Jaxon Smith-Njigba
Jaxon Smith-Njigba

Although throwing to a number of receivers he didn't know, Colorado commit Ty Evans put his talent on display during the Buffaloes' high school camp on Wednesday.

Evans, who will be a senior at Palmer Ridge High School, was one of about 180 players participating in the camp and relished the opportunity to work with CU quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper, co-offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini and head coach Mike MacIntyre.

"I thought I did really well," Evans said. "I came out here slinging the ball a couple times, had a bunch of nice throws and got to get coached by coach Rope, so that was good.

"It's just a little taste of what's to come. The first time getting out here and getting coached by him, it's a nice experience. Coach Chev was in my ear, coach Mac was in my ear talking about my mechanics and stuff; it was awesome. I loved it."

It's been a good summer for Evans, who participated in the Elite 11 finals earlier this month. His performance there earned him a spot at Nike's The Opening, July 1-3 in Dallas.

"The Elite 11 was insane; it's stressful, high intensity when you're with those guys at that level," he said. "Every throw has to be perfect; everybody is out there trying to be the best, so you have to bring it. It was probably one of the best football experiences I've ever had. It was a time you cherish."

Evans said he also cherishes every moment he gets in Boulder. Although his offer list includes Alabama and Michigan, he said he has no doubt where he wants to play collegiately.


"Unless something changes with the coaching staff, I'm set," said Evans, who plans to graduate early and enroll at CU in January. "When I'm up in Boulder, I just kind of know. I'm on different campuses and go on visits and there's always one thing that (raises a concern). This place, it just all comes together and it just feels like home."

Huge weekend on tap for Buffs

CU will host one of its biggest weekends ever for recruiting this week, with 14 players coming to campus for official visits.

Headlining the group is a trio of four-star recruits: receiver Kyle Ford and tight end Ethan Rae, who are teammates at Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High School, and running back Jaren Mangham from Detroit.

Linebacker Spencer Lytle, the younger brother of CU quarterback Tyler Lytle, is also visiting. The younger Lytle, from St. John Bosco (Calif.) High School, has more than 40 scholarship offers and has recently visited Clemson and Wisconsin. (Ford, Rae and the Lytle brothers were all teammates at Servite High School in 2016).

Junior college prospects Mekhi Blackmon, a cornerback from College of San Mateo, and Datona Jackson, a defensive lineman from College of the Desert, will be on hand, as well.

Defensive backs Don Chapman (Lincoln High in San Diego), Mark Perry (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), LaCarea Pleasant-Johnson (Mountain Pointe High in Phoenix) and Titus Toler (St. John Bosco) are also set to visit. Carl Jones (Bakersfield, Calif.) is also visiting; he's labeled as an athlete, but could play defensive back in college.

Tight ends Jack Bradley (Dallas) and Skylar Loving-Black (San Jose, Calif.) and offensive lineman Cam'ron Johnson (Shadow Creek, Texas) round out the list of visitors. Bradley recently committed to Rice, but CU still has interest in him.

Texas visitor

Jaxon Smith-Njigba, a receiver from Rockwall, Texas, was in town Wednesday for an unofficial visit, but did not participate in CU's camp.

Smith-Njigba is a highly regarded 2020 recruit with a four-star rating from Rivals.com. CU gave him a scholarship offer in December, and his offer list also includes Arizona State, California and Nebraska.

"It was a great, great unbelievable visit," he said. "I had a great time. CU is up and coming. They are getting good recruits and in the fall I'm sure that atmosphere is something special."

The 6-foot, 185-pounder caught 83 passes for 1,328 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore.


Erie star Noah Roper participated in Wednesday's camp, playing defensive back. ... Palmer Ridge defensive end Aidan Cullen was another top 2019 recruit participating. He was impressive until a leg injury slowed him down. He's had recent offers from Colorado State and Wyoming. ... Pine Creek running back David Moore III, a top in-state player for 2020, looked good early in drills before going down with a bad ankle sprain. At 5-8, 180, Moore has already rushed for 3,531 yards and 41 touchdowns in two seasons, averaging 8.3 yards per carry. ... Regis Jesuit running Kiahn Martinez, a 2019 recruit, won the fastest man competition. Martinez, who had 1,477 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior, was impressive in drills.

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