The Colorado Buffaloes are STILL looking for players to add to the 2021 fall roster. Expect some immediate impact transfers in the coming weeks, but before that, they added a late high school signee to their ranks. Apparently, 12 tight ends were not enough, and Karl Dorrell does not suffer from triskaidekaphobia. The 13th tight end added to the room is new recruit, Austin Smith.
Smith was signed up to go to Independence Community College in the fall, where the school of Last Chance U fame was going to bulk him up into tight end. However, the Elmaton, TX native was picking up recruiting steam throughout track season this year, and the Buffs jumped early. As such, the 6’5, 220 pound prospect will have the traditional 5 years to play 4 in Boulder. He picked the Buffs over offers from the service academies and interest from Texas, Georgia, and Michigan State.
Austin Smith is definitely an athlete. His tape shows him lining up at WR, but we know he will factor in at tight end for the Buffs. He will need some time to bulk up, but with all-world strength coach Shannon Turley in Boulder, that is more than possible. As a track athlete, he is putting in near 11 second times for the 100m dash, which is impressive for a man his size. I would expect Austin to sit this fall and learn behind Brady Russell and Co before they unleash his athleticism on the Pac-12.