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Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Johnny Huntley III to transfer

Class of 2016 recruit leaving after two years with the Buffaloes

NCAA Football: Idaho State at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Johnny Huntley III announced he’ll be transferring from the program after two years in Boulder, making his intentions known on Monday afternoon via Twitter.

Huntley signed with CU as a top-rated receiver in the 2016 class from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. During his senior year at South Plantation HS, Huntley’s 55 receptions for 940 yards and 12 touchdowns earned first-team All-Broward County honors. Rivals rated him one of the top 30 receivers in the southern region, and No. 61 overall in the Florida.

As a true freshman, Huntley played in 13 games, seeing a majority of playing time on special teams along with one reception for 14 yards. He experienced more of the same this season, being used on offense in the 28-0 shutout loss at Washington State.

Huntley tried to fight through a deep field of receivers throughout his time with the Buffaloes, but was never utilized to his full potential.

The starters for next season are expected to be seniors Juwann Winfree, Jay MacIntyre and Kabion Ento. Texas Tech transfer Tony Brown will play a role as well along with underclassmen Laviska Shenault Jr., K.D. Nixon and Jaylon Jackson.

Huntley has not decided which school he’ll transfer to yet. He was heavily recruited by over 40 schools, receiving offers from Alabama, Clemson, Auburn, USC, TCU and Miami. One of his original recruiters at CU was Troy Walters, who was recently hired as the offensive coordinator on Scott Frost’s staff at Nebraska.