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Colorado Recruiting Class of 2022

7 Commitments (not counting grey-shirt candidate, punter Ashton Logan)

Recruits by position … Quarterbacks: 1 … Running backs: 1 … Tight Ends: 1 … Defensive Linemen: 1 … Defensive Backs: 3 …

Recruits are from … Texas: 4 … Georgia: 2 … Louisiana: 1 …


Ronald “Champ” Lewis – DB

Just the facts … Committed June 7th … Lewis is a 6’2″, 175-pound defensive back from New Orleans, Louisiana … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Lewis … Lewis is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At 247 Sports, Lewis is considered to be the No. 34 player overall out of the state of Louisiana, the No. 71 cornerback in the nation, and the No. 947 prospect nationally.

As a junior last fall, he earned first-team all-state honors and also was a member of Warren Easton’s track and field team, competing in the 100 and 300-meter hurdles.

Lewis had other offers from …  over a dozen other schools, including a number of Power Five schools. Lewis had offers from Oregon State from the Pac-12, along with offers from Purdue, Virginia, West Virginia and Kansas. Lewis also had offers from the likes of Memphis, Louisiana Tech, Marshall and Utah State. Lewis was scheduled to take an official visit to Oregon State, but ended his recruitment after visiting Boulder.

In his own words … Lewis was hosted in Boulder by former Warren Easton teammate Ashaad Clayton. “‘Shaad showed me around the city and I got a chance to spend a lot of time with him while I was out there,” Lewis told “Hanging out with him and just seeing the relationship he has with the guys on the team showed me a lot. I see him being in school with people from all over the country. He is from Louisiana but he has friends on the team from Texas and California and all over, but it is a still a great brotherhood. The team carried itself well.”

Here is a link to his highlights.




Zach Courtney – TE

Just the facts … Committed June 7th … Courtney is a 6’7″, 235-pound tight end from Post, Texas … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Courtney … Courtney is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, but, as of the date of his commitment, was not yet rated by 247 Sports. Courtney helped Post High to a 30-2 record and back-to-back district titles the past two seasons, while earning All-District honors on both sides of the ball (tight end and defensive end). Courtney was not used often as a receiver last year. In his junior year (16 games), he had nine receptions for 103 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 82 tackles, with 17 tackles for loss and five sacks.

Courtney is a three-sport athlete who competes in basketball and track and field (200 meters, 300 hurdles, shot put, discus).

Courtney had other offers from … five other schools, with BYU the only other “Power Five” offer. Other offers were from Fresno State, Texas State, Northern Arizona and Western Kentucky.

In his own words … “The scenery is amazing,” Courtney told CUSportsNation. “The coaches are just super nice and it really sounds like they want to build a family instead of a bunch of meatheads.”

Courtney travelled to Boulder with his parents, who were impressed with what Dorrell had to say.

“He was super great,” Courtney said of Dorrell. “He made my parents super happy in that if I went there, they wouldn’t be scared for me. He made it seem like I’d be safe (in Boulder) and that we’d be a family.”

“(Colorado’s coaches) were saying how they think I am a great player and really like what I can do, also what I could accomplish at their school,” Courtney told “(Tight ends) coach (Bryan) Cook likes that I can block pretty much everybody and I can catch really well for how big I am. They like my physicality and my size.”

Here is a link to Courtney’s highlights.




Keyshon Mills – DB

Just the facts … Committed March 27th … Mills is a 6’1″, 190-pound defensive back from Little Elm, Texas (a suburb of Dallas) Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Mills … Mills is rated as a three-star wide receiver prospect by Rivals, while, on the date of his commitment, was an unrated cornerback on the 247 Sports website. After his commitment, Mills was evaluated by 247 Sports, and was given a three-star rating.  The industry-generated 247Sports Composite puts him at No. 100 among 2022 cornerbacks and in the top 150 overall in Texas for this class.

From Gabe Brooks at 247 SportsMills can get a little grabby at times, but that also falls in line with the more physical style of cornerback he plays like at this point in his development. Along those same lines, Mills is a willing participant against the perimeter run game. His technique consistency in that department can improve, but he will stick his nose in there vs. the run, an encouraging trait for a young corner.

Right now, Mills looks like a boundary type of corner who can mix it up at the line of scrimmage with bigger receivers, while also being able to keep you out of trouble in the perimeter run game. He gets his hands on a good number of throws and if he can develop his ball skills that will aid his playmaking ability.

Mills had other offers from … only Kansas and Liberty, while there was interest from schools like UCLA, TCU, Minnesota and Wyoming.

In his own words … “Colorado is a very good school and they play in the Pac-12, which I like”, Mills told “I did research on the school and looked at their roster. They don’t have any defensive back commits (for 2022) yet, so I was really looking at that. (CU defensive backs coach Demetrice) Martin really wants me up there. He told me he needs another lockdown corner for the future to be on the other side of Christian Gonzalez.”

Here is a link to his highlights




Victor Venn – RB

Just the facts … Committed March 19th … Venn is a 5’10”, 170-pound running back from Buford, Georgia … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Venn … Venn is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At Rivals, Venn is considered to be the No. 13 all-purpose back in the nation, and the No. 65 player out of the talent-rich state of Georgia. At 247 Sports, Venn is rated as the No. 52 running back in the country, the No. 64 player out of Georgia, and the No. 682 overall prospect in the nation.

Venn, who helped Buford to a Georgia 6A state championship in 2020, is noted for his speed. He is part of a 4×2 relay team that is ranked No. 3 in the nation early on during track season and he aspires to run a 10.8 in the 100-meter dash this spring.

“I love how they see me in their offense”, Venn told They want to use me at running back, move me out to the slot, and really move me around to make me more valuable. I love their offense, I love the style of play in the Pac 12, and I love that fit”.

“I am being recruited mostly as an all-purpose back, so I can do more things like catch the ball out of the backfield or even go out to the slot sometimes”, Venn told “That is what Coach Chev was telling me from Colorado. He wants me to play a little of both.”

Venn had other offers from .. over two dozen schools. From Power Five conferences, Venn had offers from USC, Arizona State, Florida State, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Mississippi, Rutgers, Duke, Boston College, Pittsburgh and Virginia.

In his own words … “This is a great feeling to be committing to Colorado, and to think about my future in the Pac 12,” Venn told “I play for great coaches that push us hard every day, and all the time and effort I have put in makes this possible.

“A lot to make this day possible happens behind the scenes, so for everyone to see this make me very happy. I know going to Colorado is going to set me up for life. It is very exciting.”

From his tween announcing his commitment … “Since I was a kid, it has always been my dream to play Division I College football. I am proud to announce that for the next 3-4 years I will be continuing my education and football career at The University of Colorado! … Thank you for the opportunity to be apart of such a Cultured and Prestigious Program!”

Here is a link to his highlights.




Owen McCown – QB

Just the facts … Committed March 17th … McCown is a 6’1″, 165-pound quarterback from Rusk, Texas … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about McCown … McCown is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout. At Rivals, McCown, who is a lefty, is considered to be the No. 21 pro-style quarterback in the nation, and the No. 61 overall player out of Texas. At 247 Sports, McCown is considered to be the No. 17 dual-threat quarterback in the country, the No. 101 player out of Texas, and the No. 738 player overall in the nation.

After transferring from Myers Park High School in North Carolina to Rusk, McCown threw for 1,080 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions in eight games at Rusk this past season – his first as a starter. He added 270 yards and eight touchdowns on 79 rushing attempts.

McCown is the son of longtime NFL quarterback Josh McCown. His uncle Luke McCown was a fourth-round pick in the 2004 draft, playing 14 years. Another uncle, Randy McCown, starred as a quarterback at Texas A&M.

Colorado head coach Karl Dorrell coached Josh McCown twice, briefly in 2008 with the Miami Dolphins and for two seasons (2017-18) with the New York Jets. Dorrell was the receivers coach in both of those stops.

According to Rivals analyst Sam Spiegelman … McCown put together impressive junior tape, showing some mobility and a big arm to attack the entire field. Virginia Tech, UTSA and Colorado have put themselves in a good early position with the NFL legacy, but there will be a lot more interest and competition for the 2022 quarterback.

McCown had other offers from … only one other Power Five conference school, and that was Virginia Tech, although Vanderbilt also expressed interest. Other offers came from schools like Ohio, UNLV, and Charlotte. Considering McCown’s size (6’1″, 165-pounds), many schools may have been waiting to see how McCown fills out and bulks up before making an offer.

Here is a link to his highlights.




Carlton Madden – DL

Just the facts … Committed February 20th … Madden is a 6’4″, 227-pound defensive end from Ellenwood, Georgia Rivals bio 247 Sports bio 

What others say about Madden … Madden is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, but, as of the date of his commitment, was unrated by 247 Sports.

Part of the reason Madden wasn’t getting much attention was that he had to sit out his junior season. “Sadly my recruiting process slowed down because I wasn’t able to play my junior year (due to transfer rule)”, Madden told “But Colorado was still showing love”.

Madden had other offers from … uh, only Kent State. Though Madden was reporting interest from a number of Power Five schools, including Georgia, Florida, and Louisville.

In his own words … From Madden’s tweet announcing his commitment: “Colorado has been my top school since they offered. The coaches give off a good vibe and energy.

“I feel like I can come in and make an impact early at Colorado,” said Madden. “They build their defense around players like myself … I feel excited and can’t wait to visit as soon as the dead period is lifted”.

Here is a link to Madden’s highlights.




Dylan Dixson – DB

Just the facts … Committed February 4th … Dixson is a 6’2″, 190-pound defensive back from Pearland, Texas Rivals bio 247 Sports bio

What others say about Dixson … Dixson was listed as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports when Dixson committed, but Dixson was later (late February) given a fourth star by 247 Sports. Rivals rates Dixson as the No. 76 overall player out of the state of Texas, and the No. 38 safety prospect in the country. At 247 Sports, Dixson is rated as the No. 28 outside linebacker in the nation, the No. 47 player overall out of Texas, and the No. 361 player in the nation.

Dixson was second-team all-district pick at safety as a junior, and was Texas District 23-6A first-team selection at outside linebacker as a sophomore.

“Colorado said they would like me to play their strong safety position,” Dixson told “I did play outside linebacker my sophomore year, but aside from that I have been playing safety since I was 12 years old.”

Dixson accounted for 52 tackles, four interceptions, 11 pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in nine games as a junior. He also had 10 receptions on offense.

“I have good tackling skills, I don’t get tired, and I like being physical,” said Dixson, a second-team all-district selection in 2020.

Dixson had other offers from … From eight other schools, including six other Power Five schools. Dixson had offers from Arizona State, Florida State, Iowa State, Missouri, Virginia Tech and Tennessee.

In his own words … From his tweet announcing his commitment … “My family has been the backbone to this process from the beginning. Thankful to my brothers and Dad for being my first coaches with my Mom cheering us on. I am also grateful to the Pearland High School coaching staff for believing in me. Huge shout outs to Coach Brett Maxie and Head Coach Karl Dorrell for welcoming me into the Colorado Buffalo family.”

“It seems I’m going to play the strong safety position, which I think best fits me because it’s closest to the line,” Dixson told the Daily Camera. “I’m more of a run fit/tight end type guy. I felt that best fits me because as a linebacker, I feel like I’m more of a coverage linebacker in the first place. It really wouldn’t be a big adaptation to move to strong safety.”

Really, there’s not much Dixson doesn’t like about CU.

“I feel like it best fit me as a player,” he said.

Here is a link to his highlights.



30 Replies to “CU Recruiting Class of 2022”

  1. Recruiting is such an easy game. Seriously
    They show you theirs. You likeeee? You show them yours. They likeeee?
    Deal, what’s the issue.
    No likee You Numba 10

    Both sides are powerful.
    If the recruit has the goods “Everybody wants you”
    If the school has the goods. “They only want you if you have the goods”

    The five star goods are few and far between……..
    But for 2022
    Ohio state has 4
    LSU has 3
    Alabama 2
    FSU 2
    Michigan 1
    A&M 1
    USC 1
    Georgia 1
    Oklahoma 1

    In Summary Goods get the goods

    Yo Ho Buffs

    Note: 135 4 stars committed.
    Note 2: Buffs have zero.
    Note 3: Goods or no goods in either direction??

  2. I like what I saw on Mills’ recruiting video….. ‘course we’re only seeing his best.

    That being said, he has good speed and sticks to the receiver really well, no matter if it’s a FLY pattern or a SLANT. His poltential appears to be vertical.

  3. Color me skeptical on McCown. The sonny boy thing hardly ever seems to work out. Brenden Rice right now looks like the exception to the rule but there are so many disappointments. I’m sure a lot of you can point to many in the past including the most famous name Elway. The latest ones are the McCaffrey Bros….who still might flower at a lower level…but we dont need no lower levels.

    1. Christian does ok, seems like.

      Karl seems to like kids with nfl families. I see the appeal. I have little doubt Owen can play and read defenses. If he grows, could be good.

      Go Buffs

      1. Yes Christian has succeeded but he didnt try and be a QB. You will find a few more exceptions to the rule where most of what you need at positions other than QB is natural physical talent. A QB needs a lot more. Above average mental processing, eye hand coordination along with that live arm, leadership abilities etc.
        I’ll be happy as a clam if McCown becomes a success but so far he still has a long road to go. If you could clone dad and give the clone more QB training growing up it might have a better chance to work. Gotta remember he has half Mom’s genes. Many times Pedigree can be a synonym for nepotism.

          1. nice try earache. Apples and meteors. Sonny was never a high profile national athlete. He was a ground breaking coach. His kids did benefit from his teaching but not his…aaahhhh…pedigree and they earned their prominence on their own.
            I didnt want to bring this up but if you insist on playing one upmanship look no further than CHWSRN

        1. Jack elway. Son John.

          I could go on.

          Does that mean a lock if you have athletic parents who played or coached at a hig level? No. Nor does getting a five star recruit with no history of football nor other athleticism in their genealogy.

          But, I think there are sign posts. And we seem to be seeing more of them that Karl and co look for.

          Go Buffs

          1. Same story with Jack Elway, a coach but not an athlete of note. Unfortunate for CHWSRN in that his dad wasnt much of a coach.

        2. I chose those because they had CU and donko ties. Both came from coaching/football families. Who also played, albeit not in the nfl.

          So fine: Mannings. Matthews. Embrees (although Taylor don’t make the nfl he did ok at ucla). Neuheisel (coaching and d1 playing). I could go on. Want basketball? Track? Skiing? Genetics matter. As does being around a profession as you grow up.

          Of course I knew you would go Cody, and figured you would also go jay macintyre. Or maybe Curtis even. Last I checked, both played decent d1 ball. Both may also now be coaching. Curtis may be too.

          And to restate the point I was making, Karl has brought in a handful of kids whose dads played in the nfl. I understand why. Maybe you do too. Maybe you don’t. We’ll see how Owen develops. If he can get to 200+ lbs in the next 18 months, he could be a great prospect for CU.

          Go Buffs

          1. Exceptions to the rule are low hanging fruit. Its a little harder to research he disappointments but its a given most of the high fliers want there kids to do the same. I know exactly why you like these sonny boys. Its the connections. When someone plays in the NFL they develop lots of connections. You seem like a big connection guy to me. Earache for Gubner.
            The Embrees dont exactly fit my parameters. You keep going back to coaching. even though you think better players are the answer. There is a lot more nepotism going on there it seems these days and a lot of them are doing well. Maybe its because its something you can learn and not your god given……ahhh…pedigree.

    2. EP, ya do have a point….but….but… if you TOTALLY disregard the genes, then they (THE RECRUITS WITH GRRREAT GENES) go into the same pot of veggie soup as the rest.

      If I had a choice of selecting a recruit, I would rather have one with good genetic history vs one with no genetic history to pull from.

      Do you just like pickin’ on earache ? I like the banter, so don’t stop on my account…..same for him.


  4. I like the pedigree of Owen mccown. My first thought when I saw his picture a while back was that he looks like a string bean. Hopefully he fills out. Reminded me of Tyler Lytle.

    Go Buffs

    1. Agreed, now need to get that through to recruits with serious ambitions of playing in the league…reason why Senior is comfortable with his son here.

  5. I just read the Howell chat where he said there is a possibility a kid named Blayne Toll might transfer from Arkansas. He is 6.5 and 240 plus…and get this ….even….rated as a 3 star he had 25 offers many from the big names. According to Brian he was playing D with the hogs but wants to play O possibly as a TE. Might get a bit crowded in the TE room…kinda is already barring any more injuries but he sounds like a keeper.

    1. Crowded with bodies may not mean crowded with talent. Looking forward to September. Heck, even spring ball could be fun to read about.

      Go Buffs

  6. Certainly continuing the trend of tall DB’s over the last 2 classes.
    Everyone is 6’2″ or taller except Christian Gonzalez at 6’1 (according to Rivals)
    I am definitely interested in how KD and staff do with this 2022 Class

    Anyone know what position William Anglen (6’2 190) settled at for CU ?
    … just watched his videos (recruited as athlete) and he was playing QB

  7. Can you find out if CU knew Lamb was coming and so they told that to almost signed linebacker Patu? The kid had a family tie to CU so I feel bad if we discouraged him from coming. Of course want to be fair to him in seeing future competition.

    1. I don’t think we’ll hear from either party that it was a trade off, with Patu being encouraged to move on because Lamb was a potential addition.

      That being said, Patu was a long time commit for CU (since October 1st), and de-committed the day before Signing Day. If you are going to defect that late in the process, it’s likely because you have found a new suitor (see: DL “Ike”, who was a CU commit all the way up until he received an offer from Michigan).
      As of this morning, Patu still hasn’t signed with a school, which lends credence to the idea that the de-commitment wasn’t entirely Patu’s idea …

  8. At last back to back good news. I was bummed out on Wednesday.
    A side question, does anyone know where Rakestraw landed?

    1. Derrion Rakestraw – Tulane
      K.D. Nixon – USC
      Jason Harris – Arizona
      Tyler Lytle – UMass
      Jaren Mangham – South Florida
      Still looking … Akil Jones, William Anglen, T.J. Trujillo …

        1. Only if the team wants them. It has to be mutual.
          Which is going to be a problem for some players, as their spots on the 85-man roster (especially with the COVID-year expanse of players) may be difficult.

          1. Thanks. On a separate note, I hope this recruiting class benefits from the limited number of scholarships available nationally and some 4 stars may give CU longer looks. However it breaks down, I expect the average rating of recruits for every team in the nation to be inflated, and I hope CU rides that wave as well as anyone.

          2. I think you’re right. Every school – including the blue bloods – will be limited in the number of scholarships they can hand out to the Class of ’22. The fewer number of scholarships should help with the “trickle down” of quality players to other schools, including CU.
            It will be an interesting ride to December’s Signing Day.

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