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Home is where the hits are: Close proximity to hometown big factor in Corte Tapia’s decision to commit to Colorado State

Bobby Fernandez
bfernandez@greeleytribune.com

As disciplined of a defensive player as Windsor senior-to-be linebacker Corte Tapia is, he rarely opts to "stay home" when the opposing quarterback drops back in the pocket.

Far more often, the better option for Tapia and his Wizards teammates sees the sack-happy Tapia put his head down, dig his heels into the ground and make a beeline for the unsuspecting and often completely hapless QB.

But when it came time to select a college, Tapia adopted the opposite approach.

Staying close to home was a big factor in Tapia's decision to verbally commit to Colorado State University.

He announced his decision on his Twitter page Thursday and later posted a picture of the official offer sheet, signed by Rams head coach Mike Bobo.

"It's always nice knowing that your parents will be in the stands watching," Tapia said. "And, it's going to be nice having friends, coaches and everybody that got you to that point close by."

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Tapia, 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, plans to major in criminal justice and will play outside linebacker for the Rams.

He has 39 career sacks and is listed atop CHSAA's record book in the statistic. He had 15.5 last season alone, leading the Wizards to a 13-1 record and a Class 4A state title, Windsor's fourth championship in program history.

He has 332 career tackles, including 157 last season.

Tapia will follow in the footsteps of his father, Jay, who played at the University of Northern Colorado alongside current Rams defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Marty English.

Rivals.com lists Tapia as a two-star recruit. He also received offers from Air Force, Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming and the University of Northern Colorado. In addition, he was recruited by the University of Colorado, Montana State and Nebraska.

"Just thinking about everything and talking about it with my family, it's just a good fit for me and my family," Tapia said. "It's a good place for me to go, both academically and athletically."

While Bobo and English will have to wait a year to get Tapia in camp, the wait will be far less extensive for first-year Windsor head coach Skylar Brower.

The Wizards are just a month from their season opener at home against Vista Ridge on Sept. 2.

As effective as Tapia was last season, as a leader on both sides of the ball, he could be even more of a force this fall.

Brower said Tapia has been working with trainers in Denver a couple times per week to work on his speed and agility.

"He definitely has done a lot of extra stuff outside of what we do with the high school; He's put in the extra work," Brower said. "He has that willingness to help the rest of the team. … I'm fortunate to have a player like that coming back for his senior year."

As excited as Brower is to see what Tapia accomplishes during his senior year, that enthusiasm might pale in comparison to that Tapia himself.

"I'm very excited," Tapia said. "It's going to be a fun year. Of course, we'll have our ups and downs, but I think we'll figure it out and hopefully get the job done again."

The Corte Tapia File

» Height: 6-foot-2

» Weight: 220 pounds

» Tapia is a Windsor senior-to-be linebacker.

» Thursday, he verbally committed to play outside linebacker for Colorado State University.

» He was also recruited by the University of Northern Colorado, Air Force, Colorado, Montana, Montana State, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wyoming.

» He is tops on CHSAA’s record book for career sacks with 39.

» Last season alone, he had 15.5 sacks, leading Windsor to a 13-1 record and a Class 4A state title, the Wizards’ fourth championship.

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