Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Colorado Buffaloes recruiting class.
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New head coach Mel Tucker worked his way into a nice first class. The key to a coaching change is to not lose too much ground on the recruiting trail, and Colorado’s class is solid considering the regime change. It’s actually better in several ways over last year’s haul, partly because there are more live bodies coming in.
Tucker did a strong job after the early signing period. La’Vontae Shenault might have been helped by having his brother, star receiver Laviska, already in place, but he still had to be yanked away from Texas Tech. Tucker flipped him, and came up with a great National Signing Day get for the defensive line, taking tackle Lloyd Murray away from Ole Miss.
The offensive line got the bulk. This class had to beef up the front five, and it did just that with six new parts, including 310-pound JUCO transfer Vaatofu Sauvao, and instant impact blocker in the rotation.
The defensive interior is terrific, too. Murray was the good signing, but landing Janaz Jordan from the JUCO ranks should be a big deal for right away. Throw in JUCO transfer linebacker Jashua Allen, and the defense should be better right away.
Next year, the defensive backfield will get the attention. After a massive haul of talent last year for the secondary, this was a light class. Mark Perry is a nice-looking corner, but DB, along with defensive end, will be the main focus in 2020.
Can Jaren Mangham be the star of the offense right away? The 6-2 speed back out of Detroit was wanted by Alabama, Florida and Oregon might just be one of the key parts of the rushing puzzle as soon as he gets his shot.
Watch out for Colorado to quickly become a major Pac-12 player in the recruiting world. Tucker is in the right job and the right time, and he should up the talent level in a big way over the next year. This was a great start.