Your Colorado Buffaloes are nearly done on the recruiting trail. With the recruiting calendar sped up due to the early signing period, the Buffs have done the heavy lifting in spring and summer, and now their efforts are focused on retaining rather than recruiting. All of this work has paid off with the 4th ranked class in the Pac-12 according to 247 Sports (2nd in the conference on Rivals).
But they aren’t quite done yet. The Buffs are targeting more players, some more high-profile than others. CU is in on some big-time talent as we head into the fall. Of course five star WR Kyle Ford and blue-chip DT Jacob Bandes are numbers one and two on my list to ‘Croot Santa. This article is for the names that aren’t as well known by the crowd that follows recruiting. Players that are still fantastic and would fit this team perfectly, but don’t have the glitz.
Here we go.
Darius is my favorite kind of physical freak. He has not played a lot of football, but it doesn’t really matter. His 6’6, 250 pound frame fits right in. Robinson is from Michigan (which means commit Jaren Mangham can help out here), and he has all the tools. He gives an update on his recruitment here:
Canton 3-star DE @Darius5Robinson to take time with college choice; Michigan State in mix https://t.co/VFwn4BwZlW pic.twitter.com/GlVvu1hoBg— Detroit News Sports (@detnews_sports) July 26, 2018
Michigan State, Rutgers, Maryland, and Syracuse round out the rest of his top 5. CU compares favorably to all of those (save MSU, possibly) and could be in good shape.
Here’s why I love Robinson. He just oozes potential and fits the 3-4 defensive end perfectly. He doesn’t showcase much more than a bull rush, but he still has active hands and his freaky long arms keep the lineman at a distance until he shrugs them off. With the spots filling up fast, this is the perfect player to take. A high-ceiling player that can be coached to stardom.
I don’t quite get why Caper isn’t more recruited. The only Texas D1 offers Caper has are Texas State and SMU, and the only other P5 offer is Syracuse. As a side note, Syracuse is a common denominator on a lot of CU recruiting targets, which only reinforces my love for Dino Babers. Just watch his tape and tell me he’s not a great MLB prospect. He has amazing range as a defensive prospect and covers well. As a RB, he’s a violent and agile athlete who runs over dudes. At 6’1, 230, Caper has size at LB, and he’s a really good athlete. I see shades of Addison Gillam in Caper.
The only reason Luckett could be considered a non-obvious take is because he plays at one of the best high schools in the country (Junipero Serra) and he hasn’t played as much as a player of his caliber would warrant. But at wideout, he’s one smooth customer. Paired with Braedin Huffman-Dixon, the Buffs’ WR take for 2019 would be top-notch. Tarik is choosing between CU, CSU, and Oregon, and with a September commitment in mind, things look good for CU.
Luckett is one of the smoothest athletes I’ve seen out wide. It seems like he accelerates in one step and he just burns by people right away. Give him a clean release when the ball is snapped and he will be open before you can count to one. Luckett also uses his 6’3 frame to box out some players and Coach Chiaverini has to love his blocking. If the Buffs can close out with him, this is an all-time skill position class for CU.