Despite the 2018 season kicking off in less than 100 days, the Colorado Buffaloes are making some big noise on the recruiting trail. The Buffs have already received six verbal commitments for 2019, including a Braedin Huffman-Dixon, a four-star wideout from California, and Ty Evans, a pro-style Elite 11 quarterback from the Centennial state. And this month could be huge in determining next year’s incoming class.
Here’s a look at the blue-chip recruits taking official visits to Boulder this month:
FRIDAY, JUNE 8
Jacob Bandes, DT (6’3, 295-LBS)
Top247 rating: 37
ESPN 300: 59
A four-star defensive tackle from Antioch, CA (Pittsburg H.S.), No. 55 will be making his first official visit to Boulder this weekend. “I’m looking forward to seeing the environment and seeing the resources they’ve got in the program,” Bandes told 247Sports.com. “Boulder looks beautiful in the photos I’ve seen, but that’s not what want to go for -- I want to see the football side of things and the school.” As a junior at Pittsburg H.S. last season, Bandes compiled 54 tackles and seven sacks on the way to earning league MVP honors.
Cole Birmingham, OT (6’4, 294-LBS)
247Sports composite: 656
A three-star offensive tackle out of Katy, TX (Katy H.S), 247Sports lists Birmingham as the 59th best offensive tackle in the country for the 2019 class and 83rd best prospect from the State of Texas. He’s received offers from a number of power-five programs including five Pac-12 schools, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, California and Colorado.
Jaylen Martin, CB (6’2, 170-LBS)
247Sports composite: 983
“Colorado really loves long, talented corners and they do a really good job of developing them,” he told 247Sports. “The fact they really want me to go there and they like the way I play made me feel really good.” The 6’2, 170-lb cornerback out of Corona, CA (Eleanor Roosevelt H.S.) is also scheduled to take an official to Utah on September 15th.
Jashua Allen, ILB (6’2, 210-LBS)
Coming out of high school, Allen had zero offers from Division I programs. After recording 46 tackles, 5.5 sacks and one interception (returned for a touchdown) his freshman year at Riverside C.C., the Oregon native has already received offers from four Power-five programs including Illinois, Iowa State and the Buffaloes Pac-12 south rival Utah. Allen will take his first official visit to Colorado on June 8th.
Kamryn Farrar, OLB (6’0, 200-LBS)
The Skyline H.S. (Dallas, TX) product verbally committed to the Buffaloes on March 18th.
FRIDAY, JUNE 22
Kyle Ford, WR (6’2, 200-LBS)
Top247 rating: 32
ESPN 300: 76
Ford finished his junior season at Orange Lutheran H.S. (Orange, CA) with 91 catches for 1,468 yards and 13 touchdowns. “The atmosphere at Colorado’s game was really cool. It was packed,” he told BuffStampede.com after attending the USC game on an unofficial visit last fall. Their whole staff is a bunch of cool guys. It is just different out there, I don’t know how to explain it.” The talented four-star wideout has received 25-plus offers already but will be taking his first official visit – and second trip to Boulder – later this month.
Ethan Rae, TE (6’4, 240-LBS)
247Sports composite: 254
Rae previously attended Servite H.S. (Anaheim, CA) where he finished with 13 catches for 192 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore in 2016. His quarterback that year? Current Buffaloes redshirt-freshman signal caller Tyler Lytle. The four-star tight end sat out his junior season due to a torn ACL. This year he’ll team up with Kyle Ford at Orange Lutheran. Also playing for Orange Lutheran is KJ Trujillo, a cornerback who verbally committed to the Buffs on May 2nd. The Buffs made Rae’s Top-10 list which he tweeted out on May 22nd.
Jaren Mangham, ATH (6’1, 214-LBS)
247Sports composite: 332
ESPN 300: 299
Mangham is a blue-chip RB/OLB out of Detriot, MI (Cass Technical H.S.), Mangham, per an ESPN.com scouting report, is a “big, physical, downhill runner that has all the tools to be a premier RB at the next level. Displays sound technique as a blocker and can receive the ball with grace.” He tweeted out his Sweet 16 back in April but hinted recently that he may be dropping his Top 8 soon.
LaCarea Pleasant-Johnson, CB (6’2, 180-LBS)
“Florida, Utah and Nebraska are the three schools that are standing out to me right now,” the Phoenix, AZ (Mountain Pointe H.S.) product told 247Sports. Nonetheless the three-star cornerback will visit the real DBU in Boulder later this month. Imagine having this 6’2, 180-pound corner with 4.3 speed in Colorado’s #MoneyGang secondary in 2019? Scary!
Taylor Miterko, OT (6’5.5, 270-LBS)
A three-star offensive tackle from Carlsbad, New Mexico (Carlsbad H.S.), 247Sports Miterko as the top prospect in his state. The Buffaloes are one of four Pac-12 schools in his Top-10, which Miterko tweeted out on May 19th.
Mark Perry, S (6’1, 190-LBS)
The Rancho Cucamonga, CA (Rancho Cucamonga H.S.) product is the 37th ranked safety for the Class of 2019 according to 247Sports. Perry, a three-star safety, currently holds seven offers including three from Pac-12 schools – Arizona, Arizona State and Colorado.