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Junior College Defensive End Joins the Buffs

NCAA Football: Air Force at Colorado Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports

As I’m sure everyone has noticed, the Colorado Buffaloes don’t have a lot of depth along the defensive line. Behind Mustafa Johnson and Jalen Sami, there are true freshmen and first year junior college transfers that are playing real snaps. Mel Tucker has done a great job filling the gaps when possible, but the Buffs still need to find immediate contributors. They found one in Julius Coates.

Coates comes from a junior college powerhouse in East Mississippi Community College. The original home of Last Chance U, EMCC is a well-oiled machine that pumps out D1 talent. Coates is originally from Illinois (the town of Rocksford), and he originally played WR until this year. Colleges started sniffing around when he made the switch to DE. Colorado beat out Akron, Louisiana, and a host of other G5 schools for his commitment

It’s easy to see why. His frame is next level. Julius is long, 6’6, and 260 pounds. If you were to design a defensive end, that’s what they would look like. His game shows a lot of potential. He’s a little stiff when he moves, but he’s gigantic and showcases a lot of athleticism. He still has a redshirt year available, which may be just what he needs to fully grow into the predator he can be. CU may not have that luxury.

Welcome, Julius!