The MaxPreps Tour of Champions, sponsored by the Army National Guard, made a stop at Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch)
on Friday morning to honor the school's football team for finishing ranked No. 35 in the country this past season.
I chatted with head coach Brent Vieselmeyer for a few minutes before the celebration and we talked about some recent news surrounding the burgeoning program, which has won three consecutive state football titles.
Vieselmeyer said the Eagles were excited about facing their first out-of-state opponent, as they will travel to meet the top team in Utah, Bingham (South Jordan, Utah)
. MaxPreps national football writer Steve Spiewak reported that news Monday
However, Valor Christian nearly had another big-time national program on the schedule next season - Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Vieselmeyer said the schools engaged in discussions but "we just couldn't get it worked out for this season" because of Gorman's already demanding travel schedule. The Eagles will attempt to get Gorman on the schedule in future years. The
Gaels finished ranked 12th in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings
last season after winning Nevada's Class 4A state title.
Valor Christian, though, will play fellow private school powerhouse Mullen (Denver)
this coming season in a Zero Week game. The Eagles will move up to Class 5A this season after playing at the 4A level the past two years.On high-profile move-in Luke Del Rio
, Vieselmeyer said the program hasn't had any recent workouts, so he hasn't seen his football skills up close yet.
"Right now, we are focused on getting him settled in at the school and with his academics," Vieselmeyer said.
Del Rio, who will be a senior, is a quarterback and the son of new Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. He is attracting interest from top Division I programs.