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Colorado Recruiting Class of 2018

CU Class of 2018 … eleven commitments (plus wide receiver transfer Tony Brown):

Quarterbacks: 1 … Running backs: 2 … Wide receivers: 2 … Offensive linemen: 3 … Linebackers: 3 … Defensive backs: 1

From … Colorado: 3 … Texas: 4 … California: 3 … Tennessee: 1 … Mississippi: 1



Deion Smith – RB

Just the facts … Committed June 24th … Smith is a 6’0″, 180-pound running back from Second Baptist high school in Houston, Texas Rivals bio Scout bio 247 Sports bio

What others say about Smith … Smith is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports. Rivals lists Smith as the No. 24 all-purpose back in the country, Meanwhile, Scout has Smith as the No. 59 running back in the nation, and the No. 9 running back out of the state of Texas this year. At 247 Sports, Smith is listed as the No. 29 running back in the country, and the No. 80 overall player out of the state of Texas.

As a junior, Smith averaged 10 yards per carry, with 122 rushes for 1,223 yards and 19 touchdowns (five one-hundred yard games). Smith also had 22 catches for 494 yards and five more touchdowns … that’s a total of 1,717 yards of total offense for the 10-2 Eagles, with 24 touchdowns (25 if you count the pick six Smith had while playing defense) MaxPreps stats

Smith had other offers from … multiple Power-Five conference schools, including Boston College, Indiana, Iowa State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Notre Dame, TCU and Vanderbilt. Among his several dozen other suitors were UCLA and Utah from the Pac-12.

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights 




Jarek Broussard – WR

Just the facts … Committed June 23rd … Broussard is a 5’9″, 165-pound wide receiver from Bishop high school in Dallas, Texas Rivals bio  Scout bio 247 Sports bio

What others say about Broussard … Broussard is considered to be a three-star prospect by Rivals and 247 Sports, but was unrated by Scout. 247 Sports has Broussard listed as an athlete, and the No. 84 in the nation at that. Broussard plays all over the field for Bishop Lynch H.S. and totaled 2,478 total yards and 23 touchdowns his junior season. He has played as outside receiver, in the slot, in the backfield as a running back, and has racked up many yards in the return game.

Broussard had other offers from … a number of schools, including TCU, Houston, and Illinois. Other offers came from schools like Colorado State, Arkansas State and New Mexico State.

Here is a link to Broussard’s Hudl.com highlights



Davion Taylor – LB – Junior college

Just the facts … Committed June 22nd … Taylor is a 6’2″, 215-pound linebacker from Magnolia, Mississippi, who comes to Colorado by way of Coahoma Community College Rivals bio  Scout bio

What others say about Taylor … Taylor is considered to be a three-star prospect by Rivals, but was unrated by Scout. Last season, at Coahoma Community College, Taylor had 26 tackles (10 solo) in seven games. Taylor qualified for the NJCAA Championships with a time of 10.63-seconds in the 100-meter dash this spring. Taylor played safety at Magnolia high school, but played linebacker as a freshman, and is projected as an inside linebacker for Colorado.

Taylor had other offers from … only a handful of schools, like Mississippi, Middle Tennessee State and Southern Mississippi.

Here is a link to Taylor’s Hudl.com highlights.




Tony Brown – WR – Junior college

Just the facts … Committed June 19th … Brown is a 6’1″, 187-pound wide receiver from La Mirada, California, who comes to Colorado by way of a two-year stint at Texas Tech  Rivals 2015 bio  Scout 2015 bio

What others say about Brown … Brown was considered to be a three-star prospect by Rivals, and a four-star prospect by Scout as part of the Recruiting Class of 2015. Rivals considered Brown to be the No. 67 wide receiver prospect in the nation, while Scout had Brown as the No. 30 wide receiver in the nation, and the No. 216 overall national prospect.

Brown had other offers from … over a dozen other schools, including Colorado, UCLA, Utah and Washington from the Pac-12. Other suitors included Nebraska, Purdue and Iowa State. Brown took an official visit to Boulder on December 5, 2014, but committed to Texas Tech on December 18th. Brown was recruited to Lubbock by Red Raider assistant coach Darrin Chiaverini.

Brown’s past and future … Brown did not take a red-shirt season at Texas Tech. As a freshman in 2015, Brown had 14 catches for 250 yards and a touchdown. As a sophomore, he played in 11 games and caught 13 passes for 128 yards. Brown will transfer to a junior college this fall, but not play (so don’t look for him on Rivals and Scout commitment lists for the Class of 2018). Brown reportedly will enroll in Boulder in January, and will have two years to play two.




Clyde Moore – LB

Just the facts … Committed June 17th … Moore is a 6’2″, 225-pound linebacker from Newport Beach, California  Rivals bio  Scout bio  247 Sports bio

What others say about Moore … Moore is considered to be a three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout, and 247 Sports. Scout has Moore as the No. 43 inside linebacker in the nation, and the No. 6 inside linebacker form the state of California. 247 Sports has Moore as the No. 47 inside linebacker in the country, and the No. 109 overall player out of California.

Moore had other offers from … at least a half dozen other schools, including Arizona State from the Pac-12. Moore also had offers from schools like Boise State, Colorado State, Hawai’i, Utah State and San Jose State.

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




Frank Fillip – OL

Just the facts … Committed June 9th … Fillip is 6’6″, 275-pound offensive lineman from Clear Lake high school in Houston, Texas Rivals bio Scout bio 247 Sports bio

What others say about Fillip … Filip is rated as a three-star offensive tackle by Rivals, Scout, and 247 Sports, and was a second-team all-district performer as a junior. According to 247 Sports, Fillip is the No. 132 offensive tackle in the nation, and the No. 255 overall player out of the state of Texas.  Offensive line coach Klayton Adams said on Twitter that, “The Buffs just got Bigger, Stronger and more PHYSICAL,” with the addition of Fillip.

Fillip had other offers from … over a dozen other schools, including Baylor, Houston, and Oregon State. Academics will not be an issue for Fillip, who also carried offers from Harvard and Yale. Filip was thought to be likely to stay in the state of Texas with his commitment, but changed his mind after taking an unofficial visit to Boulder June 7th.

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



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, Scout, and 247Sports.  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. He was initially rated as a two-star prospect by Scout, but was bumped to three stars after he started accumulating offers from around the country. 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 at the time of his commitment (before the end of his junior year in high school), but Georgia Tech, Indiana, Memphis, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Kentucky, Louisville and Virginia Tech all offered after the spring evaluation period.




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.




17 Responses to “CU Recruiting Class of 2018”

  1. TheVk

    Happy summer,

    Recruiting Rankings

    Scout #53

    Rivals #50

    Welp, nothing has changed in this area. Next 10 gonna all gonna have to be 4 stars to even get close to the top 30.

    Oh wait rankings don’t matter unless they do.

    Jewels, diamonds in the rough. etc etc……………….?

    Doesn’t matter now does it. All about the coaching.

    Buffs be having Coach of the year. He made it all happen.

    Lost the DC but he was just a filler guy that didn’t really get along well with Coach of the year. (Oh wait it was the money, but was it really) Only the pepsi man knows. New guy on the glass bridge.

    Already have predicted the season. Expect/demand a good one. 4.5 per year oughta guaranee it (Oh ya know the reporting rules)


    Note: Receivers. Got a lot of em. Coaches Son, OC’s son. Probably 7-9 on the team better than both of em. Be watching that.

  2. good looking group . hopefully things are really on the way up . not much on the star rating . but all 3 star prospects so far looks good so a few 4 star kids would be nice.

  3. jhenry01

    Happy to see Brown finally make it to CU, good addition. But the Junior College route has me wondering: are grades a concern ? Why not just redshirt on campus in the fall, focus on grades and credits, even if he doesnt practice ?

    Dont see the value of the JC route unless there is an eligibility concern. I hope I am wrong.

    (BTW, I love the Derek McCartney approach of school first. Guy had a ridiculous amount of credits before even hitting the field. I hope all incoming frosh are taking summer classes, online classes, and redshirting as much as possible. Id rather have them in class than summer practice sessions if it means never worrying about eligibility.)

  4. 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??????

  5. 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

  6. 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).

  7. 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.

  8. 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???

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

  10. 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.

  11. Victor King

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

    What it looks like from the offers out there.


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

  13. 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”

  14. 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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