There could be a lot of Regis Jesuit High School red in the University of Colorado football's black and gold in the coming years.
A 2015 CU target, Regis offensive lineman Tim Lynott, received a scholarship offer from the Buffaloes on Thursday and said he wouldn't mind joining teammate Terran Hasselbach -- the 2014 defender who gave a verbal commitment to CU on Friday night -- in Boulder.
Lynott took a few minutes before attending Regis' basketball game against Grandview on Saturday for an interview with BuffZone.
He said he's honored and excited to pick up his first offer, which came on the phone from Buffs head coach Mike MacIntyre. Lynott added CU's Troy Walters has "continually shown a genuine interest" in the big man from Aurora.
"It's very important to me; it was very exciting too because it's my first one," Lynott said of the CU offer, adding he's friends with CU tight end and Regis product Robert Orban.
"I was really excited about it. I would love the opportunity to play for CU. I went to a couple of games at CU this year, just visiting ... and I loved everything about it. I loved the coaches; I loved the atmosphere," he continued.
Lynott considers himself a fan of the Buffs and has been attending games for years.
"Yes, very much," he said on liking the idea of being a Buff. "Me and my dad used to go to games before this recruiting stuff happened, too. My aunt lives up there, so we visit a lot."
The 6-foot-4, 295-pound junior lineman believes he'll be around 310 and "hopefully" 6-5 by the time he gets to college. He's being recruited as a guard, with Colorado State, Oregon, Boise State, Maryland and Penn State joining the Buffs in the hunt for the 2015 prospect. Lynott thinks CSU and Penn State are close to offering
"I played tackle last year," Lynott said of the past season. "It was great; we went 9-2 but lost in the second round of the playoffs."
He said at this time he doesn't plan to move too far from home for college, which could play in the favor of the in-state Buffs.
"Also, another reason I kind of want to stay in state -- my mom went to CU," Lynott said, adding that she wouldn't mind if he follows in her collegiate footsteps.
Another thing working in the Buffs' favor is the verbal commitment from Hasselbach.
"I was really happy for him. We're friends. We always lift a lot, too -- I lift with his dad also," Lynott said of his fellow Regis Raider. "He's pushing me ... all the time. Him committing there influenced me in my decision toward CU."
Lynott and Hasselbach squared off in Regis' practices, with the offensive lineman winning his fare share of the battles. Lynott said Hasselbach is "really quick, really strong ... and has a lot of moves."
Academics come first for Lynott in a potential college, with the football program second. He said he's working to improve as an offensive lineman as a senior.
"My senior season, I think I'm going to improve on making sure I get my footwork better, (my) hands. Just making sure I don't let any guy get lose and making sure any person I go against ends up on their back," he said.
Lynott's goal for Regis in 2014 is a trip to state and ending Valor Christian's reign in Class 5A. To prepare for his final prep campaign, he's hitting the weights, where he bench presses 310-320 pounds and squats a bar-bending 440-450.
Lynott believes he's a college guard.
"Guard for sure," Lynott said on his preference on the O-line. "I played that in my sophomore year; it was kind of hard adjusting to tackle. I'm going to guard next year again.
"I'm always covered on guard most times and I like being covered. I'm not a real big fan of blocking against linebackers; I like going against people who are right up on top of me."
If things work out, Lynott could line up against Hasselbach in practices at the next level.
For the near future, though, he plans to keep in touch with the Buffs and has a trip to Boulder scheduled for next month.
"I'll definitely be up there on February 22 for junior day," Lynott said.
Lynott's junior Hudl highlights are available here.