As if this game wasn’t important enough, some very important spectators will be joining the Buffs in Boulder for this night game against Arizona State. Recruiting has been on fire all year, and this weekend shows even more proof that The Rise is real. This week, eight big-time Buff recruits, with only three already committed, are ready to see what CU is all about. Let’s organize by school and give a quick rundown.
Cedar Hill Group
Cedar Hill High School, located in Dallas, Texas, is already home to one CU commit, Jaylon Jackson. The speedy four-star receiver took his official to CU during the Oregon State game, but he told his friends and now they’re coming out to see a win, too. The first player to mention is Dimitri Moore, an OLB prospect with some nice physical tools. Moore has multiple Power 5 offers and has already taken three official visits, so the Buffs are right in the thick of it for his signature. His tape shows great instincts with a propensity to run downhill, which is important for linebackers. He can lay the wood despite his slight frame, and he reads plays well. He can glide through traffic to find the ball-carrier. He needs to add weight, but he has the frame to do so. A terrific all around OLB prospect.
Joining him from Cedar Hill is a threat from the other side of the ball and one of Ralphie Report’s favorite RB prospects this cycle, Keagun Williams. Imagine Phillip Lindsay, but with a little more juice in his step. Now, he may not have the heart of Lindsay (who does?), but the running styles are surprisingly similar. Williams just drives through guys, despite being listed at a generous 5'9. His offer list reflects his strong ability, and his four star ranking on Scout would make him the second four star from Cedar Hill THIS CYCLE (Jaylon Jackson has been downgraded due to his injury, which we have deemed unfair and reject). We already have a great nickname for Williams: Shake (defenders out of their cleats), Rattle (their facemasks as you run through them), and Roll (into the endzone).
DeSoto High Trio
This next group from Dallas is probably the most star-studded of the bunch, though the Inderkum guys (more in a bit) could give them a run for their money. CU fans are already acquainted with Laviska Shenault, a legit blue chip wideout with a physical game and a colleg ready body. Joining him on his return trip are two high profile targets in KD Nixon and Xavier Newman. Both are four-stars on some recruiting service (Nixon is a consensus four-star), both have been heavily recruited by CU for a long time (CU was Newman’s first offer), and both have forays with some big boy programs (Nixon de-committed from Tennessee, and Newman is a soft verbal with Texas). Oh, and both are ballers. Nixon isn’t going to wow you with his size, but it doesn’t matter how big he is if you can’t catch him. He just blows by defenders and lays waste to well-intentioned pursuit angles. Nixon plays both in the slot and out of the backfield, so you can bet coaches are dreaming of using his speed in different ways. Newman is also fast, but in his feet. He has a wide body, long arms, and can lock onto the defensive lineman. He is a great guard prospect at the next level, and could work at tackle, too. Let’s hope that CU wows these young men to make their decisions a little easier.
Alex Fontenot is yet another Texas-sized talent flying in to Boulder. CU fans already know him well and he would form a great duo with Williams as a strange, inverted Thunder and Lightning.
Another familiar face is Will Sherman, a great guard prospect that comes form a powerhouse Texas program. He should have a great time in Boulder and help convince these prospects to join the Rise.
The Inderkum Duo
This is a very interesting case indeed. Both of these prospects are national recruits and have offers from everywhere under the sun. Trajon Cotton is a severely underrated with all of the athletic ability in the world and strong football instincts. He breaks on balls well and has the ability to recover on almost any play. His main suitors at this point are Nebraska, Oregon, UCLA, and the Buffs, and CU is right in the thick of it. Both he and Josh Falo were in Eugene when the Buffs shocked the Ducks, and now both should be in Boulder when they crush the Sun Devils.
Josh Falo is in rarefied air as a prospect. Not many recruits can match his offer list, and Mike MacIntyre is the main reason that the Buffs presumably made his top 5. The Falo’s LOVE Coach Mac. The oldest brother played for MacIntyre at San Jose State, N.J. Falo is a current sophomore that plays at CU, and now Josh has been recruited by this staff for a long time. There is a familiarity there that can’t be replicated. Falo has visited Oregon, and he will probably stop by Michigan and Alabama when it’s all said and done, but the Buffs are in this thing. He can do it all as a tight end, and offers a rare combo of size, length, agility, and hands. It’s easy to see how he projects at the college level, as he would be a matchup nightmare for 99.9% of teams and players. CU fans complaining about the lack of tight end in the offense, here’s your answer. With a player like Falo, you get him involved no matter what.
CU needs a strong showing on the field this weekend, to keep the hopes of a Pac-12 South crown alive and to keep thee kids interested in CU. Every prospect listed has legit offer lists and big boy competition, but CU is finally punching its weight class. Man, this year is fun.