CU's class of 2017 commits

A list of players that have verbally committed to Colorado for the 2017 class:

High school seniors

RB - Alex Fontenot, 5-11, 185; Richmond, Tex. (George Ranch H.S.)

WR - Jaylon Jackson, 5-10, 150; Cedar Hill, Tex. (Cedar Hill H.S.)

QB - Tyler Lytle, 6-5, 205; Anaheim, Calif. (Servite H.S.)

LB - Chase Newman, 6-1, 205, La Mirada, Calif. (La Mirada H.S.)

WR - Laviska Shenault, 6-2, 205, DeSoto, Tex. (DeSoto H.S.)

ATH - Dante Sparaco, 6-4, 265, Englewood (Cherry Creek H.S.)

LB - Jonathan Van Diest, 6-2, 235, Englewood (Cherry Creek H.S.)

Junior college

DB - Jalin Burrell, 6-2, 192, Moorpark, Calif. (Moorpark College)

It's been a long time since the Colorado football team had a quarterback recruit that got the fan base this excited.

On Tuesday, Tyler Lytle of Servite High School in Anaheim, Calif., announced on Twitter that he has verbally committed to play for the Buffaloes as part of its 2017 recruiting class.

Lytle tweeted: "I'd like to thank God, family, coaches, teachers and teammates for supporting me. I would not have this opportunity without you. I'd also like to thank everyone who has recruited me and believed in me throughout this process. With that said, I am committing to the University of Colorado."


The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Lytle has a four-star rating from ESPN, which ranks him the 14th-best pocket passer in the 2017 class. gives him a three-star rating and ranks him No. 21 among pro-style quarterbacks, while gives Lytle a three-star rating and ranks him 38th among all quarterbacks.

Aside from CU, Lytle had 25 other scholarship offers, according to, including 11 from other Power 5 conference teams. Included among those 25 is Arizona State, Cal, Illinois, Indiana, Miami (Fla.), Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Washington State and Colorado State.

According to the database, Lytle has more non-CU scholarship offers than the last 15 prep quarterbacks the Buffs have signed, combined. Those 15, dating back to 2004, had a total of 23 non-CU offers.

While an impressive offer list doesn't necessarily translate into collegiate success, scouts love Lytle's skill set, including his strong arm and mobility.

A hamstring injury cut out nearly half of Lytle's junior season, and his numbers from last season weren't stellar (46.1 completion percentage, 744 yards, 4 TD, 3 INT, according to, but his potential has had scouts and recruiters excited about him.

CU coaches have been excited about Lytle for a while, targeting him as their top QB choice for the 2017 class.

Now, it appears, they have the man they wanted. Lytle, of course, won't officially become a Buff until he signs his national letter of intent in February.


Lytle is the eighth player to commit to CU for the 2017 class, and the fourth in the past week. ... Lytle currently has a three-star rating from, the same rating as each of the last 12 prep quarterbacks CU has signed, beginning with Cody Hawkins in 2006. CU's last four-star QB, according to, was Bernard Jackson in 2003.

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