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Colorado Recruiting Class of 2023

17 Commitments, by Position 

Quarterbacks … Ryan Staub

Running Backs … AJ Newberry

Wide Receivers … Edward Schultz … Isaiah Hardge … Wesley Greaves

Tight Ends … Andrew Metzger … Tucker Ashcraft

Offensive Linemen … Drew Perez … Tyrone McDuffie … Hank Zilinskas

Defensive Linemen … Kam’ron Bizor … Carson Mott … Brady Nasser

Linebackers … CJ Turner

Defensive Backs … Adrian Wilson … Taylor Starling … Jamari Holliman

Specialists

Recruits are from … Texas: 7 … California: 4 … Colorado: 2 … Florida: 2 … Arkansas: 1 … Washington: 1

Jamari Holliman – DB

Just the facts … Committed August 4th … Holliman is a 6’1″, 175-pound defensive back from Miami Gardens, Florida (Norland) … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Holliman … Holliman was rated as a three-star defensive back by 247 Sports when he committed, but only a two-star prospect by Rivals. At 247 Sports, Holliman was listed as the No. 81 safety in the nation, the No. 142 overall player out of Florida, and the No. 1395 prospect nationally. Holliman played linebacker and safety growing up before transitioning to cornerback as a junior at Norland. When asked what he will bring to Colorado’s program in the future, Holliman touted his length, speed, competitiveness. Holliman has been timed at 11.2 in the 100 meters, and 49.35 in the 400 meters.

In 2021, Holliman had three interceptions, 21 tackles, and 18 passes broken up.

Holliman had other offers from … no other Power Five conference schools. Holliman did have offers from Florida Atlantic and Florida International, along with Akron, Appalachian State, and Charlotte. Holliman had been a Toledo commit since April 16th.

In his own words … “They (CU) are recruiting me as a corner but I am already knowing when I get up there, knowing how I move, what I can do, they will find a way to use me as a safety,” Holliman told BuffStampede.com. “I am pretty sure that is going to happen so I feel I will be that dual-threat DB.”

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights.

 

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Hank Zilinskas – OL

Just the facts … Committed July 21st … Zilinskas is a 6’3″, 275-pound offensive lineman from Englewood, Colorado (Cherry Creek) … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Zilinskas … Zilinskas was not rated by Rivals on the date of his commitment, but was rated as a three-star prospect by 247 Sports. At 247 Sports, Zilinskas was listed as the No. 12 player overall out of the state of Colorado, and the No. 121 internal offensive lineman in the nation. A two-way lineman for Cherry Creek, Zilinskas is projected by the Buffaloes’ coaches to play as an interior offensive lineman in college.

Zilinskas was a first-team all-state selection and he was named Cherry Creek’s Team MVP in 2021. He recorded 59 tackles on defense, and had five tackles for a loss as a sophomore in 2020.

Zilinskas had other offers from … only one other Power Five school, Kansas State. Zilinskas also had offers from Colorado State, Nevada and Utah State from the Mountain West Conference.

In his own words … “I really liked the coaching staff’s attitude. They really believe that they can take CU back to the top,” Zilinskas told BuffStampede.com in February, following one of his trips to Boulder. “(Colorado offensive line) coach (Kyle) DeVan and the rest of the coaching staff have made it very clear that they want to keep Colorado’s best recruits in the state. I can tell that Coach DeVan is interested in building a strong relationship with his players.”

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights.

 

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Naquil Betrand – OT

De-committed July 4th … On Independence Day, Betrand, who was unranked when he committed to CU, but soon had dozens of offers, including multiple Power Five offers, sent out a tweet on July 4th, with his “final” six candidates being Georgia, Auburn, Texas A&M, Kentucky, Syracuse and Penn State …

Just the facts … Committed March 22nd … Betrand is a 6’7″, 315-pound offensive tackle from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Betrand … Betrand was not rated by either Rivals or 247 Sports as of the date of his commitment, but his profile soon changed, listed as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At Rivals, Betrand was listed as the No. 19 player out of Pennsylvania, and the No. 43 offensive tackle in the nation. At 247 Sports, Betrand was listed as the No. 20 prospect out of Pennsylvania, the No. 75 offensive tackle nationally, and the No. 847 overall prospect in the country.

Betrand consistently delivers a nasty “pancake” block. “I am a dog,” Betrand told TempleRivals.com. “Dogs eat. Me pancaking someone shows that I am a dog. When someone is lined up in front of me, he is not getting past me. He is either going to the ground or he is going to his coach. That is how I look at it.”

Betrand describes himself as a “finesse” offensive tackle with good footwork. He has long arms, good technique and great strength, he said.

When he is not practicing or working out with his teammates, Betrand is studying film. His combination of physical tools and football IQ is a big reason why he is well-liked by college programs.

“Off the field, I am a cool, calm, collected, nice guy,” Betrand said when describing his personality. “I play the game a lot. I am really friendly, if you’re friendly to me. I am respectful when you are respectful to me. On the field, (I am) disrespectful. Show no mercy. I am a dog.”

Betrand had other offers from … only a few schools when he committed in March, including CU and Washington. After his commitment, Betrand picked up offers from over a dozen other Power Five schools, including Auburn, Kentucky, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M, Rutgers and West Virginia.

In his own words … “Colorado is a great program and I like that they run the ball a lot,” Betrand told BuffStampede.com. “It is Pac-12, bright lights, so every Saturday you play against good competition. (Buffaloes offensive line) coach (Kyle) DeVan and (lead recruiting assistant) D.J. Bryant are both recruiting me heavy.”

Here is a link to Betrand’s junior season highlights from Hudl.com.

 

 

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Brady Nassar – DE

Just the facts … Committed July 1st … Nassar is a 6’5″, 240-pound defensive end from Pleasanton, California (Amador Valley) … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Nassar … Nassar is considered to be a three-star commit by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At Rivals, Nassar is listed as the No. 90 overall player from the state of California, while 247 Sports rates Nassar as the No. 65 edge rusher in the country, the No. 58 player overall out of California, and the No. 752 player overall in the country (at the time of his commitment, he was the fourth-highest rated player in CU’s Recruiting Class).

Nassar had other offers from … at least four other Pac-12 schools – Cal, Washington, Oregon State and Washington State. Nassar also had a number of offers from school in the Mountain West, including San Diego State, Utah State, San Jose State and Nevada.

In his own words … “I had a great time seeing the city and meeting all the coaches,” Hassar said when recapping his official visit to Colorado with 247Sports National Recruiting Editor Brandon Huffman. “Other than the beautiful city, the staff made a great impression on me.

“I met almost the entire staff but I spent most my time with (defensive line) coach (Gerald) Chatman, (head) coach (Karl) Dorrell, (defensive coordinator and outside linebackers) coach (Chris) Wilson, and a lot of time with graduate assistant John Gardner. My conversations with Coach Chatman were very good. I learned a lot about his defensive line play and I learned his path to winning. My conversations with Coach Wilson and Coach Dorrell really showed me the upside in Colorado.”

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights.

 

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Tyrone McDuffie – OL

Just the facts … Committed June 27th … McDuffie is a 6’3″, 303-pound offensive lineman from El Paso, Texas (Parkland) … Rivals bio247 Sports

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

McDuffie measured in at 6-foot-3, 303-pounds, with an 82.75-inch wingspan, on his official visit to Boulder last weekend. Still 16 years old, he is young for his grade.

McDuffie had other offers from … nine other schools, none of which are in Power Five conferences. Fresno State and New Mexico offered McDuffie, as did Army and Navy. Other offers came from New Mexico State, UTSA and UTEP.

In his own words … “I like him as a coach,” McDuffie told CUSportsNation when talking about CU offensive line coach Kyle DeVan. “He’s very different from coach ‘Rod’ — coach ‘Rod’ and his staff offered me, but coach DeVan is recruiting me like any other coach. He’s a good guy and we’ve been able, the last couple months, to build a relationship and get to know each other a little bit better. It’s been going good.”

“Coach DeVan likes the physicality that I play with,” McDuffie told BuffStampede.com. “He always tells me I have the God given tools with my big hands, my wingspan, and my athleticism which allows me to pull in front of people. He also likes that I am a smart on the football field and a good person off it. He told me I fit all the characteristics that Colorado is looking for.”

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights.

 

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Wesley Greaves – WR

Just the facts … Committed June 27th … Greaves is a 6’2″, 185-pound wide receiver from College Station, Texas (A&M Consolidated) … Rivals bio247 Sports

What others say about Greaves … Greaves is considered a three-star prospect in the eyes of both Rivals and 247 Sports. According to 247 Sports, Greaves is the No. 154 wide receiver in the nation, the No. 180 overall player out of the state of Texas, and the No. 1152 player in the nation. Greaves earned a scholarship from the Buffaloes on June 6th, a day after starring at the University of Houston Mega Camp, which was attended by CU’s staff. He ran a 4.43-forty at the event.

As a junior last season, Greaves caught 35 passes for 675 yards and eight touchdowns, according to MaxPreps.com.

Greaves had other offers from … almost two dozen schools, but only one other Power Five school, Utah. All three service academies offered Greaves, as did a number of Ivy League schools. Other offers came from a number of Texas schools, like SMU, Texas State, UTEP and North Texas.

In his own words … “I had no plan to commit,” Greaves told BuffStampede.com. “But with the whole experience of visiting Colorado, the way they treated me and my mom, I really enjoyed it. They showed us around and the whole coaching staff was just really honest with us and it made me feel at home.

“I had never been to Colorado before but now I am ready to call that home for the next three to four years. The whole coaching staff – (assistant head coach and receivers) coach (Phil) McGeoghan, (head) coach (Karl) Dorrell, (offensive coordinator and quarterbacks) coach (Mike) Sanford – they are real and genuine. I really believe in what they’re building up there.”

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights.

 

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Drew Perez – OL

Just the facts … Committed June 23rd … Perez is a 6’8″, 330-pound offensive lineman from Southlake, Texas (Carroll) … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Perez … At the time of his commitment, Perez was not rated by either Rivals or 247 Sports. Rivals, though, did rate Perez a three-star prospect shortly after his commitment.

Perez had other offers from … only one other school you would think of as decent competition for a recruit, San Diego State. His other offers from were from Tulane and from Fordham, a football power which is mostly noted in college football history for its “Seven Blocks of Granite” offensive line in the late 1930’s, a line which featured Vince Lombardi. Reportedly, Perez had drawn some interest from Baylor and Texas Tech after attending their camps.

In his own words … “I haven’t really seen any other players that move as well as me being 6-foot-8, 330-pounds,” Perez told BuffStampede.com. “I am pretty flexible, and I work every day. I play low despite his size, trying to maintain my leverage against shorter guys.”

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights.

 

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Taylor Starling – CB

Just the facts … Committed June 22nd … Starling is a 5’11”, 175-pound defensive back from Dallas, Texas (South Oak Cliff) … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Starling … At the time of his commitment, Starling was not rated by either Rivals or 247 Sports (he was still listed as a wide receiver recruit by Rivals). This didn’t last too long, with Starling receiving a three-star rating from Rivals shortly after his commitment.

Starling’s speed is turning heads.  Starling posted five times under 11 seconds in the 100-meter dash, and posted a blazing time of 10.49-seconds at a June regional meet in Texas.

Starling had other offers from … a better list of schools than his lack of rating would have suggested. Starling had offers from at least three other Power Five schools – Arizona, Kansas, and Purdue. Starling had other offers from schools like Toledo, Buffalo and Tulsa.

In his own words … Cornerback Nikko Reed, who saw action in all 12 games as a true freshman at Colorado in 2021, served as Starling’s player host for the visit. “If you can play, if you are a baller, you’ll get on the field there. I learned that by hanging out with Nikko,” Starling told BuffStampede.com. “(Cornerbacks) coach (Rod) Chance also said if I come there with the right attitude, with the attitude that it is going to be me playing, I will have that chance.”

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

 

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Carson Mott – DE

Just the facts … Committed June 13th … Mott is a 6’5″, 240-pound edge rusher from Simi Valley, California … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others have to say about  Mott … Mott is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At Rivals, Mott is listed as the No. 86 overall prospect out of the state of California. At 247 Sports, is also listed as the No. 86 player out of California, the No. 81 edge rusher nationally, and the No. 1,011 prospect in the nation.

Mott had other offers from … at least three other Pac-12 schools: Cal; Washington State; and Arizona State. Mott had previously committed to Cal on May 2nd, but de-committed three weeks later. Mott also had offers from many Mountain West schools, including Nevada, San Diego State, Fresno State, Utah State and UNLV.

In his own words … “The scenery, the campus, and how nice the coaches were to me,” Mott told BuffStampede.com when asked what stood out to him on his trip to CU. “I hung out with family and a lot of coaches, and I met quite a few players on the team but I think when I take my official (visit) up there, I will hang out with more of the players. We just kind of went on a campus tour and the facility tour with (defensive line) coach (Gerald) Chatman and then I met the head coach, (Karl) Dorrell.

“(Colorado) likes my film and how I get to the ball and how I have the measurables to fit the position that I play. They just really like the film. I have been recruited a lot as a stand-up edge and an outside ‘backer to drop, but Colorado runs a 4-3 so they see me as a true edge.”

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights.

 

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May 11th

ESPN: CU has the No. 21 Recruiting Class in the Nation

At Rivals … Pac-12 teams: No. 8 USC … No. 12 Colorado … No. 36 Oregon … At 247 Sports … No. 10 USC … No. 11 Colorado … No. 37 Arizona … No. 38 Oregon …

From ESPN … With official visits permitted and college football coaches out on the road, offers are being spread around while commitments continue to steadily roll in. There is still much to be decided, though, with a larger wave of commitments expected in the next month, but activity has been brisk enough to shake up class rankings.

A consistent presence among the top five, Ohio State has worked its way among that group again in part due to several four-star pickups out of Florida, namely ESPN 300 CB Dijon Johnson and top-10 RB Mark Fletcher, a big, physical back who should fit well in the Buckeye offense.

Josh Heupel continues to spark optimism among the Tennessee fan base looking to return to past glory days. The Volunteers were able to break into the top 10, led by the key in-state addition of edge defender Caleb Herring, the No. 1 player in Tennessee with the tools to be a disruptive sideline-to-sideline defender.

From the Pac-12 …

No. 9 … USC 

ESPN 300 commits: 3 | Previous ranking: 9 

Pac-12 rank: 1 of 12
Top offensive commit: QB Malachi Nelson (No. 2)
Top defensive commit: S Christian Pierce (three stars)

Lincoln Riley has assembled a small but talented offensive class so far. Two key in-state pickups who were planning to join Riley at Oklahoma flipped to their hometown school when Riley made the change. Nelson is the No. 2 QB in the class with a smooth release and the ability to make tough throws on the move. Makai Lemon is high school teammates with Nelson and has good hands and quickness. WR Zachariah Branch, out of Las Vegas, is one the fastest players in this class and can be an electrifying playmaker with the ball in his hands.

No. 21 … Colorado 

Pac-12 rank: 2 of 14
Top offensive commit: QB Ryan Staub (four stars)
Top defensive commit: DE Kam Bizor (three stars)

While USC works to reestablish itself as a dominant recruiting force in the Pac-12, Colorado is making some noise of its own on the recruiting trail, working to sign one of the top classes in the conference. They went into California to secure their QB in the four-star Staub, a passer with a quick release and gunslinger’s swagger. Edward Schultz and Isaiah Hardge, a quick playmaker who can be dangerous in space, have the tools be develop into productive weapons. A nice get out of Philadelphia is massive and aggressive OL Naquill Betrand.

No. 22 … Oregon 

ESPN 300 commits: 3 | Previous ranking: unranked 

Pac-12 rank: 3 of 14
Top offensive commit: WR Jurrion Dickey (No. 200)
Top defensive commit: CB Cole Martin (No. 183)

New head coach Dan Lanning led Georgia’s championship defense last year, but now focuses on trying to build a similar type unit with the Ducks. ESPN 300 CB Martin is a good place to start; he is a player with good feet and upside. They landed two big targets for their passing attack in Dickey and Kyler Kasper, who both check in at more than 6-foot-2 and can win contested matchups.

Dropped out: Kentucky (19), Rutgers (20), Northwestern (22), Nebraska (23), Stanford (24)

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Isaiah Hardge – WR

Just the facts … Committed April 20th … Hardge is a 5’11”, 160-pound wide receiver from Ft. Lauderdale (St. Thomas Aquinas) … Rivals bio247 Sports

What others have to say about Hardge … Hardge is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At Rivals, Hardge is ranked as the No. 97 overall player out of the state of Florida, while at 247 Sports, Hardge is considered as the No. 121 player out of Florida, and the No. 128 wide receiver in the nation.

As a junior, helped Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas capture a Florida 7A state title. Caught 22 passes for 355 yard and six touchdowns while working in an offense that also featured Auburn WR signee Cam Brown and LSU TE signee Mason Taylor. UConn signee Zion Taylor was the team’s quarterback.

St. Thomas Aquinas is a Florida powerhouse program that’s been familiar to CU in recent recruiting cycles (RB Anthony Hankerson in ’22, Allan Baugh in ’21).

Hardge had other offers from … an impressive array of Power Five conference schools. From the SEC, Hardge had offers from Florida, Texas A&M, South Carolina and Ole Miss. From the Big Ten, Hardge had offers from Maryland and Penn State, while from the ACC, Hardge had offers from Georgia Tech, Syracuse and Pitt.

In his own words … “I like [Coach Sanford] and how he coaches and how he calls plays,” Hardge told 247 Sports. “I’m going to give them everything I got. I’m trying to hold myself to a certain standard, which is only going to make me better.”

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights.

 

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CJ Turner – LB

Just the facts … Committed April 16th … Turner is 6’1″, 210-pound linebacker from Star City, Arkansas … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others have to say about Turner … Turner is listed as a four-star recruit by Rivals, but a three-star recruit by 247 Sports. Rivals considers Turner to be the No. 19 “athlete” in the nation, and the No. 3 overall prospect out of the state of Arkansas. At 247 Sports, Turner is seen as the No. 30 linebacker in the country, the No. 3 prospect out of the Arkansas, and the No. 358 overall prospect in the nation.

Turner also competes in track and field. He has been a two-way player with snaps at running back, receiver, and multiple spots on defense. Ran an 11.47 100 and a 23.09 200 as a sophomore. Also long jumped 19-3.5 and high jumped 5-4.

Turner had other offers from … surprisingly, very few other schools, considering his high ratings. Turner’s only other Power Five conference offer was from Kansas, with offers from Jackson State (and Deion Sanders), Memphis, and Arkansas State. The likely reason for the hesitation on offers: Turner played four games in 2021 before suffering a season-ending knee-injury (torn ACL).

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights.

 

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Tucker Ashcraft – TE

Just the facts … committed April 16th … Ashcraft is a 6’5″, 235-pound tight end from Seattle, Washington (O’Dea) … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others have to say about Ashcraft … Ashcraft is rated as a three-star prospect by 247 Sports, but only a two-star prospect by Rivals. At 247 Sports, Ashcraft is regarded as the No. 67 tight end in the nation, and the No. 35 overall prospect out of the state of Washington.

Ashcraft had other offers from … no other Power Five schools, but did have offers from Air Force, Eastern Washington, Idaho and Idaho State.

In his own words … “I was very impressed with all the new offensive coaches, and the strength and conditioning coach (Shannon Turley) is an awesome, smart guy,” Ashcraft told BuffStampede.com. “It seems like they really want to turn around the program and do something special. I really liked (tight ends) coach Clay Patterson. It seems like he has a lot of good stuff to teach the tight ends. The offensive coordinator (Mike Sanford) is super awesome, as well. He is looking to turn the program around.”

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

 

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Andrew Metzger – TE

Just the facts … Committed April 14th … Metzger is a 6’5″, 235-pound tight end from Aurora, Colorado (Regis Jesuit) … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Metzger … At the time of his commitment, Metzger was not rated by Rivals, but was rated as a three-star prospect by 247 Sports. At 247 Sports, Metzger is listed as the seventh-best overall player out of the state of Colorado, and the No. 45 tight end in the nation.

Metzger had other offers from … at least a pair of Power Five schools, including Washington State and Kansas. Metzger had other offers from Air Force, Wyoming, Utah State, Ohio, Nevada, and Eastern Washington.

In his own words … “Tight end has changed,” Metzger told CUSportsNation. “My ability to be able to put my hand down in the dirt and then go and block someone really, really well, but then the next play, I can line up in the slot or in H and then go catch a ball for a first down — that is what they’ve said on what they really like about me: versatility.”

From a personality standpoint and hearing tight end Clay Patterson describe his vision for CU’s offense in 2022 and beyond, Metzger came away impressed.

“He talked about wanting to be able to do something new with the tight ends — throw the ball to the tight ends, get the tight ends deep into that offense and really use them. You can tell he’s really, really passionate about CU as a whole and what he wants to do with the program.”

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights.

 

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A.J. Newberry – RB

Just the facts … Committed April 11th … Newberry is a 6’0″, 187-pound running back from Grand Prairie, Texas (South Grand Prairie) … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Newberry … Newberry is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. Rivals has Newberry as the No. 21 running back in the nation, and the No. 77 overall prospect out of the state of Texas. At 247 Sports, Newberry is considered to be the No. 37 running back in the nation, the No. 93 player overall out of Texas, and the No. 561 player in the nation.

From 247 SportsNewberry displays impressive initial burst and downhill acceleration in the first 10 to 20 yards, which bodes well for his development at the next level. He also has assembled some encouraging track data, including an 11.18-second 100-meter time this spring and a 22.21-second 200 from Spring 2021. Showing that top-end speed more consistently on the gridiron will raise Newberry’s ceiling moving forward.

Newberry had other offers from … only one other Power Five conference school, Georgia Tech. He also had offers from Air Force, Rice, SMU and UTSA.

In his own words … “I had a good feeling about Colorado already. It was either Colorado or Georgia Tech,” Newberry told BuffStampede.com. “So when I went out there and it felt like home, I loved it even more. I got that feeling so I made it happen.”

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

 

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Adrian “Boogie” Wilson – DB

Just the facts … Committed April 11th … Wilson is a 6’2″, 180-pound athlete from Keller, Texas (Central) … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Wilson … Wilson was not rated by either Rivals or 247 Sports as of the date of his commitment. Shortly after his commitment, Wilson received a three-star ranking by 247 Sports, listed as the No. 74 safety prospect in the nation, and the No. 138 player overall out of the state of Texas.

From 247 SportsWilson displays the requisite pursuit range and downhill closing ability against the run. He also should have some ball skills, thanks in part to playing on both sides of the ball in his first couple of varsity seasons. Wilson, believed to be in the 5-foot-11, 170-pound range, does not have verified size or speed at this time, but his functional athleticism and general football awareness give the Buffaloes’ 2023 class a promising prospect.

Wilson had other offers from … a handful of other schools, including Washington State, Colorado State, San Diego State, UNLV, Akron, Arkansas State, UTSA, and Buffalo.

Here is a link to Wilson’s video highlights from Hudl.com.

 

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Edward Schultz – WR

Just the facts … Committed February 18th … Schultz is a 6’1″, 195-pound wide receiver from San Juan Capistrano, California (J Serra Catholic) … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Schultz … Schultz is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At Rivals, Schultz is considered to be the 51st-best overall prospect out of the state of California, while at 247 Sports, Schultz is considered to be the 111th-best player out of California, and the 125th-best wide receiver in the nation.

As a junior at J Serra, Schultz led the Lions in both receptions (21) and yards (335), scoring three touchdowns. He enjoyed quite a bit of success as a kick returner, as well, racking up an impressive 824 yards. He broke the school’s record for kickoff return touchdowns in a season with four.

In total, his 1,209 all-purpose yards earned him All-California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) honors.

Schultz advertises a 4.45 40-yard dash time on his Hudl profile.

Schultz had other offers from … an impressive array of Power Five conference schools. Out of the Pac-12, Schultz had offers from both of the Arizona schools, as well as Utah. Nationally, Schultz had offers from schools like Florida State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Minnesota.

In his own words … “My versatility for how big I am is probably my best attribute,” Schultz told BuffStampede.com. “College coaches have said they like what I can do after I catch the ball.”

Schultz is coached at J Serra Catholic by Scott McKnight, the father of forever Buff Scotty McKnight. The younger McKnight completed his career at CU ranked first in receptions and receiving touchdowns.

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights.

 

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Ryan Staub – QB

Just the facts … Committed January 31st … Staub is a 6’1″, 185-pound quarterback from Santa Clarita, California (West Ranch) … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Staub … Staub is considered to be a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At Rivals, Staub is listed as the No. 42 overall prospect out of the state of California. At 247 Sports, Staub is considered to be the No. 73 quarterback in the nation, and the No. 181 player overall out of California.

As a junior this past season at Santa Clarita, Staub threw for 2,414 yards and 21 touchdowns, while also rushing for six touchdowns and 324 yards.

Staub earned Foothill League Offensive Player of the Year honors, leading the Wildcats to an 8-3 record.

Staub had other offers from … Arizona, though it is still early in the process. Staub also reportedly had interest from Boise State, Michigan State and San Jose State in recent days. He took an unofficial visit to Texas last fall.

Here is a link to his junior season Hudl.com highlights.

 

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Kam’ron Bizor – DE

Just the facts … Committed December 31st … Bizor is 6’3″, 245-pound defensive end from Houston, Texas (Yates) … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Bizor … Committing early, Bizor was unrated by both Rivals and 247 Sports.

This past season, Yates went 5-6 within the Texas Class 4A-1, Region III.  There are conflicting stats for Bizor’s junior season …

At 247 Sports, it’s reported that Bizor racked up an eye-opening 27-and-a-half sacks to go with 93 tackles, seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a junior at Yates. He was a first-team all-district selection, and he was also named his district’s Newcomer of the Year. At Rivals, meanwhile, it’s reported that Bizor posted 39 tackles, 6.5 of which were for loss, with both leading the Lions defense. His 4.5 sacks also led Yates.

Bizor had other offers from … Colorado and Cal. Other than the Buffs and Bears, Kansas, Southern Methodist, Texas and Louisiana were among the programs also expressing interest.

In his own words … “I like all sports because there is no such thing as a offseason for me. I work to get better at sports and the best part about sports is that you can compete with your friends and other people.”

From his tweet announcing his commitment …. “The unconditional love that Colorado football, D.J. Bryant (and) Karl Dorrell (have) been showing has been nothing less than genuine! I’m committing to Colorado”.

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

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37 Replies to “Recruiting Class of 2023”

  1. I was more impressed with Hank Zilinskas (after watching his video) on defense vs. offense. That said, he seems to have some wheels; CU has to add to his size but the MVP for Creek in 2021? Yes please. I suspect he will be another one that gets more attention as the season goes on this fall and winter. Hopefully, he stays with his commitment and is a Buff soon!

    1. agree
      the wheels and he now carries his 275 lbs looking trim. As an O line man he will need to grow some more but hopefully not compromise his athleticism. He could be an excellent pulling guard.

  2. First, Stu, I really appreciate your sight as I was able to watch Bertrand’s hudl highlights and easily compare them to Zalinskas.

    Now I know I am an optimist, but I like Zalinskas tape much better. Bertrand is just a mountain of a man, but he has virtually no te unique and I am not sure I saw any explosiveness. Just a big dude. Zalinskas comes off the ball! Watch him blow up a couple of nose tackles I. That film and drive them back. To be honest me may have upgraded here.

  3. Bummer to lose betrand, but maybe he is like most giant humans, and will be injury prone as their lower extremities struggle with the burden, whereas Perez already takes stretching seriously, driving 45 minutes each way to do it. Hopefully we keep that kid.

    And hey, again, at least the dorrell recruit profile was on target. Just gotta keep em coming, and close em out to bring them to Boulder.

    Players make plays. Players win games.

    Go Buffs

  4. 16 years old. Man, I grew so much bigger between 16 and 18. Both in height and good weight. This guy r could really develop as he gets older.

  5. You have to pick your battles. Many may not, but I actually like Karl’s recruiting strategy. It could pay off if he is around after this year. He should be. Even if it is an ugly year, as I expect it to be.

    Go Buffs

    1. This time you forgot your usual “I hope I’m wrong” hedge.
      Is it trolling earache or is it you just dont think anyone is listening to you? Both?

      Go Real Buffs
      ignore the pissant fakes

      1. Mornin’ curmudgeon. You’re hilarious.

        My thoughts on Karl’s recruiting have been pretty consistent. But they don’t get the plug and play freshmen, for the most part, so 2023 is when I expect a better on field result.

        Go Buffs

  6. So in all of the interviews I see about the new commits I see them mention the family atmosphere and the brotherhood. This is clearly what CU is recruiting on. I think this message will resonate with a some kids and parents. If we can start to win, it will become even stronger. I think sometimes it may be harder to motivate kids looking for this type of environment. The kids that are looking for the lime light you basically say “work hard and you will get your shot in the spotlight. And work super hard and that spotlight could be huge.” For kids looking for a “family” environment I think the motivation is a bit more nuanced. “You fight and train for the brother next to you.” Or “you can’t let your family down” I assume there are other ways as well as just the intrinsic motivation these guys have to want to play and get to the next level. But football is a tough and what you need to do in order to be competitive is very hard and requires a significant amount of effort and the willingness and motivation to do that. I think it can work, and I think it can work in the right environment but I think you will need to give the staff the time to build that culture and figure out how to motivate kids with that mindset.

  7. It’s clear they want togo big. Now let’s see if the coaches can do something with them. Clearly they are projects but we can only hope they are the foundation of the future.
    Go buffs

  8. CU’s time in the top 25 recruiting classes may be short, but any time is better than no time as it puts CU in the national spotlight, even if just for a short while.

  9. Stuart, Any word on this Robertson LB/Edge who appears to have committed yesterday? Film looks good, production at saddleback CC does not.
    Thanks!

    1. Looks like a PWO commit. He had only seven tackles in five games as a freshman at Saddleback Community College. He’s 6’2″, 220-pounds, out of San Clemente – he didn’t have any offers out of high school last year.

  10. CU may be loading up on freshmen while the rest of the country is grabbing from the portal because:

    There are a lot of HS players available because of the “super seniors” and the portal that are not going to get a spot on other rosters, and coach is taking advantage of this hoping to build around what he has.

    Some of the better players in the portal are looking for NIL money and wouldn’t come to CU anyway.

    Coach knows that many of those mentioned above are just mercenaries looking for a home for a short period to get paid in one way or another, either thru NIL of a good showing and the NFL after and wouldn’t be a good fit in the locker room.

    Players that are developed together and work together have a common ground… a camaraderie if you will.

    We will see how this plays out, it could be good if they stick with it, buy in and love each other.

    or.

    CU could end up developing talent just for the next level payday school to come along and take.

    Can KD get them, develop them AND keep them in today’s college football world of a transfer portal and NIL?

  11. Coach Mac 1 probably started with quite a few 2 and 3 stars, (I wasn’t around) but he got in their heads and made them think they were just as good as 4 stars.

    Attitude is almost everything when you have the right personnel, incl’ coaches and athletes.

    Go BUFFS

    1. Mac 1 did get onto the heads of some of the lower rated players AND the team as a whole, but he also brought in higher caliber players from the inner cities of CA; bringing in talent that many of CU’s prior coaches didn’t attempt to get. Mac 1 wasn’t afraid of the challenge and knew how to talk to them and their families and more importantly their mothers. Unfortunately one of Mac 1’s strong suit in knowing how to connect with those mothers became the reason he left CU prematurely.

      But the way NIL is going most schools, CU included will have to settle for the players that don’t demand a big payday, while the ones that can will buy the elite players. AND, anytime a school finds an under the radar really good player or a players works and gets on the national radar, they’re going to get offers to transfer and those schools will feed the higher ups…

      Unless some strong rules are put in place.

      We can only guess but we’ll see what happens as this all plays out.

  12. The new lineman is big. 6-7, seems to carry his weight well. Gets his hand in, but has played mostly against much smaller dudes, it shows that he is not being run around. I didn’t see sny film of a wide set olb rushing and him getting there which I would like to see but I susp3ct Devan looked at that or thought he could train it, his feet look ok, his technique is bad but at his size in high school against the comp he is going aga8nst you didn’t really need it.

  13. Stuart says

    < Another three-star prospect. Fine, but CU’s roster is littered with three-star prospects … and almost a generation of losing. Nothing against the young man, but seems like more of the same

    Welp, I would say the real issue is 1 star coaches.

    Go Buff.

    Take those 3 stars and kick ass

    1. 1 star coaches hired by an inept administration. Nothing will change until that does. Drink all the Kool Aid you want.

  14. The kid has wheels! Maybe a taller Jeremy Bloom? His quickness and top end speed remind me of Bloom. Will be fun watching him as a returner.

  15. Observation: Staub is rated as #42 prospect in California by Rivals and #181 by 247. What gives? Why the huge disparity? Obviously there are no standards for consistent ratings. Very maddening and misleading.

      1. Both McDuffie and Greaves look good on paper………..er… film. Damn good to my untrained eye. McDuffie pushes guys around like toys and doesn’t stop and Greaves can burn DB’s day-in and day-out.

        Sooooooooooo, how long is it going to take the BIG BOYS to come in and take food off our plate ?………It’ll happen….they’ll try for sure.

  16. Personally I think its a good idea for someone who wants to get recruited by multiple schools to commit early. That way they get there name out there as a commit, which garners attention and recruiters eyes. As the saying goes there is no publicity that is bad publicity. Not saying that is the case here, just a note.

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