The Colorado Buffaloes are recruiting the 2023 class in a BIG way and you should expect a ton of news coming out in the next few weeks. The Buffs and Karl Dorrell have a national footprint for recruiting, and will grab people from any state, as evidenced by the past two classes. One state that always gets priority is Texas, which has been responsible for a huge contingent of new Buffs under Dorrell. Continuing the Texas focus in 2023, CU added commitments from childhood friends and teammates AJ Newberry and Adrian Wilson.
AJ Newberry is a running back from South Grand Prairie High School in the DFW area. At just under 6’ and around 180 pounds, he has classic running back size. He visited CU this spring and committed to CU over offers from in-state programs like UTSA and SMU (both were ranked last year) and out of state programs like Georgia Tech and Air Force, with plenty other high-power programs looking around. Newberry is a classic Darian Hagan running back. His tape shows solid speed, but like Broussard or Fontenot or Lindsay before him, AJ is more quick than fast and has fantastic balance. He also is split out wide on occasion, so he has solid hands, and showed that can pass block. Newberry looks to be yet another Hagan gem.
Adrian Wilson, Newberry’s friend, also visited Boulder this spring and fell in love. He plays at Keller Central High School, another school located squarely in the DFW metroplex. Wilson plays safety, but he’s a smaller safety prospect at 5’11 and 170 pounds. Wilson had offers from power G5 programs like UTSA and SDSU, as well as an offer from Washington State, when he committed to the Buffs. Wilson is not the biggest safety in high school, but he brings plenty of physicality. His tape shows great instincts and quick reactions, with comfortability playing in the box as a safety. Wilson has plenty of speed for a defensive back to play sideline-to-sideline. He is another solid football player that doesn’t prioritize the flashy play.