Recruiting notebook: Monarch QB Watson, Frederick LB Miller among area commits as signing day nears

As it turns out, you can both play quarterback at Monarch and land a gig with a college football program that throws the football.

With national letter of intent signing day looming on Feb. 6, MHS senior Cole Watson committed this week to play football at NCAA Division-III Hope College in Holland, Mich.

The 6-foot-2, 200 pounder joins a Flying Dutchmen squad that went 5-5 last season while racking up about two-thirds of its offensive yardage through the air. That’s a far cry from the run-heavy Monarch offense where Watson primarily handed the ball off and blocked — though he did prove an efficient passer when called upon.

Hope will return a two-year starter at QB next season, but Watson’s been told the job will likely be up for grabs after that.

“I’m really excited to experience that whole other side of football,” Watson said of joining a passing offense. “And it will be fun to just be in college and get the opportunity to play football.”


Former Colorado Buffaloes assistant coach John Wristen has built a Division-II power in just a few short years since Colorado State-Pueblo revived its football program.

On Wednesday, the Thunderwolves head coach swept through the area as he traveled the Front Range trying to seal up commitments from 2013 recruits as national letter of intent signing day looms Feb. 6.

Frederick standout linebacker/fullback Ryan Miller met with Wristen on Wednesday and committed to the Thunderwolves.

Wristen wasn’t alone. Frederick coach Thad Lear said much of the CSU-Pueblo staff was present on the recruiting excursion.

“That’s the first time I’ve seen that,” Lear said of the entourage. “They were going to various schools closing the deal with kids.”


Watson’s and Miller’s commitments are just two of several that have been piling up locally as signing day nears, including that of Longmont lineman Marcus Johnson, who will join Miller at CSU-Pueblo.

The February signing date is for football, soccer, cross country and track. Other area athletes in those sports known to be committed to schools and expected to sign next week include:

Boulder: Darren Burton, football, Colorado Mesa; Logan Bock, football, Colorado School of Mines.

Broomfield: Andrew McLean, football, Army; Tyler Stuemky, football, Eastern New Mexico.

Centaurus: Shanlie Anderson, soccer, Northern Colorado.

Fairview: Eric Kronenberg, soccer, Denver; Jack Mayfield, soccer, Metro State; Lillian Bitner, soccer, Yale; Cory Munsch, cross country, Tampa.

Frederick: Ryan Miller, Football, CSU-Pueblo; Jakob Vargas, football, Western State; Jesse Butts, football, Western State; KC Rivera, football, Pima Community College; Jacob Sleeth, football, Colorado School of Mines; Makenzie Urban, track, CU-Colorado Springs.

Legacy: Melanie Nun, cross country, Colorado; Skylar McWee, football, Colorado Mesa; Phydell Paris, football, Black Hills State; Sarah Goodman, soccer, Hastings (Neb.).

Longmont: Alexie Marr, soccer, Metro State; Miles Bergner, football, South Dakota; Forrest Wetterstrom, football, Western State; Marcus Johnson, football, CSU-Pueblo.

Monarch: Taylor Floming, cross country/track, Montana State; Cole Watson, football, Hope (Mich.); Austin Beswick, football, Colorado Mesa.

Niwot: Nate Merriman, football, Augustana (S.D.).

Silver Creek: Anthony Emberley, football, Colorado School of Mines.

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