As the school year and football season approached, the only thing Jay MacIntyre was certain about is that he was going to be a college athlete next season.
He had no idea which school, or even which sport, was the proper fit for him at the next level. A standout both on the gridiron and on the basketball court for Monarch High School, MacIntyre planned to let the answers take care of themselves during his senior season.
Some of the decisions have been made. Others are pending.
"Sport-wise, I think it's going to be football," MacIntyre said. "I think it's what I've decided. I think I have a better opportunity in football, so that's probably what I'm going to do. But I don't know where I want to go yet. I'm still trying to figure out a couple different things."
MacIntyre had a splendid senior football season, his only one with Monarch after transplanting from San Jose, Calif., last year when his father, Mike, was hired as the University of Colorado football coach over the holiday break.
CU remains a possibility for Jay MacIntyre, but Buffaloes fans won't have to worry about another Dan Hawkins-Cody Hawkins situation, in which the starting quarterback was the coach's son. If MacIntyre chooses CU, it will be as an athlete, with potential to compete for a cornerback, receiver and return-man duties.
"I don't really have my heart set on one position," said MacIntyre, whose 5-foot-10 height limits his big-school QB opportunities. "I feel like I would go to CU, unless I can play quarterback somewhere else at a different school. Quarterback is the deal-breaker that could keep me away from CU. But other than that, I wouldn't mind being a wide receiver, a DB or an athlete guy at CU.
"I wouldn't play quarterback there, for sure."
In Monarch's rush-first offense, MacIntyre carried 105 times for 775 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also completed 32 of 58 passes for 811 yards -- an average of 25.3 per completion -- with 14 TDs and four interceptions.
He also excelled as a defensive back, punter, kickoff returner and punt returner. He produced 30 total touchdowns.
MacIntyre, who formerly played for Valley Christian (Calif.) while his father was the coach at San Jose State, has received overtures from other schools including Air Force, which he said offered him an opportunity to play quarterback.
"I'm not sure exactly what's going to happen with that," MacIntyre said. "Some other schools are on the bubble of giving me a shot or not, so I'm trying to see how all of that turns out."
He has taken an official visit to CU, but that's it for now.
MacIntyre also is a standout guard for the Monarch basketball team. He quickly morphed into a team leader and one of the Coyotes' top scorers after joining them after the break last season and could attract college-level interest on the hardwood as well.
But he seems to have football on the mind. Now, it's just a matter of where he chooses to go.
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