Colorado football's 2014 recruiting class received its first two letters-of-intent with junior college long snapper Wyatt Tucker Smith and defensive back Ahkello Witherspoon, head coach Mike MacIntyre announced via a news release on Thursday.
The 6-foot-2, 230- pound Smith from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has three years to play two and will join CU for the upcoming spring semester. Smith played his prep ball at Gulfport High School in Mississippi before joining MGCCC.
"He is an excellent long snapper, and like Ryan Iverson (CU's snapper the last four years), he has very good speed and can get down and cover," MacIntyre said in the release. "He's very bright, and is very consistent and can handle all snaps, punt and placements."
Witherspoon lined up primarily at corner back for Sacramento City Community College this past season after playing his prep ball at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento.
The 6-3, 180-pound Witherspoon will be a sophomore in eligibility with four years to play three once he lands in Boulder for the spring semester. He had 21 tackles this past season (15 solo), and tied for third in the Mid-Empire Conference in interceptions with three. He also had seven pass deflections and forced a fumble.
"He is a big athletic corner who is smart and has very good range and speed," MacIntyre said of Witherspoon. "He's unique because over the last 16 months or so, he's really sprouted, growing almost seven inches to 6-foot-3, and he still has the same speed and quickness."
MacIntyre noted the Buffaloes are still courting one other junior college recruit.