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CU Recruiting Class of 2018


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Colorado Recruiting Class of 2018


Josh Jynes – OL

Just the facts … Committed April 18th … Jynes is a 6’3″, 310-pound offensive lineman from DeSoto high school in Texas  Rivals bio  Scout bio 247 Sports bio

What others say about Jynes … Jynes is rated as a three-star offensive guard by Rivals and 247Sports, but is listed only as a two-star recruit by Scout.  247Sports has Jynes listed as the No. 61 offensive guard in the nation, and the No. 198 player overall out of the state of Texas.

“When Jynes is at his best, he’s getting in front of guys to get a solid push-and-seal block. He’s not the biggest or quickest player, but he’s a sturdy guy on the inside that will get things moving the right way across the line of scrimmage. DeSoto interior offensive lineman have a reputation as road-graders for the rushing attack, and Jynes is going to be a big part of that tradition this year. He saw a lot of time at center last season, so he’s capable of playing there, but I think right now he’s stronger as a guard where he doesn’t have to worry about snapping. Either way, he’s a stout player that should help get those tough yards on the ground.” – Rivals.com Texas analyst Nick Krueger

Jynes had other offers from … only a handful of schools, with Rice being the most prominent. Other offers were from schools like Texas-San Antonio and Jackson State. The commitment from Jynes does continue the pipeline from talent-rich DeSoto high in Texas, the same school which gave CU wide receivers K.D. Nixon and Laviska Shenault from the Class of 2017.

In his own words … “After praying about it and talking with my parents and my coaches I have decided to commit to the University of Colorado,” Jynes announced on Twitter.

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights from his junior season.

YouTube video of Josh Jynes at Nike event in Dallas (Jynes at :54; 3:43 and 6:11 of the video):





Joshka Gustav – LB

Just the facts … Committed March 24th … Gustav is a 6’3″, 220-pound outside linebacker/defensive end from San Bernardino, California  Rivals bio  Scout bio  247 Sports bio

What others say about Gustav … Gustav is rated as a three-star strongside defensive end by both Rivals and 247Sports, and a three-star outside linebacker by Scout. Rivals has Gustav as the No. 84 overall player out of California from the Class of 2018, while 247 Sports has Gustav rated as the No. 47 strongside defensive end in the nation, and the No. 104 overall player from California.

As a junior Gustav had 78 tackles, four sacks and interceptions. On offense as a tight end, he caught 50 passes for 978 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Rivals analyst Adam Gorney on Gustav … “I saw Gustav at the Los Angeles Under Armour Camp and liked him a lot. I honestly don’t know which position is best for him, but I do know he’s a tremendous athlete with great size and a great frame. I can definitely buy him as an athletic outside linebacker who can play in space with the possibility of him bulking up even more and being more of a hybrid defensive end as well.

“I know a coach at his school really well and they rave about the kid, his mentality, work ethic and his athleticism, which I saw on display at the UA camp.”

Gustav had other offers from … Oregon State and UNLV, with interest from other schools, including Notre Dame, Washington, Nevada and Fresno State.

Here is a link to the Hudl.com highlights from Gustav’s junior year




Max Borghi – Ath/RB

Just the facts … Committed February 23rd … Borghi is a 5’10”, 186-pound running back from Pomona high school in Arvada, Colorado  Rivals bio  Scout bio 247 Sports bio

What others say about Borghi … Borghi is rated as a two-star running back by Rivals, but a three-star athlete by Scout.  As a junior, Borghi ran for 824 yards and scored 15 touchdowns, posting an impressive 9.3 yards per carry average. He also had 31 receptions for 495 yards before a torn ACL ended his season 11 games into the campaign. As a sophomore, Borghi had 998 yards rushing and eight touchdowns, to go with 503 yards receiving and five more scores.

Borghi is also an accomplished track star. He placed third in the state in the 200 as a sophomore, with a time of 22.07. He was also a member of the state champion relay team in 4 x 100, and a member of the 4 x 200 relay team which finished second at the state meet.

Alex Gorney at Rivals on Borghi: “Borghi is an exciting player to watch, because he can be used in a variety of ways – whether out of the backfield or lined up in the slot, and then he has the play-making ability and speed to get to the end zone every time he touches the ball.

“At running back, Borghi is an athletic kid who can squirm out of tackles. He can get to the edge and run by people, and he’s just tough to bring down. As a receiver, he’s also dangerous since he causes matchup problems. He’s used in motion and all kinds of different ways to maximize his abilities”.

Borghi had other offers from … Washington State, Air Force, Colorado State, and Central Michigan. Other schools expressing interest included Utah, Washington, and Oregon State.

Here is a link to Borghi’s junior year highlights .




Blake Stenstrom – QB

Just the facts … Committed December 17th … Stenstrom is a 6’3″, 185-pound quarterback from Valor Christian high in Highlands Ranch, Colorado  Rivals bio  Scout bio 247Sports bio

What others say about Stenstrom … Stenstrom is considered to be a three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports. Rivals has Stenstrom as the No. 3 player out of Colorado from the Class of 2018, while 247Sports has him as the No. 2 overall player in Colorado, and the No. 25 pro quarterback prospect.

In game action as the Eagles’ back-up the 2015 and 2016 (playing behind 2017 Michigan commit Dylan McCaffrey), Stenstrom completed a total of 61-of-88 passes for 662 yards and 11 touchdowns with two interceptions. He also rushed for 300 yards and two scores.

Blake is the son of Steve Stenstrom, who had a record setting collegiate career at Stanford and played in the NFL for seven seasons, including four year stint with the Chicago Bears.

Stenstrom had other offers from … no stated teams. Northwestern, Duke, Purdue, Stanford and Nebraska are some of the other programs that showed early interest in him.

In his own words … “It was awesome,” Stenstrom told 247Sports last summer, when Colorado became the first team to extend him a scholarship offer. “It was amazing. It’s been a dream of mine to play Division I football for a long time. I love Coach Mac. I talked to Coach (Brian) Lindgren and Coach (Darrin) Chiaverini. I think it was really cool. They told me they want me to be the guy for 2018.”

Here is a link to Stenstrom’s junior season.




Walker Culver – OT

Just the facts … Committed November 21st … Culver is a 6’5, 245-pound offensive lineman from Chattanooga, Tennessee  Rivals bio Scout bio 247 Sports bio

What others say about Culver … Culver is considered to be a three-star prospect by Rivals and 247 Sports, but only a two-star prospect by Scout. Rivals lists Culver as being the No. 21 player overall out of the state of Tennessee, while 247 Sports has Culver as the No. 22 player out of Tennessee, and the No. 28 tight end prospect in the nation.

Analysis from Rivals: “Great size, good feet, and great use of his hands coming off the football. Has displayed strength as well as balance during pass protection and while he is not overly athletic and looks young on film, you have to think his talent ceiling is almost limitless. He finishes every play, moves his feet laterally very well and we feel it’s a great land for the Buffs going forward”. 

Culver had other offers from … only Vanderbilt and Wake Forest, but again, Culver was only a junior in high school at the time of his commitment. Culver reported interest from other schools, including Auburn, Georgia Tech, Louisville and Notre Dame.




Ray Robinson – DB

Just the facts … Committed October 23rd … Robinson is a 6’2″, 205-pound defensive back from Highlands Ranch, Colorado Rivals bio Scout bio 247Sports bio

What others have to say about Robinson … Robinson is considered to be a three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. Rivals has Robinson as the No. 2 prospect out of the state of Colorado. At 247Sports, Robinson is rated as the No. 3 prospect out of the state of Colorado, the No. 59 safety in the country.

According to MaxPreps, Robinson, through the first seven games of 2016 (his junior season), has 39 tackles (24 solo) on defense. As a running back, Robinson has five carries for 38 yards, as well as 20 receptions for 337 yards and three touchdowns.

Robinson had other offers from … Air Force, Brown and Colorado State, with reported interest from Northwestern, Oregon State and Washington.

Here is a link to Hudl.com highlights of Robinson in action.




14 Responses to “CU Recruiting Class of 2018”

  1. VK

    Ah recruiting. The next best thing to a game. Unless it is the “Spring Game” errrrrrrrrrrr Spring fling.

    Gustav. Great name. Has a chance with his size and speed to be really good for CU.


    Mac2 almost Free??????
    RG almost Free??????

  2. ep

    Gustav looks a little like Arnold. What stands out to me are his receiving stats AS a TE….almost 1000 yards and 15 touchdowns? yikes. Coming to CU however he will be better off on D. We cant have any TEs catching passes

  3. Vk


    So 4 recruits committed already. 3 from the Great State of Colorado. Now the real work begins. Lots of offers to 4 stars out there. Need 16 of them and of course at the right position. Nice to protect the “borders” and there still is a 4 star the Buffs need to scoop up.

    Now about that Max kid. Fast. Real Fast. Really fast. 4.4 speed Hmmm.

    Now going out on a limb, which I am hmmmmm not reluctant to do (unlike little lenders) one, or two could say that he looks at tad, if not a lot, like that McCaffrey kid who spurned the Mighty Buffs for his Dads Alma Mater.

    Got hurt last year and hope he has a great year this year.


    Note: AZ’s windmill hole for an OC who knows how to use that talent. (And use a tight end) Learning curve?

    Free Mac2
    Free RG

    • Bufftrax

      On resembling McCaffrey, VK, it was my exact thought when I watched the video. I’m sure I am not the 2nd or the last who will have that thought.

      Just wonder if the brain trust in recruiting can see that potential when designing schemes for him?

      (Best not plan before the egg has hatched).

  4. ep

    Very impressed with Borghi’s video. He always looked like the fastest guy on the field and hard to bring down (shifty too). Whoever is running the Pomona offense knew how to draw plays to use Borghi well.

  5. CUBuff85

    When it comes to recruiting in recent years, I have always wondered why every top kicker or punter would not want to come to CU due to the thin air and great conditions. We had a string of NFL caliber punters in the 90’s and of course Green Bay’s all time leading scorer, Mason Crosby. But none since… Just wondering why???

  6. nice . glad to have Blake on board as a Buff

  7. jhenry01

    You list Culver as commit #2…..but it could (should ?) be #3. Who is this guy claiming a commitment ?

    AJ Allen WR Buena Park, CA 6-2 170


    • Stuart

      He is claiming it, but the recruiting websites are unsure if CU has officially offered.
      We’ll have plenty of time to sort it out before February, 2018.

  8. Victor King

    2018 Wow. Ain’t even won the Pac 12 yet. Expect it though.

    What it looks like from the offers out there.


  9. nice start something that has been missing for a long time

  10. Victor King

    Wow. This kid is gonna be a 4 star by the time he signs his loi.

    Still gotta finish this year.

    Wish list:

    Greg Rogers NT
    Josh Falo TE/LB
    Josh Rogers DT
    Bubba Bolden S
    Casey Roddick G
    Trajon Cotton S
    Dimitri Moore OLB
    Dwayne Fisher OT
    Damion Daniels DT

    Go Buffs.

    Note: Tyler Lytle, the qb recruit is now listed as a “soft verbal”

  11. So nice to hear. It wasn’t that long ago that recruits held off on the Buffs for as long as they could, hoping for better offers. They know that they better take that offer when they can, because top notch recruits are heading to Boulder. The Rise is Real.


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