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National Signing Day 2019: D.J. Oats Signs with the Buffaloes

The high-flying Texas athlete makes it official

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It’s hard to find a more inspiring story this recruiting cycle than D.J. Oats. Very few people his age have had to grow up faster, and even fewer have had to grow up under such distressing circumstances. Rather than poorly summarizing the story, I’m going to link to this great article from the Star-Telegram

Here’s what we said about D.J. Oats when he committed:

Oats had 127 carries for 1,155 yards and 14 touchdown, earning TAPPS Division III First Team All-State honors last year as a senior. He’ll come to Boulder as a cornerback for new defensive coordinator Tyson Summers. Oats will probably be the fastest defensive back at CU with a blazing time of 4.33-seconds in the 40-yard dash at a combine in Dallas last spring. His fastest time was 4.25-seconds unofficially. Here’s a look at D.J.’s senior highlights.

Oats can flat out fly. He was under-recruited early because of his different circumstances, but he blew up as a senior and CU jumped early. He will factor in at cornerback, but don’t be surprised to see him at kick returner.

Welcome, D.J.