Senior football player receives D1 scholarship to play at dream school

Mikey Munn (12) holds the ball in preparation to start the play. The WHS team went 10-3 by the end of their season.
Mikey Munn (12) holds the ball in preparation to start the play. The WHS team went 10-3 by the end of their season.
Tristyn Bruning

Windsor football defensive back Mikey Munn (12) has had a phenomenal high school career, and he is growing more successful with time. In the fall he received a scholarship to attend the University of South Dakota to play football. 

Windsor had a fairly successful football season this year. The team had an overall record of 10-3, which is amazing for the school. Munn had a highly rewarding senior football season himself. As a defensive back, he made 78 tackles and had 12 interceptions. 

Mikey Munn (12) leaps to intercept the football during a home game. Munn committed to University of South Dakota to play football. (Tristyn Bruning)

While he was a driving force of the defense, he proved himself in offense as well. In just this one season alone, Munn scored 17 touchdowns. He played an important role in carrying the team to the quarter-finals. 

Head football coach Chris Jones (staff) has coached Munn since his ninth grade season. According to Jones, although Munn was small, he was a hearty player. 

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Jones said, “As a freshman … He always tried real hard and wanted to be there and … do something for his team. Sometimes he went a little outside the bounds of what he was able to do. He always had the right thing in his heart, which was to help the team get to a victory.” 

Even with balancing school and sports, Munn is a loyal friend and teammate. 

“They had such a strong bond. The senior class, really good friends. I think it’s just made up of people like him and all his teammates. He really reflected their friendships on the field,” Jones said about the relationships of the senior football players. 

Brady Lichtenberg (12) has been one of Munn’s best friends and teammates since middle school. He said, “He’s one of my best friends. (It’s been cool) growing up with him and just seeing him really explode and taking Colorado by storm.”

Munn was a varsity point guard on the boy’s basketball team from his freshman to junior year. This year, he made the decision to retire from his high school basketball career to focus on winter track training. 

The choice paid off, luckily. At a recent UCCS indoor track meet, Munn took first place in the boys’ long jump and placed second in the triple jump. On top of that, he ran a 60-meter dash in 7.2 seconds, which is a phenomenal time considering this was his first indoor meet ever. 

Munn believed he would play basketball for the duration of his career, but his plans changed during his junior year. He said, “For the longest time basketball was like my main sport and I wanted to do that really bad until like my junior year. I started focusing on football more.” 

Additionally, Munn assumed the bustling basketball season would intervene with his recruiting process. “I thought my whole recruiting process was gonna go on ‘till like … February, when national signing day is,” he said. 

Munn’s recruitment to the University of South Dakota took far less time than he could have guessed. 

He continued, “One day (University of South Dakota) just texted me and asked me to hop on the phone and then that kind of whole process started. It was really like a week from when they first texted me to when they offered me.” 

After they shared a phone call, Munn was off to South Dakota to visit the college. While he was there, he received disappointing news — no, not that kind of news. Munn did in fact receive a scholarship to play football there, but he could not come with his number.

Mikey Munn (12) celebrates with his teammate at the 40-yard line. He scored 17 touchdowns in the 2023 fall season. (Tristyn Bruning)

Munn has adorned number 41 on the back of his jersey since his freshman year. When he was told he was not able to wear it, he handled it surprisingly well: “When I went on my official visit, they told me that I need to get a different number because it’s a linebacker number, so probably not.” 

Honestly, if the opportunity was given, who would say no to a free education because of such a peripheral issue? 

To add on to his long list of aptitudes, Munn is highly skilled in track and field. He joined the track team during his junior year and set a high standard for himself. At his first ever meet, he clocked in a 100-meter dash in 11.37 seconds, which is amazing for being a beginner. 

When asked if his natural talent for the sport was shocking, Munn answered, “Yes … a little bit … I’ve always felt like I was fast, I guess. And then, I just started doing track and it was really fun. I really enjoyed it. And I felt like, kind of a natural.” 

Munn is an extremely hard worker with a natural talent for his craft. For all the people who have a goal of playing in the NCAA, he had some advice: “Just trust your coaches and trust the process … your coaches usually know what’s best for you. (They) might switch you positions or whatever and you think it sucks, but (it) usually ends pretty well.”

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