J.J. Billingsley University of Colorado, Eaglecrest High School
Currently: Coaching Staff Grandview High School, Aurora, Colorado
During JJ’s senior year, he was a preseason first-team All-Big 12 selection by Athlon, collegefootballnews.com, Lindy’s Big 12 Football and USA Today Sports Weekly. The Sporting News tabbed him a second-team choice and ranked him as the 9th free safety in the nation (Lindy’s ranked him as the 16th overall safety in the land). He was also on the Football Writer’s Association of America preseason All-America checklist.
In his junior year Street & Smith’s named him as a preseason honorable mention All-American and one of 26 candidates for the Jim Thorpe Award. Lindy’s Big 12 Football selected him as a pre-season second-team All-Big 12 Conference performer as well as the 16th safety in the nation.
In his sophomore year he earned honorable mention All-Big 12 Conference honors from the league coaches and also earned first-team All-Colorado honors from the Colorado Chapter of the National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame.
In his freshman year he was named first-team Freshman All-American by both the FWAA and The Sporting News. He was also first-team Freshman All-Big 12 and the recipient of CU’s Lee Willard Award, presented by the coaches to the most outstanding freshman.
As a senior in high school, J.J. garnered PrepStar and SuperPrep All-America accolades along with first-team All-Colorado honors (Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News), with the Post selecting him to its 12-man Blue Chip list. He also earned first-team All-State and All-Conference honors playing slotback, with Prep Football Report and SP both selecting him for their All-Midlands teams. Rivals.com ranked him 34th in its special “athlete” category and PrepStar ranked had him as 6th out of the Midlands. As a junior, he earned first-team all-league honors as linebacker, and was an honorable mention All-State performer.
In High School J.J. as a senior, he garnered PrepStar and SuperPrep All-America accolades along with first-team all-Colorado honors (Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News), with the Post selecting him to its 12-man Blue Chip list. He also earned first-team all-state and all-conference honors playing slot back, with Prep Football Report and SP both selecting him to their all-Midlands teams. Rivals.com ranked him No. 34 in its special “athlete” category; PrepStar had him as the No. 6 athlete out of the Midlands. As a junior, he earned first-team all-league honors at linebacker, and was an honorable mention all-state performer.