Transfer Portal Tracker

Players Who are Coming to CU via the Transfer Portal (bios posted below) (Bold = Signed LOI received) … Italicized = Signing Day (or post-Signing Day) Addition

QB – Shedeur Sanders (from Jackson State)

RB – Kavosiey Smoke (from Kentucky)

WR … Jimmy Horn (from South Florida)

TE … Seydou Traore (from Arkansas State)

OL – Savion Washington (from Kent State) … Landon Beebe (from Missouri State) … Tyler Brown (Jackson State) … Yousef Mugharbil (Florida)

DL – Taijh Alston (from West Virginia) … Shane Cokes (from Dartmouth) … Leonard Payne (Fresno State) … Taylor Upshaw (Michigan) … Jordan Domineck (Arkansas) 

LB – LaVonta Bentley (from Clemson) … Jeremiah Brown (from Jackson State)

DB – Travis Hunter (from Jackson State) … Cam’ron Silmon (from Jackson State) … Tayvion Beasley (from Jackson State) … Myles Slusher (from Louisville) … Kyndrich Breedlove (from Ole Miss) 

K – Alejandro Mata (from Jackson State) … Jace Feely (from Arizona State)

P – Mark Vassett (from Louisville) 

LS – Jacob Politte (from Jackson State) 

Recruiting Rankings …

Karl Dorrell Classes …

  • Class of 2021 … Rivals: 63 … 247 Sports: 64
  • Class of 2022 …  Rivals: 45 … 247 Sports: 47
  • Class of 2023 … Pre-Hiring of Coach Prime (20 commitments) … Rivals: 45 … 247 Sports: 42

Deion Sanders Class of 2023 …

  • After 12 de-commitments from the Class of 2023 … Rivals: 72 … 247 Sports: 75
  • Prior to final official visit weekend (through 12/16) … Rivals: 56 … 247 Sports: 65
  • December 20th rankings (day before Signing Day – 15 commitments) … Rivals: (not including transfers) 53 … 247 Sports composite: 56 … Transfer Portal Ranking (four transfers): 16
  • December 22nd rankings (day after Signing Day – 24 commitments) … Rivals: (not including transfers) 44 … 247 Sports composite: 29 … Transfer Portal Ranking (eight transfers): 7
  • December 25th rankings (after commitments from four-star receivers Omarion Miller and Jimmy Horn, Jr.) … Rivals (not including transfers): 32 … 247 Sports composite: 24 … Transfer Portal Ranking (11 commits): 3rd
  • January 4th rankings … Rivals (not including transfers): 31st … 247 Sports composite: 23rd … Transfer Portal Rankings: (17 commits) 2nd
  • January 15th rankings … Rivals (not including transfers): 32nd … 247 Sports composite: 22nd … Transfer Portal Rankings: (22 commits): 3rd

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CU Players Who have entered the Transfer Portal (12) or declared for the NFL Draft (2)

QB … Brendon Lewis (Nevada) … Owen McCown (UTSA) … Maddox Kopp (Miami-Ohio) … J.T. Shrout (Arkansas State)

WR … Chase Penry (Boise State) … Jack Hestera … Daniel Arias (NFL Draft) … Maurice Bell

OL … Casey Roddick (Florida State) … Noah Fenske (Southern Illinois) … Austin Johnson (Charlotte)

LB … Edgar Amaya

DB … Isaiah Lewis (NFL Draft) … Kaylin Moore (Cal)

K … Cole Becker (Utah)

January 30th

Former Buff quarterback JT Shrout lands at Arkansas State

Note … This means that all four of CU’s former quarterbacks have found new homes, though none of them at a Power Five conference school … Brendon Lewis (Nevada) … Owen McCown (UTSA) … Maddox Kopp (Miami-Ohio) … J.T. Shrout (Arkansas State)

From ESPN … Former Tennessee and Colorado quarterback J.T. Shrout is transferring to Arkansas State, sources told ESPN.

Shrout visited Arkansas State over the weekend and his commitment looms as a significant win for Butch Jones, who is entering his third season as Arkansas State’s head coach.

Shrout will graduate from Colorado this spring and plans to enroll at Arkansas State in May, according to sources. He has one year of eligibility remaining and potentially a second if he gets a medical redshirt after missing the entire 2021 season with a torn ACL.

Shrout most recently played at Colorado in 2022, where he threw for 1,220 yards, seven touchdowns and eight interceptions and delivered the game-winning touchdown pass against Cal in overtime in Colorado’s lone victory of the season. He started seven games at Colorado and had one start during his three seasons at Tennessee (2018-2020).

Shrout is one of three Buffaloes quarterbacks who have entered the NCAA transfer portal since the school hired Deion Sanders as head coach. Sanders has made it clear that his son, Shedeur, will be the starter next season. He introduced him at his opening news conference by saying, “This is your quarterback.”

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January 26th

Opposing Coaches Impressed by CU’s Transfer List: “They got some good ones in there”

From ESPN … College football’s first — and most significant — transfer portal window closed last week.

Although the quarterback transfer market wasn’t as exciting as last year’s, the numbers — 2,729 players entered the portal in December this year compared to 1,617 last December — and the names — cornerback Travis Hunter (Jackson State to Colorado), wide receiver Dominic Lovett (Missouri to Georgia), edge Dasan McCullough (Indiana to Oklahoma), running back Carson Steele (Ball State to UCLA) and quarterback Sam Hartman (Wake Forest to Notre Dame) among them — were significant.

The portal is now closed until May 1, so it’s time to evaluate which teams did the best. I spoke to coaches and personnel directors, including at the American Football Coaches Association Convention earlier this month, to assess the biggest portal winners from the early cycle.

Here are eight teams they selected.

Colorado

Deion Sanders told Colorado players during his first team meeting as coach that he would be bringing luggage with him, and he has delivered on his promise. Colorado has reshaped much of its roster through the portal, starting with those who followed Sanders from Jackson State. Quarterback Shedeur Sanders and two-way player Travis Hunter, ESPN’s No. 2 overall recruit in 2022, headline the group along with safety Shilo Sanders (Deion’s son and Shedeur’s brother) and others.

Colorado also has looked to the FBS for transfers such as offensive tackle Savion Washington (Kent State), defensive end Taijh Alston (West Virginia), safety Myles Slusher (Arkansas), edge Taylor Upshaw (Michigan), cornerback Kyndrich Breedlove (Ole Miss) and defensive tackle Leonard Payne Jr. (Fresno State).

“That kid [Payne] is going to be a really good player for them,” a Pac-12 personnel director said. “Deion’s going to be a problem. If he wins games, he’s going to be a real problem.”

Added another Pac-12 personnel director: “They reached on a couple [transfers] but got some good ones in there.”

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January 23rd

Transfer Portal Numbers: 72% of Power Five Transfers Committed (But only 39% to other Power Five schools)

From The Athletic … So far, 812 scholarship players at Power 5 programs have entered and stayed in the transfer portal. Close to 600 of them have committed or enrolled at their new school. Here’s the scorecard on where they’re heading.

Power 5 transfers
STATUSTOTAL%
Committed
583
72%
Power 5
314
39%
Group of 5
212
26%
FCS
57
7%
JC/DII
1
0.1%
Unsigned
229
28%

Now that these coaching staffs are no longer restricted in how many transfers they can sign, it does seem these transfers are getting more opportunities to keep playing at this level. In 2021-22, 340 of 1,054 Power 5 scholarship transfers signed with another P5 school. In this cycle, 314 of 812 have committed to Power 5 programs.

Power 5 teams have lost an average of 12.5 players to the portal so far during this 2022-23 transfer cycle. For the entire 12-month period of the last transfer cycle, the average was 16. There can’t be many coaching staffs across the country who honestly believe they’ll only lose three or four more players over the course of the next six months.

Now here’s where things stand among the 684 scholarship players at Group of 5 schools who are currently in the portal.

Group of 5 transfers
STATUSTOTAL%
Committed
381
56%
Power 5
140
20%
Group of 5
103
15%
FCS
118
17%
JC/DII/DIII
20
3%
Unsigned
303
44%

So far, 140 players are leaving G5 programs to play for Power 5 schools in 2023. Why is that significant? In less than six months, we’ve already exceeded last year’s total of 124. Many of these transfers are all-conference-caliber players determined to prove they can play at the highest level. It’ll be interesting to see how many more of them test their luck in the May transfer window. The conference hit hardest by those defections has been the AAC with 35, though the coaching changes at Cincinnati, Tulsa and South Florida did impact that total. The MAC has lost the second-most players to Power 5 schools so far, with 26 departures.

Among the 964 total FBS scholarship transfers who have made commitments, 42 percent are moving down. Over the 2021-22 transfer cycle, it was 60 percent. Hopefully, more roster flexibility and more available scholarships prove beneficial for this year’s transfers. But it makes sense that it’s not over 50 percent at this point in the year. The most coveted players are mostly off the market now as we head into the spring semester.

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January 17th

Wide receiver Maurice Bell enters the Transfer Portal for the second time

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Quarterback J.T. Shrout has entered the Transfer Portal

From On3.com … According to ESPN’s Pete Thamel, Colorado quarterback JT Shrout intends on entering the NCAA transfer portal. He will be entering his sixth season of college football.

Shrout will be playing for his third program, originally signing with the Tennessee Volunteers coming out of high school. In nine games this season with Colorado, the quarterback threw for 1,220 yards with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Shrout played high school football at Newhall (CA) William S. Hart Senior, where he was a three-star prospect. He was the No. 599 overall recruit in the 2018 cycle, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.

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Kyndrich Breedlove – DB

Just the facts … Committed January 16th … Breedlove is a 5’11”, 180-pound defensive back from Nashville, Tennessee, who comes to Colorado by way of Ole Miss. Breedlove will have three years to play three at CU … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others have to say about Breedlove … Breedlove was a member of the Recruiting Class of 2021, and was considered to be a four-star prospect by Rivals, and a high three-star prospect by 247 Sports. At Rivals, Breedlove was rated as the No. 34 cornerback in the nation, and the No. 9 overall prospect out of Tennessee. At 247 Sports, Breedlove was considered to be the No. 27 “athlete” in the 2021 Recruiting Class, the No. 12 overall player out of Tennessee, and the No. 413 player overall in the country. Despite being in the Transfer Portal only three days before committing to CU, Breedlove already had offers from Texas A&M and Arkansas.

Breedlove played in nine games as a true freshman for Mississippi, and was slated to start for the Rebels this past season but was injured. His action to date has largely been limited to special teams.

Rivals had this to say about Breedlove when he committed to Ole Miss: Tennessee’s No. 10 player does a little bit of everything for Pearl-Cohn. They get the football in his hands any way they can on offense and then he is locking down the opponent’s best receiver at cornerback. His home run speed plays well on both sides of the ball, helping him get to the corner while running the football and closing the gap when covering receivers one-on-one on an island.

The 28th-ranked cornerback in the nation ran for 601 yards and scored 12 rushing touchdowns for Pearl-Cohn as a junior. He also recorded 21 tackles and had an interception on defense. Breedlove led the Firebirds to a 15-1 record and the 3A state title game.

Breedlove had other offers from … before committing to Mississippi in his junior year of high school, Breedlove had offers from over a dozen Power Five conference schools, including almost all of the SEC: Georgia, Tennessee, LSU, Auburn, Texas A&M, Missouri, Kentucky, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights

 

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Taylor Upshaw – DL

Just the facts … Committed January 14th … Upshaw is a 6’4″, 235-pound defensive lineman from Bradenton, Florida, who comes to Colorado by way of Michigan. Upshaw is a graduate transfer with one season to play at CU … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others had to say about Upshaw … Upshaw was a member of the Recruiting Class of 2018, and was considered to be a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At 247 Sports, Upshaw was considered to be the No. 25 strongside defensive end in the nation, the No. 88 player overall out of the state of Florida, and the No. 561 overall recruit in the nation. As a transfer, Upshaw has maintained his three-star status.

Upshaw played in 13 games this past season at Michigan, posting 12 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and an interception. In his five seasons with the Wolverines, he played in 37 games with two starts (both in 2020) and he totaled 39 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.

Taylor’s father Regan Upshaw was the 12th pick in the first-round of the 1996 NFL Draft. He went on to play nine seasons professionally, for the Buccaneers, Jaguars, Raiders, Redskins and Giants. His older brother Regan Upshaw II played collegiately and was a team captain at Clemson.

Upshaw had other offers from … over a dozen Power Five conference schools. Before committing to Michigan, Upshaw entertained offers from Arizona, Cal, and Oregon from the Pac-12, as well as having offers from Florida, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Northwestern, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Pitt, Purdue, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

 

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Jordan Domineck – DL

Just the facts … Committed January 14th … Domineck is a 6’3″, 251-pound defensive lineman from Lakeland, Florida, who comes to Domineck by way of Arkansas. Domineck is a a graduate transfer with one season to play at CU … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others had to say about Domineck … Domineck was a member of the Recruiting Class of 2018, and was considered to be a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At 247 Sports, Domineck was considered to be the No. 72 weakside defensive end in the nation, the No. 194 overall player out of the state of Florida, and the No. 1255 player overall in the nation. As a transfer, Domineck has maintained his three-star status at Rivals.

Domineck, listed at 6-foot-3, 251 pounds, played four seasons (2018-21) at Georgia Tech before transferring to Arkansas last year. With the Razorbacks this past season, he didn’t start, but played in all 13 games and posted 34 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.

During his time at Georgia Tech, Domineck played in 31 games, with 15 starts, recording 101 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and 9.0 sacks.

Domineck had other offers from … a number of Power Five schools out of high school. Before committing to Georgia Tech, Domineck had offers from the likes of Iowa State, Syracuse, and Vanderbilt.

Here is a link to his high school highlights

 

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Marshawn Kneeland – DL

Name withdrawn from Transfer Portal … January 12th … From BuffStampede.comKneeland is no longer in Colorado’s plans and he has subsequently removed his name from the transfer portal … Kneeland can either return to Western Michigan or declare for the NFL Draft …

Just the facts … Committed December 22nd … Kneeland is a 6’3″, 275-pound defensive end from Grand Rapids, Michigan, who comes to Colorado by way of Western Michigan. He will have two years to play two at CU … Rivals bio … 247 Sports bio …

What others say about Kneeland … Kneeland was a member of the Recruiting Class of 2019, and was considered to be a two-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At 247 Sports, he was considered to be the No. 158 weakside defensive end in the nation, the No. 85 player overall out of the state of Michigan, and the No. 3433 player overall in the nation.

The 6-foot-3, 275-pound Kneeland earned a Pro Football Focus run grade of 85.5, good for 18th in the country. He finished with 38 total tackles (ten for loss) and 1.5 sacks with three sacks. He had 31 tackles and eight for loss in 2021.

Kneeland had other offers from … only a few schools, with Western Michigan being his best offer.

In his own words … “I feel good about Colorado because of the opportunities that come with it,” Kneeland told 247 Sports, “and the people that I would be around while being there because iron sharpens iron.”

“We got a chance to build a really good relationship with Coach Williams and Coach Grundy,” said Kneeland’s high school head coach Brendan Kimble, who accompanied him to Colorado. “Once we were on campus that comfort was extended throughout the entire staff. Then Coach Prime put it over the top. The opportunity to learn from him and be developed in the environment he is building was something he did not want to pass up.”

 

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Kavosiey Smoke – RB

Just the facts … Committed January 11th … Smoke is a 5’9″, 209-pound running back from Wetumpka, Alabama. Smoke comes to Colorado by way of Kentucky as graduate transfer, with one year to play at CU … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others have to say about Smoke … A member of the Recruiting Class of 2018, Smoke was rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At Rivals, Smoke was listed as the No. 29 running back in the country, and the No. 20 overall prospect out of the state of Alabama. At 247 Sports, Smoke was considered to be the No. 55 athlete in the nation, the No. 19 player overall out of Alabama, and the No. 711 overall prospect in the nation. As a transfer, Rivals still rates Smoke as a three-star prospect, the No. 146 overall player available in the Transfer Portal.

Over five seasons with the Wildcats, Smoke carried the ball 291 times for 1,583 yards, which ranks 21st on UK’s career rushing list, and 13 touchdowns while averaging 5.4 yards per carry, which ranks seventh in school history.

Returning starter at running back for Kentucky, Chris Rodriguez, was suspended for the first four games of the 2022. In those four games, Smoke rushed 51 times for 263 yards and a touchdown. Following Rodriguez’s return, however, Smoke totaled just seven carries for 14 yards over the final eight games of the season.

Smoke had other offers from … a number of Power Five conference schools. Before signing with Kentucky, Smoke entertained offers from Cincinnati, Florida, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights

 

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Myles Slusher – S

Just the facts … Committed January 8th … Slusher is a 6’0″, 190-pound defensive back from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Slusher comes to Colorado by way of Arkansas, and will have three years to play two at CU … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others have to say about Slusher … A member of the Recruiting Class of 2020, Slusher was rated as a four-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At Rivals, Slusher was rated as the No. 19 safety in the nation, and the No. 3 overall prospect out of the state of Oklahoma. At 247 Sports, Slusher was considered to be the No. 12 safety in the country, the No. 2 overall player out of Oklahoma, and the No. 172 overall prospect in the country.

Slusher battled through some injuries during his near three year run in Fayetteville but he still saw action in 23 games with 15 starts. He recorded a total of 93 tackles, nine-and-a-half for a loss, seven pass breakups, two interceptions and a forced fumble with the Razorbacks. Slusher was handed a one-game suspension this past season but he returned in week 12 and recorded a season-high eight tackles against Ole Miss.

Slusher had other offers from … over two dozen Power Five conference schools. Before committing to Arkansas, Slusher was an Oregon commit for much of his senior year. From the Pac-12, Slusher had offers from Oregon, UCLA and Colorado. From the SEC, Slusher had offers from Alabama, LSU, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas A&M. From the Big 12, Slusher had offers from Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, and West Virginia. Other offers came from the likes of Notre Dame, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska.

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights

 

 

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Yousef Mugharbil – OL

Just the facts … Committed January 7th … Mugharbil is a 6’5″, 310-pound offensive lineman from Murphy, North Carolina. Mugharbil comes to Colorado by way of Florida, and will have three years to play three at CU … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others have to say about Mugharbil … A member of the Recruiting Class of 2021, Mugharbil was Beasley was rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals and a four-star prospect by 247 Sports. At Rivals, Mugharbil was rated as the No. 38 offensive tackle in the nation, and the No. 19 overall prospect out fo the state of North Carolina. At 247 Sports, Mugharbil was considered to be the No. 21 interior lineman in the country, the No. 17 player out of North Carolina, and the No. 282 prospect overall in the nation.

Mugharbil was involved in an accident during his first few months in Gainesville. He was driving a scooter and collided with a semi-truck, which resulted in injuries. Mugharbil returned to practice with the Gators in December of 2021, but he did not see any game action during Florida’s recently concluded 2022 campaign.

Mugharbil had other offers from … over a dozen Power Five conference. Before committing to Florida, Mugharbil had offers from Arkansas, Duke, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, both North Carolina schools, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and West Virginia.

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights

 

 

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January 6th

CU picks up its (perhaps) kickoff specialist (along with competition for the placekicking position), Jace Feely from Arizona State

Tweet from Jace Feely … After some great talks with STC Trevor Reilly and coach Prime I have been offered and decided to commit to the University of Colorado thank you for investing in me and allowing me to be apart of bringing the buffaloes back to national prominence

From the Daily Camera … The son of former NFL kicker Jay Feely, Jace is excited for a fresh start after two seasons as a backup with the Sun Devils. He has three seasons of eligibility remaining.

“I’m pumped. I can’t wait to get up there,” said Feely, who will arrive in Boulder next week. “I just can’t wait to be included in that (new excitement at CU under Sanders) and do my part.”

After redshirting in 2021, Feely, who is from Gilbert, Ariz., was a backup to freshman Carter Brown this past season. Feely made his only extra point attempt, kicked off four times (with two touchbacks) and also punted once for 37 yards. In his high school career, he was 16-of-22 on field goals with a long of 52 yards.

“(ASU) was definitely a great learning period of how college football works,” he said. “I worked my butt off there for about two and a half years and I felt like I put in all that I could there and it was time for me to move on at the end of the season.”

Feely will have some familiarity with Folsom Field. ASU beat the Buffs, 42-34, on Oct. 29 in Boulder. The 6-foot, 215-pounder said he was hitting field goals from 65 yards during pregame warm-ups that day.

“I love competition,” Feely said. “I think it’s such a strong bond that kickers and special teams units have together and I can’t wait to meet the guys and meet my competition.”

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High school … 

  • Son of 14-year NFL veteran and current CBS Sports analyst Jay Feely
  • Five-star kicker according to Kohl’s Kicking; Chris Sailer’s rankings have him as the No. 13 kicker in the nation in the class
  • MaxPreps Small School High School Football All-America First Team selection as a punter; A member of the Arizona Republic’s All-State First Team as a punter
  • Accounted for 148 points during his four-year varsity career, making 16-of-22 field goals (73%)
  • Connected on a 52-yard field goal as a sophomore and a 47-yarder as a freshman
  • Went 22-of-23 on PAT’s during his senior season
  • Punted 20 times for 856 yards (42.8 yards/punt) as one of the state’s premier punters
  • Also served as the kickoff specialist for Gilbert Christian, recording 37 touchbacks over the past two seasons and averaging 57.0 yards/kickoff in 2020

Isaiah Lewis declares for the NFL Draft 

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January 4th

Transfer DB Tayvion Beasley: “My decision was, in my opinion, to play for the best coach in college football”

From the Daily Camera … Coming out of high school a year ago, Tayvion Beasley had plenty of opportunities to play football at the Power 5 level.

He was, after all, a three-star recruit from one of the top high school programs in the country, St. John Bosco in Bellflower, Calif.

A 5-foot-11, 170-pound cornerback, Beasley instead chose to play at Jackson State, an FCS school coached by arguably the best cornerback in NFL history, Deion Sanders.

So, when Sanders, known as “Coach Prime,” left JSU to take the head coaching job at Colorado last month, Beasley knew he wanted to make a move, too. Beasley announced his decision to transfer to CU on Saturday.

“My decision was, in my opinion, to play for the best coach in college football (Sanders) because he can teach you things outside of football to be a better man and a better person,” Beasley told BuffZone. “And obviously he helped me improve my game on the field. He’s preparing me for the next level at life and on the field.”

… CU’s secondary will have a significant JSU feel to it. In addition to Beasley, cornerback Travis Hunter and safety Cam’ron Silmon-Craig, have announced transfers to CU. Sanders’ son, Shilo, a safety, is also expected to come to CU after he graduates in the spring.

JSU had the No. 1 passing defense in the FCS, allowing just 135.4 yards per game and only 4.99 yards per attempt. Only Dartmouth allowed fewer passing touchdowns than the eight given up by the Tigers.

“I feel like we can show that same thing we did at Jackson (at CU),” Beasley said. “We have a lot of people saying we wouldn’t be able to do it, but now we can show everybody that we’re capable of doing what we did at Jackson as well.”

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January 3rd

Kicker Cole Becker enters the Transfer Portal

… Not necessarily a good move here. Coach Prime is bringing in his kicker from Jackson State, Alejandro Mata, (see below). Not sure Mata is an upgrade from what CU received from Becker, who made 11-of-13 field goals last season (long of 49 yards) , and was 20-for-21 on extra points …

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January 2nd 

Daniel Arias declares for the NFL Draft 

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Tayvion Beasley – DB

Just the facts … Committed December 31st … Beasley is a 5’10”, 165-pound cornerback from Bellflower, California (St. John Bosco). Beasley comes to Colorado by way of Jackson State, and will have four years to play three at CU … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others have to say about Beasley … A member of the Recruiting Class of 2022, Beasley was rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At Rivals, Beasley, who played for California high school power St. John Bosco, was considered to be the No. 97 player overall out of the state of California. At 247 Sports, Beasley was considered to be the No. 74 cornerback in the nation, the No. 60 player out of California, and the No. 798 overall prospect in the country.

Beasley saw action in a total of nine games during his true freshman campaign this past fall, recording eight tackles, three pass breakups, an interception and one fumble recovery.

Beasley had other offers from … a number of Power Five schools. Before committing to Jackson State and Coach Prime, Beasley entertained offers from USC, Oregon, Michigan, Arizona State, BYU, Oregon State and Arizona.

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights

 

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Leonard Payne – DL

Just the facts … Committed December 29th … Payne is a 6’3″, 308-pound defensive tackle from Downey, California. Payne comes to Colorado by way of Fresno State, and will have one year to play as a graduate transfer … Rivals bio247 Sports

What others say about Payne … A member of the Recruiting Class of 2018 (yup, Class of 2018). Way back then, Payne was considered to be only a two-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports (he was also checking in at 265 pounds, some 43 pounds ago). At 247 Sports, Payne was rated as the No. 147 strongside defensive end in the country, the No. 324 player overall out of the state of California, and the No. 3393 prospect in the country.

In 2021, Payne played in 11 games and started nine … missed the final two games with injury … totaled 22 tackles (10 solo) … had 5.0 tackles for loss … added 3.5 sacks … also had a fumble recovery. This past season, Payne’s participation was limited due to injury.

Payne had other offers from … Out of high school, Payne’s offers were from Sacramento State and Fresno State, with Payne settling on the Bulldogs. After spending five years in Fresno, Payne entered the transfer portal on December 26th. In the three days Payne was in the Transfer Portal, Payne earned scholarship offers from Indiana, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, Old Dominion, Troy, UConn and Utah State.

 

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Jeremiah Brown – LB

Just the facts … Committed December 29th … Brown is a 6’2″, 220-pound edge rusher from Havana, Florida. Brown comes to Colorado by way of Jackson State, and will have three years to play two at CU … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Brown … A member of the Recruiting Class of 2021, Brown was rated as a three-star prospect by 247 Sports, but only a two-star prospect by Rivals. At 247 Sports, Brown was considered to be the No. 189 linebacker in the nation, the No. 243 player overall out of the state of Florida, and the No. 1703 player overall in the nation. In June, 2020, Brown committed to Florida Atlantic, before switching to Jackson State in December.

In 20 games of action as a true freshman and sophomore at Jackson State, Brown recorded 52 tackles, 11 for a loss, seven sacks and he had three fumble involvements. He also participated on special teams for the Tigers and had a blocked field-goal against Southern this past season.

Brown becomes the sixth former Tiger to announce his move from Jackson to Boulder, joining two-way star Travis Hunter, quarterback Shedeur Sanders, offensive lineman Tyler Brown, safety Cam’Ron Silmon and kicker Alejandro Mata.

Brown had other offers from … at least one Power Five conference school, Minnesota. Other offers came from schools like Troy, Marshall and Southern Mississippi.

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights

 

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Alejandro Mata – K

Just the facts … Committed December 27th … Mata is a 5’9″, 180-pound kicker from Buford, Georgia

What others have to say about Mata … Matta comes to Colorado from Jackson State. As a freshman kicker in 2022, Mata made 12-of-13 field goals attempts this season, but his longest was from only 38 yards out. Mata also has made 50 of his 51 extra points (both of the missed kicks were blocked). He was a third-team FCS Freshman All-American and second-team all-conference selection. Mata would have four years to play three at Colorado.

Mata played football with Colorado running back Victor Venn and linebacker Aubrey Smith at Buford (Ga.) High in 2021. He made 60 of 63 PATs and 9 of 13 field goals as a prep senior with the Wolves.

At this moment, it’s unclear as to whether Mata is coming to CU as a scholarship player, or a preferred walk-on. This past season, CU freshman kicker Cole Becker was 11-for-13 on his field goal attempts, with a long of 49 yards (both misses were from 40 yards out, with one miss coming from over 50 yards).

 

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Mark Vassett – P

Just the facts .. Committed December 26th … Vassett is a 6’4″, 220-pound punter from Melbourne, Austrailia. Vasset comes to Colorado by way of Louisville, and will have three years to play three at CU … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others have to say about Vassett … Vassett was a member of the Recruiting Class of 2021, and was unrated by Rivals, but was considered to be a three-star prospect by 247 Sports. At 247 Sports, Vassett was rated as the No. 4 player overall out Australia, the No. 7 punter in the Class, and the No. 2016 prospect overall.

Vasset graduated high school in 2014 in Australia, worked for the family construction business, then went to same kicking school in Australia that brought James Stefanou and Josh Watts to Colorado. Vassett was originally recruited to Michigan State by Mel Tucker and Ross Els, but opted for the Cardinals. In 2022, Vasset set records at Louisville, earning honorable mention All-ACC honors this past fall.

Vassett had other offers from … Louisville and Michigan State, settling on Louisville after first committing to the Spartans.

In his own words … “I have never stepped foot in the United States”, Vassett said in 2020, when he first committed to Michigan State. “So a lot about the college system will be new to me but from what I have researched and heard off of from others is it will be the most amazing place to spend the next four years of my life. Can’t wait to get started.”

 

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Seydou Traore – TE

Just the facts … Committed on Christmas Day … Traore is a 6’4″, 210-pound tight end from Clearwater, Florida. Traore comes to Colorado by way of Arkansas State, and will have four years to play three at CU … Rivals bio … 247 Sports bio …

What others have to say about Traore … Traore is originally from England, which also produced Colorado 2023 linebacker signee Kofi Taylor-Barrocks. Thaore had never competed in 11-man football before arriving in the United States, and only played one year of high school football. Despite his inexperience, Thaore was considered a three-star prospect by 247 Sports, while only a two-star prospect by Rivals.

Traore caught 50 passes for 655 yards receiving and four receiving touchdowns during the 2022 season while playing for Arkansas State. That was good enough to earn him a spot on the Sun Belt All-Conference first team this year. He finished the regular season with the fifth-highest receiving grade (89.6) among all FBS tight ends according to PFF.

Traore had other offers from … only a handful of programs out of high school, mostly because, again, he was new to the game. When he announced his decision to enter the Transfer Portal, however, Power Five schools took notice. Traore’s decision came down to CU and Utah, a program noted for turning tight ends into stars.

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights

 

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Jimmy Horn, Jr. – WR

Just the facts … Committed on Christmas Day … Horn is a 5’9″, 165-pound wide receiver from Sanford, Florida. Horn comes to Colorado by way of South Florida, and will have three years to play two at CU … Rivals bio247 Sports

What others have to say about Horn … As a member of the Recruiting Class of 2021, Horn was rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At 247 Sports, Horn was listed as the No. 127 wide receiver in the nation, the No. 107 player overall out of Florida, and the No. 863 player overall in the country. As a transfer, Rivals still has Horn as a three-star prospect, the No. 148 player available in the Transfer Portal. 247 Sports, meanwhile, has Horn rated at .9000, which makes him a four-star transfer in their eyes.

Horn caught a total of 67 passes and had 1,066 yards of offense in 2021 and 2022 at USF. Horn was a first-team All-AAC selection this fall as a kick returner after averaging 29.9 yards per return. He had an 89-yard touchdown return for a score in the Bulls’ season opener against BYU (see below).

Horn also won four medals at the Class 8A State Track and Field Championships in his final year at Seminole. He was part of the state champion 4×100-meter relay team that posted a time of 41..12 to rank among the top 10 nationally. Horn won the long jump with a mark of 23-0.75 and he finished fourth in the 100-meter dash (10.81) and triple jump (46-4.25).

Horn had other offers from … several big-time Power Five conference schools out of high school, including Georgia and Tennessee. He also had an offer from Coach Prime at Jackson State, but settled on home state South Florida.

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights

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December 23rd

Conference Transfer Portal Grades: CU No 1 in the Pac-12

From the San Jose Mercury News … Pac-12 teams have lost more than 100 players to the transfer portal since it opened on Dec. 5. That figure will climb — and perhaps significantly — before closing time on Jan. 18.

The conference benefited immensely from the dizzying amount of player movement last winter, especially with the influx of quarterbacks.

Whether the collective impact is negative or positive this time around won’t be clear until the 2023 season, but the Hotline has no interest in reserving judgment for nine months.

Where’s the fun in that?

Welcome to our first transfer portal power ratings of the offseason. We’ll revisit the assessment below when the portal closes next month, then again when it opens (for two weeks) in early May.

1. Colorado: Like last year, the Buffaloes have lost a load of players to the portal. Unlike last year, the level of departing talent is limited. Also unlike last year, they are the conference’s biggest winner thus far. Quarterback Shedeur Sanders arrives from Jackson State to run the offense for his father, while cornerback Travis Hunter — the former No. 1 rated recruit in the country — provides CU with an elite talent on the back line. Check back in another month. The Buffaloes aren’t close to finished.

2. Washington: The momentum continues for coach Kalen DeBoer’s program with a slew of impact newcomers passing through the portal on their way to Montlake. Arizona State running back Daniyel Ngata and Michigan State receiver Germie Bernard bolster the array of playmakers around quarterback Michael Penix. Another former Sun Devil, Joe Moore, adds needed depth at edge rusher. So far, none of the Huskies’ key contributors (or backup quarterbacks) have entered the portal.

3. UCLA: The Bruins have worked the transfer market in expert fashion for years — often with players at the graduate level — and this cycle is producing more of the same. Quarterback Collin Schlee (Kent State) and linebacker Oluwafemi Oladejo (Cal) are proven commodities, and keep an eye on tight end Moliki Matavao, who averaged 13 yards per catch for Oregon. The Bruins have avoided a significant exodus to date, making their net gain considerable.

… and, Stanford (See: University of Colorado, 2021) … 

12. Stanford: Who’s not in the transfer portal in the wake of another terrible season, the departure of David Shaw and the hiring of Troy Taylor? As of this writing, Stanford has 17 outbound players and zero inbound players, according to 247 Sports. No unit has been hit harder than the offensive line, which lost two players to Michigan (Myles Hinton and Drake Nugent). To what extent will the university adjust its policy to allow Taylor to work the portal for immediate help?

Read full story here

Cam’ron Silmon – DB

Just the facts … Committed December 22nd (awaiting confirmation from CU on this one) … Silmon is a 5’10”, 180-pound safety from Cedar Hill, Texas (where Shedeur Sanders played high school football), and comes to Colorado by way of Jackson State. He has three years to play two at CU … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others had to say about Silmon … A member of the Recruiting Class of 2021, Silmon was rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals, but a composite three-star prospect by 247 Sports. At 247 Sports, Silmon was considered to be the 170 safety in the nation, the No. 300 player overall out of Texas, and the No. 1990 overall prospect nationally.

Silmon had other offers from … only a handful of schools out of high school. Rivals shows that he was a verbal commit to Florida Atlantic, but either Silmon never made it to Florida, or later transferred to Jackson State, because he was the starting safety for Coach Prime’s Tigers this past season, earning All-SWAC honors.

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Marshawn Kneeland – DL

Just the facts … Committed December 22nd … Kneeland is a 6’3″, 275-pound defensive end from Grand Rapids, Michigan, who comes to Colorado by way of Western Michigan. He will have two years to play two at CU … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Kneeland … Kneeland was a member of the Recruiting Class of 2019, and was considered to be a two-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At 247 Sports, he was considered to be the No. 158 weakside defensive end in the nation, the No. 85 player overall out of the state of Michigan, and the No. 3433 player overall in the nation.

The 6-foot-3, 275-pound Kneeland earned a Pro Football Focus run grade of 85.5, good for 18th in the country. He finished with 38 total tackles (ten for loss) and 1.5 sacks with three sacks. He had 31 tackles and eight for loss in 2021.

Kneeland had other offers from … only a few schools, with Western Michigan being his best offer.

In his own words … “I feel good about Colorado because of the opportunities that come with it,” Kneeland told 247 Sports, “and the people that I would be around while being there because iron sharpens iron.”

“We got a chance to build a really good relationship with Coach Williams and Coach Grundy,” said Kneeland’s high school head coach Brendan Kimble, who accompanied him to Colorado. “Once we were on campus that comfort was extended throughout the entire staff. Then Coach Prime put it over the top. The opportunity to learn from him and be developed in the environment he is building was something he did not want to pass up.”

A two-star prospect coming out of Godwin Heights Senior in 2019, Kneeland vastly outperformed his rating while at Western Michigan. He is now anxious to test his skills in the Pac-12, as a January enrollee at Colorado with two years to play two.

“I look forward to proving to everybody that I am better than what I used to be,” he said. “I feel like anybody that watched my games would see, okay, this is not a two-star athlete, it is someone better… I think.

“It doesn’t really matter what most people are going to say. They are going to speak regardless, whether you are a five-star, four-star, two-star or no star. At the end of the day, you line up against who you line up against and try to beat them.”

 

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Travis Hunter – CB/WR

Here is a link to his official CUBuffs.com bio

Just the facts … Committed December 21st (Signing Day) … Hunter is a 6’1″, 165-pound cornerback/wide receiver from Suwanee, Georgia (Collins Hill), who comes to Colorado by way of Jackson State. Hunter will have four years to play three at CU … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Hunter … A member of the Recruiting Class of 2021, Hunter was considered by both Rivals and 247 Sports to be not only the No. 1 player out of Georgia, the No. 1 cornerback in the nation, but the No. 1 overall prospect in the country. His 247 composite ranking was 0.9999, or basically perfect.

Evaluation by Andrew Invins at 247 SportsA generational type of talent. Legitimately CB1 and WR1 for the class of 2022. Makes everything he does look extremely easy. Smooth. Explosive. Competitive. At times it seems like he’s almost a human cheat code as he’s always making the highlight reel play at the right time. Video game numbers during prep career (over 3,600 receiving yards, 46 touchdowns catches and 19 interceptions) make him seem even more godly. Hasn’t tested anywhere, but he’s one of those prospects that doesn’t need to run on the lasers to verify anything as his play speed trumps others. Quick to read and react on the defensive side of the ball. Likes to bait quarterbacks into making poor decisions. Elite ball skills and ability to elevate over other players helps him take away throwing windows. Shifty footwork makes him difficult to cover when he’s on offense. Mixes gears well and is able to shake defensive backs with crisp little cuts. Not afraid to lay out or get his jersey dirty, either. Will eventually need to add some body armor to a rather wiry frame that appears to be pushing 6-foot-1 as that will help him make stops in the ally or block out on the perimeter. Has the tools to be a difference maker the second he steps foot on the college campus of his choice. Viewed by most recruiters and scouts as cornerback longterm, but offensive coaches are likely going to be trying to get him some burn at wide receiver in situational packages. Should work his way onto the two-deep as a freshman and then blossom into an impact player and potential All-American. Will play on Sundays if there are no set backs and has a chance to be selected Day 1 of the NFL Draft if he keeps progressing.

Hunter had other offers from … everyone who thought they had a shot at his services. Florida State was considered to be Hunter’s destination committing to the Seminoles in March of his junior year. On Signing Day, 2021, however, Hunter flipped, announcing his decision to attend Jackson State. Hunter also had offers from the likes of Georgia, Michigan, Oklahoma, Clemson and Tennessee.

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights

 

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Tyler Brown – OL

Here is a link to his official CUBuffs.com bio

Just the facts … Committed December 21st (Signing Day) … Brown is a 6’3″, 320-pound offensive lineman from Jackson Mississippi. He comes to Colorado by way of Louisiana-Lafayette and Jackson State. He will have two years to play two at CU … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others have to say about Brown … A member of the Recruiting Class of 2019, Brown was rated as a two-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. 247 Sports ranks him the No. 203 interior offensive lineman nationally and No. 72 player from Mississippi.

After spending three years (and playing 11 games) with Louisiana-Lafayette, Brown transferred to Jackson State. This past season, Brown started 13 games on the offensive line, earning AP third-team FCS All-American honors. Named to the BOXTOROW HBCU All-American team on the offensive line, and earned first-team All-SWAC.

Brown had other offers from … only Louisiana, Jackson State, and Southern Miss out of high school. He is following Coach Prime from Jackson State to Boulder.

 

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Shedeur Sanders – QB

Here is a link to his official CUBuffs.com bio

Just the facts … Committed December 21st (Signing Day) … Sanders is a 6’1″, 180-pound pro-style quarterback from Cedar Hill, Texas, by way of Jackson State. Sanders will have three years to play two at Colorado … Rivals bio … 247 Sports bio …

What others have to say about Sanders … From the Recruiting Class of 2021, Sanders was considered to be a four-star prospect by 247 Sports, but only a three-star prospect by Rivals. At 247 Sports, Sanders was rated as the No. 26 pro-style quarterback in the nation, the No. 38 overall prospect out of Texas, and the No. 247 player overall in the country. As a Transfer Portal candidate, however, Sanders was bumped up to a four-star recruit by Rivals.

In his last 5 seasons (three in high school, two at Jackson State), Shedeur Sanders has completed 66% of his passes for 15,888 yards, 193 TD, 33 INT and rushed for 31 TDs while compiling a win-loss record of 62-5.

Evaluation by Greg Biggins at 247 Sports … Highly productive and a winner with a pair of state championships to his name. Athletic frame, moves well and can extend plays. Does a nice job making that initial pass rusher miss, doesn’t panic and shows poise and calmness in the pocket. Has dual-threat ability and can pick up bug chunks of yards with his legs but doesn’t take off and run as much as you would expect. Has enough arm strength to get the ball down the field and shows nice touch on his deep ball. Can tighten his release a bit but has some solid tools that project well to college. Upside is an impact upper tier Power 5 starter and potential NFL draft pick

Sanders had other offers from … While Sanders committed to play for his father at Jackson State, he had over two dozen offers from all over the nation. Sanders had offers from the likes of Alabama, Georgia, Florida State, LSU, Oregon, Penn State, Michigan, Florida, UCLA and Arizona State.

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights

 

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Landon Beebe – OL

Here is a link to his official CUBuffs.com bio (which is just as sparse as my bio)

Just the facts … Committed December 21st (Signing Day) … Beebe is a 6’3″, 298-pound offensive lineman from Webb City, Missouri, by way of Missouri State. Beebe is a graduate transfer, with one year of eligibility remaining … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others have to say about Beebe … A member of the Recruiting Class of 2018, Beebe was unrated by either Rivals or 247 Sports. Beebe signed with Missouri State. The 6-foot-3, 298-pound Bebee played in 42 games with the Bears, including 35 starts. He spent time playing every position on the offensive line during his time at Missouri State and was a three-time second-team all-Missouri Valley selection. Bebee is originally from Webb City, Mo. He will have one year of eligibility to compete with the Buffaloes.

Beebe had other offers from … over two dozen schools, but none from a Power Five conference schools. Before signing with Missouri State, Beebe had offers from Army and Air Force, along with other schools like New Mexico and UConn.

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights

 

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Isaiah Jatta – OL (Junior College)

Here is a link to his official CUBuffs.com bio

Just the facts … Jatta is a 6’6″, 330-pound offensive lineman from San Diego. He comes to Colorado by way of Snow Junior College in Utah. Jatta will have three years to play two at Colorado … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others have to say about Jatta … Jatta is considered to be a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At 247 Sports, Jatta is rated as the No. 4 junior college offensive lineman in the nation, the No. 1 offensive lineman out of California, and the No. 9 overall junior college prospect.

Jatta had other offers from … most notably, South Carolina. Jatta had been on the Gamecocks’ commitment list for nearly six months. BYU, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Syracuse were the other Power 5 programs after Jatta early in the process, before he initially committed to South Carolina. He was offered by Coach Prime’s staff at Jackson State in November and he was also being recruited by O’Boyle when he was at Kent State. Jatta played his high school ball at Helix High School in the San Diego area. After he de-committed from South Carolina, Auburn became CU’s primary competition for Jatta’s services.

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights

 

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Jack Wilty – OL

Here is a link to his official CUBuffs.com bio

Just the facts … Committed December 21st (Signing Day) … Wilty is a 6’4″, 310-pound offensive lineman from Pleasant Hill, Iowa, who comes to Colorado by way of Northern Illinois and Iowa Central Community College. Wilty will have three years to play three at CU … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Wilty … A member of the Recruiting Class of 2020, Wilty was rated as a two-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At 247 Sports, Wilty was rank as the No. 189 offensive guard in the country, and the No. 12 overall player from Iowa. As a transfer, On3 sports lists him as a three star prospect, ranking him the No. 69 junior college transfer, the No. 4 inside offensive lineman in the country, and the No. 8 overall player out of Iowa.

Wilty had other offers from … hardly anyone out of high school. Before transferring to Iowa Central Community College, Wilty signed on with Northern Illinois. He red-shirted in 2020, then transferred to Iowa Central.

 

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Shane Cokes – DL

Here is a link to his official CUBuffs.com bio

Just the facts … Committed December 20th … Cokes is a 6’3″, 275-pound defensive lineman from Dayton, Ohio. He comes to Colorado by way of Dartmouth. He will have two years to play two at CU … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others have to say about Cokes … A member of the Recruiting Class of 2019, Cokes was unrated by either recruiting service.

This past season he played in 10 games and produced 53 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 8.5 TFLs, 2 QB hurries, one forced fumble and one pass break-up. Over the past two seasons, Cokes has generated 49 pressures from the interior and possesses ideal size at 6-foot-3, 275-pounds and has been a back-to-back second-team All-IVY League selection.

“He is a destroyer of the line of scrimmage” – Duane Brooks (Dartmouth DL Coach)

Cokes had other offers from … only smaller schools out of high school, including a number of Ivy League schools, along with schools like Army and Holy Cross. As a Transfer Portal candidate, however, Cokes reported offers from Miami, Iowa State, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Washington State, Purdue and Wake Forest.

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights

 

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Savion Washington – OL

Here is a link to his official CUBuffs.com bio

Just the facts … Committed December 19th … Washington is a 6’9″, 342-pound offensive tackle from Akron, Ohio (St. Vincent – St. Mary). He comes to Colorado by way of Kent State, where he was coached by new CU offensive coordinator Sean Lewis, who was the head coach for the Zips. Washington will have three years to play two at CU … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Washington … A member of the Recruiting Class of 2020, Washington was rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals, but a three-star prospect by 247 Sports. At 247 Sports, Washington was rated as the No. 189 offensive tackle in the nation, the No. 92 player overall out of Ohio, and the No. 2359 player overall in the country.

With Washington anchoring the right side of the offensive line, Kent State led the MAC in rushing yards this past season. Washington’s 75.9 grade from Pro Football Focus in 11 games this fall ranked first among the Golden Flashes’ offensive linemen and was a substantially better grade than any CU offensive lineman in 2022. Pro Football Focus graded Washington as the No. 61 overall tackle in its database last season, with a 79.0 pass-block grade and a 72.3 rush-block grade that rate well above average in college football.

Washington had other offers from … Michigan State and Syracuse from the Power Five, along with numerous Mid-American Conference schools. In the Transfer Portal, CU’s main competition for Washington’s services was Oklahoma State.

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights

 

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LaVonta Bentley – LB

Here is a link to his official CUBuffs.com bio

Just the facts … Committed December 19th … Bentley is a 6’1″, 215-pound linebacker from Birmingham, Alabama (Jackson-Olin). He comes to Colorado by way of Clemson. Bentley will have two years to play two at CU … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others have to say about Bentley … A member of the Recruiting Class of 2019, Bentley was considered to be a four-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At Rivals, Bentley was considered to be the No. 11 inside linebacker in the nation, the No. 8 overall prospect out of the state of Alabama, and the No. 179 player in the nation. At 247 Sports, Bentley was ranked as the No. 16 inside linebacker in the country, the No. 10 overall prospect out of Alabama, and the No. 272 player in the nation.

As a Transfer Portal candidate, Bentley is ranked by Rivals as a three-star prospect, the No. 152 overall transfer in the nation.

Described as a hard-hitting linebacker, Bentley was credited with 73 tackles, five-and-a-half sacks, two pass breakups and two forced fumbles in 417 defensive snaps across 40 career games with the Tigers. He was also a three-time ACC Honor Roll selection.

High school evaluation by 247 Sports A little undersized at 6-0, but is compact and powerful. Physical, tackles through player, can move a pile and his strong. Consistent and productive against run. Plays fast and reacts quickly. Built to play in box and be run stopper. Shoots gaps well. Gets through traffic and locates ball carrier. Effective blitzer. High character and tough. Works hard. Must add hip flexibility to play lower and add to his explosion. Has to improve body control to keep from overrunning plays. Coverage skills need work to be three-down player. Multi-year starter at Top-20 power program. Late NFL draft pick or free agent.

Bentley had other offers from … at least a dozen Power Five schools, including Clemson, where he signed. Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Oregon, Nebraska, and LSU were all suitors.

In his own words … “I just knew this was the right fit for me to showcase my talent because all eyes on Colorado right now. All eyes on us,” Bentley told CU Sports Report soon after announcing his decision.

“… At this point I’m just ready to ball because it’s bigger than me. I’ve got a family to feed. I [made] the best of my opportunity. At Clemson, when I got my number called and I go in, I made the best of it. But now I’m at the point where it’s my fifth year — ain’t no more time to be wasted sitting on the sideline. I’ve got my dreams right in front of me. With this football, it can take you to many places. Like I said, I’ve got a family to feed. It’s bigger to me, as I realized growing up. The place that we come from, it’s rough, so I’m just trying to change that whole thing [for my family] and just ball out. This is the year to do that, and I thank God I’m in the right place to do that with all the exposure that’s going to be [on Colorado]. All I’ve got to do is be me, really. Trust the process.”

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights

 

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Taijh Alston – DL

Here is a link to his official CUBuffs.com bio

Just the facts … Committed December 18th … Alston is a 6’4″, 255-pound defensive lineman from Cameron, North Carolina. Alston comes to Colorado by way of East Carolina and West Virginia. Alston has one year of eligibility remaining … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others have to say about Alston … Alston was a member of the Recruiting Class of 2017, and was considered a three-point prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At Rivals, Alston was rated as the No. 44 weakside defensive end in the nation, while at 247 Sports, Alston was listed as the No. 7 weakside defensive end in the nation, the No. 13 overall prospect out of the state of North Carolina, and the No. 64 overall prospect in the country.

Alston began his college career at East Carolina, where he redshirted in 2017. He then played at Copiah-Lincoln Community College and earned First-Team All-Mississippi JUCO honors in 2018 before transferring to West Virginia in 2019.  Alston saw action in 28 games games with the Mountaineers and he recorded a total of 56 tackles, eight sacks and four forced fumbles.

Alston had other offers from … only a handful of schools back in 2017, with Alston choosing East Carolina over West Virginia.

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December 17th

First steps: Brothers Shedeur and Shilo Sanders enter the Transfer Portal

From Rivals.com … It was only a matter of time before Jackson State quarterback Shedeur Sanders  was going to officially enter the transfer portal.

That time is Saturday.

Expect the younger Sanders to follow his father to his new destination in the PAC-12 with the Buffaloes. Deion Sanders told media during Sunday’s introductory press conference “that is your quarterback” while pointing at his son Shedeur in the crowd.

Since arriving at Jackson State in 2021, Sanders has been highly-productive in leading the Tigers to a 23-2 overall record as the starting quarterback.

During the 2021 season, Sanders threw for 3,231 yards with 30 touchdowns and just eight interception while completing 65.9% of passes. He helped lead Jackson State to an 11-2 record and their first SWAC East Title since 2013.

This past season, Sanders led Jackson State to a perfect 12-0 season and a SWAC championship while throwing for 3,403 yards with 36 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

A former 5.6, three-star prospect coming out of high school in the 2021 recruiting class, Sanders will provide a jolt of experience and playmaking ability to a vital position for a new-look Colorado program under the direction of Coach Prime.

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December 12th

Maddox Kopp becomes the third CU quarterback to enter the Portal

Kopp transferred from Houston this past off-season …

Kopp’s Tweet … Thank you to Buff Nation for my time in Boulder. I intend to enter the transfer portal with 3 years left of eligibility.

December 11th

CU picks up a preferred walk-on commitment (brother of current commit)

Victory Johnson, one of CU ten commitments who was not purged with the change in coaching staff, reaffirmed his commitment this weekend with his second official visit to Boulder (second official visits to the same school being allowed by the NCAA when there is a coaching change).

But it wasn’t the only commitment from the Johnson family this weekend. CU also picked up a commitment from Johnson’s older brother, Champion Johnson. The elder Johnson was a three-star recruit from the Class of 2021, enrolling at Cal as a walk-on. He is listed on the Cal 2022 roster as a fullback, with no stats or info in his bio.

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December 5th 

Offensive lineman Noah Fenske enters the Transfer Portal

Fenske’s tweet … I have entered my name into the NCAA transfer portal with two years of eligibility.

“Mass Chaos” expected as up to 3,500 players could enter the Transfer Portal (starting today)

From 247 Sports … What will the 2023 transfer portal cycle be like when the FBS window opens on Monday morning? One staffer at a Pac-12 school may have summed it up the best: “It will make December 5th the most important day on the college football calendar.”

With that day of reckoning finally here, we asked that exact question (and many others) of more than a dozen FBS player personnel and recruiting staffers to preview what promises to be a blockbuster offseason for college football’s supercharged version of free agency. As one in-the-know person told me this week: “There will be players who are happy at their schools who still decide to enter, just to see what kind of NIL package they can get.” We saw plenty examples of that last cycle, but expect even more of it this time around.

Adding to the chaos are some significant rule changes that will impact this cycle’s proceedings. Schools are no longer limited to signing just 25 initial counters per cycle. This means programs can aggressively rework their rosters to sign up to their 85-scholarship limit. Many across the country believe that this will lead to players being run off rosters. The NCAA also passed a rule that schools are required to keep transfer athletes on scholarship through the completion of their eligibility clock or until they complete their undergraduate degree. This means there’s more risk than ever in taking an undergraduate transfer, because they’re stuck on the roster no matter what.

This is the first cycle with transfer portal windows, which stretch from Dec. 5 to January 18 for the FBS with another period from April 15-30. No longer can players enter the portal whenever they please, though there are always exceptions to the rules. Graduate transfers and players whose head coaches have left the program are not subjected to these guidelines, which is why athletes have already started entering the portal.

How do schools view those rule changes? How rampant is tampering in the era of NIL? Let’s dive into what you can expect to see from the portal in the coming months.

Continue reading story here

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December 4th

Wide Receiver Maurice Bell withdraws his name from the Transfer Portal

Bell tweet … After further discussion, I will be WITHDRAWING my name from the NCAA portal. #GoBuffs

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December 2nd

Wide Receiver Chase Penry joins the list

Penry tweet … Running with Ralphie was the thrill of a lifetime. Having the chance to make plays at Folsom is something I’ll never forget. I’ve made brothers in Boulder who will always be family. I’m entering the portal Monday with 3 years to play. Hungrier than ever. Ready for what’s next.

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December 1st 

Quarterback Owen McCown enters the Portal

McCown’s tweet … To the Buff Nation, I would like to thank you for your unwavering support and welcoming me with open arms … To Coach Dorrell, Coach Sanford, Coach Dodson, and the rest of the support staff, thank you for everything you have done for me both on and off the field … For me teammates, you will always be brothers to me, and I will always cherish the memories we shared … With that being said, I intend to enter the Transfer Portal … 

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November 30th 

Isaiah Lewis sets sights on NFL, but enters Transfer Portal as a backup option

From BuffStampede.com … After six years with Colorado, safety Isaiah Lewis has entered the transfer portal.

Lewis played in 43 games with 19 starts in his time with the Buffaloes. He started in the first four games this season before a shoulder tear sidelined him for the rest of the season, because of which he may now apply for a medical redshirt and extra year of eligibility.

He was a key piece of the Buffs secondary as he led the defense with 68 total tackles in 2021. In 2022, he finished with 21 tackles and had an interception against Minnesota this season.

Last week he informed, CU Sports Report that he was setting his sights on NFL Pro Day.

“I’m gonna go train for the Pro Day in March and then go from there,” he said on Nov. 23.

However, his entrance into the portal indicates he is at least considering the option of playing another season of college football elsewhere if granted the seventh year of eligibility.

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November 28th

CU’s most experienced offensive lineman, Casey Roddick, enters the Transfer Portal

… A loss, but Roddick has been with the program forever. Roddick signed with the Buffaloes out of St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura, Calif, in 2017. He grayshirted, then redshirted, before seeing action in all 12 games as a second-year freshman at CU in 2019. A tough loss, but Roddick has bled black-and-gold from MacIntyre to Tucker to Dorrell to Sanford. Wish him well … 

From CUSportsReport.com … After five years with Colorado’s football program, offensive lineman Casey Roddick decided to use his remaining eligibility elsewhere and enter the transfer portal on Monday.

The portal does not open for most players until Dec. 5, however graduate transfers like Roddick can put their name in at any time.

His entrance in the portal comes two days after the Buffaloes’ final game of the season, which they lost 63-21 to Utah to finish 1-11 overall and 1-9 in the Pac-12. Roddick started in all 12 games this season, 10 at left guard and two at right tackle after the temporary early-season QB switch with left-handed Owen McCown.

In his career at Colorado, he played in 42 games and 30 as a starter.

Roddick won the Eddie Crowder Team Leadership Award during Sunday’s senior banquet. A well-deserved award as his performance on the field and his character never wavered.

“If I left now I’m going to have another head coach regardless,” he said after the last game on Nov. 26. “I mean, at the end of the day, it’s still football. We focus on what’s ahead, what’s next and right now.”

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95 Replies to “Transfer Portal Tracker”

  1. Butch Jones….eh?
    transfer portal carousel meet coach carousel
    Its like college football is inbred
    must be guys like Daniels who are on their 4th school have the most incapacitating genes. Shrout is on his 3rd. Hopefully he can overcome

  2. I still do not see Shrout as listed in the 247 or Rivals transfer portal. Is he/CU re-accessing the situation, such to have an experienced back-up? Maybe he plays the Spring and decides after that? Unless, the Frosh are on-campus for the Spring, they may be short QBs for drills etc…

  3. I would be curious to know how many of the unsigned portal players were booted from their programs and how many should have stayed home for at least their education. The dream dies hard.
    Sports like Hockey and baseball have multiple levels of minor leagues where some guys spend the best days of their youth never really going anywhere except on a lot of busses to a lot of motels for meager money.

  4. Moving down….. I’d rather start or get playing time at Nevada than sit on the sidelines at CU if I was Lewis. Ditto Shrout

  5. Watched the video of a day ago. I hope that the transfers are “pre-approved” before they make the move. Horn made a remark about “waiting for clearance”… As long ago as he decided, he should have been ready to roll by now

    1. Even with a little attrition we should be fine at the skill positions. We will have to wait until September to see how the linemen grade out, both O and D, as it doesnt seem they are as heralded as the WRs and DBs and Edwards

  6. Surprising bout Bell

    Prime says he loves those graduate transfers.

    Go Prime

    TCU.
    Wanna see the smooth fast efficient interesting buff offense.
    \

  7. Well, gonna be at least another 10-20 who leave.

    Spring tryouts will be interesting.

    Deion says he’s old school.

    Old school had tryouts.

    Go Buffs

  8. I’m hoping that the coaches have an experienced QB transfer in line to come in before the season. Need to have strong competition for Shedeur as well as a backup in case of injury. CU has a tough schedule next season, it’s the rare underclassman QB that can step into the type of spotlight that CU will have on it and perform well.
    Jake Garcia from the Hurricane’s just entered the portal and he is originally from California, so might have a chance to snag him. He starter a couple of games last season. He was a top prospect out of HS as well.

    1. More regrettable history gone. Coaches like to say they design their plays and schemes around the player’s best features but I feel that never happened to any of the QBs here in the last 2 years. I think Staub will turn out better anyway. Hopefully the coaching will too.

  9. In all he transfers to the Mighty Buffs

    I am most interested i
    Tyler brown two stars
    Leonard Payne two stars

    Big guys for the oline and dline

    Go big underrated transfer Buffs

  10. Dang. Spring tryouts are going to be amazing. I hope practices are open. It seems like Deion and co have compiled more talent in about five weeks than CU’s had in five, ten or even twenty years.

    Go Buffs

  11. Prime and the Buffs of course made the rival’s headline today on a ludicrous story by Adam Gorney… who looks like a total dimwit now. He projects Prime will regret turning away 5 recruits, all of which are low to medium 3 stars….and all of which have been replaced by experienced and accomplished transfers. One of Suspect Gorney’s picks was a RB. This even after Edwards is coming.
    Buffs cant escaped being picked on even by idiotic presumptions.

  12. hello
    NFL Playoffs are great.

    Go Buffs.

    Note: These two transfers are real nice. Still waiting for the three 300 lb athletic DT to to plug the middle and stop the run. Certainly they are on the way

  13. Most certainly good news to get some experienced pass rushers.
    I am banking on going bowling next year with all the roster shuffling
    If ever there was a time to get excited, it is now
    Go Buffs

    1. Interesting how you can turn every positive into a negative.
      Can you make a list for us of all the five-star prospects USC offered that went elsewhere? I’m sure the Trojan Nation would be mortified to learn that not every player in the country wanted to play for Lincoln Riley.

      1. Stu you ol almost quitter.

        relax

        it was just an observation
        not a criticism

        You need to go to Hawaii
        get some sun
        play some golf
        meditate

        yur mind is a mess

        VKB

    2. skankhunt43 strikes again.

      Maybe just post a list of the last time the CU roster was close to the talent level – even if just on paper so far – as going into spring of 2023, let alone the fall?

      I wonder if Deion will go fully open practices this spring, or not? Either way, they’ll certainly issue the curated version.

      Dude has brought more positive PR to CU in a month than we’ve had in 20+ years, basically.

      But, there’s definitely some out there waiting for that three toed shoe to drop. VK, sounds like you’re one of them.

      Go Buffs

    3. We won’t get them all. But the encouraging thing is Prime is building some depth in areas of need like the lines, the outside pass rush and RB. There will be competition all over the field. Watch the interviews posted on cuatthegame from his appearance on the Pat McAfee podcast and you’ll get a very good idea of his coaching philosophy. There is all the flash of Prime Time on the surface, but under the surface is a very thoughtful plan on how to build and coach a football team. I think we are in good hands with Prime and his staff.

  14. I really like the new running back. A couple of things that jumped out at me. He is 5’9” but way over 200 pounds and maintained his speed and quickness. Too often we except these tiny guys and let them stay light, they either can’t take the beating or they get tossed around and cannot run inside without huge holes. I also really like that he doesn’t just run out of bounds when he is close to the sideline. Smith was horrible about this. He would step out of bounds 3 yards short of a defender ALL THE TIME. I get it every once in a while, but most of the time you need to drive to contact and as the great Walter Payton said “never die easy”. There are a couple points in this film where Smoke is running along the sideline and being tracked by a defender and he cuts back into the field of play. He is tackled of course but he gets more yards becuase of this instead of just stepping out. I want to see if Hankerson can add this sort of size. I think he could develop into this sort of back, I think Smoke might be a touch faster but Hankerson has great vision for internal running where most of Smokes highlights are him bouncing it outside.

  15. When do teams need to be under 85 scholarships?
    If not till after spring then… sheesh… we’ll keep bringing on bodies and the spring will be a fireworks show / multi week tryout. Then those that don’t make the cut transfer out. How else could it go?
    With only the first transfer being free, I 100% agree with focusing on transfers… they have to stay. Any high schoolers or JC guys will always be a high risk to transfer out and cannot be relied upon to build a team. Sophomore and RS freshmen will be the most prized transfers as they will provide the stability over years that is needed by college teams (imo).

    1. Teams don’t have to be down to 85 scholarships until the start of Fall Camp in August.
      CU is right around the 92-93 mark for scholarship players, with another 8-10 likely before the start of spring practices.
      It’s not unusual to have more than 85 bodies in the spring, but there will be an inordinate amount of attrition in the ranks this year.
      Shameless plug: If you would like a run down of areas where there will likely be attrition, I would suggest listening to this week’s CU at the Game podcast: “Prime Numbers: Where Will Future Additions (and Subtractions) Come From on CU’s Roster? / Plus: Grading CU Assistant Coaching Hires” (Link)

      1. Thanks Stu! (I think I may have been one of the first to listen 😁)
        I suspect CU will add more than 10 more by the time spring practices start… I see the staff adding as much talent as they can, and will let the cream rise. It’s a bit unfair to the incumbents, as they’ll be the only ones that will be able to transfer out. 😕

  16. It would appear that the concern of RB depth and bigger back has been solved. Smoke has an impression freshmen year film, we con only hope see it as a transfer. Anyone have an issue with a 5.4 career average? Didn’t bring him to sit him

    1. Odd … but I’ll take it!
      All I was doing was posting the Buffs4Life tweet about their fundraising to date. They could have just quoted the tweet directly … ??
      Perhaps one day they’ll quote something I have actually written 😉

  17. So with this fine db, Buffs are number 1 in the transfer portal.

    Only 24 more please……………………..

    VKb

  18. Stuart got me in the portal again with his poll question. Looks like Prime has convinced 4 star 6’5
    ‘ 330 lb. interior OL Yousef Mugharbil to be a Buff…..previously from Florida.
    Still hope hope some 4 star d linemen are on the way

    1. well, I guess he is a get.
      The transfer list visit this weekend was unimpressive.

      Go Prime.

      Buffs.

      Note: New scholy guys = 38 Plus 5 walkons. Need 30 more
      Note 2: Sheer volume of gets in the transfer portal is large …double that and get some higher rated.
      Note 3: Quarterback……………….Who is out?
      Note 4: Happy frigging new year. Hurry August.

      1. went to the portal to check out Myles. Now ranked as a high 3 star (8.9) by 24/7. Also noticed almost all the 4 star guys at all positions are about gobbled up.

  19. I’m concerned that all the transfers we are getting in are from Jackson State, Western Michigan, Arkansas state and other D lower schools. Also, our good players are leaving Arias, Becker…so we might have a rude awakening the first time these kids get hit by a national championship caliber lineman. I will be happy if we win 4, overjoyed if we make a Bowl, but wishing above that….we still don’t have the talent.

    1. YUP,

      Will Prime Magic be enough?

      Got some good players
      Got some what appear to be average players.

      But one has to assume that these guys are not fillers and there were offered because they fit the Prime mold.

      Prime it Up

      Buffs

      1. Pretty much, pure free-agency for players these days with the Portal and NIL. As long as CU is willing to ‘play the game’ and can find the $$$ to do so, we’re probably going to be alright in the long run since other talent can be enticed to replace those that leave, otherwise…. God help us!

  20. Not sure a 2 star that only started 10 games in 4 years for Fresno would be considered Louie. This is someone the old staff could have recruited.

  21. With regard to recruiting, I was not in Boulder during the days of Coach Crowder. I arrived in Boulder late December of 1981 to begin classes spring of 1982. Consequently, I was on campus for Coach McCartney’s arrival, his proclamation “to be the best, you have to beat the best,…” and placing the Nebraska game in red on the schedule with the other games listed in black. I became a student of the program’s history and successes. Posted on this site a few years ago, that CU was one of very few programs that ended a year ranked in the Top Ten for each decade (1960’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s, with the streak barely ending in the 10’s, in all likelihood due to the early departure of Coach Leavitt and the disastrous handling of the Coach Tumkin situation whic resulted in two blowout losses and a drop from the Top Ten). Coach McCartney had a slow build with regard to recruiting, but he had GREAT success in hiring tremendous assistant coaches. He drew quality individuals to him and the program. I recall vividly the “big get” when Eric McCarty chose CU over many offers. With that “get,” many more recruiting victories came in the subsequent years. If there had been an “internet” at that time, Coach McCartney would have moved the needle with recruiting wins. However, what is happening now, in an age of social media, is amazing and portends big things to come in the years ahead. Coach Prime is a bit ahead of Coach McCartney in the area of recruiting. Both were starting in the basement. There is every indication that Coach McCartney will realize greater early success than Coach McCartney thanks to the portal,… Regardless, big things appear to be looming on the horizon!!!!

  22. Well the low rated transfers keep rolling in and the transfer ranking keeps dropping. Down to 4th now. Sheesh
    Quantity vs quality.
    Interesting how the strategies of different schools collide.
    For example
    USC
    2022 twenty transfer commits, ave 90.0
    2023 six transfer commits ave 90.6 Twenty recruit commits 91.10
    UCLA
    2022 thirteen transfer commits 88.42
    2023 six transfer commits 89.33 fourteen recruit commits 89.07
    Oregon
    2022 eleven transfers 87.25
    2022 Five transfer commits 90.4 Twenty Seven recruit commits 90.69
    Washington
    2022 nine transfer commits. 87.38
    2023 seven transfer Commits 88.29 twenty recruit commits 87.9
    ASU
    2022 fourteen transfer commits 86.07
    2023 18 transfer commits 86.54 seventeen recruit commits 85.79

    Colorado
    2022 6 transfer commits 84.0
    2023 sixteen transfer commits 88.44 eighteen recruit commits 87.03

    USC>>> a brand doing okay but not great. Loaded up last year. Big jump in performance. Just filling this year
    UCLA>>> Similar to USC but not as extreme Also filling in
    Oregon>>>A gain doing okay but can’t really get next level. Really good recruting
    Washington>>> Also just kinda there
    ASU>>>digging out of a hole but going slow
    Colorado>>>> Digging out of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison looking for a bowl game or better

    So Oregon, USC, and a couple of others are way a head of the Buffs. It will take time to lets say catch em. The have a 2 to 4 year head start. Classes and coaching.

    I’m saying a bowl game in 2023 is maybe, just maybe 50/50
    The Buffs certainly will have better players.

    But as always it’s the coaches. Buffs have what maybe 2 power five coaches? Man they got a lot to do to give the players the tools to win.

    Go Buffs.

    Note: Like the DC. The rest not so sure.

    All o

    1. Lewis is coming from a lower division but I think he is going to be ready for power 5, same with OBoyle. Kelly is a power 5 Coach as DC, his edge rusher is as well. That said there is a lot of guys getting a shot at a higher division.

      For players, I think we are doing really well. USC is recruiting for a run at a national championship, same with Utah and Oregon. I think as long as we are beating the middle of the pac right now we are doing really good. My target is beating Nebraska and Oregon State in Fulsom. If we can make that happen we are doing really well year 1. But look at TCU right now kicking Michigan’s butt in the second quarter. They were 3-6 in the big 12 last year and they took Perry from us as a starting Safety. Get the right guys and the right coaches and good things will happen.

  23. Hey Stuart, I was not following CU as closely in the 90’s but do you recall this level of excitement for recruiting? I am stunned. I expected good but what he has been able to do in such a short time is astounding. Now the transfer portal changes so much and why I think he can do better on such short timeframes instead of just absorbing what was already recruited. But I still cannot even recall a time where we had this level of recruits coming in. I know you have been following closer for longe r though so I wanted to get your thoughts? Where does this compare so far for you?

    1. Nothing like this before. Back when CU was recruiting Classes in the Top 25 nationally on a regular basis, there were no internet recruiting services. I remember Brad mailing me the one page article from the Rocky Mountain News and Daily Camera the day after Signing Day, getting it a few days later. The names were unfamiliar, but once in a while they would note that the players were high school All-Americans, or that they had offers from multiple schools. That was all we had to go on trying to figure out how good the Class was …

  24. Man, if Sanders can get this team to play together we have some dudes that can win games. I think recruiting a punter this early in the cycle shows Sanders attention to detail. I think it would be easy to focus on all the other gaps we have. Special teams is so often overlooked.

    1. I was thinking the same thing, you get enough talent in key areas and enough [improved] talent around them and get them all playing/executing together and the Buffs “can win some games”.

      The fact that the punter is a record holder at a Power5 is great and the fact that he was first committed to MSU is a little gravy on top. That’s a couple of recruits & transfers that MSU was sniffing around that Coach Prime got.

  25. I see empty backfields with five 4.3 or 4.4 guys out wide.
    Might be just as hard for the QB to make a decision if every one is open as opposed to trying to figure out who is open

    1. One of Shedeur’s strengths is the pre-snap read. It will be interesting to watch Kent State film, but I don’t think we brought in Tim Brewster to not use tight ends. I would anticipate lots of shifts and motion to create mismatches and expose coverages.

    2. Kent State power game will be a component IMO. It’s a reliable plan which allows linemen to block a run even if QB takes the quick throw. #skobuffs

  26. Read through this thread trying to do the math of outbound vs inbound and I just can’t get a fix on it, so I’ll ask if anyone else can fill me in: are we going to have enough scholarships available for the talent we’re bringing in? Seems a lot of the current players refuse to enter the portal and surrender their scholarship because they’re not good enough to have anywhere else to go. #deadweight

    1. The NCAA Division I rule addresses the status of an athletic scholarship in this situation in Bylaw 15.5.1.7 “Aid After Departure of Head Coach.”

      Basically, this rule says that when a head coach who recruited and provided a scholarship to a DI student-athlete is replaced, the new head coach has the right to not invite an athlete back to the team the following year. The athlete may, however, be given the right to stay at the school on scholarship until the athlete graduates with their degree.

      So, basically, Coach Sanders can bring in 85 new players if he wants. It would cost CU a pretty penny to continue to honor the scholarships, but those that stick around will not count against the 85-man limit

      1. Thanks for the info. Seems money is available to do whatever it takes. I emailed the Buff Club asking about fundraising events but never got a response.

  27. Anyone catch lil Wayne’s shout out to Travis Hunter last night? Lil Wayne and Deion are friends. Must mean lil Wayne is Boulder bound.

    Go Buffs

  28. this is heating up, like it better this afternoon
    Time to give another star or two to the emotion ticker/tracker…

        1. Ya me too.
          Hope it’s Buffs, but listening to his video, I am saying it is less than 50/50

          He makes his own decisions. Like the one he made to go to Jackson state,

          Go Buffs

  29. So the new d lineman seems more like a d end in a 3-4 he would have to be shifted out to en edge, I don’t see him holding up in the interior but I really like him on an edge outside or heads-up with a tackle. One thing is he appears to have more than one move (CU basically bull rushed every down last year).

  30. just briefly skipped through the portal. Top 2 rated O linemen are already gone. There must be a bazillion 4 star D backs. They gave Lewis a low 4 star rating but according to the ratings there are a ton of guys ahead of him. Saw one who ditched corn town and already signed with Stanford. Talk about academic cultuter shock

  31. It’s been a relatively quiet 2nd week of the Sanders era. When do you guys think the transfer portal action is going to light up? Maybe next week?

    1. Transferees have until May to transfer, so there is no immediate pressure for high-profile transfer to choose their school. Some may be waiting to see how recruiting Classes shape up next Wednesday at Signing Day (to see what their position competition might be). That said, there are several highly-rated transfers CU is wooing who may make their commitments known this weekend. Coach Prime has stated that this weekend will be the “biggest weekend in CU Recruiting history”. Considering that Coach Prime himself won’t be on campus until late Saturday afternoon, that may be a stretch, but there should be commitments – both from the high school ranks and the Transfer Portal – this weekend. Stay tuned!

  32. how bout Fenske? Short sentence tweet about the portal. Didnt act like he was accepting an Oscar and doing god’s will.
    Having said that I always wonder about the need to tweet. Then again this board is the extent of my social media participation.

  33. I’m really curious to see the portalling going on tomorrow, and more importantly next week after prime is back, and has had a chance to meet with players individually. I gotta think Tyson is stoked.

    Go Buffs

  34. The McCown departure is a vivid illustration of the utter incompetence of Rick George and the CU administration. After the run for the exits by our best players last year at this time, what could be MORE OBVIOUS than the need to have a new coach and staff in place within a couple days of season’s end – and not delay until the transfer portal was about to open on December 6th. By the time Deion Sanders is through playing CU and takes a job elsewhere and CU actually names ahead coach, there won’t be an impact player left on our roster.

    1. What was that you said about Rick George’s incompetence? I couldn’t hear you over the fans at the Championship Center cheering for the new coach hire… What was his name again?

      More likely McCown knew more than us.

      1. I think that Owen should stick around. And I hope he does. Shedeur will likely be the guy next year, unless they bring in someone better. Owen needs to grow. Physically. A lot. Regardless of what team he’s on. Shedeur may be in the draft after next year (if his stats are at all like they have been) so who’s next? Could be Owen.

        At least Staub seems to be all in on the Deion train. Which is also most excellent.

        Go Buffs

        1. If Shedeur gets drafted that means we are better than bowl bound. I’m expecting great things but I wont hold my breath on that.
          Owen? pffft
          he has no patience. Gotta follow dad’s trail without any hesitation.
          The 2 guys who really hurt the team by bailing are Penry and Isaiah Lewis.
          Glad to see Bell come to his senses.

  35. I liked McCown, thought he was the best option we had…but honestly, this is just another sign better things are coming our way for once!

    1. So far, none of the transfer really make don’t hurt us…just players looking for a better situation for them, wish them the best of luck.

  36. Bummed to see Owen go. But? He may have been 2yrs or more away from having a body that can take the beating of a d1qb.

    I hope Deion is the guy.

    Go Buffs

  37. Too bad about McCown. He will be very good somewhere.
    I would guess his father probably has pretty good industry sources and thus the inside track; that there may very well be a new gunslinger from Florida, coming to town.

  38. Did Owen think he wasnt going to follow his dad to the big leagues with the Buffs?
    Did he have some inside info that Prime and son are coming for sure?
    family affairs……trump team affairs
    I’m kind of disgusted that these kids are bailing even before they find out who the new coach is.

  39. So I am a bit surprised but I think it is a reflection of how the team felt about Sanford and even Dorrell. That said I am a bit surprised as we were so bad I would be surprised many of these guys find other power 5 offers….. now if they just want to get out and find more stability, I could see that. But man it is a huge risk, but on the other side I am interested in seeing how many transfers the new coach brings in. In a real way this allows them to rebuild there team almost over night. If it is Sanders, we all expect him to fill this team out with more talented players right?

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