Drennan signs with Mesa State

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Hayden senior Jesse Drennan signed a national letter of intent with Mesa State College on Thursday, committing himself to a program and a lifestyle in which football will be a focal point of his routine morning, noon and night.

He's seems fine with it. After all, he's a guy who seems to be able to talk football morning, noon and night.

"It's always been about football," Shari Drennan, Jesse's mother, said.

Drennan plans to major in accounting and pursue a master's degree while at Mesa State, as well.

"I'm most looking forward to living out the goals I've set," he said. "I'm looking forward to playing for a coach who knows my family."

Former Steamboat Springs football player Joe Ramunno is the head coach at Mesa State, and Drennan said his father and uncle played with Ramunno in Steamboat.

"The quality of the coaching staff was huge," Shari Drennan said. "That was important."

"He is a coach who will push me," Jesse Drennan said.

Drennan looked at other Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schools but never wavered far from Grand Junction. He will join former Hayden teammate Kevin Miller at Mesa State.

Miller, who is part of Mesa State's backfield, served as Drennan's player host on his visit.

"It was pretty much Mesa," Drennan said. "Since Kevin began playing ball at Mesa, I've wanted to go there."

Drennan spent the most time communicating with the Mesa State defensive coaches, but he said there is talk about him playing any of seven positions including wide receiver and linebacker. It seems appropriate that the coaches are uncertain where to use Drennan, considering he was a first-team All-State selection as an "athlete."

Drennan amassed 434 rushing yards on 61 carries, averaging 7.1 yards a carry. He scored 13 touchdowns on the ground and eight in the air. Drennan also had 476 receiving yards on 27 catches, averaging nearly 18 yards a reception. Where Drennan was most dangerous was after the catch in the open field, which made him an effective special teams player, as well.

Drennan also was a first-team all-Western Slope League player for the Tigers, who finished the season 10-1 overall, winning the league title before falling to Wray in the quarterfinals.

--To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208

or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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