The culmination of the 2014 recruiting cycle is upon us. Starting early Wednesday morning, young men from around the nation will sign letters of intent to play football for their respective colleges. 20 or so of them will sign with University of Colorado.
Here are a few predictions for the Buffs on National Signing Day. There's not a lot of inside info here, just a guess at what will transpire over the next 24 hours. Feel free to leave your predictions in the comments below.
Jay MacIntyre signs with CU
Let's get this one out of the way. All signs point to Monarch (Louisville) standout quarterback, defensive back and kick returner Jay MacIntyre signing with either Colorado or Wyoming. Forget his name and the Hawkins, he's a player.
MacIntyre rushed for 775 yards and 13 touchdowns and passed for 811 yards and 14 scores as Monarch's quarterback. He lined up at corner against the other team's best receiver. He took kicks to the house.
I only got to see Jay play one time this past season and he was tough as nails. He would lead a run-heavy Coyotes offense, switch to the other side of the ball and if the defense held, he'd return the kick.
The 5-foot-10, 178-pound Monarch product is rated as a three-star recruit and a top 10 player in the state. I envision an on-field leader at defensive back or slot receiver in the coming seasons.
Monarch's Signing Day festivities are bright and early at 7:30 a.m. at the school. Follow Paul Willis on Twitter, he's covering it for BoCoPreps.com.
Kalen Ballage and Courtland Sutton sign elsewhere
For the sake of Buffs nation, I hope this prediction is wrong.
The 6-2, 216-pound Ballage played for Falcon High School and he's a beast. It appears the four-star prospect will play college ball in the Pac-12, my guess is he signs with Arizona State or UCLA. Ballage is a soft verbal to the Sun Devils, but took a super secret visit to Colorado as well as officials to Westwood, Lincoln, Tempe and Seattle. A Rivals story for BruinsSportsReport.com yesterday touted the Bruins' "Myles Jack" pitch. Ballage will announce his decision at his high school at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Brenham, Texas, safety Courtland Sutton took an official visit to Boulder over the Jan. 24 weekend. His post visit report by Buffstampede.com didn't make it sound like the 6-4, 195-pound, three-star recruit was ready to pledge to CU. There's a rumor Sutton has narrowed it down to BYU and SMU. We'll find out.
Colorado's staff has proven it can quickly take recruits and turn them into Pac-12 contributors. MacIntyre and company's 2013 class produced Addison Gillam, Chidobe Awuzie and Michael Adkins II, among others. Watch for 2014 defensive back Ahkello Witherspoon, offensive lineman Sully Wiefels, defensive end Michael Mathewes, linebacker/safety hybrid Evan White, defensive back/offensive weapon Donovan Lee and receivers Lee Walker and Shay Fields to contribute early for the Buffs.
Worth the wait/weight
Like any recruiting class, CU will have its share of young men who take a redshirt next season to acclimate to the college game and gain weight. It could be awhile before CU fans see quarterback Cade Apsay, offensive linemen Isaac Miller and Josh Kaiser, one or both of the tight ends (Hayden Jones and Dylan Keeney) and a few of the linebackers and defensive ends from the class. CU fans will also have to wait two years to watch defensive lineman Sam Bennion suit up, as he's on a mission trip that will take him to Mexico and Chile.
Check out BuffZone.com on Wednesday for all the signing activity. Enjoy Signing Day Buffs fans.