Fruita football foursome sign college letters of intent

Fruita football foursome sign college letters of intent

From left, Fruita Monument’s Cody Daniels, Zach Thorpe, Colby Dixon and Cameron Brown sign their letters of intent Thursday. Daniels, Dixon and Brown are going to Colorado Mesa. Thorpe is headed to Western State.

Fruita Monument’s Colby Dixon, Cody Daniels and Cameron Brown are staying in the valley to play football at Colorado Mesa University, while Wildcats quarterback Zach Thorpe is headed to Western State.

The four Fruita seniors signed letters of intent Thursday at Fruita Monument High School.

Dixon and Daniels will attempt to bolster the Mavericks at the safety position, and Brown, at 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds plans to remain on the offensive line.

Thorpe, who passed for 888 yards with the Wildcats, likely will redshirt his freshman season. After a Feb. 9 surgery to repair a partially torn ACL and MCL and torn meniscus in his left knee, he’ll begin an estimated six-month recovery.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Thorpe said.

After all, Thorpe’s mother, Stephanie, said Zach first held a football at one year old.

“He’d later play by himself —he had refs, yellow flags, uniforms, offense and defense,” Stephanie said. “A locker room, everything.”

Grand Junction center Danny Wehner, who signed with Western State on Wednesday, could be snapping to Thorpe.

Dixon said he’s looking forward to staying in the area to remain close to his family. His second choice was Northern Colorado, which offered Dixon a preferred walk-on spot.

Dixon chose CMU’s scholarship offer instead.

Daniels, a strong safety, said he’ll play a roving position similar to the one he played at Fruita, where he sometimes cheated up from his strong safety position and played outside linebacker.

Daniels comes from a family of CMU athletes. Brother Tyler Daniels this fall was a wide receiver as a true freshman.

Also, Daniels said his mother, Kathy Holthus-Daniels, was an all-American volleyball player and is in CMU’s Hall of Honor.

“I love this valley and I love everybody here,” Daniels said. “I’m thankful everybody can come and support us. We start the second week of June, I think, so I can’t wait to get started.”

Brown said he was most impressed with CMU’s coaching staff.

He said he’s excited to possibly block for Grand Junction High running back Jerreon Dennis, who also signed with CMU.

Grand Junction wide receiver Chandon Rose also signed with the Mavericks.

“It’ll be an interesting change,” Brown said. “We just have to put all that high school stuff behind us.”


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