What was supposed to be a relatively small class has grown as things have gone smoother than expected for Karl Dorrell and the Colorado Buffaloes during this pandemic. A relatively small senior class and a few transfers have slated this class at around 15 commitments, but Dorrell is about to blow right past that number as he gains momentum and traction on the recruiting trail. The latest addition to the Buff stampede is TJ Patu.
Patu plays at La Habra High School in La Habra, California. He plays all over the field on defense for La Habra, but it looks like he will play OLB/SS for the Buffaloes, which makes him a perfect fit for the STAR position that will stay in the defensive formation. He is tall, at 6’4, and has more than enough size at that spot, weight 210 pounds (Davion Taylor was 6’2, 225). Patu decided between Washington State and CU near the end, but also picked up offers from many California programs, Kansas, and a few other P5 options.
Patu is just a seeker and destroyer on defense. His tape shows explosive movement towards the ball, and the closer he is to the line of scrimmage, the more damage he does. His physicality on the edge of the defensive front allows him to blow up run plays before they have a chance to succeed, and if he does end up in the role that Davion Taylor found himself in, he will be a nightmare for running backs. He is much more natural in coverage than I expected, and he should be able to keep up with tight ends and running backs with ease.