February 28, 2011

Mullen once again features DI prospects

It seems the only number that compares to Denver Mullen's number of consecutive Colorado 5A titles lately, is the number of Division I football players the school is putting into the nation's colleges.

Last season the three-time state consecutive state champs put seven players into the Division I ranks. This season the Mustangs may not have the same number of players to send to large school football programs, but Mullen assistant coach Zach Morris, said there will be interest from colleges for at least three Mustangs.

"We like our Junior class a lot," Morris said. "There is a lot of good kids in that class. Our seniors are kind of tweener guys. Maybe not the size for DI guys, but a lot of athletic guys who really play hard."

Leading the way is quarterback Cyler Miles. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound quarterback already holds offers from the likes of Notre Dame, Colorado, Washington, Illinois and others. Morris said that may be just the start of a college recruiting feeding frenzy.

"A lot of Pac-12 schools are already in on him," Morris said. "I know Washington is there, Notre Dame, Arizona State and Cal, I think is in there. I think that is the tip of the iceberg right now. I think it is going to be a really big deal for him. I think he will be the most highly-recruited kid Mullen has ever had."

Morris said Miles runs a 4.4 and threw 20 passing touchdowns to just two interceptions last season. Perhaps just as surprising is his willingness to stay in the pocket to complete a play.

He is great in the pocket," Morris said. "You hear 4.4 and you think he is going to run anytime he can, but he is great in the pocket. He uses his agility and speed to extend a play and complete a pass. If you do let him break contain though, he'll take it 40-50 yards to the house if he has to."

In addition to Miles, Morris said defensive tackle Tyler Henningtonhas the ability to play at the Mountain West Conference level - something Morris knows plenty about as a former Wyoming nose tackle.

"He is a 6-2 or 6-3, 260, real explosive, really good with his hands," Morris said of Hennington. "He was All-Conference last year. He has great get-off and explosiveness. He was great at the nose guard position. He was kind of our anchor this season. He is a two-year starter. This year he probably got overshadowed by three great linebackers, so next year he'll have to be the man."

Morris added plenty of coaches have come through Mullen and have been impressed by the explosiveness and footwork Hennington offers.

On the other side of the ball Berto Flores has also been getting some early interest from college recruiters. The offensive tackle stands 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds. The basketball player excels in the run game, according to Morris.

"He transferred from Cherokee Trail, so he had to sit the first five games this season," Morris said. "Once we got to the playoffs, he was a full-time starter. He has really long arms and is aggressive at the point of attack. In pass blocking he is just so big he is tough to get all the way around. He should get a look from college coaches."

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