There is little doubt regarding the efforts the new Colorado State staff is placing on recruiting in state players. Common themes for the Colorado prepsters heading to Fort Collins seem to be versatility, motor and toughness.
Bear Creek offensive lineman Jake Bennett, who made a verbal in April, is a hardnosed player that looks capable of playing multiple interior offensive line positions. Grand Junction defensive end Austin Berk, a march verbal to CSU, is a high motor player who, in time, should be able to work in a multiple front D.
Colorado State's latest in state get, DE/TE Trae Moxley of Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale, Colorado is a 6-5 260 pound beast with surprisingly soft hands and the ability to line up in multiple spots to catch the ball.
Moxley, who made a verbal commit this past weekend, has a huge frame that could easily pack on more weight. On first take I envisioned Moxley moving to offensive tackle in college, but review of Moxley's film changed that opinion as the big boy made multiple catches in a variety of formats all with his hands.
By no means a speedster, Moxley is shifty as a runner in the open field and when cornered finishes his runs as he should as the biggest kid on the field. Most impressive are Moxley's hands. Whether go up for the ball, catching in traffic or going over the shoulder, Moxley keeps the ball off his body and makes catches. Moxley's experience as a basketball player helps him work in traffic and around the goal line in the pass game.
Moxley, is also a very solid blocker. At the next level he will need to work on this aspect of his game as he competes against players his size and bigger. Attention to pad level is an important area of emphasis for Moxley.
Last season Moxley's Rams went 3-7 and Roaring Fork is not a usual destination for DI coaches, so this pickup is an indication of the attention Colorado State is investing in finding Colorado High School talent.