March 6, 2011

D'Evelyn duo should get DI shot

One year after sending their first football player to NCAA DIvision I play (Eric Garza who signed with Bucknell), Coach Jeremy Bennett of D'Evelyn High School in Denver may have two more to add to that list in the Class of 2012.

Leading the way for D'Evelyn is quarterback Caleb Flack. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Flack runs a 4.7 40-yard dash and put up some impressive numbers on the field a year ago. Last season Flack completed 185-of-279 passes for 3,069 yards, 29 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Bennett said the 12 picks were not necessarily the fault of Flack, but the interceptions illustrated what makes him special.

"He threw 12 picks last year, but seven-of-12 of those hit our young receivers in the hands," Bennett said. "But he took responsibility for the picks. He said maybe he threw the ball too hard for that route and took the pressure off our receivers.

"The kid's leadership on the field is wonderful," Bennett said. "He is a coach on the field and really takes the pressure off our guys. His read progression for a high school kid is unbelievable."

Bennett said D'Evelyn runs a spread offense, but did put Flack under center about 10 times-a-game to get him experience in a pro set. Flack is scheduled to go to a 7-on-7 camp at UNLV as well as a camp at the University of Wyoming, but has not yet taken in any Junior Days or other camps. Bennett said Flack is the tallest player on the D'Evelyn basketball team, which ended its season last Saturday.

Thus far Flack's recruitment has not netted a scholarship offer, something Bennett said is hard to believe.

"I'm surprised he doesn't have a DI offer yet," Bennett said. "I think he can play at the mid-major level and be really successful. Give him a redshirt year and by his third year on-campus, he could be really good. He could also come in and surprise people in playing a lot earlier too.

"He would like to be at Colorado State," Bennett said. "They have come through and asked for his tape. Northern Colorado is in contact with me about every-other day about Caleb and they think he can play at that level right now."

Flack's teammate, Matt Menard, offers 6-foot-1, 180-pound size with 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash to the receiver position. Menard caught 60 passes for 1,289 yards and 15 touchdowns a year ago and that may not have been where he was the most dangerous. Bennett reports Menard averaged 21 yards per punt return, almost 40 yards per kick return and had three return touchdowns last year.

"He is a scary, scary punt returner," Bennett said. "He has great hips and he plants and gets uphill better than anyone I've ever coached and we have had good receivers here. He finds the opening in the zone and catches everything."

Bennett reports Menard did not run track a year ago, but ran the 100 meters in 11.0 as a freshman.

"He has a burst about him," Bennett said. "He is going to CSU to check them out," Bennett said. "Both of these guys are in a lot of contact with the local schools.

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