Mel Tucker capped off the first day of the Early Signing Period for 2019 with the announcement of KJ Trujillo coming to Boulder. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound cornerback from Orange Lutheran HS (Orange, Calif) attracted interest from several “Power 5” schools including Oregon, Arizona, Vanderbilt, and Washington State.
Former CU secondary coach ShaDon Brown originally recruited the three-star prospect back in May, but there was doubt Trujillo would still commit to the Buffs with the impending coaching staff changes. As a shutdown corner, Trujillo is the newest part of the “Money Gang” secondary who racked up 102 tackles, 20 pass deflections, six interceptions and a forced fumble in the past three seasons at Servite and Orange Lutheran. He’s ranked 50th among cornerbacks in the nation with near 4.4 second 40-yard dash speed, great footwork and incredible hands.
Trujillo will compete to be a starter immediately in CU’s revamped secondary along with fellow California recruit safety Mark Perry. One of Trujillo’s good friends, Mater Dei HS wide receiver Braedin Huffman-Dixon, will also be joining him in Boulder next year.
Colorado signed a total of 17 players on Wednesday— 12 high school recruits, four JUCO transfers and a graduate transfer. Among those players were eight lineman, four offensive and four defensive, setting a new standard for the Buffs in the trenches. Nearly twice as many lineman then were recruiting over the past two years.
”We have to get stout in the trenches,” Tucker said. “We wanted to get bigger. We want to be able to run the ball on our terms on offense and we need to be able to stop the run on defense. Both of those things start with the offensive and defensive lines.”
Early signing period goes thru Dec. 21 and National Signing Day is on February 6.