Keep up with the Colorado football commits for 2014 every Monday in the Afternoon Drive. Players are listed in order of commitment date to CU.
1. Isaac Miller, OL, Silver Creek (Longmont)
Silver Creek (8-2) opened its 3A title defense with a 47-14 pounding of Evergreen. Isaac miller and the Raptors cleared the way for running back Josh Quiroz, who piled up 223 yards on 23 carries with two touchdowns.
No. 9-seeded Silver Creek advances to a quarterfinal matchup with No. 16 Pueblo East (7-4) on Saturday. Miller's Raptors appear to have an easy path to the championship with only the No. 12, 13 and 16 seeds remaining on its side of the bracket, but Pueblo East could be a hurdle as it took down out No. 1-seeded Discovery Canyon 47-13.
2. Grant Watanabe, LB, Brennan (San Antonio)
Grant Watanabe and the Brennan Bears had the weekend off as they gear up for a playoff run. Watanabe used the week to nurse a hamstring injury. His 10-0 Bears draw 8-2 Schertz Clemens on Friday. Clemens features defenders Kaleb and Kolin Hill, who both have offers from Colorado. Maybe Watanabe can put in a good word for the black and gold.
I've sat out half the season! This wS not in the plans— Grantness (@GrantWatanabe44) November 8, 2013
3. Chance Waz, S, Hendrickson (Pflugerville, Texas)
Chance Waz has a big week on tap, but it not might not be great for Buffs fans. 10-0 Hendrickson takes on 6-4 Austin Westlake on Friday to open Texas 5A playoff action. Waz is scheduled to be in Lincoln on Saturday when the Cornhuskers battle Michigan State. He'll join his prep teammate Trai Mosley for an official in Big Red country. Hopefully Waz, who committed to Colorado in June, is still on this list next Monday.
4. Cade Apsay, QB, Canyon Country (Santa Clarita, Calif.)
That Cade Apsay, he's good at football. Colorado's future signal caller concluded a fine regular season with a 45-38 shootout victory over Hart. 8-2 Canyon gets 8-2 West High (Torrance, Calif.) on Friday in the first round of the playoffs.
Apsay threw 27 times in the victory, completing 15 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed 11 times for 82 yards and a score. Apsay has steadily increased his rushing numbers, which bodes well for the future of the Buffs' offense.
From what I've read and seen in online streams, Apsay is one of, if not the most, exciting prospect who is Boulder bound in 2014. The young QB posses a mix of a strong, accurate arm to go with enough speed to tuck the ball and run. Working in a quick-strike offense that revolves around shorter passes will have Apsay ready to compete in the fall. Will he unseat Sefo Liufau? We'll have to wait and see, but my guess is he'll have a good chance to do just that, no offense to the current Buffaloes QB.
Apsay senior stats: 2,779 yards passing (64 percent completion rate), 25 touchdowns, five interceptions with 99 carries for 432 yards and four touchdowns.
5. Rick Gamboa, LB, Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.)
Rick Gamboa and the Chaminade Eagles (8-2) finished their regular season with 56-35 win over St. Francis (La Canada, Calif.). Chaminade takes on Morningside (6-4) on Friday in first-round action.
It was CU 2014 target Donovan Lee who stole the show, once again, rushing for 274 yards on 24 carries with seven touchdowns. He also pulled in three passes for 74 yards. Lee and Gamboa (Chaminade co-captains) are scheduled to take an official visit to Colorado in December once the Eagles finish their season. Lee would be a huge land for coach Mike MacIntyre's squad, even if his reported offers list isn't as strong as it should be (Colorado State, Eastern Washington, Idaho, San Jose State and Wyoming).
6. Zach Brown, DE/LB, Patrick Henry (San Diego, Calif.)
Zach Brown and the Patrick Henry Patriots are the firs team on our commit list to end their season. Brown's team finished 2-8 after a 44-28 loss to Morse (San Diego). One of Patrick Henry's wins came via a forfeit. Brown, a linebacker slash defensive lineman, will take official visits to Colorado and San Jose State, as reported by BuffStampede.com last week. Let the offseason fun begin.
7. Dylan Keeney, TE/D, Granite Bay (Calif.)
Tight end Dylan Keeney keeps getting better in the passing game. The future Colorado target snagged a season-high eight passes for 76 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-7 blowout of 0-10 Nevada Union (Grass Valley, Calif.). 7-3 Granite Bay looks to defend its state title when it opens playoff action against 8-2 Tokay (Lodi, Calif.) on Friday.
"We came out hot," Keeney told the Auburn Journal about the win over Nevada Union. "We didn't want to let up. Our focus was big and we kept them on their toes."
Keeney might end up redshirting as a freshman at CU, but as much as the Buffs need a tight end, he should get a chance to compete. Adding weight to help with blocking and getting open well be top priorities for the California product.
Keeney senior stats: 34 catches for 707 yards (20.79 yards per catch) and 12 touchdowns.
8. Evan White, S, Cherokee Trail (Aurora)
Evan White and the Cherokee Trail Cougars improved to 9-2 with a 41-7 second-round win over Mountain Range (Westminster). White was credited with two receptions on offense for 46 yards, one being a 40-yard touchdown.
White's Trail is one of eight teams remaining in Colorado's 5A playoffs. The Cougars have a huge game on Friday when they get another shot at Cherry Creek (10-1). Creek won 28-27 in October and the upcoming quarterfinals matchup has all the makings of a 5A classic. I picked Creek to win the 5A playoffs, so I'll stick with that.
9. Eddy Lopez, DT, Coronado (El Paso)
Eddy Lopez and Coronado upped its record to 8-2 with a 59-9 thrashing of Bel Air (El Paso). Lopez picked up a solo tackle and an assist in the win. Coronado gets 6-4 Cooper (Abilene, Texas) on Friday to kickoff the 5A postseason.
Lopez is still committed to Colorado despite an unofficial visit with the Texas Longhorns on Nov. 2, which the defender posted photos of on his Instagram account. He is one of many CU commits still receiving interest from other BCS programs, pointing to a strong job by the Buffs' staff.
Lopez senior stats: 38 solo tackles, 25 assists and four sacks.
10. Jase Franke, DE, St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.)
St. Bonaventure won its fourth straight, downing Agoura 49-40 to improve to 7-3. Jase Franke and the Seraphs will take on 7-3 Notre Dame (Ventura) to open the playoffs on Friday.
11. Sam Bennion, DE, Logan (Utah)
Sam Bennion and Logan suffered its first loss of the season, unfortunately it came in the playoffs. Olympus got the best of Bennion's bunch, 23-21, in the quarterfinals of Utah's 4A bracket. Bennion was credited with two solo tackles and sack in the loss.
It could be awhile before Bennion puts on football pads and a helmet as the defensive lineman plans to take a two-year mission trip. He'll likely be a freshman at CU in 2016.
Bennion senior stats: 30 solo tackles, 24 assists and nine and a half sacks.
12. Elijah Rodriguez, OL, Cypress Creek (Houston)
It's the end of the line for Elijah Rodriguez and the Cypress Creek Cougars. After starting the season 4-0, Rodriguez and his team dropped six games in a row, finishing with a 30-0 loss to Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas).
The CU commit offensive lineman continues to hear from LSU per Buffstampede.com, but hasn't received a reported offer.
13. Christian Shaver, DE, Jordan (Sandy, Utah)
Make it two playoff wins this postseason for Christian Shaver and the Jordan Beetdiggers. Shaver's 'Diggers moved to 7-5 with a 62-42 win over Pleasant Grove, which was a pleasant surprise. The future Buffalo recorded six solo tackles and two assists to go with two sacks.
Jordan moves into Utah's 5A Final Four, with a date against 11-1 Brighton (Salt Lake City) set for Friday.
Shaver senior stats: 39 solo tackles, 14 assists and six and a half sacks.
14. Jomon Dotson, RB, American Canyon (Calif.)
American Canyon hung on for a 35-21 victory over Benicia to move to 9-1, but CU commit running back Jomon Dotson was held to just four carries for 20 yards as he battles an ankle injury. With the victory, Dotson's Wolves claimed their conference crown.
American Canyon takes the No. 1 seed in the CIF Division III playoffs and most likely won't need its star running back in the first round against the No. 16 seed El Dorado (Placerville, Calif.). If the Wolves are thinking state title, they'll need Dotson as close to 100 percent as he can be with a dinged-up ankle.
Dotson senior stats: 138 carries, 1,497 yards (10.85 yards per carry), 23 touchdowns and eight catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns.