Throughout the recruiting process, Curtis Chiaverini had plenty of opportunities to play college football.

Colorado State-Pueblo offered him a scholarship and several schools offered the opportunity to be a preferred walk-on.

For Chiaverini, however, it was tough to deny his heart was in Boulder. The son of Colorado co-offensive coordinator/receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini, Curtis will walk-on with the Buffaloes this fall.

"It would have taken a lot to get me away from (choosing CU)," said Curtis, who caught 29 passes for 343 yards and four touchdowns at Valor Christian High School last season.

While Curtis won't officially join the team until the fall, he was essentially born into the CU family, and has been around the current team since his father was hired in December 2015.

"Just being around it is really cool," Curtis said. "I've made friendships with a lot of the receivers. I've learned from a lot of them already. Lee Walker has had a big impact on me and Bryce Bobo. I'm learning a lot from these guys."

Nobody has taught Curtis more about CU than his father, who was a receiver for the Buffs from 1995-98. Darrin helped CU to three bowl appearances before playing four years in the NFL, and he also won the inaugural Buffalo Heart Award in 1998.

For much of Curtis' youth, the Buffs struggled on the field, but then Darrin played a vital role in CU's resurgence last season, helping them go 10-4 and win the Pac-12 South title.


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"Knowing my dad was part of this big tradition here and now that's starting to revamp again, it's awesome to be around," Curtis said.

Curtis, who played at three different high schools in three different states because of Darrin moving around in coaching, said he's enjoyed watching CU's growth in the past year — especially the impact his father is having on the Buffs' success.

"Just seeing him tweet every day, he's kind of like the face of the social media realm for CU football," Curtis said. "It's had an impact on me, to say the least."

Now, Curtis is eager to have his father as his position coach.

"I was coached by my dad in youth football a long time ago," Curtis said. "That's probably the only time he's really been my coach. I am looking forward to being around him a lot more because during football season, being a coaches' kid, especially a college coaches' kid, he's gone a lot. So, it will be cool to be able to be around him a lot more."

More than anything, however, Curtis is excited for the opportunity to be a part of a Division I program, and to join a group of receivers that is arguably the best in the Pac-12, and continues stockpiling exceptional talent through recruiting. Curtis hopes to make his mark at some point, though.

"Most likely I'm going to redshirt, just to take the time and get bigger and faster, because (the receiver depth chart) is really deep right now," he said.

Curtis, who is 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, views himself playing the type of role Jay MacIntyre currently plays as a slot receiver, but also believes he can play as an outside receiver.

"That's why I'm trying to learn the entire offense as a scheme, more than just a position," he said.

Regardless of the role he plays at CU, Curtis is excited to join the ranks and, hopefully, enjoy the type of success his father has had in Boulder.

"I just can't wait to get up there with all the guys," he said. "I feel like we have to bring that sense of pride with the Buffaloes."

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