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Colorado produces D1 talent

May is upon us and high school graduations. As announcements go out in the mail to tell family members and friends about post secondary education, here is the list of players that stated their landing spot during both the December early signing period and familiar first Wednesday in February. The following listing of 53 players is self reported and has not been confirmed via the colleges.

NAME SCHOOL POS. HT. COLLEGE DIVISION SPORT
Blake Carette Arapahoe OL 6-3 Air Force Division I (FBS) Football
Jalen Mergerson Eaglecrest QB/CB 5-11 Air Force Division I (FBS) Football
Tevye Schuettpelz-Rohl Fairview Air Force Division I (FBS) Football
T.J. Love Kent Denver DE 6-5 Air Force Division I (FCS) Football
Jaylen Thomas Vista Ridge RB/CB Air Force Division I (FBS) Football
Spencer Lovell Rocky Mountain G 6-7 Arizona State Division I (FBS) Football
Issac Power Ponderosa P/K 6-2 Baylor Division I (FBS) Football
Dimitri Stanley Cherry Creek WR 6-0 Colorado Division I (FBS) Football
Dustin Johnson Cherry Creek Colorado Division I (FBS) WO Football
Evan Price Evergreen K Colorado Division I (FBS) WO Football
Ethan Villarreal Fairview  S  6-0 Colorado Division I (FBS) WO Football
Ray Robinson Highlands Ranch 6-2 Colorado Division I (FBS) Football
Clayton Baca Rocky Mountain Colorado Division I (FBS) WO Football
Blake Stenstrom Valor Christian QB 6-3 Colorado Division I (FBS) Football
Jacob Wilton Brighton OL 6-3 Colorado State Division I (FBS) WO Football
Jacob Stanton Chaparral LB 6-2 Colorado State Division I (FBS) Football
Trey McBride Fort Morgan TE 6-4 Colorado State Division I (FBS) Football
A’Jon Vivens Mullen ATH Colorado State Division I (FBS) Football
Florian McCann Mullen OL 6-5 Colorado State Division I (FBS) Football
Thomas Pannunzio Pueblo South Colorado State Division I (FBS) WO Football
Jon Engle Fort Collins Drake (Iowa) Division I (FCS) Football
Justin Lamb Regis Jesuit QB 6-6 Drake (Iowa) Division I (FCS) Football
Ryan Barkley Durango OL/DL 6-5 Montana State Division I (FCS) WO Football
Tate Wildeman Legend DE 6-6 Nebraska Division I (FBS) Football
Chris Ditzenberger Cherry Creek Northern Colorado Division I (FCS) Football
Gunnar Garcia Cherry Creek Northern Colorado Division I (FCS) Football
Shamauri Rivera Cheyenne Mountain Northern Colorado Division I (FCS) Football
Noah Sarria Clear Creek WR/FS Northern Colorado Division I (FCS) Football
Joe Golden Doherty Northern Colorado Division I (FCS) Football
Gavin Green Fountain-Fort Carson RB/OLB Northern Colorado Division I (FCS) Football
Aaron Harris Grandview CB 6-0 Northern Colorado Division I (FCS) Football
KP Werner Northridge Northern Colorado Division I (FCS) Football
Santos Maguina Pomona DB 5-11 Northern Colorado Division I (FCS) Football
Mason Knighton Ponderosa OL/DL 6-4 Northern Colorado Division I (FCS) Football
Max Bruner Ponderosa Northern Colorado Division I (FCS) Football
Keion Cross Rampart Northern Colorado Division I (FCS) Football
Ezekiel Creps Skyview Northern Colorado Division I (FCS) Football
Willy Boatman Kent Denver OL 6-2 Northwestern Division I (FBS) Football
Adrian Jackson Mullen LB Oregon Division I (FBS) Football
Jake Heimlicher Regis Jesuit LB/DE 6-4 Penn Division I (FCS) Football
Chad Dines D’Evelyn Rhode Islande Division I (FCS) Football
Koby Soden Fairview San Diegio Division I (FCS)
Max Borghi Pomona RB 5-10 Washington State Division I (FBS) Football
Trevor Szilagyi Valor Christian OL/DL Weber State (Utah) Division I (FCS) Football
Tristan Dietz Chaparral Wyoming Division I (FBS) Football
Gunner Gentry Grandview WR 6-3 Wyoming Division I (FBS) Football
Chad Muma Legend DB 6-3 Wyoming Division I (FBS) Football
Tristen Lee Mead Wyoming Division I (FBS) WO Football
Bryce Levinson Mountain Range S 6-1 Wyoming Division I (FBS) WO Football
Cameron Murray Overland S 6-1 Wyoming Division I (FBS) Football
Ryan Marquez Pomona QB Wyoming Division I (FBS) WO Football
Zach Watts Windsor DT/T 6-5 Wyoming Division I (FBS) Football
Garry Raymond Cheyenne Mountain TE/WR/DE 6-6 Yale Division I (FCS) Football

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Camp Kids EXPOSED

In the past decade quantity over quality is often used when organizers invite parents or kids to camp. Yes it is fact many of the media and marketing arms have EXPOSED many communities by selling hope and your profile. While many camps, combines and showcases are FREE, one would have to wonder how can it be FREE? The answer is simple, advertising sponsors want to build their brand and say they are in the community. So the apparel is donated or traded out to gain valuable information. That information is similar to what is on that black stripe on the back of your credit card or ATM card and even your grocery rewards card. The next time you fill out a form just think about when they ask about your shoe size and t-shirt size or game brand of jersey worn on game day. All marketing information to sell the school or booster clubs new gear. In addition the applicant surrendered home email and physical addresses so now the marketing company can sell your information and photos to companies seeking or targeting football families. So your household is EXPOSED. Meanwhile many will continue to spend lots of money chasing stars, hype and official electronic times to post on social media.

One thing many families fail to realize is the numbers do not lie just like game film. A gander at the above chart will show how top tier NFL drafter players faired at their combine that featured electronic numbers. Electronic times are NOT offered at many camps, combines and showcase as hand timing is cheaper. Again a reason to do your research prior to signing up for an event that has little to no merit unless the athlete has performed well in their own back yard and needs electronic times for confirmation to colleges. However, if the goal is to update film highlight profile pages for college coaches, why not attend one of their camps to show off your height, weight and skills. After all not many coaches attend if any the over hyped and over EXPOSED wallet events selling hope and your personal data.
Yes your personal data will be sold to recruiting houses seeking and promising you next level advice for a fee that is NOT FREE. Also numerous trainers, training tools and catalogs will be hitting your mailbox because you agreed when you submitted an online application. Again when you see FREE, grab your wallet and run! Nothing in life is FREE so try not to be EXPOSED every time a letter or email hits your in box as it is marketing tools to have you spend your hard earned monies.
In the recent NFL draft previews and 3 day live event even the commentators scoffed at kids or families raised as “Camp Kids” or even “Camp QBs” as they referred to camps over selling talents of sub par athletes. A few even said, “We did not hear much about this player because they were not brought up in the camp systems.” This referring to the handlers that often spam many college coaches or talent evaluators.
Many will heed this advice while others will buy into the hype and chase offers rather than working on their craft to be noticed on game days.
Since 2004 many college coaches have reached out to us to send athletes to their camp to be evaluated and those that had talents were offered and some even signed after watching games. Nothing has really changed in the past 14 or 40 years other than changes to NCAA rules or policies. Satellite camps have been restructured as has the date of official and unofficial dates to be seen on campus. Recruiting is at an all time high as coaches need to make the right fit work, otherwise they may be left seeking new employment. We were reminded of changes recently:

Again the focus will be September 1st of the athletes Junior year so anything prior is mostly a money grab. Do not create bad habits by listening to others and do your research to be proactive and closing up gaps in your progress and path to success. One of the biggest issues on signing day on athletes with good film is academics.
2.3 might be the minimum GPA per the NCAA but the reality is many recruiting coaches want a GPA north of 3.2 to secure their future. It is not uncommon on (NLI) National Letter of Intent day to see athletes not commit or have guidelines prior to graduating to have certain classes completed or the GPA required by that College or University.

Achieve the goals most coaches will ask you upon visitations and do not cheat the system. Take ownership of you actions. Do not say you are 6-foot-3 when you are 6-foot-1 with cleats on as you will be EXPOSED at a college visit or camp.
As for you “Camp Kids” keep posting your FOMO events as it EXPOSES you when the official times do not sync up with your online profile. Especially the 4.62 40 yard times and your official electronic time shows a 5.11. Yes those in the know or providing evaluations to others pay attention to detail. Especially those claiming to measure north of 6-foot-3. Even the linemen claiming to be north of 250 lbs. Remember to be truthful as its your word vesus fact when you get EXPOSED at any camp, combine, showcase or visitation to a college campus event.

In the end the goal is to gain a post secondary education. So save some of the monies spent chasing stars or attending camps, combines or showcases so you can pay for college to be a walk on or flat out be a college student seeking a career post athletics. The priority of a teenager should be the 55-60 years after high school. Having a positive outlook on academia will be a challenge when you receive letters in the mail or see social media postings inviting you to an event, especially the pay to play events. However, crush it in the classroom and make some noise on game days where coaches and evaluators are watching you.

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August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

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Signing Day review: 2018 signed NLI in 2017

The Inaugural Early Signing Day was a success nationally as nearly 2,000 young men inked National Letters of Intent (NLI). In the past roughly 2800 athletes signed football commitments on the first Wednesday in February and is one of two sports to wait until February. While many have made verbal commitments that means absolutely nothing until the school of choice provides the proper paperwork. The NLI is a legally binding contract and when both parties sign it the agreement is to acknowledge participation in athletics at a particular institution.
In Colorado not all verbal commitments became official during the December 20-22, 2017 signing window. Below is a list of student athletes that did sign an NLI.
Therefore, February 7, 2018 may see additional Colorado athletes sign an NLI but nothing is concrete until they are obligated to attend that institution via an NLI sent by the school turning an offer into reality or an NLI.

NAME SCHOOL POS. HT. COLLEGE DIVISION
Max Borghi Pomona RB 5-10 Washington State Division I (FBS)
Gunner Gentry Grandview WR 6-3 Wyoming Division I (FBS)
Adrian Jackson Mullen LB 6-3 Oregon Division I (FBS)
Trey McBride Fort Morgan TE 6-4 Colorado State Division I (FBS)
Florian McCann Mullen OL 6-5 Colorado State Division I (FBS)
Chad Muma Legend DB 6-3 Wyoming Division I (FBS)
Cameron Murray Overland S 6-1 Wyoming Division I (FBS)
Issac Power Ponderosa P/K 6-2 Baylor Division I (FBS)
Ray Robinson Highlands Ranch LB 6-2 Colorado Division I (FBS)
Dimitri Stanley Cherry Creek WR 6-0 Colorado Division I (FBS)
Blake Stenstrom Valor Christian QB 6-3 Colorado Division I (FBS)
A’Jon Vivens Mullen ATH 6-0 Colorado State Division I (FBS)
Zach Watts Windsor DT/T 6-5 Wyoming Division I (FBS)
Tate Wildeman Legend DE 6-6 Nebraska Division I (FBS)

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2018/01/01

Make a Buck, what the F***!

The landscape of sports has changed dramatically in the past decade or so both in Colorado and Nationally. Every day someone is trying to make a dollar and seldom do people holler. I was asked a few weeks ago why I vehemently despise and loathe the business portion of youth and high school sports and the answer was extremely easy to answer.

"Many are in the business to make money without regard to the people they claim to help. In the sports world everyone is specializing for a price and it is for their personal gain. The overhead for a business is expensive and to pay to keep the lights on means anyone with a dollar can pay to play."

Somewhere in the past decade we as a society have deemed paying for training will be the answer to grabbing the brass ring which is a falsehood. Years ago people made fun of Marv Marinovich, a retired American football offensive guard and Strength and conditioning coach; who raised a trophy kid in Todd Marinovich. He was trained to become a quarterback by his father Marv from the day he was born. Todd played at USC and personal demons such as drug use eventually caused him to wear out his welcome at USC and he entered the NFL draft and was selected by the Raiders but had some long term issues. Todd Marinovich said,

"I had no real choice with regards to whether I would become an NFL quarterback. My father put me on that path of training to become an elite athlete, it was simply second nature. Kids need to be able to make their own decisions in terms of whether or not they want to pursue becoming a professional athlete. My dad was trying to live vicariously through me. I resorted to drug use in order to lash out which was a mistake and my downfall. My hope is others will learn from my fathers mistakes about training and that it simply cannot consume your entire life."


In 1991 Todd Marinovich was drafted in the 1st round and lasted two years after failing three drug tests.

27 years later we are talking about a young man that was a fathers mistakes about training. Yet many business’ are thriving to make you bigger, faster and stronger without much regard to what is best for the individual or the families involved. In recent years the academic standards have risen from a 2.0 to a 2.3 minimum but that is for an elite athlete but many casual athletes will pass on the books to train or attend a plethora of camps, combines, tournaments and pay to play events that include self proclaimed all star games. In the meantime the sunshine pump occurs back home and the credit card bill rises and the pressure for the high school coaches to play Mr. Wonderful. In addition all the subscription based rags are charging an annual fee to write a few articles on their subscription based clients. So yes, making a buck off kids and preying on their parents pocket books exploits way too many kids. There is no way you can focus on any one given client. The answer has been to throw a wide cast net that will inevitably work. If one out of a hundred pan out that could be considered a success on the athletic side of the business.

However, on the academic side, a school like Notre Dame or its IVY league counterparts may be a better path. These schools focus on academia and a top 5% in the classroom. So a high GPA and High ACT or SAT is more probable of being selected rather than brawn. Everyone has an opinion of a path to take but many former athletes will always say, “I am glad my path was based on life after athletics. Having an education unequivocally outweighed sports long term.”

There is no easy route or button in life. Also making a buck is not wrong if the focus is truly helping families. However, as business’ expand where is the focus? Most likely the bottom line and not the original intent  of helping kids. So for those boasting about training 60, 80, 120 or 200 kids are you really training or just chest thumping all the way to the bank and using social media to glorify it all? Yes ponder that question when college recruiting coaches walk the hallways seeking their high school coach to talk about character, on field play and then hit up the academic advisor to pull transcripts and check out course work. I bet the success stories are the kids in the building bonding with their classmates and teammates and not wearing some fancy hat or T-shirt from some PAID event that tells you how good you are if you continue to attend and pay.

BIG TIP: Save your monies by attending local Junior Days during your Junior year. (This year for 2019 graduates) Then focus on a few schools you want to attend and participate in their camps. Along with your academic advisor see how your GPA, ACT/SAT scores compare to your desired locations or college choices. Also if you want to spend monies than train your brain via a tutor to get the grades up and score well on college board exams.

Remember college coaches rely on the high school coaches and have a propensity to admire multi sport athletes. So consuming one sport for 365 days is probably another reason to rethink your future success. Also 7 on 7 is not considered a second sport nor is training for one sport year around. The body has different muscles that need to be worked out in different manners. Just as your health or PE teacher about long versus short muscles or google it. As always I am sure this topic will ruffle some feathers and some will flex their social media muscles, but honestly who cares when its the truth!

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February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April 1st
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

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Wyoming Pro Day

Laramie, Wyoming  was the site of the Pro Day for 10 athletes including Josh Allen a top NFL draft 2018 QB.@303Gonzo of course was on hand to see local Colorado talents Ryan Cummings and Drew Van Maanen that played high school football at Valor and Chaparral.

Colorado talents Ryan Cummings and Drew Van Maanen supported by teammate Josh Allen in the AM and post Josh Allen QB position drills and 60 throws grab a photo for @303Gonzo and family.


The day started at 9:30 am with athletes stretching and preparing for the NFL scouts whom watched: the bench press, the vertical jump, standing long jump, 40-yard dash, 3-cone test, I-test, 60-yard shuttle and some specific position drills.


Ryan Cummings puts up 18 reps on the bench.
The 10 athletes on hand were as follows:

While many NFL scouts were viewing Allen many heads were rattled when Rico Gafford ran a 4.23 40 yard dash and scouts were impressed and compared stop watch numbers.

Look for Rico to be a day 3 selection as you can not coach speed. Meanwhile Allen was the main attraction and the Cleveland Browns had many personnel watching as did the Giants and Jets. Josh Allen since battling back from a 2015 spring injury has continued to get better on the field and Fridays pro day was no different as the young QB dazzled all in attendance and those watching on TV. The wide receivers for Josh Allen were as follows:
Justin Berger
Ayden Eberhardt
Chris Kearney
Gio Pascascio
Drew Van Maanen
Travis Wilson former Utah QB

"Josh Allen is the best quarterback in this draft. I think all of the talk about his accuracy is the most overblown thing out there. His guys don't get open, which causes a lot of the incompletions -- it's not an accuracy issue." -- NFC executive

Josh Allen checks all the boxes; Character, Height, Weight, Football IQ, movement and an arm that can sling the pigskin.
Allen is off to New York Saturday to do a photo shoot for JCP, JC Pennys for you old school folks, and the Collection By Michael Strahan. Allen is scheduled to wear the suits on NFL Draft night and at his official team press conference. Until Apr 26, 2018 – Apr 28, 2018 held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas it will all be speculation as to where Josh Allen lands. As of Friday March 23rd the draft order is 1.Cleveland, 2. NY Giants, 3. NY Jets, 4. Cleveland, 5. Denver. The Jets traded up to 3 on March 17th in hopes of landing Allen. However, it is rumored the Bills are trying to move up to select Allen or Mayfield so it will be an interesting 33 days until the draft.

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February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April 1st
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

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COACHING CAROUSEL: Wednesday March 7, 2018

Boom another 5A coach moving to a new home and a few potential head coach jobs available in the  coaching carousel 2018:

Ellicott 1A Donte’ Stewart
The Pinnacle 1A Marcus Dow
John Mall 1A Robinson Payne
Englewood 2A Jay Graves Mike Campbell
Prospect Ridge 2A John Roberts Michael Storer
Aspen 2A Karson Pike
Moffat County 2A Keith Gille
Resurrection Christian 2A Mark Roggy
Riverdale Ridge 2A Open Wayne Voorhees
Faith Christian 2A Ralph Nance Vince Siravo
Centaurus 3A Bob Carskie
Sand Creek 3A David Ramirez Ricky Lobato
Green Mountain 3A Matt Pees Jesse German
Denver North 3A Nick Trombetta C.J. Hanna
Northfield 3A Open Ahmad Lowe
Kennedy 3A Rich Martinez Scot Kinder
Evergreen 3A Rob Molholm David Leek
Glenwood Springs 3A Rocky Whitworth
Sierra 3A Shane Rowland Draye Ersery
Falcon 3A Terry Poirier
Thornton 4A Dorian Cagaanan Nick Trombetta
Aurora Central 4A Jamarr Kerney Austin Able
Liberty 4A Marc Sites Erick Gossage
Fruita Monument 4A Todd Casebier Cameron Ross
Highlands Ranch 5A David May (interim) John Trahan
Castle View 5A Dustin Pfeiffer Todd Casebier
Smoky Hill 5A John Trahan  Tom Thenell
Arapahoe 5A Mike Campbell  Rod Sherman
Eaglecrest 5A Mike Schmitt Dustin Delaney
Chaparral 5A Rod Dobbs  Jeff Ketron
Valor Christian 5A Rod Sherman Ed McCaffrey
Mullen 5A Tom Thenell  Vincent White
Legacy 5A Wayne Voorhees
Colorado Deaf & Blind 6-man Darrell Shular
Cripple Creek-Victor 6-man Mark Sampson
Sangre de Cristo 8-man Emmanuel Nwabuonwu
Dayspring Christian 8-man John Schwartz Mick Holmes
Sanford 8-man Rhett Larsen

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February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April 1st
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

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It’s Me, Me, Me!

March 2018 is upon us and the primary local coaches clinic is over. In addition the second of two NLI (National Letters of Intent) is nearing the April deadline for football and a few other sports. Many coaches are concerned about the sport of football and the low participation numbers. However, the major concern is how the game has turned many opportunists into businessmen. For several years many coaches wanted to be part of their schools fabric by coming back to coach and giving back to the community. But now more so than ever before the almighty dollar has overtaken many programs. Yes the days when in house coaches would try to gather players on their rosters to work together has become a major issue because trainers and position gurus have brain washed naive athletes and players that it is about me, me, me at an early age! Yes many camp companies including combines have starting focusing in on 3rd graders all the way to high school freshmen and the reason is simple, MONEY! Yes lots of money is being swindled by guys that have no interest in developing athletes rather taking their money and selling your information to apparel companies, other camps and subscription based entities that want yes, want more of your money.  So again many of the tenured coaches are aware of this and are moving onto smaller schools so they do not have to listen to parents and the for profit business’ saying, “Your HS coach is an idiot for NOT playing you. He doesn’t know anything. You should transfer.” This has been an ongoing issue for many programs and while many college coaches may listen to a for profit business person, ultimately they will meet with a high school coach and school counselor to gain feedback. These are the real a persons trained to give guidance on personal, social, or psychological problems for FREE. The schools pay these persons to give unbiased evaluations.

We only visit a few trainers or gyms because we are up at 5am and most high schools do not open until after 7am so its a good way to kill time and hope these guys offer insights on guys NOT in their gym. Also the kids will tells us about other players at their school. We will listen to the trainer but usually its all about their guys and very, very, very biased. They forget we do our research and do not drink the proverbial kool aid. - D1 position coach

So knowing you high school coaches and academic counselor whom is FREE is probably the best solution. Numerous college coaches go beyond the field for evaluations and want a GPA North of 3.0 and an SAT over 1300 or an ACT over 26.
So making the grades is extremely important as you can see the options a player has when applying to colleges. A 3.5 for a recruit gives a student athlete a 72% chance of admittance. So kudos to the coaches telling their players its A’s and B’s as C’s are an issue and D’s and F’s mean trouble for our team.

As a coach from the 70's and 80's and even the early 90's I knew we were in trouble every year! The damn QB dad would always make noise about how good his son was and well it was a me, me, me attitude I did not like. Let the kid prove himself to the team. This was in a time where team meant something but in the last decade it has become about me, me, me by guys lucky to be on the field as the sport of football has been watered down with suburb expansion and schools with high attendance playing at the highest classification. These teams have no business being in 5A let alone 6A years ago. I am not shocked that 5A coaches are moving to lower levels as it was way over due. - HS coach 40 years in Colorado

So as the coaching carousel turns and the focus of 9 new 5A head coaches will be on new sidelines in August the fact will remain do we have a team or a bunch of me, me, me roster players.

At some point these trainers are going to have to work with the HS coaches. Working against them is a problem. As much as we want to win in college it is impossible to rely on one source and the model has always been HS Coaches. We can see what happens in AAU and we want no part of that drama so NOT attending a gym might be wise for us moving forward. If the kid is good enough on film we will invite hime to our camp, its that simple! D1 Coach

Whether you played in 1950 or last season the goal has remained the same, hard work pays off. The high school gym or weight room is FREE and if you need to pay for a place many memberships are about $20 a month. The 45 pound weight is the same at school, the recreation center, gym membership place and that fancy trainers facility. So do yourself a favor and complete your homework, be a good student and get that GPA up plus study for the SAT. Those can be about me, me, me!

You have the best chance of gaining our attention by attending our camp. We need to know you are coachable and able to take direction. We treat our camps just like a practice and if you can't keep up or don't get better during the few days we have you on campus that says it all moving forward. We see a lot of 5'11' kids that want to play D1 or are recommended by HS coaches but you have to look at our roster to see what we are replacing or recruiting. Don't just show up to camp, come out and ball out, get noticed so we want to talk to you on the final day. - D1 coach

Again me, me, me is a tough sell if you are a realist. The reality is many high school students will not play beyond their teen years so the focus needs to be about having FUN. Having FUN is what kids need so befor you lay out $500 a month to that trainer just think about how cool it would be to fly to a beach or take a trip to the mountains or even save the money for a new car. Yes the me, me, me might be better upon HS graduation when that $500 times 48 months is saved for a $24,000 car or graduation gift or even a down payment for a condo or a summer trip with friends. Anyone can create a me, me, me culture but it takes a real champion and group of individuals to create a team. A return to team is what is needed and those that buy into the team culture will succeed. A team bond and culture prepares you for the future. Otherwise, clean out the basement as your kids might be moving in after HS graduation or being on their own after post secondary education because me, me, me people have a short sighted future.

We appreciate your #GonzoWatchList postings and emailed lists. We understand you know the athletes in Colorado. You choose to do this for FREE which is amazing. Now more than ever you understand the types of players we are seeking and you give our coaches a starting point to evaluate on our own. Every coach has a few players they like but you arguably have a statewide grasp of the talents and it gives us more reason to read your content. Sometimes we see Freshmen and Sophomores on the list and wonder. However, in the past 7 years we now know you have an eye for talent and these kids did develop over time. Our current target is 2019 but we have an eye on the 2020 kids so we can get a jumpstart on them this fall. Thanks for all you do and keep the lists coming. - D1 DC

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

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

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Coaching Carousel: Sunday February 25, 2018

After a weekend of coaches at the local clinic and a few potential jobs to be announced, here is the latest coaching carousel listing.
Sunday February 25, 2018

Ellicott 1A Donte’ Stewart
The Pinnacle 1A Marcus Dow
John Mall 1A Robinson Payne
Englewood 2A Jay Graves Mike Campbell
Prospect Ridge 2A John Roberts Michael Storer
Aspen 2A Karson Pike
Moffat County 2A Keith Gille
Resurrection Christian 2A Mark Roggy
Riverdale Ridge 2A Open Wayne Voorhees
Faith Christian 2A Ralph Nance Vince Siravo
Centaurus 3A Bob Carskie
Sand Creek 3A David Ramirez Ricky Lobato
Green Mountain 3A Matt Pees Jesse German
Denver North 3A Nick Trombetta C.J. Hanna
Northfield 3A Open Ahmad Lowe
Kennedy 3A Rich Martinez Scot Kinder
Evergreen 3A Rob Molholm David Leek
Glenwood Springs 3A Rocky Whitworth
Sierra 3A Shane Rowland Draye Ersery
Falcon 3A Terry Poirier
Thornton 4A Dorian Cagaanan Nick Trombetta
Aurora Central 4A Jamarr Kerney Austin Able
Liberty 4A Marc Sites Erick Gossage
Fruita Monument 4A Todd Casebier Cameron Ross
Highlands Ranch 5A David May (interim) John Trahan
Castle View 5A Dustin Pfeiffer Todd Casebier
Smoky Hill 5A John Trahan
Arapahoe 5A Mike Campbell Rod Sherman
Eaglecrest 5A Mike Schmitt Dustin Delaney
Chaparral 5A Rod Dobbs
Valor Christian 5A Rod Sherman Ed McCaffrey
Mullen 5A Tom Thenell
Legacy 5A Wayne Voorhees
Colorado Deaf & Blind 6-man Darrell Shular
Cripple Creek-Victor 6-man Mark Sampson
Sangre de Cristo 8-man Emmanuel Nwabuonwu
Dayspring Christian 8-man John Schwartz Mick Holmes
Sanford 8-man Rhett Larsen

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

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

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Turn out the lights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IMG Colorado?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6A OR 5A ITS THE SAME RESULTS!

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

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

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

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