at WR but their key is when or if their stud RB will return. It is always hard to loose a playmaker and contributor but the community will rally and these tough dudes will compete in a very aggressive schedule that kicks off in zero week versus JK Mullen.

Highlands Ranch located blocks away from Valor has all the keys to compete this season and may be built for a next season title run but could shock us all in 5A. The 2018 graduates are the building blocks but one of the HR defensive players suffered a recent injury and HR will have to juggle the roster by zero week against Smoky Hill. HR has one of the best 2019 graduate classes and has depth to compete. Expect this Falcons team to put up some points as their coaches are dialed in and ready to compete after taking their lumps for 3 years. Last game that haunts the team and staff is a playoff match up versus Columbine in a controversial last second drive that denied progress for the offense and potential playoff win for HR.

Columbine is a perennial contender and has a head coach that was expected to retire after 2016. However after 2 consecutive successful freshmen squads the Rebels are building success once again. CHS also suffers from multiple schools in the attendance area that includes a couple private schools that often snag players. If this was Texas or Oklahoma and large enrollments like CCHS then Columbine would be in State title games every year. Look for them to replace a talented graduate QB with a youngster and continue to develop some big bubbas upfront and on the edge. Columbine will compete again as they have fire in their bellies and an investment that will provide a reward that may be down the road as this season is a rebuild based on talented and developing youth.

Valor is probably the casual fans number one. However, the question remains on defense and the front 5 graduating. The Eagles have a great process in place and do spend heavily on coaches to develop players. The question remains have they hit a barrier as the numbers in little league are dwindling and some top talents were not lured away from home attendance area public schools. Valor will still compete but have to replace an offensive center and hope the linemen stay healthy and focussed. Make note their line coach moved over to Rock Canyon and the one year he was not on staff VC lost to CCHS. Coincidence ? Either way the depth is not as strong in years past and if basketball on turf happens a few hungry area teams may best them on Friday nights. Remember VC was 1-3 and had GAC been healthy it could have easily been 0-4. At the end of the day games 1-5 seem like preseason games for the Eagles and the last 5 matter the most. VC will continue to develop a talented 2019 class and a few youngsters while hoping the 2018 guys can instill team success they have learned over the past 3 that includes 2 rings. Both Legend and Highlands Ranch are in conference games and both reaching for the brass ring. Based on the format a 5-0 conference team gets an automatic playoff berth so keep an eye on games week 6 and 8. Valor does a great job developing athletes but CC almost beat them in the playoffs with a motley crew.

Cherry Creek has the largest attendance area and often garners some all star little leaguers each year statewide. There has been a lot of hype in recent years and well father time may have caught up. Meanwhile they will be big upfront and shear numbers will help at depth as there will be some holes to replace. Skill seems to be the strength but them are young. Varsity reps from 2019 players is the teams biggest difference maker with a couple of 2018 graduates. Playing in a lay up conference does not help them down the playoff stretch but the first half of the season will determine how healthy the program will be down the stretch.

Mullen is interesting as they return 8 guys on each side of the ball and need to replace skill. Once again a 2019 athlete will be at QB with some talented 2018 dudes upfront and catching balls. This is a team that may shock everyone and almost parallel HR. So it will be interesting to see how the Mustangs compete in arguably the toughest conference that includes Columbine and Fairview. Mullen has bitten the bullet for 5 straight years playing and developing athletes so it will be no shocker to see who surprises us on Friday nights. This may be the most complete team outside Grandview.

Team 8-12 have some talents and a majority will rely on the play of the QBs. All play in tough conferences and are made up of local area talents. However, the injury bug and depth have not proven well in spring or early summer sessions. Legend seems to be the most improved out of this group but will have to knock off VC to be considered a contender. RJ has some adjusting to do as the graduates on defense made the team so valuable last season. I would expect 2-way play and a lot of running as RJ has some stallions in the back field. Meanwhile Eaglecrest enjoyed success last season but lacks depth as does Fairview and Doherty is the wild card as the Springs team always is competitive.

All in all 5A is anyones games this season but the RPI will dictate playoff berths. The seedings will be based on revenues not match ups as waterfall continues to weaken the gate monies.

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.