Colorado has added to its competition at cornerback.

Junior college transfer Mekhi Blackmon officially signed a financial aid agreement with CU on Monday and will join the team in time for the start of fall camp on Aug. 1.

"Mekhi is a long, athletic corner that can play press coverage and do all the things we look for in our cornerbacks here at Colorado," CU head coach Mike MacIntyre said in a statement from the school. "We are really excited about getting him here for this fall and helping our team."

Blackmon said coaches have compared him to former CU corners Ken Crawley and Ahkello Witherspoon, who are both in the NFL.

CU had two open scholarships after a pair of offensive linemen - Dillon Middlemiss and Grant Polley - left the team earlier this month. The addition of Blackmon, who played last year at the College of San Mateo, fills one of those spots, putting the Buffs at 84 scholarship players for the fall.

Blackmon, who is 6-foot, 160 pounds, has four years to play three seasons, meaning he could use a redshirt season.

This fall, Blackmon is expected to compete for playing time with a group that includes juniors Delrick Abrams and Dante Wigley, sophomores Ronnie Blackmon and Trey Udoffia and redshirt freshman Chris Miller.

Wigley and Udoffia were part-time starters last year. Abrams came to CU in the spring as a junior college transfer.


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