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Colorado Adds Hard-Charging Nevada LB to 2021 Class

Karl Dorrell adds his second commitment to the next class of Buffs

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The Colorado Buffaloes will have a small recruiting class of 2021. There aren’t a lot of departing seniors, and given that the world is currently on fire and Karl Dorrell is a first year head coach, having a small class should help CU during this recruiting cycle. So far, Colorado has an in-state wideout and a defensive end from Florida. They now have a third in Nevada linebacker Zephaniah Maea.

Maea hails from Henderson, Nevada, and goes to Liberty High School. The Colorado Buffaloes offered late, on May 26, but the sway of Boulder was enough for Maea to make the plunge. The 6’1, 230 pound linebacker chose CU over Boise State and San Diego State, and had offers from a litany of other Mountain West schools.

Maea plays downhill. He is a wrecking ball in the middle of field, diagnosing and hitting first. He’s trained to read the backfield well, and moves immediately towards the ball.

He’s a little small for a MLB, but he wraps up well, comes in hard, and doesn’t play as small as he seems. He is a run-stopper first, so he will need to work on pass coverage in order to be a better player.

Welcome, Zephaniah!