Not since Ryan Miller has a higher ranked offensive lineman committed to the Colorado Buffaloes. On Wednesday it was announced that four-star offensive tackle Jake Wray had committed to the Buffs’ 2020 recruiting class.
Thank you to everyone who has helped me throughout this process. Specifically my teammates, my coaches and my family. I am committed to The University of Colorado #GoBuffs pic.twitter.com/5va78Mv9mT— Jake Wray (@wrayjake77) May 23, 2019
Wray, a native of Marietta, Georgia, has long been touted as a blue chip recruit.
“One of the biggest things was that I could see myself thrive as a student and a person along with being a football player,” Wray said. “Boulder’s the perfect place for me to enjoy my college experience and succeed.”
He originally committed Ohio State in April 2018, but decommitted after Urban Meyer announced his retirement. He re-opened his recruitment and had offers from multiple major teams, most notably Alabama, as well as interest from Clemson, Georgia and LSU, among several others. He chose Colorado after being recruited by Mel Tucker and new offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic.
“I loved meeting (Mel Tucker and his staff),” Wray said. “I’m very impressed with the vision that they all have for the program and where they are going to take it. Coach Tucker, Coach Kap, and Coach Johnson all are great and are giving everything they have to bring back the contender buffs.”
At 6’5, 290-lbs. as an incoming high school senior, Wray figures to project as an early starter, if not a day-one starter. Colorado’s offensive line has been sketchy the past few years, but it’s clear that this new staff is working hard to inject high-level talent. This may be the new staff’s biggest recruiting move yet and it appears to be the first of many blue chip recruits to commit to Mel Tucker’s Buffaloes.
Historically, there haven’t been many players being recruited by Colorado from the southern region east of Texas— especially from Georgia. A trend that could pickup starting with Wray by way of Tucker’s connections.