2017 Colorado Buffaloes Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 Colorado Buffaloes Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Class to be updated and adjusted on Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1
Colorado Buffaloes Recruiting Class Overview
Can Mike MacIntyre capitalize on the shocking success of the 2016 season? Last year’s recruiting class was relatively small with 19 prospects being brought in, leading to a bigger, more diverse haul this year with a lot more star power. The losses on the defensive side – and there are huge ones – should be helped a wee bit with JUCO transfer DT Javier Edwards and CB Dante Wigley, but the offense got the best prospects for the future. It’ll be one of the best Buff classes in a long, long time.
The Colorado Buffaloes Class Is Heavy On …
Defensive linemen. The Buffs loaded up for the secondary – an area of need with holes to fill right away – and the receiving corps is getting plenty of help, but it’s the defensive front that’s getting the biggest boost with great-sized athletes for the end with a national class coming in. Three defensive end prospects are from Florida, and two are from California in a great haul.
The Star of the Colorado Buffaloes Class Is …
OT Jake Moretti, 6-5, 290, Arvada, CO – Ohio State was the program right there with a chance for the big blocker on the outside, but the other Big Ten big boys, key SEC teams, and Pac-12ers were in the mix, too. A true left tackle, he’s already got the right size and right frame, but his biggest strength is his movement – he can handle speed rushers without a problem. After a year in a college weight room, look out.
The Colorado Buffaloes Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Cornerback. There are several massive holes to fill at defensive tackle and linebacker, but the secondary takes the biggest hit. Tedric Thompson was a special playmaker last year at one safety spot, while corners Chidobe Awuzie and Ahkello Witherspoon are done. In all, 11 of the 15 interceptions from last year are gone.