February 18, 2010

Ram coaches getting to know Mullen prospects

While the Colorado State football coaching staff took some heat for not recruiting enough Colorado preps for Centennial State football fans, one high school coach said the Rams have made their presence known at his school - traditional power Mullen High of Denver.

Defensive Line Coach Zach Morris is a former All-Mountain West Conference Defensive Lineman at the University of Wyoming and is now coaching the defensive front at Mullen. He said the Ram coaches have been frequent visitors to Mullen High School and are looking at six Mustangs in particular.

"We have seen (CSU Head Coach Steve) Fairchild and (CSU Defensive Coordinator Larry) Kerr here," Morris said. "They have been around to see the kids. I was at a coaching clinic this past weekend and Coach Kerr and (CSU Defensive Line Coach Scott) Brown were both there and were talking to the whole group of high school coaches talking about recruiting the kids from Colorado first. They have been in our building which is a good place to start."

Rayshon Williams has a scholarship offer from the Rams already. The 6-foot, 190-pound receiver is a cousin to Denver Bronco receiver Brandon Marshall and caught 34 passes as a sophomore and another 43 passes for 709 yards and 10 touchdowns. After his Junior season, he has scholarship offers from Colorado State, Utah, Colorado, Kansas State and Minnesota.

Rayshon is really talented, really athletic, a good pass catcher and last year was his second year playing wide receiver," Morris said. "He is a game-changing wide receiver. Similar to Devin Aguilar (former Mullen Prep and current Washington Husky). He isn't quite the talent, but similar."

The workhorse in the backfield for the Mustangs last season was Adonis Ameen Moore, who ran for 1,638 yards and 22 scores. Moore averaged 6.9 yards per carry and holds offers from Colorado and Colorado State.

"He is a kid that gets better as the season goes along," Morris said of Moore. "He is the type of kid you can get the ball 30 times a game and he will produce. He isn't a blazer, but he isn't slow either. He won't get caught from behind. He is the guy who will get you 25 carries and 5-6 yards a pop."

The Colorado State Rams have already offered linebacker Brady Daigh a scholarship as well. the 6-foot-2, 220-pound middle linebacker was an All-Stater last season after collecting 83.5 tackles.

"He is kind of an old school type of football player," Morris said. "He is hard-nosed and a great middle linebacker. He is kind of a nasty soul and loves to hit. I think he has big-time potential."

Leilon Willingham managed 74.5 tackles for the Mustangs last season. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder is an outside linebacker with 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash and holds an offer from Colorado.

"He is a solid kid," Morris said of Willingham. "He is all of 6-3 and 220 and is really athletic. He has a great build. He is another football player and likes to hit. A couple areas he needs to get better is maybe his pass rush, but he has big-time potential as well."

Connor Healy is still waiting for his first scholarship offer, but the 5-foot-11, 206-pound inside linebacker managed 76.5 tackles and two sacks for Mullen last season. Morris thinks he also has potential to play football in college.

"He is Mr. Solid for us on our defense," Morris said. "He is nothing flashy, but he is a great weight room kid and holds down the strong side linebacker position. When he gets a play he makes it and is great to coach."

Michael Mancinelliis also getting some division I looks from college coaches. He is a 6-foot-4, 280-pound offensive tackle who is new to football.

"He has gotten better and better as the year went along," Morris said. "Last year was his first playing. Our offensive line coach does a great job really developing that line. He is a very hard-nosed kid and very intelligent. He is constantly learning and soaking up the information."

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