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Colorado Recruiting Class of 2021

CU Recruiting Class of 2021 … Three commitments

Recruits by position … Wide receiver: 1 … Defensive Line: 1 … Linebacker: 1

Recruits are from … Colorado: 1 … Florida: 1 … Nevada: 1



Zephaniah Maea – LB

Just the facts … Committed June 1st … Maea is 6’1″, 230-pound inside linebacker from Henderson, Nevada (Liberty) Rivals bio 247 Sports bio

What others say about Maea … Maea is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At 247 Sports, Maea is considered to be the No. 6 overall prospect out of the state of Nevada, the No. 35 insider linebacker in the nation, and the nation’s 1144 overall prospect.

Evaluation from Blair Angulo, Mountain Region Recruiting Analyst for 247 SportsThickly built with bulky upper body and strong lower half. Filled out frame with not much room to add mass. Physical tackler who thrives in box. Does well to chase down ball carriers in flats, with ability to move from sideline to sideline. Charges forward to attack gaps at line of scrimmage. Could refine drop-back technique and overall fluidity in space. Must improve in coverage and sticking to tight ends down field. Potential multi-year starter at Power Five level with chance to get NFL Draft attention.

Maea had other offers from … both Utah and Washington State from the Pac-12. Other offers came mainly from Mountain West schools, including Boise State, San Diego State, both Nevada schools and Utah State. Maea’s final three were reported to be Colorado, Boise State, and San Diego State.

In his own words … From his tweet announcing his commitment: Lord thank you for every opportunity, please guide me into this next chapter. With that being said, I am … 100% committed to the University of … Colorado!

“I have been able to take a look at photos of the city and campus, and I really like everything about it,” Maea told 247Sports. “I definitely feel like I can make a home for myself up there. My cousin actually went to school at Colorado. He didn’t play football, so his experience was different, but just asking him about it, he had nothing but great things to say about what it was like for him.

“Everything he told me, I just jotted down. I’m excited just hearing about the environment up there.”

Here is a link to his highlights.




Allan Baugh – DL

Just the facts … Committed April 28th … Baugh is a 6’3″, 250-pound defensive end from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (St. Thomas Aquinas) Rivals bio  247 Sports bio

What others say about Baugh … At the time of his commitment, Baugh had not been rated by either Rivals or 247 Sports. After his commitment, Baugh was given a two-star rating by Rivals; a three-star rating by 247 Sports. At 247 Sports, Baugh was slotted as the No. 93 strong side defensive end in the nation; and the No. 202 overall prospect out of the state of Florida.

Baugh helped St. Thomas Aquinas to a perfect 15-0 record in 2019, including a victory over Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis in ESPN’s GEICO State Champions Bowl Series. It snapped St. Louis’ 38-game winning streak. Colleges have complimented Baugh on his “get off,” his hands and his grasp of the mental side of the game.

Baugh had offers from … about a dozen other schools, including Maryland and Boston College from the ACC. Baugh also had offers from most of the G-5 schools in the state, including UCF, Florida Atlantic and Florida International, as well as Air Force and Colorado State from the Mountain West.

In his own words … “Colorado sees me as a multiple down player,” Baugh told “They see me as a guy they can put outside on first and second down, but then move me into the three-technique on third down so they can get some more pass rush in.

“Coach Dorrell was super excited when I committed, especially with him being a new coach at Colorado and getting one of his top players this early in the process,” Baugh said. “He (went to Colorado) from Florida so he knows my high school. His son and daughter went to St. Thomas Aquinas. We have that connection, so he was excited. Chris Wilson is a great defensive line coach. He is the one that originally offered me, and I can’t wait to start working with him.”

… “I feel like I’m talented but still have places I can grow,” Baugh told CUSportsNation. “It’s one of those things where a lot of people, they get to this point and they try to start coasting, but I want to keep growing as a player, especially for my team and how we have a chance to go back-to-back and win another state championship.”

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

De-committed April 7th … Nelson’s tweet: “First off, I would like to thank the Buff community, coaches and staff for the amount of love that has been shown and been given. I am forever grateful to you all for that, but me and my family have decided it is in the best interest of me to open my recruitment back up to ensure the best decision is being made and all options are being explored. I haven’t had the time to establish a relationship between myself and the coaches in Boulder but in the future I hope to build a relationship with the new staff. CU will forever be on my list of colleges”. 

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, but was later given a three-star rating by both Rivals and 247 Sports, listed as the No. 5 overall prospect out of the state of Colorado by 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 and Wyoming. Nelson had taken a number of unofficial visits to Boulder last fall, and decided (at the time) to not to put off his commitment any longer.

Here is a link to Nelson’s highlights.


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.


9 Replies to “CU Recruiting Class of 2021”

  1. Maea sounds like the Landman replacement. I can live with him being rated at 3 stars, even the number 6 prospect out of Nevada…..but the 1144th player in the nation? seriously? thats ridiculous.

  2. Nice to get a D-lineman from Florida. Lots of student athletes in that part of the country. I hope we can reel back in our Colorado de-commits, and get some momentum going. Given COVID-19, many players may make their commitments without having set foot in Boulder. Given our fantastic campus surroundings, I hope our video and virtual crews are up to the task of helping sell the Golden Buffaloes. I love that Baugh has offers from a dozen schools including ACC and Florida schools.

  3. Yo Stuart,
    Wondering if you have any insight on all the recruiting BS going on? We are supposed to be in the middle of a DEAD period that does not allow any contact between schools/coaches and recruits… right? Yet every day I hear of making offers and accepting commitments?

    Is this a dead period or not? And why are some schools not adhering to this dead period? If the dead period is not going to be enforced, then why even bother to impose one? It’s getting a little frustrating.

    Mark / Boulderdevil

    1. While the term “dead period” makes it seem like all recruiting stops during this time, that’s actually not the case. Athletes and coaches are still allowed to communicate via phone, email, social media and other digital communication channels. Here’s a look at NCAA recruiting rules to learn more about the different ways athletes and coaches can communicate. The goal of the NCAA Dead Period is to give athletes a little bit of time and breathing room to think about what school they want to sign with.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!!!

  6. 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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