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

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
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.

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.

The simple answer is ” the process “!

Sunday a rest day?

Not if you are serious and want to contribute or stand out each and every year. So Sunday is a must when almost every week I entertain the question of why is XYZ team or athlete so good. The simple answer is “The Process”!

The process is the ability to motivate young boys and make them into young men after four years of playing a sport for fun in high school. The hard work begins May 1st for all incoming freshmen. At this point in time they are introduced to high school football for the first time and awestruck. A harsh reality check is that little league is done and over!

Yes these youngsters are seeing the boys turn into men before the sunrise. Many dedicated coaching staffs offer a 6 am work out called, “Zero Hour or even Breakfast Club.” Some of these young men have been in the weight room for 4 years and are continuing to put in the hard work that it takes to succeed at the next level. The next level is 8th grade ball to freshmen, freshmen to JV and JV to Varsity. A few might make it to college by playing a sport they enjoy, but the numbers suggest its a loosing proposition as 6% move on.

So when asked is Sunday a rest day or why is XYZ team or athlete so good, the simple answer is ” the process “! The families that select a school based on their dedicated coaches are really selecting ” the process “! Teams that go 5 or 6 days a week are the same ones competing in the playoffs. A school that has a solid process does not have individuals going to private trainers as their focus is TEAM.

Part of ” the process ” is bonding and camaraderie among the team. Many coaches enjoy the camaraderie of a single, tight-knit squad, bound together through the chaos of battle over the course of an entire game, season or off season. Camaraderie is part of “The Process” that is often forgotten and a must to breed success and set the tone. Otherwise in most instances you have a bunch of Seniors wearing jerseys on Friday Nights because they survived 4 years going through the motions and complain about the teams that win on and off the field or the work they did not do.

Trust “The Process”!

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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You got to move it, move it!

Yes it it time for the athletic directors, coaches and school representatives to make changes to sports activities. A current look of Fall sports 2016-2017 shows several different dates. August 8th and 15th practices begin. However, nationally July 31 or August 1st starts the season for many high school activities.

Many of you would ask why do “I like to move it” and the answer is simple, It makes sense! The number of contests have increased due to expansion of teams statewide. Therefore a longer season can mean playoff games and a state championship will overlap the following season namely winter and spring sports.

Football is the major issue as it can extend an athletes season until December. Meanwhile soccer and volleyball bump into the starting dates for winter sports and no time for athletes to have a break. In addition some coaches demand year around sports and think high school coaching is sub par. So no wonder multiple sport athletes are on the decline. It has become very demanding as fees continue to rise and attendance is on a rapid decline. Also a lame attempt to revamp playing schedules to make games more fair has cost schools more monies in addition to longer distances to travel. All lost in the shuffle is school. More games and limited venues has made weekend activities become daily and leaving parents unable to attend. So there are no real winners with the current system.                                     Now lets try to solve what is becoming an annual issue. Rescheduling due to rainouts, snow outs, graduations and the sports calendar. The 2017-2018 is out and there is time to change it if people really cared. Every school district has ratified their school calendar so graduation dates are set. So here is a novel idea, plan for success. Use a chalkboard, whiteboard, i-pad or computer spreadsheet even google docs to input every schools start date, end date and graduation date. Then work backwards or omit days for graduation. I bet starting the Fall season on July 31 or August 1st will make more sense. A definitive start and end to fall, winter and spring sports will be defined. Guess what, rescheduling games will be much easier with a cushion. Hard decisions to cancel games or reschedule so parents can view or attend will be easier.

Afterall the goal of attending high school is to have 4 years of fun and graduate. So perhaps we can put the “FUN” back into being a student athlete by moving the calendar up 2 weeks and eliminate all the drama because of tradition or because modern technology has not been put into place to succeed. Also plan ahead for indoor venues as a back up plans. Club sports seem to have success as those parents and coaches really care about their athletes and success of their sport.

2018 class Top 10 ?

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

Ray Robinson
Highlands Ranch HS
Highlands Ranch, CO
Colorado Status: Committed (10/23/2016)

Blake Stenstrom
Highlands Ranch, CO
Valor Christian High School
Colorado Status: Committed 12/17/2016

Max Borghi
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
Overland HS
Aurora, CO
Committed 03/01/2017

Tate Wildeman
Legend High School Parker, CO
Nebraska Status: Committed (4/16/2017)

Adrian Jackson
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.

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

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.


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.