CU Recruiting Class of 2013

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CU Recruiting Class of 2013

 

Michael Adkins – RB

Just the facts … Committed January 31st … Adkins is a running back from La Mesa, California.  Adkins is 5’11″, 195-pounds. Rivals bio Scout bio

What others say about Adkins … Adkins is rated as a two-star prospect by Scout, but is not rated by Rivals. Scout has Adkins listed as the No. 139 running back in the nation. Adkins rushed for 1,770 yards and 24 touchdowns as Helix went 10-1 in 2012. He earned first-team all-county and second-team all-CIF honors. He rushed for 919 yards on 91 carries and scored 12 touchdowns, in helping La Mesa (Calif.) Helix to the CIF State D-II title as a 2011 junior.

Here are some YouTube highlights of Adkins:

Adkins had other offers from … Arizona, San Diego State, and San Jose State, as well as Air Force, Harvard and Yale. Adkins took official visits to San Jose State and Air Force before visiting Boulder January 18th. Adkins becomes yet another former San Jose State recruit of head coach Mike MacIntyre who is following the former Spartan coach to Boulder. “Colorado offered me in December right after Coach Mac got there, and he was recruiting me to San Jose State and offered me there,” told Scout.com after his visit to Boulder. “He’s a good coach and a good guy.”

Kenneth Olugbode – Ath

Just the facts … Committed January 29th … Olugbode is an athlete from Bellarmine Prep in San Jose, California.  Olugbode is 6’1″, 198-pounds. Rivals bio Scout bio

What others say about Olugbode … Olugbode is rated as a two-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout. Rivals has Olugbode listed as an athlete, while Scout has him listed as the No. 144 outside linebacker in the nation. As a 2012 senior, Olugbode was named WCAL, CCS and Mercury News Player of the Year and was named First Team All-WCAL and First Team All-CCS. 2012 season statistics, defense: 103 tackles; three forced fumbles; three pass deflections; one punt blocked. 2012 season statistics, offense: 102 carries for 787 yards and 14 touchdowns; eight receptions for 207 yards and one touchdown. 2011 junior season stats: 50 tackles, three sacks, two pass deflections, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one interception.

Here are some YouTube highlights:

CU may be looking at Olugbode as a future safety, but that wasn’t the case when Mike MacIntyre was recruiting him to play for the Spartans. “They want me as a linebacker, even though Coach Mac said he could see me on the offensive side of the ball as a receiver,” Olugbode told Scout.com back in September.

Olugbode had other offers from … San Jose State. Olugbode committed to San Jose State back on September 7th. He did have interest from other schools, including Oregon State, Nevada, Colorado State and UCLA. He is a former 7-on-7 partner with Chidobe Awuzie, who is also being recruited by Colorado.

 

Timothy Coleman – DE

Just the facts … Committed January 25th … Coleman is a defensive end from Mullen high in Aurora, Colorado. Coleman is 6’3″, 243-pounds, and runs a 4.78 in the 40. Rivals bio  Scout bio

What others say about Coleman … Coleman is rated as a two-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout. What may well have limited Coleman’s rating is that he was injured just two games into his senior season. Coleman tore a ligament in his knee in Mullen’s game against De La Salle (Calif.). In the opener Coleman shined, recording two sacks and eight solo tackles. Coleman has reportedly recovered fully, and will be ready to go next fall … but the Buffs may not want him to. Coleman just turned 17 in October, so there is plenty of room for growth – and maturity.

Here is a link to some Coleman highlights …

Coleman had other offers from … most notably, Colorado State. Coleman committed to the Rams on December 9th after taking his official visit to Ft. Collins. Coleman also had offers from New Mexico and Northern Colorado, as long as interest from TCU.

Ryan Severson – DB

Just the facts … Committed January 18th … Severson is a defensive back from Valley Christian high school in San Jose California (the same high school for which Jay MacIntyre, coach MacIntyre’s son, was the quarterback). Severson is 5’11″, 195-pounds. He was timed at a Nike Football camp in April at 4.46 in the 40, the second-fastest of all of the participants. Rivals bio Scout bio

What others say about Severson … Severson is rated as a two-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout. Rivals lists Severson as an athlete, while Scout has Severson slotted as a running back (CU is recruiting Severson as a defensive back). According to MaxPreps, Severson rushed for 1,951 yards and 32 touchdowns on 166 carries (11.8 yard average) during his senior season. He also had 385 yards and five touchdowns receiving. He also picked off three passes on defense.

Here are some senior year YouTube highlights …

Severson had other offers from … San Jose State. Severson had been a San Jose State commit since December 7th, the week Mike MacIntyre was named the head coach at the University of Colorado. The connection is obvious, and the relationship has been long term with this recruit.

 

Addison Gillam – LB (San Jose State grayshirt)

Just the facts … Committed January 8th … Gillam is a 6’3″, 215-pound linebacker from Palo Cedro, California. He was a 2012 high school graduate, who was to be a grayshirt for San Jose State. Instead, he is following coach Mike MacIntyre (and defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Kent Baer) from San Jose State to Colorado. Gillam will be on scholarship, and will still have five years to play four. Rivals bio  Scout bio

What others say about Gillam … Gillam was rated as a two-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout. With a reported time of 4.53 in the 40-yard-dash, Gillam said he participated in track during the spring of his senior year in high school, running the 100-yard-dash, the 4×100 and 4×400 relays, and the 400. He played both linebacker and running back. On a season that saw Foothill high post a 10-2 record, Gillam averaged over seven tackles per game on defense. On offense he averaged nearly 10 yards a carry and scored five touchdowns. Here is a link to YouTube videos of Gillam.

Gillam had other offers from … only UC-Davis.

Markeis Reed – DL/LB

Just the facts … Committed January 5th … Reed is a defensive end prospect from Napa California, who is being recruited to play the Sam linebacker position at Colorado. Reed is 6’3 1/2″, 221-pounds. Reed reportedly runs a 4.68 in the 40. Reed will enroll early at Colorado, and will be eligible to begin practices this spring. Rivals bio  Scout bio

What others say about Reed … Reed is considered to be a three-star prospect by Rivals; a two-star prospect by Scout. Reed is considered by Scout to be the No. 122 defensive end prospect in the country. For his hometown Vintage high, Reed had 69 tackles this past season (49 solo), three sacks and a fumble recovery. Reed also played fullback for the 4-6 Crushers, rushing for 730 yards on 125 carries (5.8 yards per rush) and nine touchdowns. Here is a link to some video highlights of Reed in action.

NorCalPreps.com had this to say about Reed this past October: Reed’s strengths: The Vintage senior has a really long frame and looks like he should be able to start filling out pretty quickly. He’s not your typical long defensive end that just specializes in pass rushing, either. Reed seems to do pretty well against the run and that’s something that not enough guys at this level who are headed to the BCS level are comfortable with. Problem areas: The physical side of things is where Reed’s future makes it tricky and tough to project how he will pan out. At 6-foot-5 and 210-pounds he would have an outstanding build as a wide receiver or perhaps even a pass-catching tight end (maybe someone will give him a look there), but it’s a stretch to list him as a defensive end. But that may be his best hope at the next level.

Reed had other offers from … Colorado State, San Diego State and Iowa State. Reed had indicated back in August that his intention was to become a preferred walk-on at USC. Reed took his first official visit to Colorado on January 4th, and committed to the Buffs without taking any other official visits.

In his own words … “They need linebackers, that is the biggest thing that they need right now,” Reed told Rivals.com. “I have played defensive end and linebacker in high school. I know college is different but my main position in high school was defensive end and my second position was linebacker but I think they can mold me into a good linebacker.”

 

Kyle Trammel – S

Lost to the Buffs in November (academics)

Just the facts … Committed April 28th … Trammel is a safety prospect from Victorville, California. Trammel is 5’10″, 175-pounds. Rivals bio Scout bio

What others say about Trammel … Trammel is considered to be a three-star prospect by Rivals; a two-star prospect by Scout. Trammel is considered by Scout to be the No. 122 safety prospect in the country. Trammel’s 2011 stats include 108 tackles, 2 interceptions, 2 passes defended and 3 forced fumbles from his spot at free safety. He was 1st team All- Desert Sky League and 1st Team Daily Press All-Area for a team which went 6-6 last season.

Here are some video highlights, which show Trammel coming from about 15 yards deep in the secondary. He makes some big hits, but not usually until positive yardage has been gained … and there is no video of him covering passes.

Trammel had other offers from … Arizona, according to Rivals. Other schools showed interest in Trammel, but his early commitment preempted other offers.

In his own words … “I am still solid,” Trammel told BuffStampede.com in June, after other schools started to show interest. “Colorado was the first to offer me and the coaches there really seem like they want me. The coaches at Colorado have helped me out by putting a plan together for me to make it through the NCAA Clearinghouse.

“Academics is pretty much all I talk about with Colorado’s coaches. They have let me know what I need to get done as far as summer school and what grades I need to get next year. They have also told me about taking the SAT and stuff like that.”

 

Jimmie Gilbert – DE/LB

Just the facts … Committed November 12th … Jimmie Gilbert is a defensive end/outside linebacker prospect from College Station, Texas. Gilbert is 6’4″, 205-pounds, and runs a 4.58 in the 40. Rivals bio  Scout bio

What others had to say about Gilbert … Gilbert is considered to be a three-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout, though not at the same position. Rivals has Gilbert listed as an outside linebacker, while Scout has Gilbert as the No. 95 defensive end prospect in the nation. Gilbert is playing all over the defensive front this season and has eight sacks, 59 tackles and 29 tackles-for-loss for his 8-2 team (which will begin its playoff run this weekend).

Gilbert had other offers from… Gilbert, though he goes to high school a stone’s throw away from the Texas A&M campus, did not have an offer from the Aggies. Gilbert did have offers from a Big 12 school, but it was from Iowa State. None of the Texas schools offered, but Gilbert did have other offers from Purdue, Boston College, Tulsa and New Mexico. Gilbert took one other official visit, to Purdue on October 6th (where he watched the home team lose to Michigan, 44-13). He was in Boulder for the 48-0 shutout loss to Stanford. Gilbert had other official visits in the works for Iowa State, Tulsa, and either Boston College or New Mexico, but told BuffStampede.com upon his commitment that he would not be taking any other visits. At the Denver Buff Club luncheon before the Stanford game, head coach Jon Embree, while he couldn’t talk about Gilbert by name, indicated that there was a recruit in town who was choosing between Colorado and Purdue, schools which had the engineering program Gilbert wanted to major in when enrolls in college.

In his own words … “I’m really a hybrid,” Gilbert told CycloneReport.com. “I’ll walk down and play defensive end with my hand down or up. And then other times I’ll drop into coverage. Some schools are recruiting me as a hybrid, some are as an outside linebacker and others as a defensive end. I like the versatility and the fact I get to move around and play different roles.” Back in August, before the Buffs’ season began, Gilbert was already high on Colorado. “Colorado is always contacting me on Facebook and showing me how interested they are,” Gilbert told BuffStampede.com. “I really appreciate that. Their coaches told me they would see me fitting in as kind of a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker in their system, which is what I played my junior year in high school. I feel like it would suit me well.”

Here are some junior year highlights:

 

Marcus Loud – DE (De-committed December 7th)

Just the facts … Committed September 30th … Loud is a defensive end prospect from Houston, Texas. Loud is 6’4″, 235-pounds, and runs a 4.7 in the 40. Rivals bio Scout bio

What others say about Loud … Loud is considered to be a three-star prospect by Rivals, but only a two-star prospect by Scout. Ross is considered to be the No. 25 strongside defensive end in the nation, and the No. 69 player overall out of Texas. A first-team all-district and second-team all-Greater Houston selection as a junior, Loud spends time playing both linebacker and defensive end in Wheatley’s defensive scheme. One reason why Loud might have not been concerned about the Buffs’ 1-4 record … when he committed, Loud’s high school Wheatley was 0-4. Perhaps Mr. Loud is already mature enough to see past what is, and sees what might be …

Loud had other offers from … numerous schools, but, prior to his official visit to Boulder for the UCLA game, was a Missouri commit. Loud committed to Missouri back in May, but never visited the school. In addition to Missouri, Loud had offers from Michigan State, Houston, Iowa State, TCU, Mississippi State, Texas Tech, Air Force, Arizona, SMU, Texas A&M and Wake Forest.

In his own words … “It was lovely, couldn’t be any better,” Loud told Rivals about his visit during Parent’s weekend. “It was everything I heard about and saw in the pictures. I arrived on Friday morning and I got a chance to meet some of the players, see what it is like with them. I really liked the team chemistry. It is like a big family with them.”

 

Devin Ross – WR

Just the facts … Committed August 3rd … Ross is a wide receiver prospect from Mission Hills, California. Ross is 5’10″, 175-pounds, and runs a 4.49 in the 40. Rivals bio  Scout bio

What others say about Ross … Ross is considered to be three-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout.  Rivals has placed Ross as the No. 62 player out of the state of California for the Class of 2013, and the No. 70 wide receiver in the nation, while Scout ranks Ross as the No. 84 wide receiver nationally. As a junior for an 8-3 Alemany high team in 2011, Ross had 17 receptions for 380 yards and a touchdown (22.4 yards per catch!). Ross had 12 tackles and an interception when playing defensive back.

You Tube highlight reel, including Ross at wide receiver, kick returner, and even running back:

Ross had other offers from… at least a half dozen other BCS conference schools, including Boston College, Utah, Washington State, UCLA, Iowa State and Minnesota. Ross also had offers from Nevada, Hawai’i, Colorado State, Fresno State and Wyoming. “This whole off-season, I’ve been building a really good relationship with the coaches,” Ross told Scout.com last summer. “I’ve been checking out online and I like the way it looks. I also have a friend that goes there and I have a friend that just committed there (Mitch Parsons – who later de-committed), and he told me it was beautiful out there. And I like that it’s a part of the Pac-12.”

Ross was so confident in his decision to play for the Buffs, he committed sight-unseen. At the time, Ross planned for only one official visit. “I think I’m done,” he says. “I’ll probably just visit Colorado.”

In his own words … What was it that encouraged the wide receiver to confidently pull the trigger? “Just the fact that I love their coaching staff,” Ross explained to Scout. “They’re all really nice. I’ve talked to most of them already and I just feel like they’re going to be a good family to me. I think they’ll treat me well and I’ll learn a lot from them.”

 

Gunnar Graham – OL

Just the facts … Committed June 30th … Graham is an offensive lineman prospect from Kentfield, California. Graham is 6’6″, 280-pounds. Rivals bio Scout bio

What others say about Graham … Graham is considered a three-star prospect by Rivals, but is considered only a two-star player by Scout. Graham may still be under the radar on the national level due to his only playing one season on offense. Graham played solely on the defensive line at Kentfield prior to his junior season, but moved to the offensive line out of necessity last season. “We really needed him on the offensive line so we moved him over,” Marin Catholic coach Mazi Moayed told Scout.com. “He played blindside tackle for us and really got after it. He can run, has a great motor and is very physical. He lacked experience but he’s a natural talent and has a great attitude. He’s still learning but has a big upside. He had a very good first year for us and should have a dominant senior season.”

Highlights from Graham’s junior season:

Graham had other offers from … most notably, Utah, where he also took an unofficial visit this week. Graham also had offers from Iowa State, San Diego State, Utah State, and Eastern Washington, and had interest from other Pac-12 schools, including Oregon State. It probably didn’t hurt the Buffs’ cause that Graham’s father is a CU graduate, but the Buffs do get credit for being the first school to offer Graham.

In his own words … Graham this fall will be protecting the backside of quarterback Jared Goff, a Cal commit. “My strengths are that I have a motor. I’m very aggressive off the line of scrimmage,” Graham told UteZone.com. “I’m a great downfield blocker. I’m committed to how I want to make myself better and make the team better,” he said.

 

George Frazier – LB

Just the facts … Committed June 19th … Frazier is a linebacker prospect from Monrovia, California. Frazier is 6’2″, 230-pounds, and reports a 3.4 GPA. Rivals bio Scout bio

What others say about Frazier … Frazier is considered a two-star prospect by Rivals, but is listed as a three-star prospect by Scout. Frazier is rated by Scout as the No. 42 middle linebacker prospect in the country. Frazier plays outside linebacker when Monrovia’s defense is in the 3-4, and he lines up at defensive end when they go to a four down linemen set. He earned first-team all-CIF, all-area and all-league honors as a junior, with 84 tackles two sacks, and two interceptions in his junior season. Frazier also serves as Monrovia’s backup quarterback and plays some tight end. He accounted for 587 yards of offense last fall.

Here are some video highlights from Frazier’s junior season:

Frazier had other offers from … Washington State, Fresno State, and San Jose State. Frazier took an unofficial visit to Boulder in April for spring practices, and liked what he say in Boulder. However, Frazier did also indicate that he was hoping for offers from schools like USC, Oregon and Cal. These three schools were talking with Frazier, though none offered Frazier before he committed to Colorado.

In his own words … Frazier has played a little of everything in high school, from outside backer and defensive end to tight end and fullback on offense. He’s even been a backup quarterback. Frazier said Colorado coaches — he was recruited mainly by Eric Bieniemy and Brian Cabral — envision him as a middle linebacker. Wherever he plays, that’s fine with Frazier. “I just like playing football,” Frazier told BuffaloSportsNews.net. He also likes Colorado and the direction in which the Buffs are moving. “I like the way the coaches are as a team; it’s like a family,” he said. “Most of the coaches came from Colorado and I can see that they are doing a lot of (good) things.”

 

John Lisella – OL (to grayshirt and enroll in January, 2014)

Just the facts … Committed June 16th … Lisella is an offensive lineman prospect from Littleton, Colorado (Columbine). Lisella is 6’4″, 245-pounds, and runs a 4.95 in the 40. Rivals bio

What others say about Lisella … Lisella is unrated by Rivals, and was not even in the database of Scout when he committed (though he was later given two stars). Lisella plays both ways at left tackle and on the defensive line for the Rebels. He was a first-team all-conference and academic first-team all-state selection last fall. The Denver Post did not rank Lisella amongst its top 15 players in the state of Colorado for the Class of 2013, but did list him amongst the others “to keep an eye on”.

Lisella had other offers from … Northern Colorado, New Mexico State and Air Force. Lisella reports to have drawn interest from Connecticut, Holy Cross, Colorado State, Michigan, Princeton, Notre Dame, UCLA and Oregon State. While teams reportedly like his athleticism, Lisella’s weight, 245 pounds, is obviously a weight under which a BCS conference offensive tackle plays. For that reason, Lisella agreed to be a grayshirt for the Class of 2013, deferring his enrollment until January, 2014. Lisella will then count against the Class of 2014, and will still have five years to play four.

 

Bryce Bobo – WR

Just the facts … Committed June 15th … Bobo is a wide receiver prospect from Covina, California. Bobo is 6’3″, 175-pounds, and runs a 4.6 in the 40. Rivals bio Scout bio

What others say about Bobo … Bobo is not yet rated by Rivals, but is rated as a two-star prospect by Scout. By Scout’s reckoning, Bobo is the No. 161 wide receiver in the nation. Here is a link to some junior highlights for Bobo. It’s pretty impressive stuff, but it’s hard for most of us to be able to judge the quality of the competition.

Bobo had other offers from … wait for it … Idaho. The same Vandals who are looking at regressing to the 1-AA, and their old home in the Big Sky Conference, as a potential outcast from what is left from the Western Athletic Conference. Reportedly, Bobo was receiving interest from Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming, San Diego State, San Jose State, Stony Brook, South Florida, Florida International and Nevada.

 

Elijah Dunston – WR

Just the facts … Committed June 15th … Dunston is a wide receiver prospect from West Hills, California. Dunston is 6’1″, 180-pounds, and runs a 4.4 in the 40. Rivals bio Scout bio

What others say about Dunston … Dunston is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, but is considered to be a two-star prospect by Scout. Rivals rates Dunston as the No. 97 player out of California this year, while Scout rates Dunston as the No. 211 wide recevier in the country. “He can really run,” said his Chaminade high coach Ed Croson. “He runs on our track team and on the relay teams that almost won state. He’s a good player, catches the ball, knows how to get open, he’s going to be heavily recruited for sure.” Last fall, Dunston was second team all-league, and posted 641 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.

Here is a link to some highlights of Dunston’s senior season.

Dunston had other offers from… Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico State and Wyoming. “I’m also hearing from Minnesota, Washington, San Jose State, Nebraska and California,” Dunston told Scout.com back in June. “Colorado seems to be recruiting me the hardest and I talk with those guys a lot. If I had to name a top three, it would probably be Colorado, Cal and Nebraska. Hopefully Cal and Nebraska will offer and then I’ll have a nice list of schools.”

Current Status … Dunston is one of the CU verbal commits who is still on the fence about his commitment. Dunston took an official visit to Fresno State in December (along with fellow CU commit Devin Ross), and is still talking with Cal and Utah.

 

Jonathan Huckins – OL

Just the facts … Committed June 11th …  Huckins is an offensive lineman prospect from The Woodlands, Texas. Huckins is 6’4″, 306-pounds, and runs a 5.1 in the 40. Rivals bio Scout bio

What others say about Huckins … Huckins is considered by both Rivals and Scout to be a three-star prospect.  Scout lists Huckins as the No. 75 guard prospect nationally. According to Lone Star Recruiting’s evaluations of the Class of 2013, Huckins rated as the No. 5 offensive guard/center out of the state of Texas. Here are three minutes of highlights which will be worth your time (the young man has a nasty streak which I believe you will enjoy):

Huckins had other offers from … only Iowa State, though a number of other schools had shown interest. Arizona State, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Houston, and West Virginia were amongst the schools which were recruiting Huckins before his commitment to Colorado. Since Jon Embree was fired, Huckins has heard from Arizona State, Louisiana Tech, Washington State and Iowa State.

 

 

Sam Kronshage – OL

Just the facts … Committed June 11th … Kronshage is an offensive lineman prospect from The Woodlands, Texas. Kronshage is 6’5″, 290-pounds, and runs a 5.26 in the 40. Rivals bio Scout bio

What others say about Kronshage … Kronshage is considered by Rivals to be a three-star prospect, but remains unrated by Scout. 247 Sports rates Kronshage as the No. 117 player out of the state of Texas for the Class of 2013. Here is a link to some impressive video on Kronshage:

http://www.ncsasports.org/college-recruiting-videos-highlights/sam-kronshage

Kronshage had other offers from … Duke, Louisiana Tech, SMU and Texas State. Kronshage also had interest from schools like Mississippi, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Wake Forest.

 

Colin Sutton – OL

Just the facts … Committed May 2nd … Sutton is an offensive lineman prospect from Orange, California. Sutton is 6’5″, 290-pounds, and can run a 5.03 in the 40. Rivals bio Scout bio

What others say about Sutton … Sutton is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout. Sutton is rated as the No. 43 offensive guard prospect in the nation by Rivals and the No. 89 player out of the state of Califonia. Scout rates Sutton as the No. 60 offensive guard in the country. Scout also had Sutton in its list of top five centers/guards in the West. Scout.com’s take on Sutton: “Sutton doesn’t get the same recognition as offensive line teammate John Lopez (who also had an offer from Colorado, but committed to UCLA) but he might have had an ever better junior year. He’s not as massive as Lopez but moves better and is just as physical. He mauls opposing linemen, plays with leverage and can get out in space and is an effective blocker on a linebacker down the field. He’s a tireless worker off the field and is one of the strongest lineman in the state.”

Here are some highlights of Sutton:

 Sutton had other offers from … no other known schools, though he did have interest from several other Pac-12 schools, including USC, Stanford, Oregon and UCLA. Both Florida and Florida State showed interest, as did Duke and TCU. In making the rounds this past spring, Sutton visited TCU, Colorado and Stanford. Sutton boasts a 4.5 GPA, so qualification will not be an issue.

In his own words… “I’m very excited to be going to Colorado,” Sutton told Scout.com. “I camped with Colorado last year, it was the only one I went to and I loved it there. It’s the most beautiful campus in the country and I really feel like the football program is headed in the right direction. I visited over Spring Break and just felt so comfortable there. I actually used to live in Colorado, my dad went to the Air Force Academy and my sister trains at the Olympic Trainer Center in Colorado so I’m very comfortable there.”

 

Kyle Trammel – S

Lost to the Buffs in November (academics)

Just the facts … Committed April 28th … Trammel is a safety prospect from Victorville, California. Trammel is 5’10″, 175-pounds. Rivals bio Scout bio

What others say about Trammel … Trammel is considered to be a three-star prospect by Rivals; a two-star prospect by Scout. Trammel is considered by Scout to be the No. 122 safety prospect in the country. Trammel’s 2011 stats include 108 tackles, 2 interceptions, 2 passes defended and 3 forced fumbles from his spot at free safety. He was 1st team All- Desert Sky League and 1st Team Daily Press All-Area for a team which went 6-6 last season.

Here are some video highlights, which show Trammel coming from about 15 yards deep in the secondary. He makes some big hits, but not usually until positive yardage has been gained … and there is no video of him covering passes.

Trammel had other offers from … Arizona, according to Rivals. Other schools showed interest in Trammel, but his early commitment preempted other offers.

In his own words … “I am still solid,” Trammel told BuffStampede.com in June, after other schools started to show interest. “Colorado was the first to offer me and the coaches there really seem like they want me. The coaches at Colorado have helped me out by putting a plan together for me to make it through the NCAA Clearinghouse.

“Academics is pretty much all I talk about with Colorado’s coaches. They have let me know what I need to get done as far as summer school and what grades I need to get next year. They have also told me about taking the SAT and stuff like that.”

 

Sefo Liufau – QB

Just the facts … Committed April 15th … Liufau is a quarterback prospect from Tacoma, Washington. Liufau is 6’4″, 215-pounds. Rivals bio Scout bio  ESPN bio

 What others say about Liufau… Liufau was considered to be a four-star prospect by Rivals when he committed, but later was lowered to three stars. Liufau also received three stars from Scout. Rivals rates Liufau as the No. 28 pro-style quarterback in the country, and the No. 6 player out of the state of Washington this year. Scout, meanwhile, considers Liufau to be the No. 53 quarterback in the country. In sophomore and junior seasons (2010 and 2011) combined Liufau threw for 4,780 yards while completing 59 percent of his passes, and firing 43 touchdown passes vs. 15 interceptions. In 2011, Sefo took his hometown Lions to the state semi-finals, and did so putting up 2,250 yards, hitting over 60% of his targets.  He threw 23 touchdowns and threw only six interecptions.  He also posted eight rushing touchdowns and 300 yards rushing on the season. As a senior, Liufau went 193-for-280 for 2,518 yards, with 24 touchdowns and only five interceptions. Liufau also rushed 78 times for 291 yards and eight touchdowns.

According to a scout for Scout.com, Liufau “has a big frame and arm to match. Throws a very catchable ball. Excellent accuracy on short and intermediate passes, but can also throw the deep ball. Named the top QB at the U.S. Army National Underclassman Combine in January 2012″.

Here are some video highlights from Liufau’s junior year:

Liufau had other offers from … no other known schools, but that does not mean that there was not interest. UCLA and Washington State were heavily recruiting Liufau, and he also had interest from other Pac-12 schools, including Washington, both Oregon schools, and Stanford. Outside the conference, Liufau was attracting interest from Nebraska, Alabama and Notre Dame, as well as academic institutions like Princeton, Duke, and Yale (so the Buff Nation won’t have to worry about Liufau qualifying academically).

In his own words… Liufau took his unofficial visit on April 9th, and wasn’t around for the Spring game (he was actually in Boulder the day Paul Richardson suffered his season-ending knee injury). When asked what he was looking for out of his trip to Boulder, Liufau told Scout.com, “I really want to get a feel for atmosphere. Does it feel like home for me, that it feels right. It doesn’t have to be just like home, but a place I feel comfortable, where I can live and go to school”.

“College coaches say that they like how I can throw the ball on a consistent basis,” Liufau told Sporting News. “They like my presence in the pocket and the ability to throw and run the ball. They also love my size and leadership on the field … I will rally my team behind me and lead them each and every game. I don’t shy down from big games and always come ready to play.”

 

Mitchell Parsons – TE – De-committed October 24, 2012

Just the facts … Committed March 30th … Parsons is a tight end prospect from Parker (Chaparral) Colorado. Parsons is 6’5″, 220-pounds. Rivals bio Scout bio ESPN bio

What others say about Parsons … Parsons is considered to be a four-star prospect by Rivals, and a three-star prospect by Scout. Rivals lists Parsons as the No. 11 tight end in the country, and the No. 2 player out of the state of Colorado. Scout rates Parsons as the No. 20 tight end nationally, and list Parsons as one of the top five tight ends in the West. Last season Parsons, like Phillip Lindsay, was one of five juniors named the Denver Post All-state team, all in his first year playing the position. A player evaluation from Scout had this to say about Parsons: “Parsons lines all over the field and plays a lot as a wide out but projects as a tight end. He has very good hands, as good as anyone in the region and shows excellent body control as well. He adjusts well to balls high and behind him and has a large catch radius. He also shows surprising athleticism and can make plays down the field. He’s a physical kid, very tough and should be a solid blocker in college.”

Here are some highlights from Parsons’ junior season:

Parsons had other offers from … only Mississippi, but the lack of official offers doesn’t tell the story. Parsons had interest from all over the nation, and took unofficial trips this spring to Nebraska, Oklahoma, Vanderbilt and Arizona State. Other schools which were on Parsons’ radar included: Michigan; Oregon; Oklahoma State; BYU; Washington; CSU; Stanford; and Miami. Before committing, Parsons had scheduled visits to Cal and Stanford, and was talking with Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Arkansas about visits to those schools.

In his own words… After visiting Colorado for its first Junior Day of spring practices, Parsons told Scout.com, “I really like Coach Embree and Coach (J.D.) Brookhart. They really like using the tight end position and they both have a lot of experience using the tight end so that stands out to me. Plus they’re close to home and I think they’re really on their way up. And I’ve been there a bunch.” At the time, Parsons did not foresee an early commitment. “I haven’t put a timetable on when I want to announce,” said Parsons. “I want to take my officials, get to know the coaches and learn more about them. I don’t want to be that guy who commits, then finds out later I didn’t really want to go there and have to decommit. I want to be sure before I decide.” With Colorado limited in the number of scholarships available for the Class of 2013, though, Parsons decided to pull the trigger. “I thought about some other tight end taking a visit there and seeing how awesome Boulder is and how special what they’ve got going on there is and him taking my spot,” Parsons said. “So I wanted to secure my spot as a Buffalo.”

39 Responses to “CU Recruiting Class of 2013”

  1. LAbuffNative

    I just watched the video on Adkins and came away impressed. I’m no scout, but he seems to do a great job of keeping his feet moving, has great balance, and seems to do a great job of getting his legs out of the way of tacklers. That seems like a really good, and ultimately rare, combination. He seems to me to have decent, but not gamebreaking speed. He does get around the corner well though. I’m curious how the speed holds up in the college game.
    I do think it’s a good sign that Yale, Harvard, AND Arizona offered him.

    Bottom line, I think he’s a great 2/0 star ‘get’.

    Thoughts?

    • Stuart

      One thing appears to be certain … we won’t have to sweat him being qualified! If Harvard, Yale and Air Force wanted him, he’s going to stay eligible.
      The upside is that he was already being recruited for coach MacIntyre’s system at San Jose State, so Buff fans can have some confidence that he will fit into the new scheme.
      We’ll see how it plays out. Rodney Stewart was a two-star recruit, and CU certainly has had its share of five-star running back busts (Marcus Houston, Darrell Scott).

  2. dave

    Hey Stuart, hasn’t Loud decomitted and back on the Missouri bandwagon?

    • Stuart

      Yes,
      Loud committed to Missouri last summer, switched to Colorado after his visit to Boulder, then re-committed to Missouri after his official visit to Columbia in December. The new coaching staff was in Houston this past week for an in-home visit with Loud, but could not persuade him to change his mind one more time. Loud remains a Missouri commit.

  3. Buff36

    Stuart, read an article about Joey O’Connor transferring from OSU to be “closer to home”. Any word on where that could be??

    • Stuart

      It doesn’t appear that it will be CU. For whatever reason, there doesn’t seem to be much chance of O’Connor becoming a Buff. It’s more likely that he will join the roster at Colorado State, Wyoming, or a Big 12 school.

  4. Mitchel

    Stuart, thanks for the information about Ryan Severson. I watched the video of this kid, I saw him make runs and cuts that I have not seen on our recent teams. I did not see one time when he got out in the open where he got caught. He is gone once he clears the initial defenders; I hope the coaches look at him as a running back.

  5. Bill Hyder

    Stu, do you have a son playing as a freshman? Heard a name of Whitehair and he was a freshman. Seen so many games I can’t remember what team he was on.

  6. Exxon

    It’ll be interesting to see how different this class is going look on NLOI day.

  7. It all comes down to coaching. A good OC & DC can take a 2 and 3 star kid and put them in a good play calling scheme and make them successful. Contrast that with a 4 and 5 star kid in a poor offensive or defensive scheme and they will under-perform. Point in case, remember a 5 star RB from a couple of seasons ago? We really drank the Kool-aid on that one.

  8. marcus loud verbal today

  9. Ralphie

    Looks like Dan Hawkins recruiting to me. One or two players with AQ offers and then a bunch fo wyoming and idaho players.

    • Chuck

      The Hawk recruited guys who had few offers after their senior season had been completed. Embree is getting recruits with few offers before their senior season has started. Big difference.

      If Embree’s guys have big time senior seasons, more than a few will have top 10 schools sniffing around.

    • Sam

      Don’t dog on Wyoming they are better than CU right now.

  10. AZBuff

    In many cases I don’t think you can take kids just having finished their Jr. yr. and assign a miss or can’t miss tag to their ability to play big time college football. College recruiting is not as easy as the NFL draft and the road is paved with misses by the pros on guys that were supposedly cinch future pros. I don’t deny that there are a lot of 4 and 5 star kids that go on to great college careers but there are also a fair number of kids without those stars that also have great college careers.

    What would be an interesting study is to track the kids that no one but the sub BCS schools looked at right after their Jr. years of HS but instead somehow or other went on to play for a BCS school. Then them judge as to what extent their level of play had reached when they finished their college careers.

    Some kids just don’t mature until they are seniors or even after their HS careers—-of course the trick is to be able to spot them. Let’s hope that JE and the boys have this ability.

  11. Dennis

    After a great start with a couple of 4 stars, I find it disappointing that we are competing with the Big Sky for recruits. There are stories of the 4 star flops and the 2 star successes; however, CU would have a much better chance of success starting with the 4 star. The “wanna be” big guys like UCLA, ASU, Wash., Wisc., etc. may have our three newest commitments as possible walk-ons. I hope the new CU staff are brilliant judges of talent and that the “no stars” succeed. In the long run, wins will get CU in the door with the best recruits.

  12. Robin

    Team chemistry is undoubtedly one of the most important factors to any successful football program. I have to think that Embree and staff are factoring this in with these “under the radar” recruits. Recruiting talented players is much more art than science, an intuitive “feeling” rather than merely stars or stats. Who could have predicted Speedy’s successful career vs. Darrell Scott’s great disappointment? I have to believe our coaches, with their experience, are looking far deeper than the numbers show. Developing young raw individual talent takes great coaching, but real success comes with building that synergism of team chemistry. We have to trust that Embree and Co. are working hard and know what they are doing to put the team on a winning path again in a few years. GO BUFFS.

  13. Darin M

    2 New signings today!!! Any idea who they are?

  14. Alan

    Huckins’ most athletic highlight comes at the expense of Kronshage missing a block on the linebacker. Huckins stretches out and knocks the linebacker out of the play. Impressive.
    Looks like these guys play well together. Exciting stuff.

  15. Bob W

    It is nice to see some O linemen coming that HT / WT are already to go , instead of bringing in a 250 lb and have to wait.

  16. Michael

    YES! Two quality big fellas, roadgraders both! Now can we get COlin Sutton to bring John Lopez with him?

  17. Danny Barnett

    What I am really excited about is finally starting with off with a record of three and zero again, and getting back to a bowl ! This is just the beginning of greatness!

    I am excited about CU Operation Steamroll. “Roll out the Steamroller!”

    I am excited to see goal line situations with Connor Wood, the Rivals #3 nationally ranked pro-style quarterback in formation with the #3 Scout nationally rated fullback Christian Powell 6’0″/250, AND with Clay Norgard 6’0″ 250, Rivals #4 nationally fullback.

    What 2013 tailback recruit wants to run into the end zone about 20 times a year behind that two fullback set?

    4th and goal? Time out. “Roll out the Steamroller!….SteamROLLER!”

    In rememberance of our favorite “Spoon”. R.I.P.
    I know He will be smiling down on the field with this CU team in short yardage and 4th and one !

  18. Darin M

    Nice early pick ups. Just one concern-Where are the LBs??!!
    I don’t think it be wise to go another year without recruiting a couple.
    I see a lot of TEs the last 2 cycles, how many do they possibly need?
    But still nice to see early recruiting, something the Hawk just couldn’t grasp!

  19. Michael

    Nice, solid pickup here! Welcome back to Colorado Colin! Now can you get your friend John Lopez to join you! The start of something special on the O-line?

  20. Terry

    From the video it looks like Trammel is fast, hits hard, and takes good angles. I presume its the coaches that have him playing so deep. As a 175 lb. junior, he good easily make 200 lb and another inch taller by his freshman year.

    I’m wondering why the video didn’t show any pass defense. Could be he’s not good at it.

  21. J Rifas

    Kyle Trammel. ??

    • VK

      Welp he was on the Texas list and their discussion boards. He is a hitter and a player who played on a bad team. His ranking will be at least 3 stars during his senior year. Watch the birds come out.

  22. Dennis

    When was the last time at the early stages of the recruiting process that CU has two four star commitments out of three. Hopefully, CU becomes contagious among the tops recruits they are chasing. Yes, four and five star athletes flop and two star players make it big, but I would rather start with fours and fives. There is a strong correlation between great recruiting classes and great football teams.

  23. David Smith

    Does anyone know how Parsons stacks up against Evan Bayliss (4-star Colorado TE who enrolled early at Oregon is supposedly vying for playing time)?

    • Stuart

      David,
      It might be comparing apples to oranges, but Parsons is rated as the No. 11 tight end nationally by Rivals, while Baylis was ranked 9th in last year’s recruiting Class.

  24. Michael

    YES! Parsons is a great get and should be a big playmaker in the EmboBienmy offensive scheme.

  25. Clark

    February (signing day) is a long ways away, but I’m super excited about the Parson commitment!

    Go Buffs!

  26. J Rifas

    I’m more worried about his size. What did Colorado recruit him as? A 4.5 40 isn’t that fast for a guy that only weighs 173.

  27. Max CU 94

    It’s nice to see a Colorado kid in the fold, but with the low scholarship numbers available for this class, every recruit is important. I know star ratings aren’t a guarantee of success, but there is a correlation. Let’s hope they can add some four stars (and maybe even a five star?) to the list.

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