This weekend's 4A and 5A state championship games were not overly competitive as Mullen and Valor Christian ran away with state titles each winning by 30 or more points, but the field was full of DI talent. Here is a breakdown of some of the top offensive players.
Brock Berglund QB 2011 Colorado Commit
Berglund consistently showed his athleticism during the game. Each touch he kept plays alive both inside and outside the pocket. He was especially impressive checking all of his pass options before taking off on runs. When he did run his speed and feet were impressive making long runs especially at key times. If there was one area of concern it was Berglund's habit of throwing across his body toward the middle of the field. At the high school level that is a bad habit that can be overcome. At the college level that is a recipe for interceptions and pick six.
Cyler Miles QB 2012
I am and have been a fan of Miles. The 6-3 200 pound QB is a smooth operator and nothing in the state title game, even his second interception of the season, changed my mind. Miles plays in a way that shows that he is control all the time. He also has the look of a player that sees the game in slow motion. His athleticism allows him the luxury of waiting for receivers to work open so he can deliver the ball. When he does deliver the ball it gets there ASAP and usually in a way that allows his receiver to gain yards after the catch. Miles, a deceivingly fast long strider, has the ability to run the ball and uses his legs to gain key first downs or keep plays alive. There is little doubt that Miles, who passed for over 2,000 yards and 20 scores this season, will have a huge senior year. With the departure of Adonis-Ameen Moore and Rayshon Williams most of the offensive burden will fall on Miles shoulders. He is up for the task.
Adonis Ameen-Moore RB 2011
The 230 pound back capped one of the most impressive careers in Colorado prep history by rushing for 186 yards and two scores, most of this done during the first half. Ameen-Moore reports Syracuse, Utah and Colorado State as his favorites. Any of these schools will gain a big back that can move the chains. For a big man Ameen-Moore was able to make moves and make people miss. When things close up he is big enough to get extra yards and move the pile. A college workout regimen will allow Ameen-Moore to tighten up , gain speed and do better putting his foot in the ground and hitting a seam on the first cut.
Christian McCaffery RB 2014
It is rare that freshmen are discussed this early in their career but Valor Christian's McCaffery warrants it. The 5-10 175 pound freshman has a great set of feet. Makes sense for the son of a DI soccer player mom and an NFL dad. McCaffery always makes the first person miss, finishes runs and has the quicks to break long plays as evidenced by his 75 yard score on a swing pass. I don't want to project too early but I see McCaffery as a very productive slot receiver down the road.
Drew Dyer TE 2011
The 6-6 225 pound tight end is impressive to watch. Although the smothering Mullen defense kept him from getting numerous opportunities he is a very big target that will only get bigger. He looks to run routes well and uses his size to advantage.
Rayshon Williams WR 2011
Good size, speed and great at running the ball Williams has the skill set necessary for the next level. His ability to work as runner, receiver and returner make him a versatile pick up for the right college.