I don’t know if we’ve ever seen a Colorado Buffaloes recruiting class that is put together like this one. Besides the very obvious and very smart focus on Texas, the Buffs are going anywhere and everywhere to grab talent. The Buffs have one commitment from California and Colorado, but they also have pledges from Mississippi (two), Georgia, Oregon and now, they add Connecticut to the list. Karl Dorrell went to the Northeast to grab the athlete Kenny Soares.
Kenny Soares, one of the most understatedly cool names of our time, plays for a school named Avon Old Farms in New Canaan, CT. Despite both of those places sounding like the names of cult communes, we are assured that they are in fact real and that he plays good football for them. At 6’3 and over 200 pounds, he has a nice versatile frame and lined up all over the field in high school. The Buffs are looking at Soares as a MLB prospect. He picked the Buffs over Indiana and Maryland, and there was some conversation about Clemson and Penn State taking a look. Soares misses all but 3 games his junior year due to the pandemic, so this may be a prospect that blows up.
Let’s take a look at the tape. On offense, Soares lines up as an in-line/split-out tight end often, using his size and quickness to blow up other defenders. He shows some nice agility and speed on his routes, and he is not afraid to blow people up. On the defensive side of the ball, where he will be focusing in college, he shows some of that same physicality. Soares is a great pass-defender over the middle, and he fills in holes well. He looks less like Nate Landman and more like Kenneth Olugbode, who was an all-timer in my heart.