Three local players opted to stay in-state and sign with Colorado State during football's early signing period on Wednesday.
Fort Morgan's Trey McBride and Mullen teammates A'Jon Vivens and Florian McCann III all signed National Letters of Intent with the Rams on Wednesday, the first day of the new early signing period for Division I football recruits. All three are seniors, and make up three of the 19 Division I recruits from Colorado so far.
Each of the three were named first-team All-State in their respective classifications.
The trio weren't the only three to stay local: Highlands Ranch's Ray Robinson, Valor Christian's Blake Stenstrom, and Cherry Creek Dimitri Stanley all signed with the University of Colorado.
McBride, a tight end, is a three-sport athlete for Fort Morgan, playing baseball and basketball in addition to football. This past season, McBride had three total touchdowns, and 450 receiving yards on 30 catches in being named first team All-State in Class 3A.
As a junior, McBride caught 11 touchdown passes. In his career, he accounted for 31 total touchdowns.
"Trey is an unbelievable athlete," Colorado State coach Mike Bobo said during the Rams' Signing Day show. "For two years in a row, he's been one of the best performers at our camp. I think he has a huge upside as a tight end. ... He's got a chance to be a really, really good player for us."
Vivens accounted for 11 total touchdowns last season for Mullen in playing wide receiver and running back. He had 39 catches and 557 yards for six scores receiving, and also rushed 95 times for 705 yards and five scores.
"A'Jon is a special player," Bobo said. "He's a little bit of a do-everything type of player. He's what I like to call a football player. He's not just a receiver. He was a guy that (Mullen) coach (Tom) Thenell tried to get the ball in his hands, and that's what you look for when you're looking for a skill player: How do they use him? Do they try to use him and get the ball in his hands?"
Vivens was named first team All-State in 5A as a senior.
"The thing I love about A'Jon is his toughness, his willingness to block, his willingness to put his face on somebody," Bobo said. "He plays hard without the football."
McCann, meanwhile, is a 6-foot-5, 280-pound tackle. He helped Mullen's offense rush for 1,912 yards and 19 touchdowns, and throw for another 1,866 and 15 touchdowns.
He was selected first-team All-State in 5A after the season.
"Florian is a guy that came to camp. We had not offered him a scholarship yet, and convinced him to come to camp and try to earn his scholarship," Bobo said. "We had a lot of guys here from in-state that were really good offensive linemen, and Florian came and performed extremely well, and we offered him after that camp."
Find a complete list of 2018 football recruits in this database.