Willis: Raptors’ Emberley gives verbal to Colorado Mines

Silver Creek senior Anthony Emberley celebrates after making a fourth-quarter interception in the 3A quarterfinals against Pueblo Central. Emberley committed to Colorado Mines this week.

One of the most charismatic members of Silver Creek’s state-championship football team now knows where he’s going next.

Anthony Emberley, who played a multitude of positions (most notably defensive back and linebacker), has given a verbal commitment to Colorado Mines.

Emberley visited the Golden-based campus on Saturday and was convinced he wanted to be an Oredigger. Mines plays in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and has made several appearances in the Division-II rankings over the past several seasons.

“I had been to the campus before, but really hadn’t taken a tour of it or gotten to know it at all,” Emberley said. “When I got there, I really fell in love with the campus and everything about it. The football guys were all awesome and I really enjoyed hanging out with them, and it just felt like a place I could really be.”

Emberley will receive partial athletic and academic scholarships and has been told by the team that he initially projects as a strong safety. In the Orediggers’ system, the position is similar to the hybrid role he played at Silver Creek.

Coach Bob Stitt and his staff also have informed Emberley that he could provide depth at running back — as he also did for the Raptors.

“I played pretty much everywhere this year,” he said. “I even played some D-End, which is crazy, because I’d never play that. But they were talking to me a little on the visit that they were leaning toward the strong safety position.”

Emberley hasn’t determined his precise major at the engineering school, but expressed interest in Mines’ nuclear engineering program (although it is only available as a minor).

He understands that he has plenty of time to make that determination, and now is simply stoked to have a significant portion of his future mapped out.

“I’m just so thankful for everything that has led me to this,” he said. “Between Silver Creek football and my coaches, all my friends and my family, they’ve all helped a lot.”

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