Sophomore wide receiver Johnny Huntley III announced on Monday he was transferring from the University of Colorado.
Sophomore wide receiver Johnny Huntley III announced on Monday he was transferring from the University of Colorado. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

Colorado receiver Johnny Huntley III has decided to transfer, announcing his decision on Twitter on Monday.

Huntley, from South Plantation (Fla.) High School, recently completed his sophomore season with the Buffaloes.

He posted this statement on Twitter: "Thank you Coach Macintyre and the whole coaching staff for letting me play 2 years at this amazing University but I have decided to put myself in a better situation to be able to get where I want to go. I will be transferring."

On Tuesday morning, Huntley posted a picture of the release from CU. All but 13 schools will be allowed to contact Huntley about a transfer. Schools not permitted to contact him are the other 11 Pac-12 programs, as well as Nebraska and Texas A&M - teams that CU is scheduled to play in non-conference games during Huntley's career.

Huntley came to CU in the summer of 2016 as a top prospect from Florida. He caught 55 passes for 940 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior in high school, while also playing safety on defense. Rivals.com rated him the No. 61 overall prospect from Florida and one of the top 70 receivers in the country.

With CU's experience and depth at receiver, however, he had a hard time getting into the rotation the past two years.


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In 2016, Huntley was one of just four true freshmen to see the field for the Buffs. He played in 13 of the Buffs' 14 games, mostly on special teams. He caught one pass for 14 yards.

This past season, he played in all 12 games, and was a solid contributor on special teams. He was targeted just once as a receiver and didn't have any catches.

Although the Buffs will graduate their top three receivers - Bryce Bobo, Shay Fields and Devin Ross - they still have a logjam at that position for next year.

Seniors Kabion Ento, Jay MacIntyre and Juwann Winfree are expected to be major contributors, along with sophomores KD Nixon and Laviska Shenault and junior Tony Brown, a transfer from Texas Tech.

Huntley will likely leave CU after this semester, but has not decided where he will transfer.

Stefanou honored

CU kicker James Stefanou was named to ESPN's freshman All-America team on Monday.

Stefanou, 30, from Melbourne, Australia, stabilized CU's kicking game this year, going 17-for-22 on field goals and 35-for-35 on extra points.

He ranked third in the country among freshmen with 17 field goals made and was sixth among freshmen in field goal percentage (77.3).

Among the top six freshmen in percentage, Stefanou was the only one to make a kick of at least 50 yards, hitting a season-best 53-yarder at Arizona State on Nov. 4. That was the second-longest field goal by a freshman in CU history.

At one point in the season, Stefanou made nine consecutive field goals, tied for the second-longest streak in CU history, and just one shy of the record.

Stefanou was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, presented to the nation's top kicker.

 

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33