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‘26 Colorado Footballer RB/LB Symalla is on the College Recruiting Landscape ... And He’s Only a ...

‘26 Colorado Footballer RB/LB Symalla is on the College Recruiting Landscape ... And He’s Only a Freshman!


December 15, 2022 Press Contact:

Arvada, CO: '26 Colorado Footballer RB/LB Symalla is on the college recruiting landscape ... and he's only a freshman!

Arvada West High School (CO.) coach Brad Pyatt can spot a real football player from a mile away.

After all, Pyatt was a two-time All-American at Arvada West. He played collegiately at Kentucky and Northern Colorado as a wide receiver and three seasons in the NFL. He even once caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning.

So, he knew after just a few looks at the 5-foot-11, 180-pound freshman running back/linebacker Adrian Symalla that Symalla has what it takes to be a college football great.

"He's just a freshman, but you can just tell that he's a real 'football' player," said Pyatt, who collected over 900 kickoff and punt return yards playing for the Colts, Rams, Dolphins, and Steelers. "His body of work will come over the next three years, but he already has that mental attitude and mindset, and he's a natural leader. He also has speed and strength and will continue to get better in all those areas because of his work ethic. He has it all going for him."

As a freshman, Symalla was a starter on the varsity squad, but in the second quarter of his second game - after rushing for 58 yards and a touchdown - he tore a ligament in his foot.

But he recovered enough two weeks later to finish the season with 132 carries and 628 yards for an average of 4.8 per carry while scoring seven touchdowns. He caught seven passes for 31 yards. Symalla did not play defense because of his injury, but he's expected to be a two-way starter next year.

"What impressed me the most was that Adrian played the entire season with that injury and put up numbers playing a ground-and-pound style against some real big teams in a state that plays at a very high level. He's a real tough kid."

Symalla, who will compete in track in the spring, bench presses 225 pounds, squats 415, and runs the 40 in 4.58. in the classroom, he holds a 3.9 GPA. 

Symalla was chosen as the Colorado 5A Newcomer of the Year and was an All 5A League 1 pick. 

Symalla is already on the college radar. In fact, he has been invited to compete in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla., in February.

The college attention has already begun for Symalla, and while his level of play is undetermined at this point, according to Pyatt, he feels Division 1 football could be in Symalla's future.

"His upside is tremendous," said Pyatt. "If he can get his 40-time into the 4.4s, he will get noticed on all levels. He will probably gain 30 to 40 pounds, but he is very lean, so that shouldn't affect his speed."

He has also caught the attention of several media services, such as Scout Trout, a recruiting news outlet associated with ESPN.

Here's what they said:

"Adrian Symalla exploded onto the scene of Colorado football during his freshman varsity campaign as one of the grittiest & most explosive ball carriers in the class of 2026, who has the durability & powerful frame to become a dominating workhorse back in the world of college football now!

"Symalla is able to rapidly burst through the defensive front after identifying the proper running lane and is one of the most captivating runners in the open field when using subtle changes of speed & a nifty repertoire of finesse moves to make defenders miss. He does an excellent job at bouncing the ball to the edge of the defense with his electrifying 4.5 speed and is not afraid to lower his shoulder to power through would-be tacklers to pick up tough yards after contact. 

"Adrian is also very adept in pass protection and is able to create a low base to gain leverage with excellent hand placement while keeping quick and choppy feet to mirror much larger pass rushers. His supreme cat-like reflexes when identifying cut-back lanes are truly special at this juncture of his very young career. Symalla can produce positive yardage plays when all seems lost, as his dynamic style of running is the best I have witnessed on tape since evaluating Christian McCaffrey at Valor Christian HS in my former home of Colorado. New Top 2026 RB recruit Adrian Symalla's had a ridiculously high ceiling as far as overall potential as a top running back recruit & has been added to the College Football Now 2026 Top Football Recruit Rankings for the next national re-rank for CFB recruiters to evaluate his excellent overall body of work nationally!"

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