The Colorado football program has had four defensive backs - including three cornerbacks - selected in the first four rounds of the NFL Draft in the past two years.

As a top-notch cornerback recruit, KJ Trujillo has certainly noticed.

"It's crazy," Trujillo said Wednesday night after giving his verbal commitment to CU for the class of 2019. "As a DB, I can't see why you wouldn't like Colorado. They've been doing a great job. They put a lot of DBs into the league."

A three-star recruit from Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High School, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Trujillo hopes to follow that same path to the NFL, and took a step toward that by choosing CU.

"I feel that the Pac-12 is a great conference that fits my play style and I feel Colorado itself, the type of defense they run, is great for my play style," he said. "I love the fact that (head coach Mike MacIntyre) was a DB coach, so he's a DB at heart. He's a defensive-minded guy."

With MacIntyre, cornerbacks coach Ashley Ambrose and safeties coach ShaDon Brown, Trujillo said, "I basically have three DB coaches up there, and you can't really get that at other schools."

Trujillo got excited when talking about CU's aggressive style of play with its cornerbacks.

"That's how I feel you should play," he said. "(Ambrose) said they're going to press us 95 percent of the time, so I like that. I'm comfortable in all situations, but I'm real comfortable in press especially."

Trujillo, who visited Boulder for the Buffs' game against Southern California last November, took an official visit to CU last weekend.


By Tuesday, he felt confident about CU and slept on it another night before making his decision.

"It was a tough decision," he said. "It came down to Oregon and Colorado. Both places have great coaches, great people, great football program; I just had to take it a step ahead of that and do what was best for me and my future beyond college and beyond football. I just feel like Colorado is the best place for me to do that."

CU's sixth commitment for the 2019 class, Trujillo has a dozen other offers, including from Oregon, Oregon State, Colorado State and Iowa State. CU is the only school he has visited officially, however, and said, "I'm pretty set. This is it for me."

"Everything is possible through God," he said. "You just have to trust in it and just work. I see that now and I'm real excited to make this commit. I feel really relieved from all the recruiting process."

Rated as one of the top 100 prospects in California by, Trujillo said that when he made his decision, "I called all the coaches who were recruiting me heavy and let them know and talked to them, as I feel a man should do out of respect. Then I gave coach Mac the call and let him know this is what I wanted to do.

"It was great. He was real excited. He's a great guy. I love everything he has to offer and how he holds himself. He's a real down to earth guy and humble."

Trujillo's commitment came one day after Mater Dei (Calif.) High School receiver Braedin Huffman-Dixon, a four-star prospect, committed to the Buffs.

"We took our official together," Trujillo said. "Braedin is my good friend. The whole trip we were talking about it, like this could be the move and we could be here together."

In addition to Trujillo and Huffman-Dixon, CU's 2019 commitment list includes Palmer Ridge quarterback Ty Evans, Valor Christian running back Joshia Davis, Skyline (Tex.) High School linebacker Kamryn Farrar and Highlands Ranch offensive lineman Austin Johnson.

Now that he's committed to CU, Trujillo said he's hoping to get another good friend to join him: Orange Lutheran teammate Kyle Ford, a four-star receiver.

"I talk to him about it probably every single day, literally," Trujillo said. "Even before I knew I wanted to go to Colorado, we talked about it like, 'Man, let's go to Colorado together.'

"I'm going to be on him."

Trujillo plans on graduating in December in enrolling at CU next January.

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