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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.

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.

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.

FOCO rewind

Ft. Collins – Team camp in Northern Colorado June 4-6 was a huge success for the teams involved and a few individual athletes. Sunday was a travel to campus day and check in with some light work outs. However, Monday was the true test of athleticism and who came to ball out and share their talents after a hard off season workout regiment. Some of the names that shined were players we spoke of in seasons past. What was unique was the individual players that made up team renegade. Two stand out players were JT Erickson of Poudre and Trey McBride of Fort Morgan. If the McBride name is familiar it is because his older brother is on the CSU Rams roster and a #GonzoWatchList member.

Both athletes in the same area code of the Rams so it should be interesting if the Rams turn up the evaluation period and recruit these guys a little harder.

One of the athletes tearing it up all day was Trustin Oliver of Legend in Parker, CO. So it was no surprise to see this on the final day of camp today Tuesday:

The Rams had more talents on the field and coaches scattering to watch Ty Evans of Palmer Ridge

The young man seemed to have FUN both on and off the field.

Both Evans and Oliver are class of 2019 and there were plenty of younger players that shined. As August 1st nears the shift from 2018 to 2019 will occur but until then the month of June and portions of July will be coaches evaluating the Seniors. The beauty of this camp were seeing area college coaches making efforts to identify players to invite to their upcoming events.

While McBride stood out at TE so did Arapahoes Jake Groth and he has the frame to play next level.  6″4′ and 200 lbs and famous for the TE down the boundary at AHS.

Tate Wildeman of Legend that is a Nebraska commit showed why, as his play dominated all day. Tate has a younger brother that will be one to watch at LHS.

As for the big dogs, Pomona, it was interesting to see Ryan Marquez take reps at DB. But a pleasant surprise was #17 at WR, Jesse Stuht. A new name for a Panthers team that continues to develop football players. Probably a reason they appeared in the State Title game the past 2 seasons.

There were several other players we were excited to see in action but will save for our team preview on the horizon. If you or your team mates want to be evaluated feel free to contact us or fill out this form:

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2018 class Top 10 ?

Here’s a look at 10 of the top prospects in the 2018 class.

Ray Robinson
S
6-2
205
Highlands Ranch HS
Highlands Ranch, CO
Colorado Status: Committed (10/23/2016)

Blake Stenstrom
QB
6’3″
202
Highlands Ranch, CO
Valor Christian High School
Colorado Status: Committed 12/17/2016

Max Borghi
RB
5’10”
186
Pomona HS Arvada, CO
Colorado Status: Committed (2/23/2017)

The first 3 are all headed to Boulder and the following Out-Of-State.

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

Tate Wildeman
WDE
6’6″
245
Legend High School Parker, CO
Nebraska Status: Committed (4/16/2017)

Adrian Jackson
OLB
6’3″
205
Denver, CO
J. K. Mullen High School
Oregon Committed 04/29/2017

Meanwhile the evaluation process is in progress for these athletes that have multiple offers:

Trey McBride OLB/TE
Chad Muma  S
Dimitri Stanley  ATH/WR
A’jon Vivens WR

We added G2 as he has gained more recognition in the past 2 weeks

Gunner Gentry WR

Traditionally April 15 to May 31 is the evaluation period for college coaches to invite players to camp, the news yesterday has things moving faster. A tweak to the signing period will allow an early football signing period that applies to Division I FBS & FCS.

NOTE:
Division II will determine to opt in or out of an early signing period.

#GONZOWATCHLIST JOSIAH DAVIS VALOR CHRISTIAN

BreakingNewsWatchlistOn the #GWL radar since he was in 4th grade and the AYL Patriots. Josiah has his parents to thank for their dedication and ability to make things happen for this young man. Davis took his talents to Valor Christian and played in several games as a true freshmen both as a RB and CB.JoeDavisCloseup

Davis was listed as the 47th best running back in Colorado 5A football for the 2015 season. A very impressive stat line for a freshmen in a limited role. Named #GONZOwatchlist MVP for his performance in the State Championship game which most certainly led to his first offer.

Car Yds Avg Lng 100+ TD
114 553 4.9 22 0 4


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The www.FootballFridayNightLights.com #GOTW on Saturday August 27, 2016 should be a great opportunity to see Davis and his teammates in action. Valor currently ranked 24 and their opponent 25 in the US via MaxPreps.

Valor Eagles Football 2016 Schedule

#GWL #GONZOwatchList in reset mode

June is when many high school programs start their 10 days of camp and contact. Usually the final day is a scrimmage. However, some have chosen to attend college campus’ to compete with other teams. Regardless, the emphasis is to get better and be prepared for the 10 game season. In some instances players are attending one day camps to show off their talents. It is wise to get your cleats on college turf. So based on the early scrimmages and Team camps here are the PREseason #GWL athletes.
BreakingNewsWatchlistQB

  • Ryan Marquez – Pomona
  • Karson Avila – SH

WR

  • A’Jon Vivens – Mullen
  • Gunner Gentry – Grandview
  • Wyatt Wieland – Pine Creek

RB

    • Hayden Blubaugh -Grandview
    • Cade Verkler – Horizon
    • M2 – JK Mullen

  • Mikey Griebel – Columbine