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Colorado Recruiting Class of 2022

Late additions to the Class of 2022 … 

Van Wells – OL

Just the facts … Committed January 16th … Wells is a 6’2″, 300-pound offensive lineman from Houston, Texas … Rivals bio247Sports bio

What others say about Wells … Wells is considered to be a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At 247 Sports, Wells is rated as the No. 71 interior lineman in the nation, the No. 178 player out of Texas, and the No. 1241 overall payer in the nation.

Wells had other offers from … a total of 19 schools, though Wells had only one other offer from another Power Five school (Maryland). Wells was a Louisiana commit for most of the fall, but decommitted in November with hopes of gaining a Power Five offer. Wells did have offers from schools like Air Force, Houston, Navy and Nevada.

In his own words … “I know that you can get to the NFL from anywhere basically, but I also want to go up against the highest competition I can,” Wells told BuffStampede.com. “I want to play against who other people may think are the best.”

“My coaches thought that I would be a good center after I played tight end for two years so when COVID hit, it really helped me. I just focused on the gym,” Wells told CUSportsNation. “I was 250 but by the time my junior season started, I was 290-pounds. I was able to add 40 pounds of muscle, and I was still able to move very well. I got adjusted to being a center pretty quickly.

“My job is to go 100 percent of the time and make minimal mistakes. And I take pride in helping others. This season we had two guards that were young and they got to be good players eventually. Basically I am the quarterback of the offensive line so if you see me in the game, you will see me pointing out stuff, making sure I am putting my guys in the best situation.”

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights

 

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Jason Oliver – DB

Just the facts … Committed January 14th … Sowell is a 6’0″, 160-pound defensive back from Bakersfield, California (Liberty) … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Oliver … Oliver is considered to be a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At Rivals, Oliver is ranked as the No. 66 player overall in the state. At 247 Sports, Oliver is ranked as the No. 95 cornerback in the nation, the No. 78 player overall out of California, and the No. 1049 prospect in the nation.

He accounted for 1,281 all-purpose yards, 11 touchdowns, eight pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery as a senior while helping Liberty to a Southwest Yosemite League title and 11 wins.

Oliver had other offers from … at least three Pac-12 schools: Utah; California; and Oregon State. Oliver also had offers from Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, San Jose State, and UNLV.

In his own words … “Colorado just seemed like an awesome place to go and play football, and further my education, so that was really the biggest thing for me,” Oliver Jr. said in an article on Bakersfield.com.

“Going to Colorado it’s a unique situation,” he added. “They had a whole bunch of transfers at the position. Their (cornerbacks) coach left and went to Oregon and a couple of their guys transferred out to other schools. So for me to go in early and start learning the defense and get my name out to the coaches early and start playing in front of them is really an opportunity for me to fight for some playing time. As a freshman, that would be an awesome thing to do.”

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

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22 Commitments (including grey-shirt punter Ashton Logan)

22 Commitments, by Position 

QuarterbacksOwen McCown

Running BacksVictor Venn

Wide ReceiversJordyn TysonChase Sowell

Tight EndsZach Courtney

Offensive LinemenTravis GrayCarter EdwardsVan Wells

Defensive LinemenAaron Austin

LinebackersEoghan KerryAubrey SmithShakaun BowserKenny SoaresKaden Ludwick

Defensive BacksSimeon HarrisJoshua WigginsKeyshon MillsDylan DixsonXavier Smith … Oakie Salave’a … Jason Oliver … 

SpecialistsAshton Logan

Recruits are from … Texas: 8 … California: 4 … Georgia: 3  … Colorado: 1 …  Oregon: 1 … Connecticut: 1 … Arizona: 1 … Mississippi: 1 …

 

Chase Sowell – WR

Just the facts … Committed December 14th … Sowell is a 6’1″, 185-pound wide receiver from Humble, Texas (Asascoctia) … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Sowell … Committing the day before Signing Day, Sowell remained an unrated prospect by 247 Sports. At Rivals, however, Sowell was rated as a three-star player. Sowell was Texas District 21-6A first-team selection as a junior. Sowell is a standout baseball player, and he has considered a future on the diamond, as well.

Sowell had roughly 1,400 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior, prompting Colorado to extend an offer on Dec. 4th. The Buffs have complimented him on his football IQ and his ability to make plays downfield.

Sowell had other offers from … only a handful of schools. The only other Power Five school expressing interest was Indiana (and that was for baseball), with offers from Northern Iowa, UT-San Antonio, Sam Houston and Incarnate Word. If you are looking for solace, the sentiment is that Sowell wasn’t actively pursued as he was looking more at pursuing a baseball career, but a breakout senior year turned some heads and changed some minds.

In his own words … “I am still deciding what I want to do,” Sowell told 247 Sports two days before he committed to Colorado. “I don’t really have an answer but I will continue talking with my family and I think I should be making a decision soon. But I am not planning to sign Dec. 15. I am actually waiting until February.”

Two days later … “The coaches at Colorado like my film and know what ‘m capable of,” Sowell told CUSportsNation. “I’ll always have to prove myself but I don’t think I really have to put on too much. The coaches at Colorado, coach Dorrell, coach (Reggie) Moore, they trust me and they believe in me.”

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

 

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Oakie Salave’a – Ath

Just the facts … Committed December 13th … Salave’a is a 6’2″, 185-pound athlete from Pago Pago, American Samoa … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Salave’a … Smith was rated as a three-star athlete by 247 Sports, but a two-star quarterback by Rivals. At 247 Sports, Salave’a was considered to be the No. 1 overall prospect out of American Samoa, the No. 129 “athlete” in the nation, and the No. 1529 overall prospect.

Salave’a was a do-it-all type of player at Tafuna High School in American Samoa, affectionally known as ‘Motu o Fiafiaga’ or the island of paradise and happiness. He made the biggest impact at quarterback while leading the Warriors to back-to-back championships and winning ASHSAA Most Valuable Player honors in 2020 and 2021.

Salave’a is a CU legacy. His father, Okland Salave’a, Sr., played defensive tackle for Colorado from 1987-89 and was a close friend of former CU quarterback Sal Aunese.

Salave’a had other offers from … San Diego State and Hawai’i. Salave’a was a San Diego State commit from June 20th until his commitment to Colorado on December 13th.

In his own words … “(My had has) been telling me that Colorado’s coaches are really great,” Salave’a previously told CUSportsNation. “The campus is really good, Boulder is really nice and he told me that it was like a family when he went there. He got really close to his teammates and that they’ve been like another family to him besides his real family.”

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Xavier Smith – Ath

Just the facts … Committed December 9th … Smith is a 6’2″, 185-pound athlete from Fairburn, Georgia … Rivals bio247 Sports bio …

What others say about Smith … Well, you’re not gonna like it. Despite Smith’s late-in-the-process commitment, Smith was an unrated prospect by 247 Sports at the time of his commitment, and only a two-star prospect by Rivals.

Smith spent time playing safety, nickel back, quarterback, running back, and kickoff returner this fall. Some good news: Smith was named his region’s Player of the Year for his performance as a senior. He is fast: Smith broke three school records in track last year, and qualified for the 6A state meet in both the 200-meter and 400-meter dash.

Smith had other offers from … Well, you’re not gonna like this, either. Smith had an offer from Army, but, after that … Middle Tennessee, Charlotte, Liberty, Tennessee State … you get the idea.

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

 

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Eoghan Kerry – LB

Just the facts … Committed December 1st … Kerry is a 6’3″, 225-pound linebacker from Santa Ana, California (and recruiting hotbed Mater Dei) .. Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Kerry … Kerry is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At Rivals, Kerry is listed as the No. 48 outside linebacker in the nation, and the No. 40 overall prospect out of the state of California. At 247 Sports, Kerry is rated as the No. 66 linebacker nationally, the No. 54 prospect out of California, and the No. 684 player in the nation.

Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Adam Gorney describes Eoghan Kerry as a physical player that flies around and makes plays all over the field.

“I’ve always been surprised that Kerry has not seen his recruitment take off even more because he can move well, he’s physical and Kerry flies around the field to make plays all the time,” said Gorney last summer, before Kerry’s senior season. “Maybe it’s because Kerry has only played football for a few years or because of the Covid shutdown but once coaches see him in person, they become interested.”

Kerry had other offers from … from five other Power Five schools, most notably Texas, which was seen as CU’s greatest competition. Kerry was a Texas commit from August until November 27th, when he de-committed. From the Pac-12, Kerry had offers from UCLA, Utah and Arizona, with other offers from schools like Boston College, Colorado State, and Nevada. Kerry also had offers from the likes of Yale and Penn – so we know academics won’t be an issue.

In his own words “Colorado was amazing, even better then I expected,” Kerry told 247Sports in the summer. “Boulder is Beautiful, the Flatirons, the mountains and just the overall environment there was incredible and I really had a good time.

“The coaches are awesome and have created a great culture there. That’s a big thing there, the coaches are really focusing on the culture of the program and bringing in guys that fit that and that’s something that’s important to me too.”

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

A You Tube video: A day in the life of Eoghan Kerry

 

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Erick Conley – DL

Decommitted … November 26th … “First I would like to thank the CU Boulder staff. Thank you to the fans for showing love, but after talks with Coach Wilson I will be trusting God to lead me in the right direction as I will be reopening my recruitment 110%. Thank you CU!”

Just the facts … Committed July 13th … Conley is a 6’4″, 250-pound defensive tackle from Houston, Texas (Alief Taylor) … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Conley … Conley is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, but, on the date of his commitment in July, was not rated by 247 Sports. The owner of a 4.45 grade point average, Conley wants to study to become a Neuroscientist. “Colleges love that I am a versatile player but they also like that I am a good person,” Conley said. “Every college coach I’ve spoken to has mentioned my grades.”

“Coach Wilson was talking about putting me on the edge and even sometimes on the inside of the line,” he said. “Wherever he wants me to play, I am going to play and I am going to be my best at it.”

Conley had other offers from … only one other Power Five school, South Carolina. Conley also had offers from Colorado State, Nevada, New Mexico, and Navy.

In his own words … “It was amazing,” Conley told BuffStampede.com of his official visit to CU in June. “The environment of the town, the stadium, the people, and the coaches there all stood out to me. I got to hang out with (defensive coordinator and defensive line) coach (Chris) Wilson and it was great because we didn’t just talk about football. He talked about life. His main message to me was to check the boxes and be happy. He likes that I am a versatile player.”

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights.

 

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McKale Boley – OL

Decommitted … November 23rd … Tweet from Boley: “I want to start by thanking all of the coaches at the University of Colorado for believing in me and giving me the chance to play football at the next level. Now after rethinking and having a conversation with my family, I have decided it is best for me to decommit from the University of Colorado and reopen my recruitment 100%”

Note … the decommitment should not be considered a surprise, as this was a recruit from Mississippi who was recruited by fired offensive line coach Mitch Rodrigue. Since his commitment to CU in July, Boley has picked up offers from … no other schools …

Just the facts … Committed July 31st … Boley is a 6’6″, 286-pound offensive lineman from Hattiesburg, Mississippi … Rivals bio 247 Sports bio

What others say about Boley … You’re not gonna like this … Boley was not rated by 247 Sports as of the date of his commitment, and didn’t even show up in the database at Rivals. CU now has two offensive line commits from the Class of 2022, and both are from Hattiesburg. The other, Carter Edwards, committed on June 21st (see bio, below).

McKale Boley played as a defensive lineman early during his junior season at Oak Grove, then he suffered an injury. So, despite being 6-foot-6, 286-pounds, Boley did not stand out because he did not have any film as an offensive lineman to send to colleges.

“It was really hard… but I knew my time would come,” he said. “I just had to be patient.”

Boley had other offers from … no one else. Boley received an offer from CU on July 28th, and committed three days later. Boley was only able to play in two games as a junior at Oak Grove, so he has flown more under-the-radar as a recruit. In addition to Colorado, he has five Junior College options.

In his own words … “I came out to Boulder with my dad, had a workout and an unofficial visit,” Boley told BuffStampede.com. “It was a good workout. They liked my footwork and offered me a scholarship. I have good feet because from when I was in second grade up until last year, I played soccer.”

The elder Boley played collegiately at Southern Mississippi where he was a Conference USA Defensive Most Valuable Player and a three-time all-conference selection. He played there at the same time Mitch Rodrigue was an assistant on the Golden Eagles’ staff.

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights.

 

 

 

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Aubrey Smith – LB

Just the facts … Committed October 22nd … Smith is a 6’2″, 210-pound linebacker from Buford, Georgia … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Smith … Smith is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At Rivals, Aubrey is rated as the No. 17 inside linebacker in the nation, and the No. 47 player in the talent-rich state of Georgia.  he No. 59 player out of Georgia, and the No. 596 player overall in the nation.  Smith recorded 34 tackles, one sack, one caused fumble and a pass deflection through the first six games of his senior season at Buford. The Wolves improved to 6-1 with a dominating 37-0 victory over Shiloh last Friday.

Smith had other offers from … an impressive list of schools, including Alabama, Georgia, Auburn and Mississippi from the SEC. There were also offers from Florida State, Michigan State (and Mel Tucker), Nebraska, Arizona State, Baylor, Georgia Tech and Indiana. A teammate of CU tailback commit Victor Venn, Smith took an official visit to Boulder earlier in October.

In his own words … “Knowing the coaches has been a great experience,” he told CUSportsNation after his official visit. “The relationships with the coaches have been good so far. My vibe (with Smith) is A1 — I have a good relationship with him.”

 

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Shakaun Bowser – LB

Just the facts … Committed September 20th … Bowser is 6’4″, 225-pound linebacker from Gilbert, Arizona … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Bowser … Bowser is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At Rivals, Bowser is considered to be the 44th-best outside linebacker in the nation, and the No. 10 player out of the state of Arizona. According to 247 Sports, Bowser is rated as the No. 94 linebacker in the nation, the No. 15 player out of Arizona, and the No. 977 player overall in the country. Bowser recorded 77 tackles, 11 sacks, and 12 total tackles for loss in his 2020-2021 season.

Bowser had other offers from … a good number of Power Five schools. From the Pac-12, Bowser had offers from both Arizona schools, Utah and Oregon State. Other offers came in from Michigan, Iowa State, and both Kansas schools. Bowser’s final three came down to Colorado, Kansas State and Oregon State.

In his own words … “So my family and I sat down and talked about it,” Bowser told BuffStampede.com. “We told my coach the pros and cons of every program. One of the main things we mentioned about the programs is that we love the coach. He said, ‘Don’t make a decision off a coach because coaches come and go. College football is a business.’ He asked, ‘What school is going to better you no matter what the situation is?’ And it was Colorado.

“Altogether, Colorado and Boulder is just best for me to grow not only as a football player but as a person and man because that is what college is also about. It is not just about football.”

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights.

 

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Jordyn Tyson – WR

Just the facts … Committed August 12th … Tyson is a 6’2″, 170-pound wide receiver from Allen, Texas … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Tyson … Tyson wasn’t rated by Rivals at the time of his commitment, but was considered to be a three-star prospect by 247 Sports. At 247 Sports, Tyson was listed as the No. 196 overall prospect out of Texas, and the No. 194 wide receiver nationally.

Tyson had other offers from … seven other schools, though none of them being Power Five conference schools. The best other offers came from schools like Tulsa, New Mexico and Colorado State.

In his own words … “The way Colorado believed in my talent and how they brought me into the family really stood out,” Tyson told BuffStampede.com. “How nice the facilities and campus are stood out also. We got a chance to look around Boulder quite a bit because we were out there for three or four days. Really, everything is nice out there.

“(Offensive coordinator and receivers) coach (Darrin) Chiaverini said he likes everything about my game, especially my ball skills and my route running.”

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights.

 

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Kenny Soares – Ath

Just the facts … Committed August 7th … Soares is a 6’3″, 200-pound athlete from Avon, Connecticut … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Soares … Soares is rated as a three-star athlete by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At Rivals, Soares is considered to be the No. 30 “athlete” in the nation, and the No. 1 overall prospect out of the state of Connecticut. At 247 Sports, Soares is rated as the No. 94 athlete in the nation, the No. 9 overall prospect from Connecticut, and the No. 1132 overall prospect nationally.

It is reported that Soares would likely come to Colorado as a linebacker, being compared to Oklahoma transfer Robert Barnes.

Soares did not have a junior season at Avon Old Farms due to the pandemic, but he had a standout performance at a Clemson camp earlier this summer. Colorado began evaluating him closer, and brought him out on an unofficial visit in late July.

Rivals’ own Adam Friedman had a chance to check out Soares back in May, noting his versatility:

“Soares is one of the most interesting prospects in the northeast’s 2022 recruiting class. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound athlete can play running back, tight end, H-back, or linebacker.

“On Sunday Soares focused on linebacker and ended up winning the MVP award because of his impressive combination of athleticism and ball skills, but he also took one on one reps at running back. Soares won those reps, too.”

Soares had other offers from … over a dozen other schools, but only a few from Power Five conference schools. Soares had offers from Indiana and Maryland, with other offers from schools like Army, Navy, Buffalo, and Central Michigan, with interest from schools like Penn State and West Virginia.

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights.

 

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Ronald “Champ” Lewis – DB

Decommitted … August 4th … Tweet announcing his decommitment … “First off, I would like to thank the man above. I would also like to thank the coaches at CU for all of the love and support. After praying and discussing with my family, I have decided to decommit from the University of Colorado and reopen my recruitment. Please respect my decision” 

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 BuffStampede.com. “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 Hudl.com highlights.

 

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Travis Gray – OL

Just the facts … Committed August 4th … Gray is a 6’6″, 300-pound offensive lineman from Aurora, Colorado (Cherokee Trail) … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Gray … Gray is rated as three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At 247 Sports, Gray is listed as the No. 8 overall prospect out of the state of Colorado, the No. 111 offensive tackle in the nation, and the No. 1195 overall prospect in the country.

Gray had other offers from … at least four other Power Five conference schools, including both of the Arizona schools from the Pac-12, along with Kansas and Maryland. Gray was also being recruited by schools like Nebraska, Missouri, Utah and Oregon State.

In his own words … “I worked on my footwork a lot… I didn’t feel my footwork wasn’t as good last season because I was still growing into my body. I am still getting used to it,” Gray told BuffStampede.com. “Footwork is a huge thing, and I feel I improved on my run game and my pass game, and I will be more violent at the line of scrimmage as a senior. Colleges like my length and my ability to recognize defenses. They think I can be a really good team player at tackle.”

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights

 

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Simeon Harris – DB

Just the facts … Committed July 21st … Harris is a 6’0″, 170-pound defensive back from Benicia, California (near San Francisco) Rivals bio  247 Sports bio

What others say about Harris … Harris is rated as a three-star prospect by 247 Sports, but only a two-star prospect by Rivals. At 247 Sports, Harris is considered to be the No. 123 “athlete” prospect in the nation, the No. 123 overall prospect out of the state of California, and the No. 1423 prospect nationally.

Harris had other offers from … four Mountain West schools: Colorado State; Fresno State; Utah State and Air Force. Reportedly, however, Harris’ stock has gone up considerably this summer, as he has been hitting the summer camps (including the one at CU). Harris had been a Fresno State commit since February, but decommitted shortly after receiving CU’s offer. Several Pac-12 schools, including Washington and Oregon State, had interest. Due to issues related to his transferring schools last fall, Harris was only allowed to play in two games, which may have cut down on the number of schools willing to make him an offer before the start of his senior year in high school.

In his own words … When Harris committed to Fresno State, he was asked what he brought to the table. “They can expect a long, tall, corner/safety/nickel who can cover ground, get from the hash to the sideline or the middle of the field to the sideline”, Harris told 247 Sports. “I can make plays on the ball when it’s thrown in the air. Expect a lot of turnovers.”

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights.

 

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Aaron Austin – DE

Just the facts … Committed July 6th … Austin is 6’3″, 255-pound defensive lineman from Ft. Worth, Texas (North Crowley) … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Austin … Austin is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At 247 Sports, Austin is considered to be the No. 119 defensive lineman in the country, the No. 144 overall prospect out of Texas, and the No. 1045 player in the country. Last season, Austin helped the North Crowley Panthers to a 7-4 record. He was named all-district after recording 48 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, nine sacks, three forced fumbles and four pass breakups.

Austin had other offers from … some 20 schools nationally, including a number of Power Five schools. From the Pac-12, Austin had offers from Washington State and Arizona. Austin had other offers from Boston College, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota and Nebraska.

In his own words … “I had been out of the (Dallas-Fort Worth) metroplex before but I had never been that far,” Austin told BuffStampede.com. “Na’im Rodman showed me the ropes, how it is like living out there in Boulder and other things like coach. I met with (defensive coordinator and defensive line) coach (Chris) Wilson and (recruiting assistant) D.J. Bryant and their message was that I can be there and be successful and I can be part of a family.”

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights.

 

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Joshua Wiggins – DB

Just the facts … Committed June 27th … Wiggins is a 6’1″, 178-pound defensive back from Spring, Texas … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Wiggins … Wiggins is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. Rivals has Wiggins listed as the No. 96 overall prospect out of the state of Texas, while 247 Sports has the No. 92 cornerback in the nation, the No. 140 player out of Texas, and the No. 989 overall prospect in the country.

Wiggins had other offers from … two SEC schools – Kentucky and Mississippi. In addition, Wiggins had offers from Group of Five schools like Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe (where his brother played), and Toledo.

In his own words … “The culture, the coaches and whole staff, the family part of it, the players… I just liked everything about it,” Wiggins told BuffStampede.com. “(Running back) Jarek Broussard was my player host and he showed me it is a place that can feel like home. It is a very good place to be at. They are trying to build the program back up to where it needs to be. It was a good reaction when I committed. Everybody was happy. It is a blessing.”

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights.

 

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Carter Edwards – OL

Just the facts … Committed June 21st … Edwards is a 6’6″, 275-pound offensive lineman from Hattiesburg, Mississippi … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Edwards … Edwards is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At 247 Sports, Edwards is listed as the No. 25 overall prospect out of the state of Mississippi, the No. 73 offensive tackle in the nation, and the No. 997 overall prospect in the country. Edwards was an All-State selection for both the 2019 and 2020 seasons for 6A Presbyterian Christian high school, which runs an almost exclusively run-based offense. Edwards helped clear the way for Louisiana Tech bound running back Marquis Crosby, who broke the single-season Mississippi rushing record with 3,678 yards. Colleges have complimented Edwards the most on his “flexibility and quick feet.”

Edwards had other offers from … several other Power Five conference schools, including both of his home state SEC schools – Mississippi and Mississippi State. Edwards also had offers from Kansas State and Louisville, as well as schools like UCF, UAB, Southern Miss and Princeton. Edwards took official visits to Kansas State and Louisville before committing to Colorado.

In his own words … “When I saw the Aerospace Engineering building, they have a great Aerospace Engineering program, I knew I wanted to commit,” Edwards told BuffStampede.com. “And I just love all the coaches. (Offensive line) coach (Mitch) Rod(rigue) and (head) coach (Karl) Dorrell… I really like them, and I like their strength program (which is led by Shannon Turley).

“We flew in (for my official visit) and the first thing they took us to, we got to meet with one of the Aerospace Engineering professors and he showed us around the building. …  I am going to miss the whole (recruiting) process, but I am kind of relieved.”

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights.

 

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Carlton Madden – DL

De-committed June 21st … Four days after receiving a scholarship offer from Georgia, Madden decided to decommit from Colorado. Madden was mostly under-the-radar early on due to the fact he was not allowed to play on varsity as a junior, because of a transfer ruling. He has seen his stock rise after performing well at a handful of camps this summer.  Madden has also added Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Washington State as Power 5 options this month, with interest from Florida and Louisville.

“After discussion and prayer with my family, I will be decommitting from the University of Colorado,” Madden tweeted. “I made the decision to commit back in February and many things have changed along the way. I’m looking to explore a few more options and making sure I make the right choice. I want to thank the whole recruiting staff for all the love and support.”

Update … September 16th … Committed to home-state Georgia …

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 (Madden picked up a three-star designation later).

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 CUSportsNation.com. “But Colorado was still showing love”.

Madden had other offers from … at the time of his commitment in February, there was only CU and Kent State.

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 Hudl.com highlights.

 

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Kaden Ludwick – LB

Just the facts … Committed June 16th … Ludwick is a 6’4″, 200-pound linebacker from Clackamas, Oregon … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Ludwick … Ludwick is considered to be a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At 247 Sports, Ludwick is considered to be the No. 93 outside linebacker in the nation, and the No. 8 overall prospect out of the state of Oregon. Ludwick has reported gaining 45 pounds in the last year or so, and, while he is currently listed as a linebacker prospect, he may be a defensive end by the time he gets to Boulder.

“I also added explosiveness,” Ludwick told BuffStampede.com. “It helped me when we were finally able to get out there for a short spring season. Opposing teams had two guys blocking me at all times, and quarterbacks rolling out the opposite way, but I was still able to do my thing and make plays. Adding the strength and speed definitely helped a lot.”

Ludwick had other offers from … four other schools, including Washington State from the Pac-12. Other offers were from Air Force, Nevada and Idaho.

In his own words … “It was my first time to Colorado and it was an amazing place,” Ludwick told 247 Sports about his unofficial visit to Boulder earlier in June. “The coaches were great and the mountain views are something else.  Meeting all the coaches and the support staff was a highlight. They all had great facilities and you can see they really care about their players.”

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights.

 

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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 BuffStampede.com. “(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 Hudl.com highlights.

 

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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 BuffStampede.com. “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 Hudl.com highlights

 

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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 Rivals.com. 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 BuffStampede.com. “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 Rivals.com. “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 Hudl.com highlights.

 

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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 Hudl.com highlights.

 

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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 BuffStampede.com. “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 Hudl.com highlights.

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125 Replies to “CU Recruiting Class of 2022”

  1. While it’s hard to see all the turnover, it’s clear KD is doing all he can to upgrade coaching and personnel. Not every transfer is what we want to see but overall we need upgrades in all areas. The portal at least gives us a chance to be competitive. Something we’re all looking for.

  2. Travis Gray is one to watch.
    From the DC on his new OL coach DeVan…
    “I did get a good idea what he’s gonna teach us,” Gray said. “It was really important for me to watch it. I know that when he comes, he’s gonna teach us to be nasty. We’re gonna know the game, and we’re gonna have a lot of fun.”

  3. Just so we all know. Classes started this week.

    Go Buffs.

    Retool the coaches……………..retool the players…………….

  4. Like I said earlier in the transfer thread, starting at CU as a freshman is definitely a recruiting point. Unfortunately that doesn’t translate to wins very well, and once proven after their 1st year or 2, transfer portal is open for some nice NIL opportunities.😒

  5. I’m impressed with Oakie Salave’a…definitely an ATH.

    BUT, don’t overlook him at QB. he has a super delivery and allows his receiver to be to run under the ball…. a beautiful arc…. and he can throw the ball like a laser when he has to….even if he is running. The Dude has wheels too.

    APPEARANCE. Leaders look like leaders. He looks like a leader. Reminds me of Sal Anuse.

    Remember this post ! It’s in the crystal ball. HELL—O OAKIE. (Not as in Boomer Sooner).

    1. The ol guy is stepping up.
      Risk projection
      Still doing the homework.

      No cali money wishywashy babaloney.

      Hey Merry Christmas in case I miss your next post.

      The VKB
      Note: I also recall you predicted the firing of Urban

  6. Not sorry. (apologies to Reeses) for every position that is recruited not a D or O lineman is one more position unavailable for a D or O lineman.
    If you are going to take a chance on one of these outliers or POTENTIAL diamonds in the rough please make it a D or O lineman.
    Is Vlachos now our O line coach? I would love to see what he and Wilson are really thinking about this situation.
    Do they have confidence in the current roster? Was Chev’s O plans messing big time the O line too? (most likely) Does KD have some portal guys on line we dont know about?
    As a fan I sure would like to see some progress towards the bigger deficiencies on this team.
    Dont get me wrong. If Sowell turns out to be a Biletnikoff finalist I ‘ll be as happy as a clam that missed the shovel. That would have to mean the O line, and the OC, is giving whoever the QB is a chance to get the ball to him

    1. Hey yo…………..

      Yup the lines are the basis for success. Talent….
      So it has to start somewhere………………let’s say it starts at the HC.
      What is the offensive strategy he wants?
      But really at the OC designing the plays (The total play) that will give the players (regardless of talent) the ability to win the down. And of course timing of the play call….
      Then the OL coach teaching and ingraining the technique the the play execution that will make the play call successful.

      Priority
      Offensive coordinator
      Oline coach
      QB coach
      RB coach
      WR coach

      Go big HCKD
      Get the OC
      Get the OL Coach

      2022 Ye ha

      Note: I read somewhere the Buffs have a couple of silent recruits that will announce during the early signing period.

      Note 2: As I look at it……………….There is going to be a HUGE change in the Mighty Buffs scholarship roster. HCKD picks. And ya know what? The team is gonna be still so young.

    1. Ya,

      All those o lineman going to
      Ohio State
      Stanford
      Michigan State
      Michigan
      Kansas State
      Texas Tech

      Sheesh
      appears the oline coach really was not such a good fit.

      Wish him well.

      Buffs.

      Note: But regardless, the oline has been in the sh*tter for a decade and a half.
      Couple of exceptions but not really.

    2. My thoughts exactly, 83.

      Give HCKD a pass on this recruiting season….. how would you like recruiting for our Buffs now ? What was it….. # 100+ in every category on “O” and “D” nationally ?

      How many Bowl games ? Is it 35 to 40 ? Crap… that’s 70 to 80 teams…..and, we can’t get into a bowl game ?

      How would you like to put a Lamborghini in a $h!7 $hed ? Point Made.

  7. I love the addition of Oakie Salave’a to our recruiting class. He is fast strong and will be a great addition to our Safety Room. Over the years, I have observed that the athletes from American Samoa and Hawaii bring a certain amount of nastiness in their physical play. They definitely bring the wood, especially when playing defense. Two of the most recent CU players that come to mind are BJ Beatty and Jordan Dizon. Even though Jordan was an undersized ILB, he was a tackling machine aka Nate Landman. We need to add more polynesian players period, especially on the OL and DL. Recruiting more polynesian players will help turn this program around quickly.

  8. This staff seems to have a recruiting plan – identify players with three stars, solid grades, and strong work ethic, and “coach them up” over time. Seems like line help is still a need (maybe will he helped through the portal). The team would benefit from another higher profile “get,” (like Eoghan) to bring back the feeling of the early Coach McCartney years when it was evident that despite the losses on the field, something special was on the horizon. For a different reason than McCartney’s “resolve,” Coach Darrell , maybe experience, principles, ethics, stability can be the recruiter to draw special football players to Boulder. Time will tell.

  9. Anyone know if we plan on hiring a new OC before signing day? Not looking for names per se, just feel like this might be pertinent to any offensive player planning to sign.

    1. Not likely, and not likely to be seen as a major factor for the Recruiting Class.
      At last count, there are over 30 schools looking for OC’s … about 1/4 of the FBS (not to mention schools like Oregon, who are still looking for a head coach)
      I have been prepping for Signing Day, and I haven’t seen any of CU’s recruits on offense who are expressing concern about not signing due to CU not having an OC by 12/15

      1. Thanks Stuart! Figured as much. Can’t remember the last time there was this much fluidity in the coaching ranks for big time jobs. Pair that with the whole early signing day thing and it makes for some interesting times. To paraphrase radio folks I’m a “first time poster, long time reader”. Thank you for everything you do here…by far the best source for Buffs news.

  10. CU used to have athletes with blazing speed and upside talent. So I’m with ep on giving him a chance and Eric’s sharing of the quote that I can’t coach speed. My comment on another post a week ago is increasing onus on CU coaches in this evolving world is to show they can coach up and develop talent. Here is one raw guy. I remember a raw 2 star kid from Buena Vista that was coached up. Nate Solder. Not everyone is going to blossom but when u have something to work with, why not have the occasional commit like this.

  11. I would really like to be is a fly on the wall when KD is sitting in the living room and promising what would be different next year than our basement dwelling offense….and without an OC

  12. I’m willing to give Smith a chance. One reason for his light recruiting may be that he played so many positions he wasnt at one long enough to get settled in to gain notice.
    What I find disappointing is that we, as yet, dont have anymore quality D linemen and maybe another O lineman

  13. Wow Stu,

    Yur really trashing the kid and influencing the mob.

    Sheesh

    Mr. Smith Comes to boulder.

    Go HCKD…………….get the kids ya need

  14. I have heard it said, you can’t coach speed. Hopefully the dude has great football iq too. Seems he played every position but on the lines.

    Go Buffs

  15. Once you make a commitment I think they need to stay. Why did you verbal commit in the first place. I have a son who is trying to get into a college to play ball. He loves the buffs and understands loyalty and commitment come along with the game

  16. Some say the recruiting ratings are baloney.

    If you can’t recruit some who are rated better than a 3-star yur’ gonna’ be sucking hind-tit, always being satisfied with “Bottom-Feeders.” Getting a commit from the # 850th rated player in Texas, Georgia and Florida just ‘ain’t gonna cut it.

    Just sayin’.

  17. Clearly the MIghty Buffs Football Brain Trust are using the A-ARON strategy.

    It is a mystery is the answer.

    A-ARON came out just fine.

    Buffs Bowl Bound

    Note: Star recruits ain’t coming here. At least not yet. (not sure I want em anyway…..Recruiting companies are a business to make money. screw em, unless of course you pay for em then of course your in charge)

    Note 2: Clearly HCKD and his staff are going down their own path, not caring what unknowing fans pretend they know about recruiting………….(repeating services and bloggers and newspapers crap)

    Note 3: Certainly they have made offers to the high star guys, perhaps even hoping to get a couple but there focus has been on evaluation of the 3 stars to get the players they know will fit into their system, beliefs, and culture. The more I watch this, the more I like this.

    1. Glad you said all that. As an unknowing fan I wonder how much the recruiting services go after the low hanging fruit before they simply call everyone else a 3 star or less and retire to happy hour. I also wonder how much more than an unknowing fan they know about bio mechanics and how much they delve into character.
      I dont think I have to wonder how much film the Buff’s staff is wading through. Probably enough to make one of those recruiting service staffers run away screaming.
      Before NIL came along I used to wonder why any kid would want to leave Colorado to play elsewhere, especially in heat, humidity, cock roaches and things called grits on the menu.
      All wondering aside the reality is HCKD and the Buff’s staff are going to have to coach em up to become winners much to earaches’s trepidation. Speaking of earache isnt he in some kind of money laundering business and proud of it? That being the case if he wants the Jimmy and Joes he might be the perfect candidate to bid enough for a few of those mercenaries….or put his money where his mouth is.

      1. Wow. Only half a post about me. Or trying to be about me. The Berliner’s got you beat. He goes all in.

        Isn’t this a forum about CU football, and other athletics?

        Go Buffs

        1. Actually, it’s not supposed to be a “forum” at all, but a comments section on the CU news of the day. Sigh …

      2. Now, to your point about Recruiting, if the rating services are crap, and the coaches scour the country for talent, then how do you conclude that clearly the coaches have to coach em up? So they’re finding kids with potential and getting them to attain it? I disagree.

        As coach Wilson said, they have their profile and a big part of that is the ability to process quickly. You couple physical talent with mental acuity, and you get good players. The rating systems cannot find them all, and they all cannot fit on the top 5 teams’ rosters.

        Here’s to hoping Karl can find enough of them to start stacking wins like he likes stacking pancakes.

        Go Buffs

        Ps- part of their profile is also nfl and other athletic pedigree. Don’t tell anyone

        1. Well, in keeping with the comments on CU’s recruiting news of the day, I was reminded that even the venerable Bill McCartney said how he and his staff built the program was “finding the superior black athlete” and getting them to come to CU. Chido even glossed that from The Gospel According to Mac with “you can now call me the superior black athlete.”

          Good players make coaches look good. If Karl can find them, and get them to CU, our fortunes will turn around. If not, our program will continue to wallow in mediocrity. So far, I like the level of players they’re bringing in, despite many of them not being rated and having limited offer sheets. As always, I trust their eyes and knowledge more than mine, and certainly more than the recruiting services.

          Go Buffs

          1. it is about you when you keep trashing the coaches and calling them recruiters only. It is about you when you say we are going to wallow in mediocrity if we cant get the players…what players I cant figure out…..you like the players they are bringing in even though they arent the recruiting services low hanging fruit (ie the four and 5 stars). Hedging your bet and writing a novel to do it…..

          2. Hedging the bets.

            It is what real or perceived bankers do. All his posts hedge the bet. Just how it is. Personality traits prevail through all aspect of yur life.

            Anyway I agree with Stuart

            I am gonna comment on the news (now Stuart does that mean they have to comments without opinions………….asking cause well i need to.
            Okay thanks for putting this up.

          3. I have no arguments with disagreeing over CU-related issues, but you guys go pretty far afield.
            I just want to keep it from digressing into personal attacks …

          4. Trashing the coaches? Hey pot, meet kettle. As to my comments, when have I ever trashed a coach? Calling Barnett a .500 coach? Saying Bill Mac wasn’t my favorite guy bc I thought him a hypocrite? Challenging the opinion that leavitt was the reason for the 2016 breakthrough?

            If that is trashing, ok then.

            Go Buffs

          5. Saying it’s 70% coaching which you did (then tried later said it was 50-50) indicates a lack of understanding of what coaching does.

            You said Mac did good because he had players
            You said Gary did good cause he had players
            You said wacmac didn’t do good cause he didn’t have players.

            Ya know sometimes I think you just don’t understand how all this works

            Go back and read not only what you wrote but how you wrote it. You trashed Gary and Mac. Yur not that smart to slip that buy us with all your hedging your bets. Bankers are like that.

            Go Buffs

    1. No, as I’ve posted a number of times, I have a very tenuous relationship with the recruiting sites.
      Anything premium, I wait at least a day before posting. Since recruits are posting their commitments via social media these days, I can post their commitments as soon as they are public. I then post any information I can find about the recruit which is open to the public. Other documentation, like quotes from the recruit or from analysts from the website, I hold off on posting.
      We need Adam and Joshua doing their jobs, so we can enjoy the fruits of their labors, and they need to get paid from subscriptions. If people can come to a fan site and get information for free (either from what I post, or what you post in the comments), it takes away from the incentive for fans to pay for recruiting news.
      So, if you post premium content in the comments section, I am going to hold off on it being posted. Hope you understand that it is not personal …

      1. Agree but none of it was premium content. I don’t subscribe to any of them. So I only see the free stuff. Okay wait even. Just that sometimes you don’t post stuff.
        Buffs

        1. Stuart demonstrates the integrity to honor Adam’s and Joshua’s work at the subscription sites every day. His decision to do so is recognized, and genuinely appreciated, by CU At The Game readers!

  18. One other aspect of the pressure a 17/18 year-old athlete faces now when practicing/playing against 22/23 year-old men that merits attention. Many years ago, college football coaches would ask players to come to fall camp “in shape.” Two a day practices were designed to gauge whether players met our part of the bargain. Once the season completed in November (or large programs, January bowl season), we had time off before preparation for a few weeks of spring practices. Then time off before returning to fall “in shape.” Now, it is a 50/51/52 week grind. No time off, or, at most, two weeks off the treadmill each year. Adding the pressure of being “replaced on the roster” will get the attention of any player. It also must completely change the dynamic of being a “student athlete.”

  19. Stuart made an interesting comment somewhere……….something like all these guys will directly replacing another scholarship player and I hope they are better than the ones they are replacing………

    So, doesn’t that happen every year? Ya but not like it is gonna do in 2022

    2 seniors
    2 graduate students.

    so with 13 (so far) that means that
    these “new scholarship players” are gonna have to replace 9 existing scholarship players that are currently
    juniors
    sophomores
    freshmen.

    Mein Gott players you better do damn good this year or you could be
    one of the
    NLHN……………………No Longer Here Nine.

    Doesn’t seem quite fair acutally.

    Survival of the fittest.

    Bowl bound buffs

    1. Stuart was accurate. With the few graduates this coming year, the dynamic of the transfer portal, and other factors, this will be a formal replacement (probably, in the end, more than nine.

      It is not fair, and unlike the previous dynamic of college scholarships. Everything is changing. With the portal and NIL, there will be more decisions made on an individual basis by both coach and player. As someone closer to age 70 than 60, and someone who played football at a small college, this potential loss of a team/family/mutual commitment/group resolve will change the sport to what have you done lately – much like the “Not For Long” NFL. In that regard, Coach Dorrell, with NFL AND college experience is in a good position to build a family atmosphere when all elements are working against that possibility. I would not want to be an 17-year old navigating that type of practice and in-game pressure,

  20. Sorry champ…is that your real name? I don’t respect your decision and passing it off on God is pretty disgusting

  21. I’m just hoping this class will be better than in the past….especially lineman.

    Preseason is just hype. All the good vibes in the past have gone down the drain by the time each class becomes upperclassmen. Yes, these are talented players compared to their high school peers, but when skimming the cream off the top, you begin seeing the difference in the quality of the cream, the Buffs have just been another carton of half and half.

    The proof will be known by the end of November. “Cmon Buffs.

    1. Yo Trax of the Buff…
      Hope you are well.

      keep the faith…………..certainly…………..the phoenix-buff………..will rise again.

      Bowl Bound Buffs

      1. VK, it’s good seeing, “YO TRAX.”

        Perhaps there’s hope……I’m glad you think so VK…… I’m really, REALLY not seeing anything clear in Ye Olde Crystal Ball………all foggy now. Toooooooo many damn years “A Wishin’ and Hopin’ and Prayin’ with NO RETURN. It’s all been Pre-Season Hype in the DC.

        ‘Cmon BUFFS

  22. I like the new o-line. I think he will end up with more offers pretty quick once he plays games this year. His footwork is really good. Watch the kick backs on pass rushes. He comes back quick and balanced his shoulders square. He transitions to secondary rushers in a couple of the pretty smoothly. I also like he find folks to block in space. I can’t tell you how many times I saw our lineman running out on a pull and just missing a block, not last year. Last year they were all really good. But a few years ago when Chev was originally OC. Man those lineman could not find a block out in space. The biggest issue I have is will he grow, can’t play line in the pac 12 at 286. He will have to put on 20 pounds of muscle.

    1. This is all on MItchRod…Stephen Nembot 2.0, another long time soccer player turned OT project. He had all the tools, could never put it together (I recall reading a pre-draft report that pointed out he may have the worst fundamentals in the class).
      But do agree that a kid that big playing soccer is very, very impressive.

  23. Rodrigue himself came from “way under the radar” but last year turned out alright. Boley has the size right now but the photo I saw looked like he could easily add another 30 or 40 pounds without being turned into a large stationary boulder.
    and they play soccer in Hattiesburg? Interesting….thats Favre country

      1. Hope you didn’t just jinx him (he hasn’t really made it yet, has he?). To really make your point Eric I think you should examine the dad’s of everyone on the team. At least give us the bio’s of the QB’s which I think was the whole point before you ran out to the fringe.

        1. Dude, my point seems to escape you. Let me clarify: My point has been that Karl seems to have a pattern in his recruiting. He uses his network and likes targeting kids who come from nfl families.

          To me? I see why. And I hope it translates and think it will.

          You seem to conclude otherwise.

          Go Buffs

      2. Earache is probably ecstatic to hear that. We dont need no stinkin coaches….just relatives , buddies and biz associates.

  24. I foresee a ‘challenging’ year ahead for HCKD…our schedule is tough. And want to be clear I am 100% bought into/support him (unlike MickeyMac even during 2016).
    However, in a moment of frustration after the Alamo Bowl his thinking around the ‘overall talent level of the team’ came out. And it appears he has fallen into the same trap every almost every new coach falls into…thinking they can somehow recruit above their weight but end up with 3* recruits that are somehow ‘better’ than the previous regime’s.
    Saving grace will be the transfer portal, again believe CU is a highly desirable location for ‘heavy-weight busts’ i.e. Barns, Lamb, etc.

    1. I understand what your saying but this year it’s really different regarding the star ratings, some schools got full seasons, while others only a few games and still others no games. Add in no camps, less practice time and no ability for face to face and every other hurdle from the pandemic, this may be the one year that the star rating system is really out of whack. Not that it was always reliable, but there are reasons for it being even more underrated (pun intended).

      Add in NIL and the Buffs need much success this year to even hope to get those star ratings up. I’m sure NIL is already reducing the pool of recruits that will talk with schools outside of the schools that will be at the top in being able to attract NIL monies.

      I guess we all should start buying lotto tickets in hopes of winning enough to pay the Buff players.

  25. The Star system seems to be working well. (sarcasm)
    Buffs just offered a WR in Cal who isn’t even rated he has 13 offers, 5 from other PAC teams including the Ducks, Georgia, last and least dinner bell Mel.

  26. Recruits by position … Quarterbacks: 1 … Running backs: 1 … Tight Ends: 1 … Offensive Linemen: 1 … Defensive Linemen: 2 … Linebackers: 1 … Defensive Backs: 4 …

    No question HCKD believes it when, he says it all starts with the defense.

    It is now up to chev and the offensive coaching staff to give their charges a winning formula to win their side of the ball. Not only the scheme but the game time coaching execution of the scheme. Course the kids have to execute, but, like if ya don’t keep testing and updating the shrooms they may fail your intended desire.

    Update the shrooms continually chev and don’t mix and match the same way every time where the concoction always is predictable.

    Buffs

  27. Liked what I saw on his highlights, Conley looks strong and can shed or just slide by blockers. Between that, his grades and CU recruiting him he’ll be on other schools radar; let’s hope CU can keep him.

    Looks like his field of study is very important to him and with a stunning 4.45 GPA may be the reason CU ultimately gets him; that and Wilson & KD.

    Welcome Erick

  28. DB’s and more DB’s

    4 this year (so Far)
    5 last year

    It appears HCKD and the staff have seen a weakness left by the previous regimes.

    It has been a problem. Lots of injuries.

    Buffs.

    Current team ranking #44

    Note: Hmmmm No one from Colorado. Yet?
    Top 8 recruits in Colorado
    1. OU
    2. No commit….favs. Ohio state, Oklahoma, Oregon, florida
    3. Nebraska
    4. Michigan state
    5. No commit….favs. California, Colorado, Duke, knebraska
    6. Michigan
    7. USC
    8. No commit….favs. Arizona, Maryland, ASU, Colorado

  29. All I hear…we can’t recruit colo!!!! I grew up here and I wouldn’t recruit here either!!!! Loving the Texas recruiting, try to sneak a few of these WA QBs, been watching before Sefo, and the QBs are legit

  30. CU made Justice Finkley’s final 3, with Texas and ‘bama. He grew up a CU fan, as his father liked bieniemy. And he wants a school with a good premed program. Fingers crossed!!!

    1. He committed, but is a walk-on for the Class of 2021.
      5’9″, 170-pounds. A speedster, but no scholarship offers.
      Hopefully, he is is still growing, and will give CU a bit of what his father gave the Buffs.

    1. Yes. Walk-on for the Class of 2021.
      5’9″, 170-pounds. A speedster, but no scholarship offers.
      Hopefully, he is is still growing, and will give CU a bit of what his father gave the Buffs.

      1. Thanks Stu. I watched his huddle highlights. Hopefully he can continue to mature. He played two ways in HS, WR and CB. Plus PR

      2. Great news, good to know !
        That is the kind of legacy / history that is important for the program to keep alive…
        “Miracle at Michigan” is and heralded as one of the all time great college plays, one that Ty Law has likely tried to forget

  31. always like it when an O lineman commits. These guys are valuable beyond their star ratings. Even the 3 star OL guys rack up the offer numbers.

    1. Yep. You often hear that linemen – the good ones, at least – are the smartest guys on the team. They have to be to know the calls, checks, and break them down in seconds, etc. this guy seems to fit that bill. If he has the physical traits to match? Could be special. Go Mitch, go.

      Go Buffs

  32. It always irk’s me when a player states that prayer was part of their process to decide to go back on their commitment, after praying, they what were “told” to go back on a commitment?

    So, the same faith that put this awesome opportunity in front of you in the first place, now wants you to go back on your word/commitment?

    Maybe because the lower teams are used to make the big boys notice you, so yes it’s part of “the” plan?

  33. If its any consolation the cobbs only have 4 three stars committed so far for 2022.

    The Buffs have benefitted with some 4 star transfers although slightly tarnished. Thats not going to get them on a par with the teams they came from that are full of 4 stars but hopefully a few are victims of “brighter smiles,” other forms of cronyism and coaching faux pas.

    The only way the Buffs, along with any other second and third tier team are going to break out of the recruiting scraps cycle is if HCKD pulls a Meyer or a Peterson with his 3 stars and stays long enough to build a dynasty……..and doesnt move on like Meyer or retires like McCartney.

    .

  34. Nothing against the recruits so far, but I was hoping for some 4 stars this cycle. As I understand it, this year there is reduced demand for HS recruits. I’d hoped that meant some trickling down of talent, with the buffs able to benefit (more than the other schools looking to take advantage of the situation). If this is correct, the quality of the average recruit will be higher than normal. Thus having a “normal “ class of three stars and perhaps a 4 or two would effectively be moving backwards as others snatch up upgraded talent.

    1. Interesting. Yur probably right
      Looking at overall class rankings from 247. The composite number of all the recruits.
      (mid-note: Ratings are guestimates as you know)
      2017 .8521 (Moretti, Polley,)
      2018 .8449 ( Taylor )
      2019 .8491 (Allen .)
      2020 .8563( Clayton, Harris, Gonzalez, Rice)
      2021 .8392
      2022 .8525

      Interesting, there are no 4 stars in 2022 so far, but the overall ranking is second highest in that time frame.

      Anyway don’t have a clue, my ear is aching, but go look at this link and change the years and look at all those names that never contributed. Especially higher ranked ones?

      https://247sports.com/college/colorado/Season/2022-Football/Commits/

      A road well traveled

      Buffs.

      Note: Beckett

  35. 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??

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

      GO YOU MIGHTEEEE BUFFS.

  38. 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.

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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 …

  42. 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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