December 20, 2010

Two local schools lead for Awini

Among those climbing the charts late in the 2011 recruiting season is Aurora (Colo.) quarterback Jaleel Awini. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder is coming off a season that saw him account for 3,000 total yards as a dual-threat quarterback. Those numbers have translated into some nice scholarship offers for the Rangeview signalcaller.

Last season Awini threw for 1,419 yards and rushed for another 1,179, accounting for 41 touchdowns. Currently, Awini holds scholarship offers from Colorado State, Eastern Washington, the Air Force Academic and Weber State. He is also talking to Utah State. To hear Awini talk about it, there seems to be a two-horse race for his services between Colorado State and the Air Force Academy. Awini said he is hoping to stay close to home, which gives the two Colorado schools a step up.

"I just want to find somewhere that it is close to home where my parents can watch the games and the possibility of coming to start or get playing time early," Awini said

Awini said he visited Fort Collins on Halloween weekend and enjoyed himself. He said the Rams are showing a lot of interest in him and will let him start off his career at his favored position.

"They (CSU) said they are going to start me off as quarterback, but there is a possibility they could move me around like wide receiver or DB," said Awini. "I have a preference of quarterback."

Colorado State isn't a slam dunk leader for Awini. While Awini said he hopes for early playing time, he realizes the Rams started a true freshman at quarterback last season in Pete Thomas. He is also looking for a spread offense that he said would take better advantage of his skills.

"That (Thomas' presence) is kind of in my mind, but they said, and it is probably just a recruiting pitch, that I can challenged him for the spot," Awini said. "I would like to be in a spread offense, but CSU is not really a spread, but they said they can change it up a little bit. They run the zone blocking scheme, which isn't much different than zone blocking."

The other contender for Awini's services is the Air Force Academy. Awini said he likes their offense as well as the job security that the Air Force could provide. However, he has his doubts about the military lifestyle.

"It has a good offense for me, which will suit me well with the option and stuff like that. If I make it through the Air Force, I'll have a guaranteed job," he said. "The one thing that is altering my decision is the military lifestyle. I have no experience with that at all. It may be something I would want to try, but I don't know. I don't want to make that wrong decision."

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