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Colorado Recruiting Class of 2020

CU Recruiting Class of 2020 … Seventeen commitments – (Including three junior college commits)

Recruits by position … Quarterbacks: 1 … Running backs: 1 … Wide receivers: 1 … Tight ends: 1 … Offensive linemen: 3 … Defensive linemen: 3 … Linebackers: 1 … Defensive backs: 5 … Punters: 1

Recruits are from … Colorado: 1 … Texas: 5 … Georgia: 2 … California: 2 … Mississippi: 2  … Louisiana: 1 … Massachusetts: 1 … Florida: 2 … Australia: 1 …

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Jaylen Striker – DB

Just the facts … Committed September 8th … Striker is a 6’2″, 195-pound cornerback from Tampa, Florida, by way of Independence Community College in Kansas Rivals bio 247 Sports bio

What others say about Striker … Striker is rated as a three-star prospect by 247 Sports, but was not rated by Rivals. At 247 Sports, Stricker is considered to be the No. 11 junior college cornerback in the nation in his Recruiting Class, as well as No. 19 player overall out of Florida, and the No. 85 overall junior college player.

Striker was academically ineligible out of high school, but is now on track to graduate in December. He will have three years to play two at Colorado.

Striker had other offers from … no other reported schools.

In his own words … From his tweet announcing his commitment: “I am a diamond in the rough; and I have worked for every opportunity that has been brought upon me, and I will continue to for everything coming in the near future … I love Colorado and everything about it! It doesn’t get better than Boulder at all; that’s why I am blessed to announce that I am 100% committed to the University of Colorado!!”

 

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Jayland Parker – LB

Decommitted … September 8th – the day after CU defeated Nebraska (?) … Parker’s tweet: “After careful consideration, discussion with my “family”, and prayer I have arrived at a difficult but necessary decision. I have decided to decommit from the University of Colorado. I appreciate the time and relationships that have been established. I truly appreciate the time and relationships that have been established. I truly appreciate the opportunity, but I have to do what is best for me and my family”.

Just the facts … Committed July 2nd … Parker is a 6’2″, 207-pound inside linebacker from Macon, Georgia Rivals bio 247 Sports bio

What others say about Parker … Parker is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At Rivals, Parker is considered to be the No. 44 outside linebacker prospect in the nation, and the No. 52 overall prospect out of the state of Georgia. At 247 Sports, Parker is considered to be the No. 19 inside linebacker in the country, the No. 50 overall player out of Georgia, and the No. 485 overall player in the nation.

The CU coaching staff projects Parker as an inside linebacker at the next level although he played his junior as a hybrid outside linebacker in a 4-3 system. Parker expects to play mostly at inside linebacker for his senior season.

Parker had other offers from … almost two dozen schools. From Power-Five Conferences teams, Parker had offers from North Carolina State, Purdue, Arizona, Cincinnati, Duke, Kansas, Louisville, Minnesota, Pitt, Rutgers, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. Parker’s final three were Colorado, North Carolina State, and Purdue.

In his own words … It really felt like home at Colorado,” Parker told CUSportsNation.com. “The vibe, the people and feeling I had felt right. Everyone loves it there. I liked the new culture there, the players were great and it has a lot for me to like.”

“The difference was when I walked into the doors at Colorado, all of the coaches were there with open arms on my official visit,” Parker told BuffStampede.com. “When I saw that on my official visit, I knew that was the place I wanted to be. All of the coaches were interacting. At some schools, the defensive coaches don’t know you, all of the position coaches don’t know. Every coach on the staff at Colorado knows who you are and it is just like family.”

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

 

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Josh Watts – P

Just the facts … Committed August 29th … Watts is punter from Australia 247 Sports bio

What others say about Watts … virtually nothing. 247 Sports has a bio on Watts, but does not include where in Australia Watts is from, his age, height or weight. And still that is better than what Rivals had on Watts when he committed … which was nothing.

Watts had other offers from … no other reported schools. He comes to CU from ProKick Australia, the website for which states that: “Prokick Australia was developed in 2007 to help guide and transition Australian athletes to perform at the College/ NFL level, and with our natural Aussie instinct of kicking a ball, we have focused on that area.” The website claims to have produced a number of NFL and NCAA kickers, including Utah’s Ray Guy Award winner, Tom Hackett.

 

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Nigel Bethel – CB – (Transfer)

Just the facts … Committed August 29th … Bethel is a 6’0″, 170-pound defensive back from Miami, Florida by way of the Miami Hurricanes Rivals 2018 bio 247 Sports 2018 bio

What others said about Bethel … A member of the Recruiting Class of 2018, Bethel was rated by both Rivals and 247 Sports as a three-star prospect. In the opinion of 247 Sports, Bethel was the No. 113 cornerback prospect in the nation, the No. 201 player out of the talent-rich state of Florida, and the No. 1286 player overall in the nation.

Bethel had other offers from … over a dozen schools, including Georgia (which makes Bethel’s move to CU understandable), Florida, Louisville, Pitt, Purdue Rutgers, and, of course, Miami, where he signed in February, 2018. Bethel took his red-shirt year in 2018. Bethel will be enrolled at Colorado this fall, and can practice with the team, but will not be eligible to participate in games. He is listed as “inactive” on the CU roster, with four years remaining to play three.

In his own words … “Sometimes things don’t work out,” Bethel said of his time at Miami. “I put my name in the portal and I got in contact with Coach Tucker. We started talking and I felt like this would be the best opportunity for me, so we made it happen.”

“It’s a challenge,” Bethel said of playing cornerback . “I like it because it’s hard. If you are doing good at it, you’re doing something right. I like man-to-man because it’s me and the other guy.”

Bethel also said a redshirt year will have its benefits. “It will give me a chance to learn the playbook and get comfortable,” he said. “I can get in the weight room and put on a few pounds.”

Here is a link to some of Bethel’s Hudl.com high school highlights

 

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Stacy Sneed – RB

Just the facts … Committed August 16th … Sneed is a 5’11”, 175-pound running back from Mansfield, Texas  Rivals bio 247 Sports bio

What others say about Sneed … Sneed is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. Rivals rates Sneed as the No. 11 all-purpose back in the nation, and the No. 80 overall player out of the state of Texas. At 247 Sports, Sneed is considered to be the No. 65 running back in the nation, the No. 139 player out of Texas, and the No. 1008 player nationally.

Last season, Sneed put up 1,600 all-purpose yards and 22 touchdowns. Sneed averaged 10.9 yards on 114 carries, 19.9 yards on 22 receptions, and 22.8 yards per kick return as a junior at Mansfield Timberview.

Sneed is the nephew of Roderick Sneed, who was a cornerback for the Buffaloes between 1999 and 2002.

Sneed had other offers from … almost two dozen schools, including a number of Power-Five schools. In addition to having an offer from Arizona from the Pac-12, Sneed had offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Illinois, Iowa State, Missouri, and Texas Tech. Other schools to offer Sneed included Houston, Boise State, San Diego State and Colorado State.

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

 

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Guy Thomas – LB – Junior College

Just the facts … Committed July 20th … Thomas is a 6’3″, 232-pound outside linebacker from Miami, Florida Rivals 2017 bio 247 Sports bio

What others say about Thomas  ... As a member of the Recruiting Class of 2017, Thomas was rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals and a three-star prospect by 247 Sports. At Rivals, Parker was considered to be the No. 16 outside linebacker prospect in the nation, and the No. 49 overall player out of the state of Florida. At 247 Sports, Thomas was considered to be the No. 27 outside linebacker in the country, the No. 59 overall player out of the state of Florida, and the No. 452 overall prospect in the country from the Recruiting Class of 2017.

Thomas used his red-shirt year in 2017, then played sparingly for the Cornhuskers in 2018 as a red-shirt freshman. Thomas will play for Coahoma Community College in Mississippi this fall as a redshirt sophomore, then transfer to Colorado in December. Thomas will then be eligible to play in the 2020 season, with two seasons to play two.

Out of high school, Thomas had other offers from … almost two dozen schools. From Power Five schools, Thomas had offers from Alabama, Auburn, Colorado, Florida State, Iowa State, Kentucky, LSU, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Missouri, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and TCU.

So, what happened? How did Thomas go from a Miami recruit with offers from some of the heaviest hitters in the nation?

From the Omaha-World Herald: Thomas played in four games this season as a redshirt freshman. He recorded four tackles, with a season-high three coming against FCS foe Bethune-Cookman.

Thomas said he hasn’t decided where he’s transferring. “It’s not working out,” Thomas said via message when asked why he was transferring.

The Miami product committed to the Huskers on signing day two years ago over Pittsburgh and Louisville. As Nebraska transitioned to a 3-4 defense, Thomas was was lauded as someone who could quickly help rush the passer as an outside linebacker.

In his own words … When asked by BuffStampede.com in May what his goals would be for the upcoming season, Thomas exuded confidence:

“I think the record is about 12 and I want to get to 20 sacks this year,” he said. “I switched up from defensive end to outside linebacker when I got to college so over the last couple years I have become more of a student of the game. I understand it a lot more now. And I have improved my work ethic. I learned how to work hard, and I now know what comes from working harder.”

 

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Joe Perkins – DB

Re-committed July 15th … Perkins tweet: After much prayer, conversations with my parents, and talking with the University of Colorado Coaching Staff, I am recommitting to the University of Colorado. Thank you coach Coach Tucker and Coach Summers for giving me this opportunity. I am 100% committed to the University of Colorado. #Go Buffs! #RELENTLESS

“I sat down and talked about it with my parents, prayed on it… Colorado is a special place,” Perkins told BuffStampede.com. “I feel like I can go there as a player and as a young man, develop, and succeed. I believe in (Buffaloes head) coach (Mel) Tucker and his plan for their program and I want to be a part of it.”

De-committed June 24th … Perkins tweet: After a long talk with my parents and much prayer, I have decided to de-commit from the University of Colorado. I still believe that Colorado could be a great place for me and I believe in Coach Tucker and his staff. My decision is strictly about me wanting to be absolutely certain about the first big decision of my life. I hope and pray that my decision is respected. With that being said, my recruitment is open. Thank you. 

Just the facts … Originally committed May 5th … Perkins is a 6’1″, 195-pound athlete from Madison, Mississippi  Rivals bio  247 Sports bio

What others say about Perkins … Perkins is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. Rivals rates Perkins as the No. 29 overall athlete out of the state of Mississippi. At 247 Sports, Perkins is listed as the No. 113 safety in the nation, the No. 40 player overall out of Mississippi, and the No. 1,657 overall player in the country.

Perkins plays both receiver and defensive back for Madison-Ridgeland Academy, but is being recruited at CU as a defensive back. Last season, Perkins had 53 tackles, four interceptions, four pass break ups and two fumble involvements. He finished the 2018 season rated as an All-State defensive back.

Perkins had other offers from … over a dozen other schools, including Louisville, Army and Navy (so we know that qualifying will not be an issue). A number of SEC schools, including Arkansas, Mississippi State and Mississippi showed interest, which may have led to Perkins wavering in his commitment.

Here is a link to his junior season highlights.

 

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Devin Grant – DL/OLB

Just the facts … Committed June 24th … Grant is a 6’4″, 235-pound defensive lineman from San Antonio, Texas Rivals bio 247 Sports bio 

What others say about Grant … Grant is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At Rivals, Grant is considered to be the No. 25 weakside defensive end in the nation and the No. 89 overall player out of the state of Texas. At 247 Sports, Grant is rated as the No. 43 weakside defensive end in the country, the No. 145 overall player out of the state of Texas, and the No. 1025 overall player nationally. Grant projects to either play defensive end or outside linebacker at Colorado. A two-sport star, Grant averaged almost a double-double last season, averaging 11.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game last season.

Grant had other offers from … almost two dozen schools. From Power-Five Conferences teams, Grant reported offers from Boston College, Duke, Kansas, Oklahoma State, and Utah.

In his own words … From Grant’s tweet announcing his commitment: “I want to thank all the schools that have been recruiting me. I want to thank my Mom, teammates, and all of the coaches that gave me the support. With that being said, I’m proud to announce that I’m verbally committing to the University of Colorado.”

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

 

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Alvin Williams – DL

Just the facts … Committed June 22nd … Williams is a 6’3″, 225-pound defensive lineman from Ellenwood, Georgia  Rivals bio  247 Sports bio

What others say about Williams … Williams is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At Rivals, Williams came in as the No. 100 overall prospect out of the talent-rich state of Georgia. At 247 Sports, Williams is considered to be the No. 38 weakside defensive end in the nation, the No. 87 overall prospect from Georgia, and the No. 890 player in the nation.

Williams had other offers from … almost two dozen schools. From Power-Five conferences, Williams had offers from Baylor, Kansas State, Kentucky, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, and Wake Forest.

In his own words … From the Williams tweet announcing his commitment: “I would like to thank all of the coaches through this entire recruiting process, but for the next three to four years my home will be the University of Colorado #Relentless #Savage Sea2on”

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights.

 

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Justin Jackson – DL – Junior College

Just the facts … Committed June 18th … Jackson is a 6’3″, 250-pound defensive end from Olive Branch, Mississippi Rivals bio 247 Sports bio

What others say about Jackson … Jackson was unranked by either Rivals or 247 Sports at the time of his commitment. Jackson graduated from Center Hill High School in Olive Branch, Miss., before enrolling at Northwest C.C. in Mississippi. He will have three years to play two after competing as a sophomore for the Rangers.

Jackson had others from … a handful of other schools, with only one, Memphis, easily found on a map (others being Troy, Louisiana-Monroe, and Liberty). Out of high school, Jackson also had limited options, mostly due to the fact that he didn’t start playing football until four years ago.

In his own words … “I quickly fell in love with football and since I got kind of a late start, I always have a chip on my shoulder,” Jackson told BuffStampede.com. “My younger brother just started to play football and he wants to be just like me, so that motivates me. And I let him know, no matter where you go, you can be one of the best players if you just work hard.”

“The way that they play their defense fits my style,” Jackson told the Daily Camera. “I think it’s very fast and up-tempo and that’s what we kind of do at Northwest; we’re fast and up-tempo. It’ll fit my style and I’m really excited to be a part of it … My mother really loved their coaching staff, as well, because they really helped me change myself as a person and academically. They have a great academic staff, as well, and that’s the reason I went to Northwest. The coaches there are really strong about their academics. They get on us about that.”

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

 

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Gerad Lichtenhan – OL

Just the facts … Committed June 18th … Lichtenhan is a 6’8″, 345-pound offensive lineman from Davis, California Rivals bio  247 Sports bio

What others say about Lichtenhan … At the time of his commitment, Lichtenhan was unrated by Rivals. At 247 Sports, Lichtenhan was rated as a two-star prospect, being the No. 180 offensive tackle nationally, the No. 294 overall prospect out of the state of California, and the No. 2205 prospect in the nation.

Lichtenhan had other offers from … only a handful of schools, including Nevada, San Jose State, and Portland State.

In his own words … From Lichtenhan’s tweet announcing his commitment: “I would like to give a huge thanks to @CoachCKap and @Coach_mtucker for making me feel welcomed and part of the family. With that being said I am 100% committed to University of Colorado! #GoBuffs #CUBuffs”.

“What I was told by Colorado’s coaches is they don’t really care about stars, they like to do their own evaluations and they like what I do, on and off the field,” Lichtenhan told BuffStampede.com. “They contacted my coach before they got in contact with me so they got a feel for who I am and what I do. And then when they started talking with me, they got more in-depth and liked my personality and my style of play even more.”

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

Here is a YouTube video of Lichtenhan at spring practices, courtesy of BuffStampede.com:

 

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Alton Julian – CB – Junior College

Just the facts … Committed June 17th … Julian is a 6’3″, 195-pound defensive back from San Mateo Junior College in California  Rivals bio 247 Sports bio

What others say about Julian … At the time of his commitment, Julian was unrated by Rivals. At 247 Sports, however, Julian was rated as a three-star prospect, rated as the No. 6 junior college prospect in the nation, the No. 7 overall junior college prospect from California, and the No. 35 overall junior college player in the nation.

Julian will join the Buffaloes in January with three years to play two.

Julian had other offers from … a number of other schools, including Power-Five conference schools Texas A&M and Oregon State. Julian had other offers from schools like Boise State, Fresno State, San Diego State, Utah State, Hawai’i, and San Jose State.

In his own words … From Julian’s tweet announcing his commitment: “I would like to thank all of the schools that gave me an opportunity to come to their school. You’ll never be forgotten. With that being said I would like to continue my STUDENT-Athlete career and 110% commit to the University of Colorado!!”

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

 

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Caleb Fauria – TE/WR

Just the facts … Committed June 17th … Fauria is a 6’5, 216-pound receiver from Attleboro, Massachusetts Rivals bio 247 Sports bio

What others say about Fauria … Fauria is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At Rivals, Fauria is rated as the No. 8 overall prospect out of the state of Massachusetts. At 247 Sports, however, Fauria is listed as the No. 13 tight end prospect in the nation, the No. 7 overall player out of Massachusetts, and the No. 426 player overall in the country.

Fauria was named all-conference and second-team all-state as a junior.

Fauria’s father is Christian Fauria, who attended CU in the mid-1990’s. Fauria caught 98 passes for 1,458 yards (14.87 yards per rec.), and 12 touchdowns in a successful partnership with quarterback Kordell Stewart. He set (and will forever hold) the Big Eight Conference record for pass receptions by a tight end. As a senior in 1994, he was the team captain on the 11-1 Buffs which finished No. 3 in the nation. Fauria was a first team All-Big 8 choice, a third team Associated Press All-American choice, and he won the Derek Singleton Award, which is given to the University of Colorado football player who displays the most enthusiasm, dedication, and spirit. 

Fauria was drafted in the second round of the 1995 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks (No. 39 pick overall). Fauria spent seven years with the Seahawks before playing for the New England Patriots (2002-05), picking up two Super Bowl rings. 

Fauria had other offers from … over a dozen other Power-Five conference schools from all over the country. The list includes: Iowa; LSU; Wisconsin; Syracuse; West Virginia; TCU; Pitt; Ole Miss; Maryland; Boston College; Louisville; and Georgia Tech. Fauria took visits to Iowa, Boston College, Connecticut and Massachusetts before taking an official visit to CU on June 14th.

In his own words … Fauria was to the point in his tweet announcing his commitment: “Boulder, I’m home!!! #Committed #GoBuffs”.

“I’m fired up,” Fauria told the Daily Camera. “It’s just the people and the way that coach (Mel) Tucker is going to bring this program up. He has a great group of coaches with him – coach (Darrin Chiaverini), (Al) Pupunu and coach (Jay) Johnson. I just believe that this program is on the rise.

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

 

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Keith Miller III – WR

Just the facts … Committed June 15th … Miller is a 6’5″, 205-pound wide receiver from The Colony, Texas Rivals bio  247 Sports bio

What others say about Miller … Miller is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. Rivals has Miller rated as the No. 134 overall prospect out of the state of Texas, while at 247 Sports, Miller is considered to be the No. 154 wide receiver prospect in the country, the No. 133 overall prospect out of the state of Texas, and the No. 959 overall prospect in the nation. Miller also made the Dallas News list of top prospects from the Dallas metro area, coming in at No. 37.

Miller finished his 2018 junior season with 33 catches for 759 yards and eight touchdowns on an impressive 23.0 yards per reception. He caught 18 passes for 261 yards and five touchdowns his sophomore year.

Miller had other offers from … over two dozen schools. had offers from a number of Power-Five conference schools, including Washington State, Utah, Purdue, Texas Tech, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Wake Forest, and Kansas State. Colorado is Miller’s third commitment since the fall of his junior season. Miller committed to Texas Tech last fall, but de-committed last December. Miller then committed to Kansas in April before switching his commitment to Colorado.

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

 

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Gavin Holmes – DB

Just the facts … Committed June 12th … Holmes is a 5’11”, 160-pound defensive back from New Orleans, Louisiana  Rivals bio 247 Sports bio

What others say about Holmes … At the time of his commitment, Holmes had not been rated by either Rivals or 247 Sports, but picked up a three-star rating from 247 Sports the day after he committed. According to Holmes’ twitter account, he was clocked at a 4.32 in the 40 at a CU football camp last weekend.

Holmes had other offers from … a list of teams which is commensurate with a prospect who was unrated by the recruiting services. Holmes had reported offers from Louisiana-Monroe, Nicholls State, Northwestern State and Southeastern Louisiana.

In his own words … From Holmes’ tweet announcing his commitment: “To all of the schools who have recruited me, thank you for taking a chance on me. I am forever grateful for the opportunities that have been presented to me, but I know this is the right decision for me to better myself as a student-athlete. This has been a dream of mine since I was younger playing park ball, and now I can turn it into a reality. I am 100% committed to the University of Colorado-Boulder! I truly believe Coach Tucker, Coach Summers, Coach Tillman and the rest of the coaching staff have something special in Boulder, and I want to become a part of it. #GoBuffs!”

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights.

 

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Chris Carpenter – DB/WR

Just the facts … Committed June 2nd … Carpenter is a 5’11”, 170-pound wide receiver/defensive back from Jacksonville, Texas  Rivals bio 247 Sports bio

What others say about Carpenter … Carpenter is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. While listed as a wide receiver by both recruiting sites, 247 Sports has Carpenter listed as the No. 71 cornerback in the nation, the No. 134 player overall in the talent rich state of Texas, and the No. 939 player overall in the nation. Carpenter is expected to be a defensive back for the Buffs. Last season on offense, Carpenter had 24 carries for 255 yards (over ten yards/carry) and three touchdowns, with 31 receptions for 501 yards and two touchdowns.

Carpenter had other offers from … almost two dozen schools, including Power-Five conference schools like Oregon, Arizona State, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, and Virginia. Carpenter had been a commit to North Texas, but re-opened his recruitment in March.

In his own words … Carpenter’s tweet announcing his commitment: “After sitting down and having a great conversation with Coach Tucker I have come to the conclusion that I will be taking my talents to the University of Colorado. And I thank all of the other schools that took the time out to recruit me. I just feel home and it’s my choice. So therefore Chris Carp out CU!”

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

 

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Jake Wray – OL

Just the facts … Committed May 22nd … Wray is a 6’5″, 290-pound offensive lineman from Marietta, Georgia Rivals bio  247 Sports bio

What others say about Wray … Wray is rated as four-star prospect by Rivals, but only a three-star player by 247 Sports (although the composite grade is a four-star). At Rivals, Wray is seem as the No. 36 offensive tackle in the nation, and the No. 31 overall player out of the talent-rich state of Georgia. At 247 Sports, Wray is considered to be the No. 36 offensive tackle in the country, the No. 44 player out of Georgia, and the No. 456 overall propsect in the nation.

Wray had other offers from … almost three dozen Power-Five schools, including a “who’s who” of college football elite. Wray had offers from Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, LSU, Florida, Texas, Miami, Texas A&M, Oregon and Florida State … to name a few. Wray visited CU in early April and has also taken visits to Auburn and Oregon. Wray was originally committed to Ohio State and coach Urban Meyer, but de-committed in December after Meyer retired. Wray’s brother, Max, is a lineman for the Buckeyes.

In his own words … Wray’s tweet announcing his commitment: “Thank you to everyone who has helped me throughout this process. Specifically my teammates, my coaches and my family. I am committed to The University of Colorado #GoBuffs”.

“I’m not going to go looking for a logo or a place that looks like the best on the outside, but once you get on the inside, it’s not exactly how you want to be treated, or the life that you want,” Wray told BuffZone.com about his decision. “This is one of the only times I can decide what I want to do in my life and I’m going to take advantage of that. I’m going to find the best place for me.”

… “Not a lot of people think about Colorado as a football place, but it really is a huge, huge university with tons of support,” He said. “The alumni is all over it. There’s a lot of rabid Buffs fans out there. There’s so much vision for this program and where it needs to go. Everybody is excited, on the same page and ready to get to work.”

Here is a link to his junior year highlights.

 

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Brendon Lewis – QB

Just the facts … Committed May 10th … Lewis is a 6’3″, 205-pound dual-threat quarterback from Melissa, Texas  Rivals bio  247 Sports bio 

What others say about Lewis … Lewis is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At Rivals, Lewis is ranked as the No. 17 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, and the No. 60 overall prospect out of the state of Texas. 247 Sports, meanwhile, has Lewis rated as the No. 13 dual-threat quarterback from the Recruiting Class of 2020, the No. 63 prospect out of the state of Texas, and the No. 446 recruit in the nation. In 2018, for the 8-4 Melissa Cardinals, Lewis threw for 2,524 yards, with 34 touchdowns and only three interceptions. Lewis also ran for 967 yards and 11 touchdowns. In three seasons for Melissa, Lewis has accounted for just shy of 8,000 total yards … and 98 touchdowns.

At the Rivals Camp Series stop in Dallas in late-March (see link to video highlights, below), Lewis won the “Mr. Clean” Superlative.

“In a loaded crop of quarterbacks in Dallas, one dual-threat who deserved recognition was Lewis,” Rivals.com Analyst Sam Spiegelman wrote. “The Melissa passer is our Mr. Clean, largely because he was so smooth and so precise all afternoon.

“Lewis has impressive size, a fluid throwing motion and spot-on accuracy. Without acknowledging his ability to move in and out of the pocket, Lewis was one of the more reliable passers at camp with his stock on the rise.”

Lewis had other offers from … over a dozen other schools, most from Power-Five conferences. Lewis had offers from Nebraska, TCU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Boston College, Syracuse, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Kansas and Houston. Lewis took an official visit to Colorado and Missouri before deciding.

In his own words … I really like their coaches,” Lewis told BuffZone.com. “Coach Tuck, he has a great staff with him. The reason I chose them over Mizzou is my opportunity to play early and just start early. I really like the coaches and players, and I love Boulder; it’s beautiful and a nice campus. The education is nice, too. I just feel like it’s the right fit and I can be successful there.”

From Rivals.com … “I like how diverse Colorado is and the style in all they do things there. I know they can teach me how to get to the next level and all of the schemes. That’s because of Coach Johnson and how smart he is. He’s a very smart coach and you can tell he knows what he’s doing. He made me a priority and he wants me to learn the offense. He always gives the keys to the offense to the quarterbacks to run the offense and even call plays from the line of scrimmage.”

“It was a pretty difficult decision, but Coach Johnson and the offense separated them (Colorado from other schools). It’s also the competition and the overall school, the education and all that. Coach Johnson and the offense, though, how multiple they’re gonna be, I can see myself succeeding in their offense.”

Here is a link to Lewis’ Hudl.com highlights.

Here is a link to Lewis’ highlights from The Opening Dallas regional camp in March, 2019.

 

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Carson Lee – OL

Just the facts … Committed February 2nd … Lee is a 6’4″, 300-pound offensive lineman from Cherry Creek high school in Greenwood Village, Colorado Rivals bio 247 Sports bio

 What others say about Lee … Lee is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. Rivals has Lee listed as the No. 26 offensive guard in the nation, while 247 Sports has Lee as the No. 31 offensive guard nationally, the No. 7 prospect overall out of the state of Colorado, and the No. 773 player in the country. As a junior, Lee helped Cherry Creek rush for 2,043 yards and 28 touchdowns in 14 games, and was named first-team all-state by Colorado Prep Report.

Lee had other offers from … over a dozen other schools – all from Power Five conferences. From the Pac-12, Lee had offers from both Arizona schools, Washington State and Utah, with other offers from schools like Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Missouri. Lee was reportedly being heavily recruited by Nebraska, but chose to stay in-state instead.

In his own words … From his commitment tweet: “I would like to thank all of the coaches who believed in my abilities. With that being said, I am proud to announce that I will be representing my home state and playing college ball at the University of Colorado. I can’t wait to live out my life long dream of being a Buff!”

“I am going to be the biggest recruiter at the University of Colorado,” Lee told BuffStampede.com. “I am going to do my best to bring in the top guys in the state … I feel like I am going to bring an attitude to Boulder that they have been missing. When I line up from the guy across from me, I want to leave him thinking he never wants to play this game again.”

Here is a link to Lee’s junior season highlights.

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65 Replies to “Recruiting Class of 2020”

  1. Stuart, what about the Punter commit -The kid from Australia? We could be in good shape for that component of Special Teams for the next few years.

    1. Couldn’t find much on Josh Watts, though the training site where he comes from, ProKick Australia, claims to have produced five Ray Guy Award winners, and 17 All-Americans.
      Fingers crossed.

  2. Kinda bizarre feeling that almost half of this recruiting class so far (7) is from the SEC footprint and only 1 (one!) is from Colorado…

    Not sure what, if anything, that means.

  3. VK, you never golfed in England, Scotland or Ireland ? I find this so hard to believe. You, being such a golf nut, who I might say can afford it as far as I can read, and haven’t gone back to the roots of golf to experience golf as it was played in the beginning ! Really ? On those old courses, I can understand not having cart paths….. but they have some cushy, modern courses too…. But experiencing golf in a sweater with an umbrella in hand to thwart the rain and wind while hearing the surf lap at a beach to remind you that you would be better off sitting, with your feet propped up in the clubhouse, in front of a fireplace with lager in hand, is an experience that would be embedded in your fondest memories of a round not like any other.

    Enuff golf………. let’s get to the nitty-gritty. #1). The “Nitty” is playing the “Cob Wipe Sticks” #2). The “Gritty” is stompin’ the “Cob Wipe Sticks” butt. Plain and simple.

    Don’t let the “Red” dominate any part of Folsom folks. This has always been a pet peeve of mine in the past. Fill Folsom with Black and Gold for chrissakes.

    GO BUFFS

    1. Yo Trax,

      Hope you are doing well.

      Now those islands do have funny courses. And I have played them including the old course. On a miserable day even the ratsuckers of ye linkn would not have enjoyed the deal.

      Anyway too much red in folsom. It’s what the cornholers do. It’s an infestation. And as papa bill says. “you just have to kick their ass. It’s all they know.

      Then they disappear quietly whining in the night

      Up them Buffalo baby

  4. YO HO HO,

    So Thomas……………..you gonna count him as a recruit yet? You say 14 the “professionals” say there are 15.

    Howell says there are gonna be 20 signed.

    How exciting.

    As mentioned previously this team is underclassman heavy.

    So 5 more?………………………

    1 maybe 2 nose tackles
    2 linebackers
    3 defensive backs
    1 qb

    That equals 5 as far as the nowledge school goes

    Buffs 7 and 6……………….or try again next year………………………..into the storm…………..with a GH.

    Note: I am still wondering why Mickey has not latched on to all those great DB’s he recruited at CU and gotten them on board at wherever the hell he is……………………..Snuck right outta town…………..didn’t even say thanks,…………………didn’t even say good bye

  5. Must be getting close to the season or to camp or something. 3:30 am and watching “The Open” They have funny courses over there on them islands. And the weather seems weird. And the food is interesting.

    Go Buffs.
    The below includes scholarship and non scholarship players.

    3 graduate transfers
    1 redshirt senior
    14 seniors
    20 juniors
    1 redshirt soph
    29 soph
    19 redshirt frosh
    25 frosh

    And of the 14 seniors. 4 are Junior college. 2 are transfers from other schools.
    And of the 20 juniors 8 are junior college and 1 is a transfer back.

    38 upper classmen.
    74 lower classmen

    I am not convinced I or you, knew that is what the 2019 class is gonna look like. So few high school recruit seniors an juniors.

    Gonna be more interesting than anticipated. 7 and 6 is a stretch. Sheesh HCMT and his staff have a job and a half.

    Well okay then.

    Buffs.

    Note: Not many nice cart paths on those Open courses.

  6. I might keep an eye on Perkins recruiting. If he winds up with MM you have to wonder what he is saying about CU.Hopefully these kids are aware enough to realize sour grapes when they see it.

    1. Yo ep,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,ya they know………………their parents know…………….. What is sour grapes again??………….me. He’ll go where he headed.

      MM? You mean Mickey? Well that ol boy has his work cut out for him. He probably has already stated somewhere “This ol miss defense is burned to the ground”…Seriously he has to have said it. Gotta set the stage right? Hey it ain’t my fault………………Look what I started with…………….blah blah bluey………….. Hey it worked for 7 years here for em……………anyway.
      Details:
      Olle Miss 2018 SEC defensive rankings. (note: 14th means last)
      Rushing defense…………….14th
      Passing defense……………..14th
      Total defense…………………14th
      Scoring defense……………..14th
      There it is. Set up to succeed……………..the 7 year plan.

      Okay off track.

      Devin Grant is the third highest rated player now committed. Not that it matters really. This kid is really good. Perkins……………………….Good Kid……………Good player……………hope he finds what he wants……………..and of course comes to the Buffs……………..

      Go big Black

      Note: So again how many? 18? 19? 17? 16? Won’t be a class of 25. No many spots left. And there are 290 offers out there? Holy moly……………..Ye ol “splatter-gun” approach. Resulting in the bell curve? Or what.
      Note 1a: There is no question HCMT is using the offer route to get the name and the message out there that the Buffs are here and coming back. Pretty neat approach really. Get it to the athlete. Get it to the HS coaches………….Buffs. (
      Note 2: Offers out…..Next Step……….Have a winning season? Class of 2021 will be 25 and the first total HCMT class.
      Note 3: Please Mel never where a gardening hat.

      1. Well VK….I doubt if MM would ever get way down in the dirt. When he is talking to Perkins I can envision it going something like this:
        Joe…we are both southerners. That means we are also country. You need to stay here in the SEC which is the toughest baddest conference in the country…..not like those limp wristed fruitcakes out West….”
        All this coming out of MM’s mouth while he is wearing that gardening hat

  7. Proof’s in the puddin’….. so, we’ll see what kind of Kool-aid all the preseason prognosticators are chugging. To evaluate talent, you have to see the candidates matched up with someone in the top tier of talent, not an average HS athlete. I do enjoy watching the videos tho’.

    Waitin’. Hopin’ and Prayin’

    GO BUFFS !!!!

  8. Watched the video of the latest recruit “Big Al.” I don’t know what kind of schools they were playing, talent wise, but he sure did seem to have a nose for the ball. In the video he looks to have great football instincts. We will probably lose Nate Landman after this year and I hope that “Big Al” can come in next year and start the process of replacing Nate L.

  9. The athleticism of the 2020 recruits looks outstanding. They said they were going to recruit the country, and they are doing just that. They said they wanted to get bigger and be physical, time will tell. Last year we signed lots of big bodies on defense…this year it looks like we are signing some closers. I love how these recruits are being pursued by quality football schools, save a few kids. How many days until the Rams?

  10. So 12 how many more? Are there some silent commits out there? Sleepers? Interesting.

    Predictions

    WR……………………………3
    DB…………………………….2
    lb………………………………3
    Dline…………………………3
    oline………………………….1
    TE……………………………..2

    Buffs.

  11. Another 2* was a 6’8″ tight end from Buena Vista named Nate Solder. Stars, and high school performance are from high school. Player development is huge, as some guys reach their peak in HS, other later on. One thing which cannot be taught is speed. Have 100% faith in Mel Tucker. Bottom line, imho, Buffs must show it on the field before higher rated players consider coming here on a consistent basis.
    and others later on.

    1. Yeah man. Easiest example in CU history is Darrell scott. A man among boys in high school. In college, he was no longer the biggest, fastest, baddest dude, and he was surpassed quickly. Scouting talent is one thing. Scouting where a kid is on their growth curve, physically and mentally is another. Clay Matthews was a walkon at usc. did ok for himself.

      So far, I like the guys Tucker and co are getting. They know a lot more than I do about all the above.

      Go Buffs

      1. You didn’t even know as much as Mickey and that WAC staff and they new crappooooola. Couldn’t coach a lick either.

        Buffs

      2. If you watched Scott’s high school highlights you would have seen he was the beneficiary of an extraordinary blocking system. Most times no one touched him for 10 yards and when someone did he went down…..no lateral movement.

        1. I would hope that coaches and their recruiters, even the recruiting services that you think about as highly of as I do, consider supporting cast and competition in their analyses. Either way, Scott was one of the bigger busts in CU recruiting history. Oh well.

          Go Buffs.

  12. Got the Last Name and from what I saw on the Highlights, we now have our “Big Al” for the 2020’s National Championship run.

  13. Okay then Mr. poll maker………………………………
    That defensive end is 6 foot two and 270 pounds

    Facts matter

    Go Buffs.

    Note: Rivals is wrong a lot

    1. 247 Sports has him at 6’3″, 250-pounds. Rivals has him at 6’2, 250-pounds.
      The Daily Camera has him at 270, but the recruiting websites – you know, the ones who do this for a living – have him at 250.
      The Northwest Community College website – you know, the people who had him on their campus last season – have him at 6’2″, 250-pounds.

      Yup. Facts matter.

      1. Sheep
        Last season is last season
        Timely up to date data
        “for the informed CU Fan”\

        6-19-2019 Buffzone…………..

        Measured at 6-foot-2, 270 pounds during his visit to CU, Jackson …. (CU has him at 270 screw them thar experts……………

        Well anyway it don’t matter…………it is what it is…………..The ones who do this for a living…………..?? so it makes them experts???cause they get paid??? Sorry not a relevant thing…………….

        anyway have a nice day eh?

  14. I love trusting your eyes…as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to trust what I see, not listen to anyone else. For example, it was CLEAR as day that Phillip was the best back for the Donekys in last year’s preseason, game 2 at Mile High the fans were getting made at me b/c I kept screaming every time they gave the ball to Booker, Freeman, etc. and I was rooting for the Raiders….why did it take VJ 4 weeks to install him as #1??? Really was a mystery to me…it was all on film for everyone to see. In Coach Tuck I trust 10000%

  15. For now I won’t sweat the lack of star attention on these two latest recruits. Sometimes the *unrated to 2* guys coming out of high school get overlooked only to find their groove and develop. Ask Jordy Nelson, J.J Watt, DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib and others. And recent history closer to home shows former 2* Buff and current 49’er Ahkello Witherspoon making the leap.

  16. So here they go again, signing 2 stars and no stars. Isn’t that what happens with the Mighty Buffs. Rough Diamonds???
    Hold on there whoopie!

    11 commits. Gonna take how many? Welp 14 seniors this year. So is that about it then? Couple of Juniors gonna go to the draft. Attrition again? So maybe 20 recruits for 2020?

    Mickey never could get an identity for the Mighty Buffs in place. HCMT has defined his recruiting as
    SIZE
    SPEED
    AND HE AND HIS STAFF HAVE DONE THAT
    His staff will coach em up.
    Stars don’t matter.
    See what you want and go get it.
    Recruits and on the field.
    Holy Moly its almost fall camp time.

    Welp! Gotta a lot of hope here. Game coaching in the past 7 years was perhaps worse than game planning.

    We have not seen this staff in action yet (game planning or game execution) But Hell we gave, HWSRN, ye ol TE coach, and Mickey the benefit of the doubt. At least at the start. Well there ya have it. Go Buffs.

    Note: How bout the focus on the TE? Predict one more Frosh TE and a JC TE.

    Note: New band of brothers in town.

  17. Gerad Lichtenhan – OL
    Just the facts … Committed June 18th … Lichtenhan is a 6’8″, 345-pound offensive lineman from Davis, California

    Crazy watching HUDL highlight from my old football field.
    Go BLUE DEVILS!!!

  18. Stuart,
    I just noticed that Wray and Lewis are both 4 stars on 247 now. Their bios on here still list them at 3.

    1. True. Thanks for letting me know.
      I usually go with how they are listed when they commit, and update when we get close to signing Day, as these ratings fluctuate during their senior years … or, if you are cynical, how they are down-graded once they commit to CU 😉
      I will update the unrated (like two of the last three) when Rivals gets around to giving them a rating.

  19. Yo AZ Golf game is good again kinda. Well okay not that good but pretty good, meaning better than it was say 3 weeks ago. Hope yur keeping cool down there in the Mighty Desert.

    Buffs.

    Note What the hell is going on out there. Recruiting no star. Oh wait he is already now a 3 star on 24-7. It does appear HCMT focus really is speed and size. Nice the kid could be identified early.

    1. Love it…that’s why folks like Wigley are bye-bye.
      The clear direction of the program/team that is being laid out is such a stark contrast to Mac2.0. This was never clear nor demonstrated even when he came on…how are you going to rebuild the program?? Hence my disdain for him very early, he never demonstrated anything close to strategic thought and planning WITH unwavering commitment. Right/wrong or otherwise, at the very least everyone (even us fans) are clear on where we are going. Bigger/faster/stronger…physical/mental toughness, resolve and improvement through actual teaching/coaching. You can imagine the future results with this plan.

  20. You read that this staff does not care who it is recruiting someone, pays no attention to that , but does their own evaluation and then moves. Yes that is aggressive, but why not? These coaches have spent their whole life in football so they just didn’t fall off the proverbial turnip truck and decide to get into coaching football. Hey, recruiting HS kids to play football is somewhere between an Art and a Science. I’m totally willing to go along with this new staff and philosophy until it is proven wrong. How have things worked out for the last 10 plus years of traditional deciding and recruiting CU players?

    “Speed Kills,” and it looks like this staff is going after players that can totally eliminate the opposition
    in a foot race to the ball, ball carrier, and hopefully the goal line, on any given play.

  21. Interesting that he is rated as a .8992 for star.

    The day before he committed to the Mighty Buffs, he was rated a .920

    What is up with that eh?
    Up the Buffalo.

    Go

    1. That has irritated me for years, watching good kids lose stars by committing to CU. What the HELL does your star ranking status have to do with where you commit!!?!!! Such a biased ranking system. Honestly if a 5 star decided to commit to Wyoming, still a 5 star. Unfortunately kids look at this (Bama, OSU etc)…

  22. So far, so good. If they get that 8-4 mark that seems pretty doable, to me (5th yr QB, preseason all Pac 12/NFL dudes on both sides of the ball, renewed energy within the program, etc.) the momentum for the 2020 class should really keep rolling.

    Go Buffs

    1. The wind of change is blowing through the Mighty Buff Football program.

      Thank RG daily.

      Buffs.

      Note: Out of the last six years with a flourish (30-44…..14-39) Mein Gott change is a wonderful thing.

      Note: This is RG’s hire of a football coach. The previous ad missed on 3. Sheesh RG don’t miss.

  23. Yhis is HUGE!!! I saw this yesterday, and somewhere it said there were a couple more close. They selling this team hard, come to Boulder and play now, and working!!!!!

  24. So with Wray MFMT now has recruits from
    Colorado Middle 3 star
    Texas High 3 star (.0058 from 4 star)
    Louisiana Low 3 star (Hope he stays Buff)
    Georgia 4 star

    So all in all a pretty good start.

    MTBuffs………….ye haaaaa

    1. Damn straight it’s a good start! Lovin’ this. Big time recruits are starting to roll in. 💪. With a bowl appearance this year; do I dare say top 20 recruiting class? I am getting ahead of myself. Baby steps.
      Breath.
      Can’t wait for this season

  25. A passer that can run. Some really great comments about him and from him.

    “I’m labeled as a dual threat and I think that’s true,” he said. “I can run and I can extend plays, but I pass first. I pass the ball and run. I don’t just take off and run. I look to throw before I run.”

    Montez should write that down, put it on the mirror and understand it everyday.

    Says he may graduate early. Whoa that would be great.

    Go Buffs.

  26. 2 things stand out for me with the Lewis commitment.
    He had a Texas Tech offer.
    We beat Nebraska for his services…maybe because Martinez will be there 3 more years…..but we still beat em.

  27. Alrighty then, a high ranked qb. Could be a 4 star easily with a good season. Nice offer list.

    Feeling real good .

    Buffs

  28. Boy, he sure looks accurate and on many of the longer type passes seemed on the same page with his receivers. I know that these are highlights so they are all great plays but he does appear to have a lot of upside. Why only the 3 star rating?

    1. you beat me too it….maybe I should have put the bass ale down sooner. 34 TD passes vs 3 interceptions? together with almost a thousand yards rushing? What does it take to be a four star these days?

  29. I liked the kid’s wingspan. It looked disproportionately long, to me. Maybe it was just the picture, but that’s a common shot and his arms looked longer than most kids’ that size. Playing both sides of the ball is also good. And, as EP pointed out, and I’ve said before, maybe this staff feels that lower level/under the radar kids in SEC country are better than higher level kids in other parts of the country. Offers from the academies never hurt, either.

    Go Buffs

  30. ep, does your wife, who you’ve said has relatives way out there in huckster land know that you write this stuff about that bunch? You sure do nail it with those descriptions of the inhabitants of that state.
    When I used to travel that state on business, I remember being in the local breakfast joint in some town like McCook (I might say though the food was great) and listening to a bunch of those guys sitting at tables and hearing them say stuff like……..: “well Devaney says……..or Osborne says……. “and man when they would then divulge it, it was the Gospel emanating from Lincoln. Same thing next morning in some breakfast joint in Broken Bow, North Platte or some other god forsaken town in that miserable Red clothed state.

    Boy oh boy do I hope Tucker and the new team put it to them in Boulder this coming fall. I have a feeling that those huckster fans think that grim faced Scotty will have it all turned around by next Sept. Wouldn’t two in a row be great over that bunch, after all CU has been through the last decade?

    1. They probably do now even though I’m sure they had an inkling. Might not be able to back to Linkin (alligator tears)
      We must have crossed paths sometime in the land of the “Good Life.” I was working in Torrington WY with some other Buffs during that 1990 NC season. We would always go across the state line to Henry Nebraska to chow down at the Stock Feeder’s Steakhouse to catch the Tom Osborne show on the tube. It was a small mom and pop place run by an ol’ guy named Ole who had the place bathed in red and would have rather been shot than turn off the Osborne show even with our razzing. Each episode they would show the same 3 or 4 highlight plays at least 5 times each as we hooted and hollered at the TV. We never crossed the line with Ole and remained friends as we didnt want to be banned from the best filet’s on the planet and a decent selection of single malt that you couldnt find for 200 miles

  31. I think Murray was the best commit to date for this class but I was getting worried that Mel was going after DLs like MM went for DBs.
    Now we have Carson Lee who is an OL and just as good…especially since he is a home boy and turned down the hideous hucksters…unlike the over rated McCaffey kid and the TE whatever his name is.
    Hey TE kid…..if you signed up for 4 years in stinkin linkin before MM was booted its hard to blame you but there is still time to come back.
    Speaking of truck stop land have you ever wondered why Huckster coaches are so grumpy? No need to point out Pelini but I have never seen Frost…well once…crack a half smile. Even Osborne was trying to be Tom Landry.
    Its my opinion Riley lost on purpose so he could get the hell out of there. After getting his corn creamed by the Buffs again I am hoping Frost succeeds to the point he goes pro and leaves all those over age over weight farmers crying in their gravy and skoal.

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