Colorado Recruiting Class of 2018
Josh Jynes – OL
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
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
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
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
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
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.