Central’s Sanchez signs with Colorado Mesa

Taylor Sanchez, a quarterback this past fall at Central High School, signed a national letter of intent on Tuesday to play football at Colorado Mesa University.

Sanchez rushed for 1,006 yards and passed for 1,005 as a senior with the Warriors.

The 5-foot-9, 190-pounder said he’ll likely play wide receiver, slotback or running back at CMU.

“I’ve heard a lot of good things about their coaching staff,” Sanchez said. “They’re hungry to go and get some wins. It’ll be nice to stay home and play for the home crowd.”

Sanchez said he was being recruited as a defensive back, but likely will remain on offense. He added he will probably not play QB in college because of the pounding he took in high school — Sanchez had 186 carries, about half of the team’s rushing attempts.

“It’s always nice when one of our players goes and plays at the next level,” Central coach Vern McGee said. “He’s just an athlete. Whenever we’d play someone, before or after the game, a coach would say, ‘No. 2 — he’s the real deal.’ “

Although Sanchez looks forward to playing with future CMU teammate Holden Reed, whom Sanchez backed up at quarterback at Central, he’ll miss certain aspects from Central.

“Just playing high school football, there’s nothing like it,” Sanchez said. “There were a lot of good mentors here at this school.”


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