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Colorado Recruiting Class of 2021

CU Recruiting Class of 2021 … Two commitments

Recruits by position … Wide receiver: 1 … Offensive linemen: 1 …

Recruits are from … Colorado: 2



Kaden Dudley – Ath

De-committed March 23rd … Dudley’s tweet: “Due to recent circumstances beyond my control, I have decided to reopen my commitment at this time. The current situation with the COVID-19 and the recruiting dead period has unfortunately delayed my ability to get on campus and meet with the new coaching staff at CU. I still look forward to getting to know the new coaches and staff at CU, but I also need to pursue and explore all possible options in order to make the best decision for myself and my family. 

“I am thankful for the coaches and staff that gave me this opportunity, and the fans that have supported me and made Boulder feel like home. CU remains high on my list of schools and will always be special to me as my first offer to play football at the next level”.

Just the facts … Committed October 23rd … Dudley is a 6’0″, 189- pound athlete from Monument, Colorado (Palmer Ridge) Rivals bio  247 Sports bio

What others say about Dudley ... Dudley is considered by both Rivals and 247 Sports as a three-star prospect. At 247 Sports, Dudley is rated as the No. 51 athlete in the country, the No. 6 overall prospect in the state of Colorado, and the No. 530 player in the nation.

In his last 19 games at Palmer Ridge, Dudley has picked off 12 passes on defense. He is averaging 19.2 yards per reception this fall.

Dudley had other offers from … only Colorado and Colorado State as of the date of his commitment, but bear in mind, Dudley is a junior, committing 14 months before he can sign a Letter of Intent. If Dudley wanted to play the recruiting game, there would be numerous other offers. As an example, Dudley took an unofficial visit this past April … to Notre Dame.

While talking with, Matt McChesney of Six Zero Strength referred to Dudley as a leader on multiple occasions. Dudley did not feel the need to play out the recruiting process like most prospects.

“Recruiting is vanity these days because it is about posting pictures on Twitter,” said McChesney, a former Buff lineman. “Do you need 30 offers? Do you need to go on recruiting trips and spend a bunch of money and do the posting pictures B.S.? Or are you looking for an opportunity that is legitimate where they are going to invest in you and you are going to invest in them, and it is going to be real? That is what Dudley was looking for.”

In his own words … In his tweet announcing his commitment, Dudley posted: “Since I was little, I have always dreamed of playing college football. Today, I am humbled and grateful to announce that my dream will be fulfilled … I appreciate all of the schools who have shown interest in me and given me the opportunity to further my education and showcase my talent in my home state. With that being said, after talking with my family, I would like to announce my commitment to the University of Colorado!!”

Here is a link to his highlights.


Chase Penry – WR

Just the facts … Committed January 29th … Penry is a 6’1, 185-pound wide receiver from Glennwood Village, Colorado (Cherry Creek) Rivals bio  247 Sports bio

What others say about Penry … Penry is considered by both Rivals and 247 Sports to be a three-star prospect. Penry is rated as the No. 7 overall prospect out of the state of Colorado, the No. 117 wide receiver in the nation, and the No. 761 overall prospect in the country. Through his junior season at Cherry Creek, Penry had posted 115 career catches, going for 1,447 yards and 18 touchdowns.

There are eight players from Cherry Creek on Colorado’s spring football roster. Jonathan Van Diest signed with CU in 2017, Dimitri Stanley signed in 2018, Alec Pell signed in 2019, Carson Lee joined the Buffs as an early enrollee earlier this month, and all-purpose back Jayle Stacks is expected to join the mix this summer. CU walk-ons Dante Sparaco, Dustin Johnson, Curtis Appleton and Mac Willis also played at Cherry Creek.

Penry had other offers from … only Colorado State and Northern Colorado, though a number of other schools – Nebraska, Iowa, Washington State, Cal and Boise State – reportedly expressed interest.

In his own words … After taking an unofficial visit to Boulder on January 25th-26th, Penry tweeted out: “The more I thought about, the more obvious the choice became… I’m ready for what’s next”. 

“I know Coach Chiaverini plays his guys everywhere but I see myself in the slot a lot because I am pretty good at making it a match-up issue for safeties and linebackers in the middle of the field,” Penry told “I am able to catch the ball in traffic, go up and high-point it,” he said. “My whole skill set was improved my junior year. I feel like I really developed my speed so I am also able to be a vertical threat.”

Here is a link to Penry’s highlights.




Braylen Nelson – OL

Just the facts … Committed January 26th … Nelson is a 6’5″, 310-pound offensive tackle from Aurora, Colorado (Vista Peak Prep) Rivals bio  247 Sports bio

What others say about Nelson … At the time of his commitment, Nelson was unrated by either Rivals or 247 Sports. A first-team all-league selection as a defensive lineman during his sophomore campaign at Vista Peak, Nelson successfully transitioned into more of an offensive lineman as a junior. He was an all-state honoree.

Nelson had other offers from … only Colorado State at this point. Nelson had taken a number of unofficial visits to Boulder this fall, and decided not to put off his commitment any longer.

Here is a link to Nelson’s highlights.




5 Replies to “CU Recruiting Class of 2021”

  1. Do the two recently announced graduations open up two more spots for 2020? Might there be new surprises on the immediate horizon?

    1. No.
      The 25 for the Class of 2020 is accounted for.
      It will help with the Class of 2021. Right now, CU’s roster shows nine seniors.
      There will be more attrition, and the Class will end up being in the 18-20 range, but it will still be a smaller Class.

  2. First three commits all from home!! last class was the emphasis on building the fence around the Colorado border. i think tucker got the message!!! Go Buffs!!!

  3. I would think that Kaden also realizes he may get to see the field fairly soon given the Buff’s decimation in the defensive back field. Hear that CB recruits out there?

    1. You could be right actually.

      Long way to signing day.

      Key is next year


      This is a nice start

      Go Buffs.

      Note: Currently for 2021 the 1 man Buff class ranks 5th behind
      usc 1 five star 2 4 stars and a 3 star
      O 2 4 star 1 3 STAR
      wash 1 5 star (qb 99.71)
      asu 1 4 star

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