Fast forward to next season and let's say a certain Colorado receiver turns pro, leaving the Buffs with a roster full of young, inexperienced wide outs mixed with a few seasoned veterans.
Do the Buffs need to land a receiver for their 2014 recruiting class? If your answer was an emphatic "yes" I present to you my top three target targets.
1. Donovan Lee, Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.)
Co-captain of the Chaminade Eagles with CU 2014 commit linebacker Rick Gamboa. He's listed at 5-foot-9, 175 pounds on Maxpreps' roster and lines up at defensive back, running back and as a wide out. Lee might not be the tallest of potential collegiate targets, but he's quick and would add speed to the Buffs' offense if he doesn't land as a defensive back.
Other reported offers for Lee include Colorado State, Eastern Washington, Idaho, San Jose State and Wyoming, with interest coming from Pac-12 schools especially UCLA and USC. Lee is taking an official visit to Boulder after the Eagles wrap up their season, so roll out the red carpet. Let's make Colorado Chaminade East.
2. Terian Goree, Carthage, Texas
Colorado's most recent offer to a 2014 receiver comes with East Texas speedster Terian Goree. Goree is listed at 6-2, 170 with that coveted 4.4 40-time. The Carthage wide out is picking up recruiting steam with a San Diego State offer following the Buffs' bid. He's also receiving interest from Louisiana schools not named Louisiana State. Goree is having a monster year (happy Halloween) in Texas' Class 3A, but he could take time to excel against Pac-12 defenses.
3. Sam Martin, Fairview
Let me stop you there, yes, Sam Martin does not have a reported offer from his hometown Buffaloes. Anyway, let's talk about the state of Colorado's top prep target, who also happens to be a Colorado football legacy. Martin plays his home games in Boulder and is a big part of why the Fairview Knights are ranked No. 1 in the Class 5A playoffs.
The 6-3, 180-pound Martin caught eight passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns last week in the streaker-filled blowout of Boulder High. He's hauled in 71 catches for 1,221 yards (17.20 average) and 11 touchdowns as a senior.
Obviously the CU staff has had ample opportunity to scout the young receiver and they likely question his speed in the Pac-12. I haven't seen Martin play this year, but reports from BoCoPreps.com writers have been glowing. Strong routes, good hands and play-making ability to go with huge numbers in 5A and a Buffalo pedigree, CU could do a lot worse than giving Martin a shot to catch passes in the black and gold.