WE HAVE A WEEK, LADIES AND GENTLEMAN. There’s tax season for accountants, holiday season for Honeybaked Ham, and then there’s signing day (ESD is on the 19th) for coaches. Recruiting will never be busier than it is right now, as coaches try to hold on to their recruits, flip some others and turn over every rock to find their next big player.
That job gets harder when you’re a brand new coach to your program and your area. Mel Tucker has to evaluate everyone Mike MacIntyre had committed, decide whether or not he wants to keep recruiting them, evaluate his top targets, bring in his connection, all on a compressed timeline. It’s going to be busy. This weekend, Buff fans got their first hints to Tucker’s targets, mentality, and footprint.
Kyle Patterson – Gilbert, AZ, offers from Arizona, Oregon State, Syracuse, Washington
Mel Tucker knows how to get on CU fans’ good side. His first official offer, to Kyle Patterson out of Arizona, may have been something in the works for a while or something that he did without intention. But the fact that his first offer went to a tight end, after six years of almost no tight end usage from the Buffs, plays well with the fanbase. A renewed focus on the tight position says a few things about Tucker and his plan. Patterson is a true in-line tight end, who has a huge frame at 6’6. His ability to block and catch indicates that CU will be a little more physical on the line and maybe, ya know, use the tight end next year. Patterson is a fine receiver, with a huge frame and surprising agility, but he won’t beat a DB in a footrace anytime soon. He has P5 offers from Arizona, Oregon State, Syracuse, and Washington and may be a late get from Tucker.
Marvin Ham – committed to Boston College, LB from michigan
This is another encouraging sign from Mel Tucker. While in Michigan to stop by commit Jaren Mangham’s house for his first in-home visit, Tucker offered linebacker Marvin Ham, a Michigan native who has been committed to Boston College for a while. The 247 four-star is a little undersized for a linebacker role, but his athleticism and instincts more than make up for it. Symbolically, this offer means that Tucker plans to compete with the big guys, and other P5 schools, during this recruiting cycle and beyond. While in Michigan, he also stopped by prized target Darius Robinson’s house. The 6’6 DE has been Kwahn Drake’s big fish for some time now, and it will be a battle to reel him in.
As Tucker fills out his staff, he will certainly get some more recruits interested or possibly signed. For example, if he somehow convinces Tee Martin to come on staff at CU, there are probably 4 or 5 SoCal players that will sign with the Buffs that weren’t even considering them before.