From left to right: Tyler Asemota, Austin Burton & Anfernee Gurley
From left to right: Tyler Asemota, Austin Burton & Anfernee Gurley
I've recently caught up with a few prep football players who have been in Boulder to check out the Buffs.

All of these players are class of 2017 recruits - some with offers from Colorado and some not, but CU has all of them on the radar. Here are a few highlights from those conversations:

Tyler Asemota, WR, Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.)
6-4, 200; Rivals: 0 stars; Scout: 2 stars
One of the most impressive receivers at CU's Under the Lights camp in June, Asemota has six offers, most notably from BYU and Oregon State. With Maurice Bell committing earlier this week, CU has three receivers committed, so Asemota may not get an offer from the Buffs. He's still a player they really like, though, and one to watch for down the road.

On CU: "The thing I really liked about the coaches is they showed a lot of interest in me, they gave me tips on simple things and things I need to correct. I just felt like they really, really wanted me, so that caught my attention a lot. The campus is absolutely amazing. I'm still shocked by how amazing it is. I didn't think it was this nice."

Austin Burton, QB, West Orange (Winter Garden, Fla.)
6-4, 215; Rivals: 0 stars; Scout: 2 stars
Burton is an intriguing QB prospect who took part in CU's Under the Lights camp in mid-June. CU already has Tyler Lytle committed, but if they took a second quarterback, Burton could be in the mix. He recently received his first Power 5 offer (Boston College) and has six offers in total, including UMass, Florida International and Florida A&M.


Burton has played at Newton South in Massachusetts, but transferred to West Orange this spring to play at a higher level. He threw for 3,299 yards and 34 TDs last season, while rushing for 565 yards and 6 TDs.

On CU: "Seeing the campus, it's beautiful. I've been to a lot of different schools and this is one where there's nothing like it. Once I got a nice tour and got to see the locker room, it was great."

On recruiting: "We'll see how it goes.

From left to right: Brandon McKinney, Darreon Moore & Joshua Talbott
From left to right: Brandon McKinney, Darreon Moore & Joshua Talbott
I'm just trying to see how far football can really take me and see what schools I'm able to play at. I'm just going to see what opportunities I can get over the summer and over the football season."

Anfernee Gurley, CB, Archbishop Murphy (Everett, Wash.)
5-11, 175; Rivals: 0 stars; Scout: 2 stars
A solid corner, Gurley is still trying to open the eyes of the big schools. He's got offers from Eastern Washington and Weber State, but is hoping he turned heads at CU in June.

On CU: "I would love to get an offer from this place. When we first drove in, it was a beautiful city, the atmosphere around here is great. It reminds me a lot of back home. I love the campus, and the facilities are awesome. It's one of the better campuses I've ever visited."

Brandon McKinney, Safety, Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)
6-1, 190; Rivals & Scout: 4 stars
McKinney has nine offers, including seven from the Pac-12. He was in Boulder earlier this month and said he enjoyed the campus and the "fresh air" of Boulder.

On recruiting: "I'm not too much in a hurry. I'm just waiting it out and seeing when is the right time. I'm still just kind of going through it. I'll probably narrow it down in a month or so."

Darreon Moore, CB, Kamiakin (Kennewick Wash.)
5-11, 165; Rivals & Scout: 3 stars
Several schools are interested in Moore, including CU, but so far only Eastern Washington has offered him a scholarship. He participated in CU's Under the Lights camp with his good friend, Anfernee Gurley.

On CU: "It was nice, a beautiful campus and good coaches. They push you."

On going to camps with Gurley: "He gave me that encouragement to keep going, keep grinding. We go to camps together and he's always pushing me to get better."

Ryan Nelson, OT, Buena Park (Buena Park, Calif.)
6-5, 270; Rivals & Scout: 3 stars
He was so impressive during CU's Under the Lights camp that the Buffs offered him a scholarship during one-on-one drills. He currently has 17 offers, including seven from Pac-12 schools. Nelson told me he's gradually adding weight. As for recruiting, he said he doesn't plan to rush his decision.

Khalid Taylor
Khalid Taylor

On CU and recruiting: "I'll probably go into my season and see how it plays out. You never get this chance again; you never get all of this happening with the schools talking to you. I'm really soaking it in. (Colorado) would be something to consider. (At the camp in June), I was working with coach Adams and he seems to be a really good coach. I liked his coaching style. I really like the facilities and I like the state in general."

Joshua Talbott, Safety, Long Beach Poly (Calif.)
6-0, 180; Rivals & Scout: 3 stars
Talbott was on the CU campus for the Under the Lights camp on June 18, but didn't participate because of a knee injury. Talbott has more than a dozen offers and said he plans to make all five official visits. He knows for sure he wants to visit Oklahoma and Oregon, but said CU could be on his list, too.

On CU: "It's very beautiful and I love how the coaches make you feel like family. It's a good environment."

On recruiting: "I think the process is still going for quite a while, probably a few more months. I want to feel comfortable at a school, so I want to take the visits to where I'm interested most and where I can play early. That's most important to me. I could consider (Colorado) as an official, for sure."

Khalid Taylor, CB, Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.)
5-9, 160; Rivals & Scout: 0 stars
A teammate of Asemota, he was in Boulder in mid-June and flashed his speed. He doesn't have any offers at this point, but has several schools interested.

On the CU camp: "It was an awesome experience going against top receivers and competing. You have to come with the mindset of I want to win."

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