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Transfer Portal Tracker

Scholarship Transfers coming in (24) … (see bios below) 

Quarterbacks … Destin Wade (Kentucky) … Walter Taylor (Vanderbilt) …

Running backs …

Wide receivers … Terrell Timmons, Jr. (North Carolina State) … Will Sheppard (Vanderbilt) … Cordale Russell (TCU) … Lajohntay Wester (Florida Atlantic) …

Tight ends … Chamon Metayer (Cincinnati) …

Offensive linemen  … Yakiri Walker (UConn) … Tyler Johnson (Houston) … Justin Mayers (UTEP) … Kahlil Benson (Indiana) … Phillip Houston (Florida International) …

Defensive tackles … Quency Wiggins (LSU) … Anquin Barnes (Alabama) … Chidozie Nwankwo (Houston) … Samuel Okunlola (Pitt) … Tauren Carter (Arkansas) … BJ Green (Arizona State) …

Edge rushers / Outside linebackers … Keaten Wade (Kentucky) … Nikhil Webb-Walker (New Mexico State) …

Inside linebackers … Jaylen Wester (Florida Atlantic) …

Defensive backs … Preston Hodge (Liberty) … DJ McKinney (Oklahoma State) … Herman Smith (Jackson State) …

Specialists …

 

Scholarship Transfers leaving (13) … (new school) … 

Quarterbacks … Kasen Weisman (12/4) …

Running backs … Anthony Hankerson (Oregon State) …

Wide receivers … Grant Page (12/4) … Chernet Estes (12/4) (walk-on) … Dante Capolungo (walk-on) (12/4) … Willie Gaines (1/2) …

Tight ends … Caleb Fauria (11/27) … Michael Harrison (San Diego State) …

Offensive linemen … Van Wells (Oregon State) … Gerad Lichtenhan (Oregon State) … Jeremiah McCrimmon (12/20) (walk-on) … Jack Wilty (1/22) …

Defensive tackles …

Edge rushers / Outside linebackers … Eoghan Kerry (12/4) …

Inside linebackers … Marvin Ham II (11/28) …

Defensive backs … Kyndrich Breedlove (12/31) … Jahquez Robinson (1/11) …

Specialists …

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BJ Green – DL

Just the facts … Committed January 29th … Green is a 6’1″, 270-pound defensive lineman from Bogart, Georgia, coming to CU by way of Arizona State. Green will two years to play one at Colorado … Rivals bio247 Sports

What others have to say about Green … Green was rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports as a member of the Recruiting Class of 2021. As a high school prospect, Green was considered by Rivals to be the No. 84 overall player out of the state of Georgia, while at 247 Sports, Green was rated as the No. 184 prospect out of Georgia, and the No. 260 linebacker. As a transfer, Green is considered a three-star player, the No. 184 overall prospect in the Transfer Portal. At 247 Sports, though, Green is listed as a four-star prospect, No. 7 defensive lineman, and the No. 65 player in the Portal.

Green recorded 60 tackles, 13-and-a-half sacks and one forced fumble over 36 games with the Sun Devils. He graded out as Arizona State’s top defensive player in 2023 at 80.0 on Pro Football Focus. The popular stat service credited Green with 56 pressures, 14 hits and 34 quarterback hurries last season. Green was a second-team All Pac-12 performer last season.

Green had other offers from … over a dozen programs out of high school, but Arizona State was his only Power Five option. As a transfer, Green had committed to transfer to Washington before Kalen DeBoer left for Alabama. Green was also pursued by Mississippi State before committing to Colorado.

In his own words … For those who question my educational aptitude, I’m a Mechanical Engineering student who holds a GPA well above a 3.0 outside of what I achieve on the field.

 

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Herman Smith – DB

Just the facts … Committed January 19th … Smith is a 5’11”, 190-pound defensive back from San Diego, California, coming to CU by way of Idaho State and Jackson State. Smith will have two years to play one at Colorado … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others have to say about Smith … Smith was a three-star prospect at 247 Sports out of high school as a member of the Recruiting Class of 2021, but only a two-star prospect according to Rivals. At 247 Sports, Smith was listed as the No. 68 “athlete” out of the Recruiting Class, and the No. 84 prospect overall out of the state of California.

Smith played for Coach Prime at Jackson State for two years, but when Sanders left Jackson State for Colorado, Smith transferred to Idaho State. Smith saw action at both safety and nickel back while playing 267 defensive snaps as a third-year junior at Idaho State in 2023. He was credited with 20 tackles and two pass breakups, and was on four of the Bengals’ special teams units.

Smith becomes the fourth Jackson State player to wind up in the Colorado secondary, reunites with Shilo Sanders, Cam’Ron Simon-Craig and Travis Hunter.

Smith had other offers from … at least one Power Five school out of high school (Boston College). Before signing with Coach Prime at Jackson State, Smith also had offers from the likes of San Diego State, New Mexico, Fresno State and Hawai’i.

In his own words … “I’m looking forward to competing and training at CU,” Smith told BuffStampede.com. “I’m glad to be back with some of my former coaches and teammates. I feel great and I’m ready for the challenge in this division.”

 

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Jaylen Wester – LB

Just the facts … Committed January 14th … Wester is a 6’0″, 200-pound linebacker from Palmetto, Florida, coming to CU by way of Florida Atlantic. Wester will have three years to play two at Colorado … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others have to say about Wester … Wester was rated as a two-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports as a member of the Recruiting Class of 2022. At 247 Sports, Wester was listed as the No. 278 linebacker in the nation, and the 315 overall player out of the state of Florida.

As a true freshman for the Owls in 2022, Wester had 60 tackles (33 unassisted), with an interception. In 2023, Wester had 56 tackles (33 unassisted). Wester is the brother of Florida Atlantic wide receiver, who committed to Colorado earlier this week.

Wester had other offers from … only Florida Atlantic and Buffalo.

 

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Nikhil Webb-Walker – Edge

Just the facts … Committed January 12th … Webb-Walker is a 6’6″, 235-pound edge rusher/outside linebacker from Jamaica by way of North Bridgton Academy in Maine and New Mexico State. Webb-Walker will have three years of eligibility remaining to play at Colorado … Rivals bio247 Sports bio 

What others have to say about Webb-Walker … Webb-Walker was not rated by either Rivals or 247 Sports out of high school as a member of the Recruiting Class of 2022. He played in four games for New Mexico State in 2022, preserving his red-shirt season. As a red-shirt freshman this past season, Webb-Walker posted 24 tackles (15 solo), with three sacks and a forced fumble. Webb-Walker was on the field for 312 defensive snaps this past season, and graded out at 63.2, while helping the Aggies to 10 wins. He was credited with 15 pressures, four hits and eight hurries by PFF.

Webb-Walker had other offers from … only Arizona, Colorado State, and Utah State out of high school. As a transfer, though, Webb-Walker had offers from a number of Power Five schools, including Mississippi State, Arizona, Oregon State, Minnesota, and Cal.

 

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Tauren Carter – DL

Just the facts … Committed January 11th … Carter is a 6’3″, 303-pound defensive lineman from Mansfield, Texas, who comes to Colorado by way of Arkansas. Carter will have one year to play at Colorado … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others have to say about Carter … Carter was rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports as a member of the Recruiting Class of 2019. At Rivals, Carter was listed as the No. 32 defensive tackle in the country, and the No. 71 overall prospect out of the state of Texas. At 247 Sports, Carter was considered to be the No. 42 defensive tackle in the country, the No. 72 overall prospect out of Texas, and the No. 596 overall player in the nation.

As a transfer, Carter is still considered to be a three-star prospect. At Rivals, Carter is listed as the No. 748 overall prospect in the Transfer Portal, while at 247 Sports, Carter is considered to be the No. 62 defensive lineman, and the No. 585 overall transfer prospect.

According to Pro Football Focus, Carter played a total of 660 defensive snaps at Arkansas: 261 in 2023, 244 in 2021 and 155 in 2020. His best season with the Razorbacks, according to PFF, was in 2021 when he graded out at 67.1. He was credited with nine pressures and eight hurries that year.

Carter had other offers … from over a dozen Power Five conference schools out of high school, including Colorado. Before settling on Arkansas, Carter entertained offers from Florida, Texas, TCU, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Michigan State, Indiana, and Minnesota. As a transfer, Carter had committed to play his final season at SMU before switching his commitment to Colorado. Carter had other transfer offers from the likes of Illinois, Mississippi State, Missouri, and Boston College.

 

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DJ Lundy – LB

Decommitted January 10th … “FOREVER a FSU Seminole,” Lundy wrote on social media. “Appreciation to all the schools who reached out but this is where I’m destined to be. START to FINISH with the teammates and coaches I LOVE.”

Just the facts … Committed December 25th … Lundy is a 6’1″, 244-pound linebacker from Ocilla, Georgia, who comes to Colorado by way of Florida State. Lundy will have one year to play at Colorado … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others have to say about Lundy … Lundy was rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports as a member of the Recruiting Class of 2020. At Rivals, Lundy was listed as the No. 30 linebacker in the Class, and the No. 73 overall prospect out of the state of Florida. At 247 Sports. Lundy was rated as the No. 63 athlete in the nation, the No. 82 prospect out of Florida, and the No. 966 overall player in the country.

During his four years at Florida State, Lundy played in 42 games, racked up a total 170 tackles, 14 for a loss, two-and-a-half sacks, seven pass breakups, with one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

According to Pro Football Focus, Lundy played 403 defensive snaps in 2023, grading out at 78.2 overall, which was in the top six among the Seminole defenders that helped the team to an undefeated record.

Lundy had other offers from … over a dozen Power Five conference teams out of high school. Before signing with Florida State, Lundy entertained offers from the likes of Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn, South Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

 

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Lajohntay Wester – WR

Just the facts … Committed January 9th … Wester is a 5’11”, 167-pound wide receiver from Palmetto, Florida, who comes to CU by way of Florida Atlantic. Wester will have two years to play one at Colorado … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others have to say about Wester … Wester was lightly recruited as a member of the Recruiting Class of 2020, and was not rated by either service. As a transfer, though, Wester is considered to be a three-star prospect. At Rivals, Wester is listed as the No. 200 overall player in the Transfer Portal, while at 247 Sports, Wester is considered to be the No. 35 wide receiver transfer, and the No. 188 overall transfer.

While not highly regarded out of high school, Wester has shone at Florida Atlantic. Wester had 108 receptions for 1,168 yards and eight scores in 2023 to lead the American Athletic Conference, but he really stood out in the return game. He returned 14 punts for 278 yards and a touchdown this season, earning first-team All-American honors as a punt returner along with the AAC’s Special Teams Player of the Year award.

In his career with the Owls, Wester caught 252 passes for 2,703 yards and 21 touchdowns, including back-to-back 700 yard-plus seasons in 2021 and 2022.

Wester had other offers from … Only Tennessee-Martin and Florida Athletic out of high school, though he did garner interest from Kansas and Toledo. As a transfer, however, Wester entertained offers from Florida State, Ohio State, Baylor, Auburn, Pittsburgh, Arkansas and Penn State.

 

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DJ McKinney – DB 

Just the facts … Committed January 7th … McKinney is a 6’0″, 175-pound cornerback from Colleyville, Texas, who comes to CU by way of Oklahoma State. McKinney will have three years to play three at Colorado … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others have to say about McKinney … McKinney was rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports as a member of the Recruiting Class of 2022. At 247 Sports, McKinney was rated as the No. 70 cornerback in the nation, the No. 114 prospect out of the state of Texas, and the No. 777 player overall out of the nation. As a transfer, 247 Sports has McKinney rated again as a three-star player, with a slightly higher rating (.88) than he had as a high school prospect (.86).

As a red-shirt freshman in 2023, McKinney played in all 14 games, recording 38 tackles and five passes broken up. McKinney had seven tackles vs Texas in the Big 12 title game.

McKinney had other offers from … over a dozen Power Five conference schools, including Colorado. Before signing with Oklahoma State, McKinney entertained offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, both Kansas schools, Utah, Washington State, Louisville, Missouri, Northwestern and Missouri.

In his own words … “I want to be the best, so why not go get coached by the best? That’s Coach Prime right there. It really wasn’t hard to choose,” McKinney told BuffStampede.com. “Coach Prime is looking for dawgs. He doesn’t want anybody that is going to lay down. I like that.”

 

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Phillip Houston – OL

Just the facts … Committed December 20th … Houston is a 6’5″, 275-pound offensive lineman from McKinney, Texas, coming to CU by way of Florida International (head coach: Mike MacIntyre). McKinney will have two years to play at Colorado … 247 Sports bio

What others have to say about Houston … Houston was an unrated member of the Recruiting Class of 2021. I couldn’t even find him in the Rivals database (while Houston is showing up on social media up as a scholarship transfer, he bio is not listed with the other transfers from Signing Day, and may be coming to Colorado as a preferred walk-on).

At Florida International the past two seasons, seeing action in 16 games. According to Pro Football Focus, Houston graded out at 57.5 on 260 offensive snaps for the Golden Panthers in 2022, and 66.6 on 656 offensive snaps in 2023.

Houston had other offers … from apparently no one out of high school. Houston attended Navarro College for a year, then on to Florida International for the past two seasons.

 

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Samuel Okunlola – DL 

Just the facts … Committed December 19th … Okunlola is a 6’4″, 245-pound defensive tackle from Brockton, Massachusetts, coming to CU by way of Pitt. Okunlola will have three years to play three at Colorado … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others have to say about Okunlola … Okunlola was rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals and a three-star prospect by 247 Sports as a member of the Recruiting Class of 2022. At Rivals, Okunlola was rated as the No. 23 weakside defensive end in the country, and the No. 2 player out of the state of Massachusetts. At 247 Sports, Okunlola was considered to be the No. 71 defensive lineman in the nation, the No. 4 player out of Massachusetts, and the No. 515 player in the country.

Last season, as a redshirt freshman, Okunloa recorded 18 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 5 sacks and 1 forced fumble. Okunlola played a total of 283 defensive snaps at Pittsburgh, grading out at 71.7 this past season.

As a transfer, the ratings are reversed, with Okunlola considered to be a three-star transfer by Rivals, but a a four-star transfer by 247 Sports. At Rivals, Okunlola is considered to be the No. 632 transfer in the country. Meanwhile, at 247 Sports, Okunlola is listed as the No. 4 defensive line transfer, and the No. 33 overall transfer in the nation.

Okunlola had other offers from … dozens of schools, including Colorado (he took an official visit to CU in December of 2021). Okunlola had offers from the likes of Florida State, Clemson, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, Penn State, Tennessee, USC and Texas.

Arkansas, Cal, Florida, Florida State, Kansas State, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Texas A&M, USC and Washington all offered Okunlola after he entered the portal on December 4th.

 

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Chidozie Nwankwo – DL

Just the facts … Committed December 18th … Nwankwo is a 5’11”, 295-pound defensive tackle from Richmond, Texas, coming to CU by way of Houston. Nwankwo will have two years to play one at Colorado … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others have to say about Nwankwo … Nwankwo was rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports out of high school as a member of the Recruiting Class of 2020. At Rivals, Nwankwo was rated as the No. 56 defensive lineman in the nation, and the No. 85 prospect out of the state of Texas. At 247 Sports, Nwankwo was considered to be the No. 180 defensive tackle in the country, and the No. 130 overall prospect out of Texas.

During his time at Houston, Nwanko recorded 95 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, and five sacks while appearing in 31 games, earning 27 starts. His 74.1 grade from Pro Football Focus ranked second on the Cougars’ defense in 2023.

As a transfer, Nwankwo is rated by Rivals to be a three-star prospect, the 281 overall Transfer Portal player.

Nwankwo had other offers from … over a dozen Power Five conference schools out of high school, including Texas, Arkansas, Baylor, LSU, Iowa State, Minnesota, Virginia Tech … and Colorado.

As a transfer, Nwankwo, in the Transfer Portal for less than a week, had already received offers from a number of schools, including Missouri, Baylor, Maryland, Memphis, SMU, and Texas Tech.

 

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Matthew Bedford – OL

De-committed December 18th … Less than a week after committing to Colorado, Bedford de-commits, and commits to Oregon … “The Colorado organization is so amazing that I made a decision too hastily before weighing all of my options” 

Just the facts … Committed December 12th … Bedford is a 6’6″, 305-pound offensive lineman from Cordova, Tennessee, by way of Indiana, with one year of eligibility remaining … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Bedford … Bedford was rated as a three-star prospect out of high school as a member of the Recruiting Class of 2019. At Rivals, Bedford was considered to be the No. 26 overall prospect out of the state at Tennessee, while at 247 Sports, Bedford was rated as the No. 20 player out of Tennessee, the No. 48 offensive tackle in the nation, and the No. 817 overall prospect in the nation.

Bedford worked alongside fellow Indiana transfer Kahlil Benson on the right side of the Indiana offensive line making 11 starts and playing in 12 games at right guard last season. Benson made 38 starts over the course of his five-year career in Bloomington and has played every position except center at the college level, with at least eight starts at each position.

Overall, Bedford played 2,720 offensive snaps for the Hoosiers between the 2019 and the 2023 seasons. He was injured in the 2022 season opener, giving him a medical redshirt season … giving Colorado a four-year starter along the offensive line.

Bedford was Indiana’s Offensive Newcomer of the Year in 2019 and he was named honorable mention all-Big Ten in 2021. He graded out at a career-best 67.1 by Pro Football Focus this past season, the sixth-highest grade for any guard in the Big Ten.

Bedford had other offers from … several other Power Five schools out of high school, including Mississippi State and South Carolina.

 

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Anquin Barnes – DL

Just the facts … Committed December 17th … Barnes is a 6’4″, 315-pound defensive lineman from Montgomery, Alabama, coming to CU by way of the University of Alabama. Barnes will have two years to play two at Colorado … Rivals bio247 Sports

What others say about Barnes … Barnes was rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, but a four-star prospect by 247 Sports as a member of the Recruiting Class of 2021. At Rivals, Barnes was listed as the No. 35 defensive tackle in the nation, and the No. 35 player overall out of the state of Alabama. At 247 Sports, Barnes was rated as the No. 44 defensive tackle in the country, the No. 44 player out of Alabama, and the No. 453 prospect in the nation.

As a transfer, Rivals still has Barnes as a three-star prospect, rated as the No. 271 overall prospect in the Transfer Portal. He appeared in two games as a reserve this season, against Middle Tennessee State and Chattanooga, after not playing his first two seasons.

Barnes becomes the third Alabama player to transfer to Colorado since Deion Sanders became the Buffaloes’ coach a year ago. Linebacker Demouy Kennedy and cornerback Jahquez Robinson both made the move to Boulder before last season.

Barnes had other offers from … over a dozen Power Five schools (and Jackson State, then coached by Deion Sanders). Before accepting Alabama’s scholarship offer, Barnes entertained offers from Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee, Florida, Nebraska, and Ole Miss.

 

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Walter Taylor – QB

Just the facts … Committed December 17th … Taylor is a 6’7″, 235-pound quarterback from Jackson, Alabama, coming to CU by way of Vanderbilt. Taylor will have three years to play three at Colorado … Rivals bio247 Sports

What others say about Taylor … Taylor was rated as a three-star prospect by 247 Sports, but only a two-star prospect by Rivals as a member of the Recruiting Class of 2022. At 247 Sports, Taylor was considered to be the No. 106 quarterback in the nation in the Class, and the No. 74 player overall out of the state of Alabama.

Taylor redshirted in 2022 as a freshman and played in five games this past season mostly as a running threat. He rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown this year. As a passer, he went 5 for 15 for 44 yards an an interception.

As a transfer, Rivals still considers Taylor to be a two-star prospect, the No. 983 overall Transfer Portal recruit.

Taylor had other offers from … no one of note. The only Power Five school to offer Taylor was Vanderbilt.

 

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Quency Wiggins – DL

Just the facts … Committed December 17th … Wiggins is a 6’5″, 265-pound defensive lineman from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, coming to CU by way of LSU. Wiggins will have three years to play three at Colorado … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Wiggins … Wiggins was rated as a five-star prospect by Rivals, and a four-star prospect by 247 Sports as a member of the Recruiting Class of 2022. At Rivals, Wiggins was listed as the No. 3 strongside defensive end in the nation, the No. 1 overall prospect out of the state of Louisiana, and the No. 16 overall prospect in the entire country. At 247 Sports, Wiggins was listed as the No. 9 defensive lineman in the nation, the No. 1 prospect out of Louisiana, and the No. 48 overall prospect in the nation.

Despite his status as a five-star home-state prospect, Wiggins found it difficult to get on the field this fall. He ultimately played only four games this fall (to preserve his year of eligibility) after playing in five as a freshman, leaving him with three seasons of eligibility with the Buffs.

As a transfer, Wiggins is rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals, rated as the No. 79 player available through the Transfer Portal this off-season.

Wiggins’ 247 Sports recruiting profile out of high school … Great height and immense length with tremendous frame potential. Long-armed and big-handed. Verified wingspan of 7 feet. Possesses through-the-roof physical tools. Two-sport profile. Originally a basketball-only athlete. Relatively newer to football with high developmental ceiling. Experienced inside, but has also gotten snaps on the edge. Flashes encouraging disengaging ability thanks to reach and functional play strength. Shows chase-down athleticism.

Wiggins had other offers from … the entire country out of high school. Out of the dozens of offers Wiggins entertained before settling on LSU, there were offers from Alabama, Michigan, Florida State, Texas, Tennessee and USC.

 

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Cordale Russell – WR

Just the facts … Committed December 17th … Russell is a 6’3″, 208-pound wide receiver from North Mesquite, Texas, coming to CU by way of TCU. Russell will have four years to play four at Colorado … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Russell … Russell was rated as a four-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports as a member of the Recruiting Class of 2023. At Rivals, Russell was listed as the No. 19 wide receiver in the Class, the No. 27 overall prospect out of the state of Texas, and the No. 130 overall prospect in the entire country. At 247 Sports, Russell was considered to be the No. 12 wide receiver in the nation, the No. 19 prospect out of Texas, and the No. 65 player in the country.

As a transfer, Russell is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, the No. 257 overall prospect in the Transfer Portal. Russell did not play in four games this past season (Russell played a total of 32 offensive snaps over three games with the Horned Frogs this past season), so will still have four years of eligibility remaining to play at Colorado.

Russell had other offers from … two dozen Power Five conference schools last Signing Day, including from Colorado and Coach Prime. Before signing with national championship game runner-up TCU, Russell entertained offers from the likes of Florida State, Tennessee, Utah, Nebraska, UCF and Texas Tech.

 

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Preston Hodge – DB

Just the facts … Committed December 16th … Hodge is a 5’11”, 195-pound defensive back from Waxahachie, Texas, coming to CU by way of Liberty University. Hodge will have two years to play one at Colorado … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Hodge … Hodge was lightly recruited out of high school as a member of the Recruiting Class of 2021, going the junior college route. Hodge first went to Navarro Junior College before transferring to Liberty. At the time of his commitment, Hodge was unrated by either Rivals or 247 Sports, but, within 24 hours 247 Sports listed Hodge as a four-star transfer.

Hodge had 60 tackles in his two seasons on the field at Liberty to go with 13 passes defensed (10 this season) and a forced fumble. He received an 88.8 coverage grade from PFF this season, which is 11th-best among all FBS cornerbacks.

Hodge had other offers from … a number of Power Five conference schools as a senior transfer. Despite being in the Transfer Portal only a week, Hodge had offers from Auburn, Cincinnati, Houston, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and West Virginia.

 

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Keaten Wade – Edge

Just the facts … Committed December 15th … Wade is a 6’5″, 250-pound edge rusher from Spring Hill, Tennessee, coming to CU by way of Kentucky. Wade will have three years to play two at Colorado … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Wade … Wade was considered to be a four-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports as a member of the recruiting Class of 2022. At Rivals, Wade was considered to be the No. 17 outside linebacker in the nation, the No. 4 overall recruit out of the state of Tennessee, and the No. 201 prospect in the entire country. As a transfer, Rivals considers Wade to be the No. 102 prospect in the Portal this off-season. At 247 Sports, Wade was listed as the No. 19 linebacker recruit in the country, the No. 5 player out of Tennessee, and the No. 197 recruit in the nation.

Getting on the field as a true freshman in the SEC, Wade has already played in 25 games in his first two years, and has 51 tackles (23 solo) to go with 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He tallied 35 tackles, three tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries this season in 12 games.

Wade had other offers from … all over the country, despite committing to Kentucky in the spring of his junior year in high school. Wade had offers from the likes of USC, Oklahoma, Penn State, Tennessee, LSU, Louisville, West Virginia and Texas A&M.

 

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Destin Wade – QB

Just the facts … Committed December 15th … Wade is a 6’3″, 225-pound quarterback from Spring Hill, Tennessee, coming to CU by way of Kentucky. Wade will have three years to play three at Colorado … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Wade … Wade was considered to be a four-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports as a member of the Recruiting Class of 2022. At Rivals, Wade was considered to be the No. 16 athlete in the Class of 2022, and the No. 10 player overall out of the state of Tennessee. As a transfer, Rivals considers Wade to be the No. 436 prospect in the Portal this off-season. At 247 Sports, Wade was listed as the No. 21 athlete in the country, the No. 13 player out of Tennessee, and the No. 418 recruit in the nation.

Wade did not make any appearances this season at quarterback for Kentucky. He made his collegiate debut as the starter for the Wildcats in the Music City Bowl, as the starting quarterback for the Wildcats, Will Levis, opted to prepare for the NFL Draft. Against a tough Iowa defense, Wade finished that game 16 for 30 with 98 yards passing and two interceptions.

Wade had offers from … all over the country, just like his brother, but with a few less offers from the blue blood programs than did his brother. Wade did have offers from Penn State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Louisville, Cincinnati, Arizona State, Baylor and West Virginia.

 

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Will Sheppard – WR

Just the facts … Committed December 14th … Sheppard is a 6’3″, 198-pound wide receiver from Mandeville, Louisiana, by way of Vanderbilt, with one year of eligibility remaining … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Sheppard … Sheppard was rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports as a member of the Recruiting Class of 2020. As a transfer, Sheppard is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, but has been given four-star status by 247 Sports. Rivals sees Sheppard as the No. 213 overall transfer in the Portal, while 247 Sports rates him as the No. 35 overall transfer in the nation, and the No. 7 wide receiver.

This past season, Sheppard had 684 yards receiving, with eight touchdowns. In his time at Vanderbilt, Sheppard had 152 receptions for 2,067 yards and 21 scores, the latter being a mark that ranks third all-time in school history.

Sheppard led Vanderbilt in non-kick scoring with 48 points in 2023. He was a second-team all-SEC selection as a third-year sophomore in 2022.

Sheppard had other offers from … only a dozen or schools out of high school, with Vanderbilt being his only Power Five offer. After four seasons playing for the Commodores, though, Sheppard’s offer sheet expanded considerably. Auburn, Houston, Miami, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Southern Miss, Texas A&M, Tulane and USC all reportedly offered Sheppard a final season outside of Nashville.

 

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Chamon Metayer – TE

Just the facts … Committed December 10th … Metayer is a 6’5″, 248-pound tight end from Miami, Florida, coming to Boulder by way of Cincinnati, with two years of eligibility remaining … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Metayer … Metayer was considered a three-star prospect out of high school as a member of the Recruiting Class of 2021 by 247 Sports, but a four-star prospect by Rivals. At Rivals, Metayer was considered to be the No. 17 weakside defensive end of the nation, and the No. 56 overall prospect out of the state of Florida. At 247 Sports, Metayer was rated as an athlete, and was rated as the No. 45 athlete in the country, and the No. 78 player out of Florida.

Metayer led Cincinnati in receiving touchdowns this year with five while catching 23 passes for 258 yards.

Metayer had other offers from … almost a dozen Power Five schools, including Colorado. Metayer had offers from Auburn, Florida, Miami, Florida State, West Virginia and Syracuse.

 

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Justin Mayers – OL

Just the facts … Committed December 9th … Mayers is a 6’4″, 280-pound offensive lineman from Frisco, Texas, coming to Boulder by way of UTEP. Mayers will have one year of eligibility at CU … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Mayers … Mayers was just a two-star prospect out of high school, but as a player with 1,736 offensive plays under his belt, Mayers was a hot commodity in the Transfer Portal. Rivals rates Mayers as four-star transfer, the No. 34 overall transfer prospect in the Portal. At 247 Sports, Mayers was given three stars as a transfer, listed as the No. 4 interior lineman in the Portal, and the No. 87 transfer in the nation overall.

Mayers graded out at 77.9 as a starter in all 12 games at left guard this past season, per Pro Football Focus.

Mayers had other offers from … over a dozen Power Five schools, even though he was on the Transfer Portal market for less than a week. Mayers had offers from schools like Boston College, Louisville, Houston, Maryland, Mississippi State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech, but only took one official visit, with his trip to Boulder being enough to seal the deal.

 

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Tyler Johnson – OL

Just the facts … Committed December 9th … Johnson is a 6’5″, 320-pound offensive lineman from Conroe, Texas, coming to Boulder by way of Houston. Johnson will have one year of eligibility at CU … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Johnson … Out of high school, Johnson was considered a four-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. A member of the Recruiting Class of 2019, Walker was rated by Rivals to be the No. 14 player out of the state of Texas, the No. 13 offensive tackle in the nation, and the No. 97 overall prospect in the nation. At 247 Sports, Johnson was considered to be the No. 9 offensive tackle in the country, the No. 13 player out of Texas, and the No. 87 prospect in the nation.

Johnson played 64 offensive snaps at Texas before transferring to Houston, starting the last two seasons (at right guard in 2022; left guard in 2023). This past fall, Johnson played 661 offensive snaps. According to Pro Football Focus, Johnson has allowed only two sacks across 890 career pass block snaps.

Johnson had offers from … almost two dozen Power Five conference schools out of high school, including Colorado. Before committing to play for Texas, Johnson entertained offers from Alabama, Georgia, Florida State, Oklahoma, Nebraska, USC and Washington.

 

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Kahlil Benson – OL

Just the facts … Committed December 9th … Benson is a 6’6″, 310-pound offensive lineman from Southaven Mississippi, coming to Boulder by way of Indiana. Benson will have two years of eligibility to play at CU … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Benson … Benson was listed as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports as a member of the Recruiting Class of 2020. Benson was considered by Rivals to be the No. 67 offensive tackle in the nation, and the No. 19 overall prospect out of the state of Mississippi. At 247 Sports, Benson was considered to be the No. 44 offensive guard in the country, and the No. 22 prospect out of Mississippi. As a transfer, Rivals has Benson again listed as a three-star prospect, the No. 311 overall prospect in the Transfer Portal.

Benson played 1,423 offensive snaps – 774 in 2023 and 649 in 2022 – at Indiana the previous two seasons. Benson had extensive experience playing both right guard and right tackle during his time with the Hoosiers.

Benson had other offers from … a number of Power Five schools out of high school. Before settling on Indiana, Benson entertained offers from the likes of LSU, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Kentucky and Ole Miss.

 

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Terrell Timmons, Jr. – WR

Just the facts … Committed December 9th … Timmons is a 6’2″, 195-pound wide receiver from Greensboro, North Carolina, coming to Boulder by way of North Carolina State. Timmons will have three years to play two at CU … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Timmons … Out of high school, as a member of the Recruiting Class of 2022, Timmons was rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. At Rivals, Timmons was rated as the No. 25 prospect out of the state of North Carolina. At 247 Sports, Timmons was considered to be the No. 27 player out of North Carolina, and the No. 153 wide receiver in the country.

Timmons finished fourth on NC State’s team in receiving yards as a second-year sophomore in 2023. He saw action in nine games, including the last seven, as a true freshman the prior year.

Timmons is a cousin of Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen.

Timmons had offers from … a number of schools, but North Carolina State was the only Power Five conference offer. As a transfer, Arkansas State, Bowling Green, Coastal Carolina, Liberty, UAB and Western Michigan all offered Timmons in his first week after entering the Portal.

 

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Yakiri Walker – OL

Just the facts … Committed December 9th … Walker is a 6’2″, 267-pound offensive lineman from Desoto, Texas, coming to Boulder by way of UConn. Walker will have two years of eligibility at CU … Rivals bio247 Sports bio

What others say about Walker … Out of high school, Walker was rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. A member of the Recruiting Class of 2021, Walker was rated by 247 Sports as the No. 110 interior line prospect in the nation, the No. 273 overall player in Texas, and the No. 1810 player nationally.

Walker redshirted his first year on campus at UConn, saw limited action in six contests at both center and left tackle in 2022, then he became the Huskies’ starting center this past season. According to Pro Football Focus, Walker graded out at 65.5 during the 2023 season, including 68.9 in pass protection.

Walker had offers from … mostly Group of Five schools, though he did have an offer from Kansas of the Big 12. Walker committed to UConn during the summer of his junior year, which was the COVID year of 2020, and never wavered from his commitment.

Transfer Portal entries by Big 12 school (as of December 6th. Note: a few of CU’s scholarship players who have indicated they are planning on entering the Transfer Portal have not completed the paperwork to enter the Portal. Figure that is true for other Big 12 teams as well) …

  • Cincinnati: 20
  • Kansas State: 12
  • Iowa State: 11
  • Utah: 11
  • Texas Tech: 10
  • Arizona State: 9
  • UCF: 8
  • TCU: 7
  • Arizona: 6
  • Colorado: 6
  • West Virginia: 6
  • BYU: 5
  • Houston: 5
  • Oklahoma State: 4
  • Baylor: 3
  • Kansas: 2

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Marvin Ham tweet … “I would like to thank all the past and present players that have represented the black and gold with me,” Ham wrote on social media. “I love you guys and we will always share that bond. Thank you to all the coaches, trainers, academic support staff, recruiting office and janitors, nothing you’ve done for me has went unnoticed. Last but definitely not least, I would like to thank the best fans in the land for all of your constant love and support.”

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74 Replies to “Transfer Portal Tracker”

  1. ESPN tells me all the Alabama defectors have chosen new schools. It appears AZ has a decent 4 star TE in the portal. He is a soph with not a lot of playing time but should have potential.
    Auburn has a 4 star LB leaving with what looks like one year to play. The only other one rated decently was a high 3 star.
    coach?

  2. I obviously don’t know when wilty opted to enter the portal, but it looks like there may have been a few days in the winter weight room first?

    Go Buffs

  3. Sure be nice to know what it was that was special that the coaches saw about these guys coming in from waaay under the radar. Is the talking about them by the coach forbidden at this point in time?

    1. “These guys”?
      I’ll grant you that the latest transfer is an under the radar guy (and may be a preferred walk-on). But for the most part, the new guys far exceed the status of the ones leaving.
      From last Sunday’s Essay, “CU Transfer Portal Ins and Outs” …

      While only four of the departing Buffs were graded at .88 or above, only six new Buffs have a 247 Sports rank below .88: Offensive tackle Phillip Houston (.86), defensive tackle Chidozie Nwankwo (.87), defensive tackle Anquin Barnes (.86), edge rusher Keaten Wade (.87), quarterback Destin Wade (.86), and offensive lineman Kahlil Benson (.87).

      Or, to put it another way …

      Only one outgoing Buff had a four-star grade (.90 or higher), being Marvin Ham at .92. Meanwhile, six of the new Buffs received four-star status: safety Preston Hodge (.90); defensive lineman Quency Wiggins (.92); offensive lineman Tyler Johnson (.90); defensive lineman Samuel Okunlola (.92); wide receiver Will Sheppard (.91); and tight end Chamon Metayer (.90).

      1. Please accept my apology Stuart. I promise I will walk on egg shells with further word choice.
        Do you see Seaton starting?

        1. Yes. I believe Seaton will start this fall. He may not be ready for Game One (see: McClain, Cormani), but he will be on the field in 2024.

  4. I think losing Lundy is pretty big. Our linebacker play was very sub par last year. Bentley was on ok but woods would need to put on 20 pounds minimum and dramatically increase his play at the line (he gets overmatched by blockers, sometimes the role of a linebacker is to create a pile at the point of attack or create leverage and seal an edge.)

    1. Sweat not.

      There is the spring portaling window.

      They know what they need. So far, been retry good at going and getting them. They want Trevor back at safety, I would think.

      Go Buffs

    2. I think Woods will be back to safety, and that room is crowded. Agree Lundy was a big loss, and we need to recruit a large run stopper LB. The pickings are slim in the portal for big LBs. Might be looking at the Spring portal, or see what happens with Bama’s guys now that Saban departed. Then if BAMA picks of a HC from college, look at what is on that team.

      1. I was listening to a quick bit of ESPNU radio today and it sounds like a lot of big time school coaches have already said “not interested.” Too bad or we would have had a better chance at players who were stacked at the abandoned location.
        Easy to see why the guys who have it made where they are wouldnt want to step into a pressure situation 100 times worse than the feed lot. There maybe always the guy who says I can do it and doesnt care if he cant who will run with the first year massive paycheck. Dinner Bell Mel comes to mind

  5. Buffzone is reporting Lundy has defected and staying at FSU. I guess they still have plenty of money left after paying their lawyers.
    Hunter recently lamented the lack of bonding among his team mates, Bonding only to the paycheck these days?
    Lundy said “Seminole forever.” Minus the few days he was underpaid of course. Not sure if I can get used to the mercenary flip flop these days. Players appear to be using the Buffs and maybe other underpowered and underfunded teams as leverage,

  6. I like guys like Wester, He goes from being unwanted to the top receiver in the conference….even though its a conference I know nothing about.
    Seen a lot of it. A lot of guys who were good solid fundamental high school players in a number of sports who were ignored by their coaches for some reason or another. A few went on to greater things in college and sadly a few quit the sport.
    If course there were some who developed physically too early or later on. We had a guy in 9th grade who was a fully grown man that wasted everyone in just about every area. Weightlifting, on the track etc. By junior year a lot of us left him in the dust.

  7. Wester has gone from a lightly recruited 3 star to a transfer who has “entertained” offers from some pretty good programs.

    “As a transfer, however, Wester entertained offers from Florida State, Ohio State, Baylor, Auburn, Pittsburgh, Arkansas and Penn State.”

    So, I wonder, how does the offers “entertained” vary from one program to another? Last week’s interview with five stars said as much.

    Does a school like OSU offer have less NIL money because it’s OSU and money is expected to come on the back end or after you’re a starter, while another program might be offering more NIL up front, because it’s only, “insert program not in the top 10”?

    Where does CU sit in this order for this kid or any other player? Does Prime win these recruiting battles with less up front, but with hopefully a promise of more in the future?

    An offers value can include how much playing time now is available by who’s already on the depth chart, and how will/can that play out in future monies… College NIL or NFL.

    It would be interesting to see how different players are offered. If a player was offered more NIL at a 18th ranked program with less opportunity to play in a championship game v. less money up front on a stacked team that is ranked top 4 or 5. And a chance to earn more NIL when they become the starter… IF they become a starter.

    Right now no team is created equal, some have more of everything, money, rankings, money, coaches, money, facilities, money & fans oh… and money.

    Other have the NIL, but did nothing despite the money spent, didn’t have the right… coaches and… injuries or fill in the blank on why they didn’t succeed despite the amount spent.

    Where does CU fit in here? Are more checks written on the possible future v. the now and which players get what kind of offer?

    1. CU fits in Prime Time.

      But seriously, each kid will have their own reasons, right? I think Prime’s pretty good at finding and relating to their “why” and going and getting them. And, most likely, with less money today than they could otherwise get.

      Go Buffs

  8. We have 2 very good young def backs already on the team who played some last year. Nice kid any other year, but I fear we lose the AL def lineman transfer when Coach Kelly officially goes to Auburn. We needed that 320 meat on the def line, and another Def back isn’t the answer. I’d rather save some scholarships for the Spring, unless they already have a senses who is quitting come April and about how many opening they will have then.

  9. Lundy had a 91 pff grade on running downs last year I believe. That is a major upgrade I. Our run stopping linebacker core.

  10. Houston improved, according to his grade, from 2022 to 2023. He will have to improve again at a higher level to start, I would think. Hopefully the coaches saw something no else has.

    1. Don’t be. You can lament the two who didn’t make it to Boulder or celebrate the top rated high schooler and four solid transfers (I think still four) who will. And there are likely to be more additions, and departures, after spring tryouts.

      Go Buffs

  11. Bummer to see Bedford go. Some kids cost. Some kids cost a bit more, I guess. Still lots of dust to settle after the early signing day, the end of the portaling window. Until the one that opens after spring tryouts.

    It’s nice to see the Buffs in the mix, even without the top dollar NIL collective/s. Thank you Deion, and family.

    Go Buffs

    1. It is truly amazing what Coach has brought to CU…a much better fit this day and age than I could have imagined.
      Should be a solid and interesting year 2…

  12. “The Colorado organization is so amazing that I made a decision too hastily before weighing all of my options”

    …..and now we see where the NIL money came in. Phil must have thought highly of Bedford.

      1. This pains me to say, but like CU for most of the last 25+ years?

        Or, maybe more like osu or wazzu?

        The landscape always changes, but opportunities still exist. More deep thoughts.

        Go Buffs

    1. not sure what to make of him. at 6’7″ he could be an edge rusher with the wingspan to knock a pass down at the line of scrimmage. Maybe coach is fond of curiosities.

  13. What the hell are they doing?! Another db. Another highly rated, experienced and versatile db. What are they thinking?!

    Pretty sure prime said he was looking for a few top notch db’s too, didn’t he?

    Hoping for some big dl news here over the next few days.

    Go Buffs

    1. LOL!!!
      Linebackers please, a couple experienced DLs would be nice with the incoming recruits.
      But as long as all sign a very very nice class

  14. Are the players able to practice together without the coaches beng there? If so get all of the guys together and build some chemistry
    GO BUFFS!🖤💛

      1. Plus I believe the strength & conditioning trainer can have contact with players during the off season to a greater extent than the other coaches

    1. Eric & Jason are correct. During the times of the year when there are no practices and coaches can’t work with the team, the team captains/leaders and the QBs run their own workouts & practices; 7 on 7 drills and route running for the QBs and skilled players on offense. And, I imagine with guys like Hunter & Shedeur with and few other older players, those workouts are well organized and “coached”.

      D-guys should be out there working against the O-guys on 7 on 7 and route running drills; O&D linemen are working with the S&C coach to be ready for spring camp.

      The S&C coach also can interact, mostly in the weight room, but running stairs in the stands and other outside work is also done. Also players with nicks & injuries are working with trainers to get healthy for Spring Camp, with finials, winter break and such, most of the real workouts won’t happen until January, but then any early incoming players and transfers can start working out with the team and the S&C coach.

    1. I felt the same. So does the staff. They’re going to get some of each. Then, after spring tryouts, they’ll reassess and hit the second free agency market.

      Go Buffs

      1. And a QB!

        Good thing they bolstered that o-line first, or people would be blowing their gaskets about the new skill players. Since we’ve never had so many four star, or former four star, skill players commit before (well, in like 25+ years).

        Go Buffs

  15. Penix was from Indiana, if the 2 Indiana transfers coming to CU are half as good as for CU as Penix was for UW, then they’ll be just fine

    1. Not forgotten … Issiah Walker is part of the Recruiting Class of 2024, who will be sending in his Letter of Intent next Wednesday, the 20th.

  16. I still am worried about coaching. Sure the coach has nfl experience, but he has only been a off field coach at ok that worries me without a proven track record of teaching kids, holding them accountable, getting them to do the hard things. I hope this is the guy or no talent in the world will see it better.

  17. “Mayers graded out at 77.9 as a starter in all 12 games at left guard this past season, per Pro Football Focus… Mayers had other offers from … over a dozen Power Five schools, even though he was on the Transfer Portal market for less than a week. ”

    A solid NFL prospect, that’s only 2.1 points from being an Outstanding prospect. And looks like a lot of P5 schools wanted him. Looks great!

    “Johnson played 64 offensive snaps at Texas before transferring to Houston, starting the last two seasons… According to Pro Football Focus, Johnson has allowed only two sacks across 890 career pass block snaps.”

    NOW WE ARE TALKING! Just what the doctor ordered… The Ortho doctor treating Shedeur’s fractured back.

    “Johnson had offers from … almost two dozen Power Five conference schools out of high school.”

    I assuming the coaching changes and older talent ahead of him at UT, is why he transferred, but look at how many snaps he’s played the last two seasons with only two sacks allowed in 890 career snaps!

    “Benson played 1,423 offensive snaps – 774 in 2023 and 649 in 2022 – at Indiana the previous two seasons. Benson had extensive experience playing both right guard and right tackle during his time with the Hoosiers.”

    That’s a lot of P5 experience, what’s his grade?

    “[Walker] then he became the Huskies’ starting center this past season. According to Pro Football Focus, Walker graded out at 65.5 during the 2023 season, including 68.9 in pass protection.”

    OK, only one season as a starter at Center with a “good prospect” NFL grade and I’m sure there’s room for improvement in year two at that position. I’d say a good player to develop, get him 10 points of improvement in his second year and the Buffs could have a solid NFL prospect at center!

    NFL prospect per Pro Football Focus, copied from google.

    “Grading Scale
    90-100 Rare Prospect. Player demonstrates rare abilities and can create mismatches that have an obvious impact on the game. …
    80-89 Outstanding Prospect. …
    70-79 Solid Prospect. …
    60-69 Good Prospect. …”

    So a couple of G5 (Houston G5 one year & P5 last year, correct?) and a couple of P5, all the players grade out well and have good size and lot’s of snaps, experience. A couple had great offer sheets out of HS, and all are a couple of years older and bigger, should be solid improvement over this past season.

    1. Your comment implies that Coach Prime’s friends don’t donate (not that they should be required to … none of them have ties to CU).
      That being said, CU had the No. 1 ranked Transfer Portal Class in 2023; and currently has the No. 1 ranked Transfer Portal Class for 2024.
      So something is working …

      1. Agree Stuart. Really what other coach could have done better in recruiting at CU? Maybe a Saban, but why would he come to Boulder from Bama? No other coach could attract whatever NIL monies Prime is, and how many coaches could bring guys in without upfront NIL like Prime can? I believe (pun intended), some will come believing NIL monies will come after they prove themselves.

        Prime effect.

        1. That’s funny. I’ll give ya that one on the coherent piece. But the ol woketh one is definitely trolling. That’s the second time he’s posted exactly the same thing about Deion’s friends.

          Go Buffs

  18. Wondering why visitors being recruited is such a big fat secret. Why cant Woelk tell us? Why do we have to go to a pay for info source for this that isn’t worth the money?

    1. Because schools are prohibited from discussing anything about recruits until after they sign (which is why you won’t get lists from Neill Woelk or CUBuffs.com), and the other guys are working on a weekend and deserved to be paid for their time (which is why I respect the info provided by pay sites, and don’t list anything about a recruit until their commitment becomes public on social media).

  19. Did anyone read the last sentence on the coaching carousel article? This is a SDSU transfer.

    “NIL opportunities could prove vital in these pursuits. Sources told the East Village Times that Bennett has received multiple six-figure offers.”

    The transfer portal looks to be the highest bidder, I think that reality has sunk in with Coach Prime. I hope I am wrong but I can’t see where CU has enough NIL money to bring in top defensive and offensive lineman. Not when competing with the unlimited money that say a Texas A&M has, and they will be in the market along with many other deep pocketed suitors.

  20. I’m waiting for the Big Dawgs. Lets get this show on the road…. Sorry I’m getting impatient. GO BUFFS!🖤💛🖤

  21. Everyone wants to play and no one wants to ride the bench. I understand that. It makes me think the lower division schools will benefit the most from the portal….which is a good thing. But will it increase the separation between the haves and have nots in the power 5?
    Harrison leaving is weird. I cant believe Prime asked his production to go. Did Harrison get a big head and think he will go further elsewhere? If that is the case it maybe an example of why using the portal for over half the roster makes it more difficult to promote the team spirit.

    1. Walk-on, if Prime didn’t offer a scholly for next season, then Harrison probably figures his production will earn him one at another program. I like the guy, I wonder if his production was just a matter of him being an unexpected target… until he was.

      The Buffs did have different players do well in one or two games too, looking like CU had a new weapon every other week, but maybe it was more because of teams keying on the last guy who produced. The better PAC12 D-lines killed the Buffs O-line and all offensive production dropped when they realized all they had to do was rush the QB.

  22. Kerry is he latest to leave. I might follow him and Hankerson to see how they do with their new teams.

    With the deluge into the portal, so far this morning, there are a plethora of IOLs but only a handful of 4 or high 3 stars, The only 4 star OT, out of Notre Dame, Has already signed with Purdue. I wonder how much NIL money to offer it would take to be a fly on the wall in their recruiting room.

    Over 90 percent of these guys are in because they arent satisfied with their playing time or failed. Picking the few out of the crowd who have a legitimate gripe wont be easy.

  23. Bummed to see each of these guys move on. But, Deion wants difference makers. I don’t think hankerson was that guy, nor was van. Good players? Yeah. Great? TBD, but indications are not true home run hitters. At key positions.

    Prime brought a few in year one. Will he bring more in year two? I believe he will. On the lines. We’ll find out soon enough.

    Go Buffs

  24. So now with Wells and, I think, the rest being out of time, that is the complete purge of the starting O line. Time to bring some in coach…….and a maestro to coach them. If you can get the maestro right away it might help get the rest in.

  25. I’m more concerned about Wells leaving than Tank. Tank was consistently beaten by opposing players. Could be coaching, but…
    Wells was apparently highly rated and thought of. Didn’t he receive a PAC12 freshman award of some sort last year? Frankly, I’m worried as to whether Prime can replace/upgrade what is pretty much the whole O line now. He brought guys in last year who were supposed to be studs and it didn’t really work out.

  26. Wasnt the Tank, for lack of a better word, one of the better O linemen? Oh Well, I guess a complete overhaul is due on the O line too. Better luck this time with the portal.

    1. From my relatively uneducated layman’s perspective, Tank got beat a lot on the inside rush.

      According to Howell’s piece, he was the top rated lineman – per pro football focus, whose accuracy can be debated too – the first four games, and then fell off markedly.

      Just based on what I saw, he needs to get lower and quicker, particularly on the inside moves by the d-line. His kick step’s ok, but that keeps him facing to the outside. And whether it’s speed on the inside or outside, that’s when he got beat. After those first three games, the weaknesses were on film for anyone that knows what they’re seeing to see, and that’s when the competition got better, and our results got worse.

      Who knows if the staff felt they can do better, or if it was his call to move on? We’ll see. Will root for the dude, either way. Same w/ Marvin, and anyone else who’s going to be moving on.

      Go Buffs

    2. How good are you if you’re the best on a line that gave up the most sacks in the nation? AND, maybe his score is more reflective of the others on the line poor play, not his play v. if he was on an O-line like UW, Oregon or Oregon State even or the many PAC12 O-lines that were way better.

  27. Tank’s one of those guys you just root for. I hope he makes the most of his last season, wherever he lands. I’m sure he’ll find success in life, even if that doesn’t involve much more football.

    Go Buffs

  28. Thank you for taking the time to do this Stuart. It’s going to be another exciting and crazy off season for the Buffs!

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