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Colorado Buffaloes land Kaden Dudley as first commit in 2021 recruiting class

Colorado Springs product comes to Boulder as Darrin Chiaverini’s first recruit for next year

Colorado Springs Gazette

No time like the present to look toward the future for the Colorado Buffaloes, getting their first commit for the class of 2021.

A three-star multi-talented, two-way athlete Kaden Dudley from Palmer HS (Monument, Colo.) made it official on Wednesday by announcing he would stay near home.

On tape, Dudley shows raw attributes as both a receiver and in the secondary. Known for physical play on both sides of the ball with a great competitive nature. A details route runner who doesn’t lack hand-eye coordination, along with step-for-step speed on defense.

Expect Dudley to play early and often as the prototype in Mel Tucker’s system. A 6-foot-1, 185 pound athlete who’ll excel at the next level with a good football I.Q. to play any position thrown at him.

Dudley has been training with forever Buff Matt McChesney at Six Zero Strength and sees a bright future for Colorado going forward. “I love the fact that Coach Tucker and his staff, when they identify a kid, they don’t ask who else has offered,” McChesney told 247 Sports. “It doesn’t matter. They know what they are looking for. When Coach Tucker recruits a defensive back, he must think that defensive back is an NFL caliber player.”

Colorado has offered seven other in-state players to be part of the 2021 class. Pro-style quarterback Jack Rubley (Highlands Ranch), wide receivers Chase Penny (Cherry Creek) and Ty Robinson (Eaglecrest), tight ends Terrance Ferguson (Heritage) and Sam Hart (Cherokee Trail), offensive tackle Tyler Zuhn (Fossil Ridge), and defensive end Arden Walker (Cherry Creek) are the current preliminary targets inside the Centennial State for next year.
A DJ Khaled moment for CU assistant coach Darrin Chiaverini with yet “another one” coming to Boulder. “Chiv” remains to be the most underrated recruiter in the west. It’s likely Dudley will move away from offense and focus on work in the secondary at strong safety.