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Top 8 5A Colorado

Only 5 different teams have been crowned state champion in the past decade, Valor Christian, Cherry Creek, Columbine, Mullen and Pomona.  Grandview won 13 years ago and Douglas County 15 years ago. A whopping 10 different schools in the past 25 years have won a state title in 5A.  A few lucky teams or recent were able to play in their enrollment classification 4A like Bear Creek, Chatfield and Ponderosa. Montbello, a former 6A team now FNE, along with Northglenn, prior to 1994  were able to escape the largest classification along with former 5A teams Longmont, Thomas Jefferson, Pueblo Centennial.  Yes 30 years ago there was a 6A football conference for 4 years but the usual suspects were title winners.
1990 6A Cherry Creek/Montbello 14-0
1991 6A Cherry Creek/Arapahoe 14-0
1992 6A Boulder/Pomona 10-9
1993 6A Overland/Northglenn 44-13
Fast forward to 2020 a season split into a traditional Fall in a season A amid the covid19 pandemic and Spring season C in March through May. Two championships in the realigned canceled season with a rebirth by parents sin the association that bailed on the kids!
218 teams will play in the Fall. In 5A for this conversation 32 teams will compete in the Fall and 10 deferred to Spring. Many Aurora and DPS were forced to Spring along with the third year developmental league teams sin Overland and Prairie View.
Fossil Ridge
Rocky Mountain
Prairie View

Arvada West
Ralston Valley

Douglas County
Pine Creek* plays 4A post season
Regis Jesuit

Castle View
Highlands Ranch
Mountain Vista
Rock Canyon
Valor Christian

Cherokee Trail
Cherry Creek
Smoky Hill

2020 will play on but differently on the field and in the stands. Locker rooms will be closed and reminiscent of little league. As for the 5A classification odds are the championship will be between a CENTENNIAL or JEFFCO and/or Valor Christian.
Ralston Valley is probably the most underrated team in an area where Pomona has dominated the past half decade. Expect Columbine, Pomona and Ralston Valley to be part of the post season from the JEFFCO league. Valor Christian of the DOUGLAS COUNTY league and Cherry Creek of the CENTENNIAL league with everyone else trying to be relevant. More than likely CENTENNIAL league teams with competitive strength of schedules will be sneaking into the post season. Remember the four algorithms dictate the post season and now more than ever coaches poll is important. Stacked or heavily recruited players to certain teams will have an advantage. Depth is the key as there is NOT very many top rated QBs or RBs in this classification, just big bodies or the guys with measurables of 6 foot four or more getting recruited. The better football is probably 4A or at minimum 3A.

Preseason Top 8 because 10 does not matter
1. Ralston Valley
2. Valor Christian
3. Pine Creek* plays 4A post season
4. Cherry Creek
5. Columbine
6. Pomona
7. Eaglecrest
8. Arapahoe

Quarterbacks, rather lack of guys with quality reps will be the storyline in 5A. Transfers out of state will hurt some teams but DEFENSE will carry the teams to postseason. In an awkward year that has Colorado return to the gridiron in October, the fact remains 5A is overhyped as well as its recruitment next level. The association uses its media partners to focus on this classification and the othe six classifications get SHELLACKED!
There are plenty on unknown names on teams not in the Top 4, 6, 8 but they do not appreciate at the high school association that runs the show in Colorado. A travesty of master proportions!

See y’all on the fields!
@303Gonzo two fingers, peace out!

Tag, NOT IT!

In normal times, pre covid-19 this would be a heavy month of college football coaches bumping into players at their high school. The infamous evaluations period that was scheduled for April 15 through May 31, 2020. Unfortunately the video conferencing has become the new normal to be introduced to coaches and take over on campus visits. However, is this really a substitute for recruiting?
Most likely not but better than nothing or the annoying list almost every college buys to send you camp invites or to purchase season tickets. Let’s face it the university wants your dollars even if you never make it to the fields or courts.

The odds of a high school athlete completing 3-5 years of a sport are truly against the odds. Primarily due to the rigorous schedules and heavy work load in the classrooms. Early enrollment and summer school is now a must and burnout ensues for the guys that were all hype and can NOT cut the mustard next level. The 18-25 new faces every year make it challenging in addition to the transfer portal as more experienced plays are determined to win a job by any means necessary. The deck is stacked against student athletes that have little discipline. A wake up to be in the trainers office by 5am and practices at 6am with meetings can last past noon. So that reason you are there called a post secondary education can last well past 8pm. In addition tutors and a good nights rest. Yep, the rigors of a student athlete is cumbersome and complicated.So no social life outside of team and heavy demands to be in tip top shape to be the next man or woman up.

So how do you get to post secondary education?
Well for starters it is NOT some trainer, handler, coach or someone else tagging you name, profile or video(s) daily or hourly to colleges. Some of the biggest misconceptions is that individual position coaches actually read, view or respond to emails, IMs, DMs, etc. The big schools have people on staff to filter the noise, spam or content considered junk. So, if you really think that low, low payment of $239 a month or more has value, RETHINK IT! The recruiting companies, APPS, websites and trainers are out to make money! its their business to make money and blow smoke up your ass! That is a guarantee. 99.9% sure if you stop payment, stop attending or rip up a contract the HYPE they call recruiting goes away like dust in the wind. If you ain’t paying you ain’t getting hyped any more.

Years ago coaches had a long tenure and players were cultivated organically. Eventually the pressure to win became increasingly more demanding to attract paying students. The University of Miami is a prime example in football and UNLV in basketball. The wins, bowl appearances and limelight causes HYPE and REVENUES. The coaches have gone from $25,000 to $300,000 in annual salaries in the past decade. So do you really think they are concerned with being tagged on social media?
The smart answer is NO because they want to keep their jobs as they are well paying nowadays. The modern day HYPE in recent years dwarfs the past decade whenless communication was transmitted and of more value or quality.

Fast forward to 2015 and the plethora of backyard gyms, trainers, handlers and boosters willing to pay to play. Even the high and mighty Hollywood actors that scammed their way into elite schools. Some musicians children or former professional players all because the Universities knew they could leverage donor monies. Yep, fields, field houses, practice facilities and buildings need to be erected so if you have a fat wallet or sizable bank account odds are you might be recruited as opposed to someone deserving. The coaches reliability on word of mouth now has red tape associated to an offer or camp invite. Some schools will even make sure a player or two from the local market are on the roster to sell the fan base season tickets. Yes it happens and why many colleges align with a handful of dominate or winning programs so they can say we did our due diligence when in reality its a favor to save face.

So the biggest resolve is are we making this more difficult or complicated than it needs to be and the answer is YES, emphatically! The offers are just a way to get you to pay for a summer camp and prove yourselves. These camps are where they can eyeball and get true measurements rather than rely on self reported height, weight and statistics.
Are you really 6’3″ and measure barely measure 6 foot.
Is that 4.62 40 yard das a true assessment or is it more like 4.95-5.10?
Are you 100+ tackles true and if so why during team camp are you NOT making plays?
After all that is the medical record checks for not only broken bones but concussions or learning deficiencies. If you can not learn in the classroom, how are you going to be eligible?
College board exams of ACT and SAT need to be verified alongside a high school transcript with the intention of are you going to be eligible on game day?

So Tag, you NOT it has meaningful purpose, wake the fuck up and spend your hard earned monies wisely! The going collusion rate for a position trainer is $499 a month with a 12 month contract, rain, shine, snow or pandemic. So for you non mathematicians that adds up to $5,988 per annum or $23,952 if you get suckered for 4 years. The same sum most post secondary students pay for local tuition to get that education and can enjoy the college experience without having to sacrifice their time or bodies of potential life long injuries.

Parents don’t believe the HYPE as no one person can guarantee a division one scholarship no matter how many social media tags they post about your child! The monies you pay are to a business person to line their pockets. Some will resort to placing advertisements in magazines, host a podcast or even buy air time waits for no one! Hustle your ass bou on the radio to create HYPE on their paying clients. In fact there are a handful of subscription based media advertisers that have ranking lists and will write a story on your children if you have been paying for a few years. Yes the click bait is real annoying as film does NOT lie but trainers do. The basic reason is so they can hustle you for the almighty American dollars once a month for 12 months! As for 7 on 7 guys, that is the ultimate hustle for monies when colleges do not even care or plan to watch that film as its on air or not true football. Better time and monies could be spent on hoops for a vertical or rugby for tackling and even track and field for speed. 7v7 is a money maker for HYPE guys and only a couple do it for the cost of the helmet and uniform. A vast majority do it for revenues like $60,000 per team deposited into their pockets, especially the cash based hustlers!

It truly is a game so Tag, NOT IT!