Former four-star offensive line prospect and UCLA signee Kanan Ray has signed a financial aid agreement with the Colorado Buffaloes.
CU and head coach Mike MacIntyre announced the signing of Ray on Friday afternoon and said Ray will enroll at CU for the spring semester, which begins Tuesday. He will have four years of eligibility.
“We're really excited about Kanan and his ability on the offensive line,” MacIntyre said in a press release. “He can play guard and tackle and he brings a lot to the table. He was a young man we recruited before and we finally got him here, so we are excited about having him at CU and his future is very bright.”
Ray, who is 6-foot-4, 280 pounds, signed with UCLA in the class of 2017 and was reportedly enrolled for summer school but never officially joined the team. The Orange County Register reported last August that Ray was not on the fall roster and was recovering at that time from shoulder surgery.
CU was one of several schools to offer a scholarship to Ray last year, as he was a highly touted prospect from Sierra Canyon (Calif.) High School. A two-time all-state performer, he helped Sierra Canyon to state championships in 2015 and 2016.
Ray earned an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl as a senior in 2017. His profile page for the All-American Bowl provided this analysis of his game: “Ray is very aggressive. He has a nice get-off and once he locks on to his man, the play is over. He demonstrates good knee drive and lower body strength to push defenders off the ball. Ray moves well laterally with ability to quickly lock on and out. He has enough lateral quickness to develop into effective zone blocker. Ray does good job locating and covering up targets.”
Ray is the 21st player in CU's 2018 recruiting class, joining the 20 that signed in December.