CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Former Buff and former NFL lineman Matt McChesney is working with 2013 Colorado signees John Lisella and Timothy Coleman. He is also training a number of other top high school football players at his Six Zero Strength facility. Here is a look at a dozen of them:
Jones has already received offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State and Wyoming. He is also drawing serious interest from Oregon. Jones plans to visit Colorado for the first time this Saturday. "The door is wide open," Jones said. "It is kind of nice getting recognition for how hard I feel like I have been working. I am glad people are seeing it."
A 6-foot-3, 292-pounder, Stables lined up primarily at left guard during his junior season. He has already visited Wyoming and he plans to attend CU's Junior Day with teammate, place kicker John Scott, on Saturday. Stables' impressive GPA has also helped him get looks from Columbia and Cornell. He plans to take an unofficial visit to Vanderbilt this spring.
The starting quarterback at ThunderRidge since his freshman year, Westmoreland accounted for 2,438 yards of offense and 25 touchdowns last season. He has drawn strong interest from Colorado State and Wyoming. Westmoreland plans to attend the Buffaloes' Junior Day. He is also an exceptional baseball player and could choose to play that sport in college.
ATH Connor Cain, Littleton Heritage (2014)
Cain spent time playing defensive end, offensive tackle and tight end during his junior season. He was a first-team all-conference and second-team all-state selection. "I like playing tight end because it gets me in space and I like catching the ball and being a playmaker," said the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder. Utah, Idaho and Northern Colorado have shown early interest.
LB Shawn Berry, Littleton Heritage (2014)
Berry was invited to play in the National Underclassman All-American game in December after he averaged more than 10 tackles as a junior. The 6-foot-2, 207-pounder prides himself on his nose for the football. South Dakota State hinted that they plan to offer and Wyoming is showing early interest. Berry has also been invited to camp at Oregon and Notre Dame.
ATH Cameron Currington, Aurora Cherokee Trail (2014)
A two-way starter since late during his freshman season, Currington accounted for more than 600 yards and 55 tackles last fall. "I am a runnign back and I can play any defensive back position," said the 5-foot-9, 172-pounder. Colorado State, Northern Colorado and CSU-Pueblo have shown early interest. "Honestly I just want to play Division-1 college football," he said.
WR Mark Hopper, Highlands Ranch ThunderRidge (2014)
Hopper finished fourth in the Continental League with 568 receiving yards on 28 catches last season. "I have great size and I run great runs, I feel, so I can get open and I have good hands when the ball comes," said the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder. Hopper recently attended Wyoming's Junior Day and he will be up in Boulder on Saturday for Colorado's Junior Day.
FB Tanner Smith, Highlands Ranch Mountain Vista (2014)
A first-team all-Continental League selection in 2012, Smith spent time playing running back, fullback, halfback and linebacker during his junior campaign. "I have good strength in my legs so that helps me power through people and keep my balance," said the 5-foot-8, 200-pounder. He plans attend the Buffaloes' Junior Day. Wyoming has also shown interest.
Chase excels as the starting offensive center at ThunderRidge, but he stands just 6-foot-0, 230-pounds so colleges are not showing much early interest. Chase has started to develop his skills as a long snapper and is hopeful that will give him an opportunity to play football at the next level. He recently worked with 13 year NFL long snapping veteran Lonie Paxton.
OL Sam Kozan, Highlands Ranch Valor Christian (2014)
The younger brother of Alex Kozan, who signed with Auburn last year, Sam was the starting right guard on Valor Christian's state championship squad in 2012. He does not have the same size as his older brother but still aspires to play at the next level. Things have been quiet on the recruiting front so far, so Kozan plans to attend some camps this summer.
DL Austin Hayes, Highlands Ranch Mountain Vista (2014)
Hayes excelled as a defensive lineman last season and is expected to play both ways as a senior. "I can combine physical well with the intellectual side of the game," said the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder. "I never like the offensive line to know what I am going to do. I like to surprise them." Hayes would love an opportunity to play at the next level if it presents itself.
DL Evan Michaels, Denver Mullen (2016)
After starting eight games at the junior varsity level, Michaels was called up to varsity late during his freshman season. "I am more of a power player on the defensive line," he said. "My lower body is real strong." Currently a 5-foot-11, 190-pounder, Michaels believes he will grow to be 6-foot-2, 230-pounds. "My dad is 6-foot-2 and his brother is 6-foot-8," he said.