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CU Adds Safety to 2018 Football Class

The rangy athlete is the 14th commit

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Mike MacIntyre loves his rangy athletes in the secondary, and he loves evaluating players in person. So when Kahlef Hailassie showed up to a CU satellite camp and showed well enough to get an offer from CU, it was a match made in heaven. Now, on his visit to Boulder, Kahlef has committed to join the Buffaloes.

Hailassie is from Cosumnes Oaks High School in Northern California, an area that has been kind to the Buffs. Hailassie has offers from the regional programs (SJSU and Fresno State) and most of the Mountain West, but CU was the first Power 5 program to pull the trigger for an offer. But if the coaches saw him in person and thought he was good enough, that’s as sure as it will get. If there’s one thing this staff does well, it’s recruiting great DBs, under the radar or no.

Really, when you watch the tape, I don’t know why he doesn’t have more offers. As a safety, he is a perfect midfielder. Even as a receiver and a returner, he shows the important characteristics. He accelerates fast, high-points the ball, and changes directions quickly. At 6-2, he has great size for either safety position. He isn’t as physical as some other safety prospects, but he has range, athleticism, and he’ll get bigger in college.

Welcome, Kahlef!