This past season one of the stoutest defenses in Colorado was at Regis Jesuit. Senior linebackers Quinn VandeKoppel and Grant Neal were key to a defense that allowed only 14 points a game. This past weekend the teammates chose to continue playing together as they both opted to play for DII power CSU-Pueblo.
Vandekoppel, an All-State inside backer, says of his commit, “I loved everything about CSU-Pueblo. Family atmosphere, amazing athletes and great coaches. It is an hour from my house which would not only allow my parents, but also my grandparents to come to all my games. I felt like this is where I belong. “
Neal, one of Colorado’s top two way players, split time as a running back and linebacker. One defense, the 5-10 220 pounder, who is also a state champion wrestler, had high impact causing two fumbles and registering five tackles for loss. Offensively, Neal averaged over seven yards a carry and scored eleven times. At CSU-Pueblo, Neal will play running back. Regarding his commit Neal says, “They really represent my values and principles. They give me an opportunity to excel in my academics as well as on the field. “
Along with Neal and Vandekoppel, CSU-Pueblo is uniting another duo, as brothers Cameron and Bernard McDondle of Columbine will reunite. Cameron, this past season at CSU-Pueblo, rushed for 848 yards averaging over six yards a carry. Bernard, in his final campaign for Columbine, rushed for over 1,700 yards while scoring 25 times.