Doege
Doege

Curtis Chiaverini has a surname that's well known among Colorado fans.

He believes he's got a game that people around Boulder will recognize, too.

"If you've ever seen my dad play, I think I just emulate exactly how he was," Chiaverini said Saturday at the conclusion of CU's individual skills camp.

The camp featured more than 200 high school players, many from the class of 2017, but also several from the 2018, 2019 and 2020 graduating classes.

Chiaverini is the son of CU co-offensive coordinator/receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini, who played at CU from 1995-98. During his career, Darrin caught 97 passes for 1,199 and six touchdowns. He's among the top 20 in CU history for receptions and yards and went on to play four seasons in the NFL.

Chiaverini
Chiaverini

Now a senior at Valor Christian, Curtis is hoping to open some eyes. He did just that on Saturday, with Colorado State-Pueblo giving him his first scholarship offer at the conclusion of camp.

"It's a big weight off my chest. It feels great," the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Curtis said. "I feel like I just showed the coaches that I'm not just a name, that I'm a player. I will come out here and do the hard-nosed, blue collar work, roll up my sleeves and just do my job. I feel like I showed that today."

Curtis said CU was his dream school growing up, but with his father now on the Buffs' coaching staff, he said he wants to look at other schools, just to prove he is earning his opportunity.


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"I don't want people to look at it and be like, 'Oh, he's only there because his dad coaches there,'" he said. "I want them to be like, 'Wow, that's a dude right there.' I want to earn it. I don't want anything to be given to me, and that's why getting that first scholarship today just puts some wind in my sails."

Curtis' former quarterback Jarret Doege, is also looking to get more attention, and he was one of the most impressive players in Saturday's camp.

Doege and Curtis were teammates last season at Cooper High School in Lubbock, Tex. The younger brother of former Texas Tech star quarterback Seth Doege, the younger Doege is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and is currently committed to Bowling Green, the only school to have offered him a scholarship at this point.

While currently committed, Doege has been on CU's radar for a while because of his relationship with the Chiaverini family.

"(CU) came down to see me throw during school and then they told me they wanted to see me at camp," Doege said. "I came up here and they told me they really liked me. I was spinning it well. They just told me to be patient."

Doege is 6-foot-3, 195 pounds and has been a starter all through high school. He played two years at Iraan High School in Texas before moving to Lubbock and transferring to Cooper. He said Oklahoma State and Texas Tech are also looking at him.

Should CU come through with an offer, though, Doege would give serious consideration to becoming a Buff.

"I came up here a couple of days ago and started looking around and everything is just so pretty and awesome here," he said. "The coaching staff is awesome."

Notable

Another quarterback that had an impressive camp was William Brown, a 6-foot-4 dual threat QB from Lamar Consolidated High School in Rosenberg, Tex. Brown is a 2018 recruit. ... Just one 2017 player with an offer from CU attended the camp — tight end Sebastian Olver from Marin Catholic (Calif.). ... Several CU players and coaches served as camp instructors. ... The camp ended early because of lightning in the area.

Brian Howell: howellb@dailycamera.com, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.