CU football recruiting: Cornerback prospect plans to make early impact


Trey Udoffia’s mother didn’t want him to like the University of Colorado.

“My mom was kind of hoping it wasn’t going to be all that nice because it’s far away,” said Udoffia, from Loomis, Calif. “But both my parents and I were just blown away with how nice everything was.”

Soon, the cornerback from Del Oro High School will make Boulder his new home.

After verbally committing to CU on Aug. 1, during the visit that won over his parents, Udoffia is planning to make it official by signing his letter of intent on Feb. 3. He is one of about a dozen players making an official visit to CU this weekend.

“I’m excited,” he said of becoming a Buff in the fall. “I could really tell that they were on the rise and I could really tell there’s going to be a bright future for me there.”

Buffs assistant coach Klayton Adams recruited Udoffia, who received early offers from several non-Power Five teams (including Eastern Washington, Idaho, Sacramento State, San Diego State and Wyoming) as well as Washington State.

Adams invited Udoffia to a CU satellite camp over the summer at Contra Costa College, a couple of hours away from Udoffia’s home.

“I didn’t know anything about Colorado and he was like, ‘Just come down to our camp,’ ” Udoffia said. “I went down and played the best I’ve ever played.”

Early in his high school career, Udoffia said he was nervous going to camps that featured other elite players. As he got older, he grew more confident and realized he played better when he carried confidence to the field.

“When I keep telling myself I can do it, I end up doing it,” said Udoffia, who also shined as a receiver and returner at Del Oro. “I feel like when I play with the most confidence, I’m really hard to be stopped at any position.”

Although still in high school, Udoffia will bring that confidence to Boulder and said he has every intention of making an impact this fall.

“Their (defensive backs) were good, but I feel like I can definitely compete with them,” he said. “I know for sure I can get into that rotation and be a nickel back or something. I’m not planning to redshirt when I get there.”

On film, Udoffia displays a great knack for reading the quarterback and breaking to the ball to make a play. At 6-feet, 180 pounds, he’s got good size for a corner and feels he can get enough bigger and stronger before coming to CU.

“I feel very confident,” he said. “I feel like I can go in there and they’ll think I’m nervous going in and they’ll think they can push me around in drills and try to take advantage of me in drills. There’s no way I’m letting that happen. That’s why I’m at the same place they’re at. I’m going to be battling for a spot.”


Udoffia and fellow commits Akil Jones and Patrick Taylor Jr. are among the players visiting CU this weekend. … The list of visitors this weekend also includes former Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb and a trio of teammates from John Ehret High School in Louisiana – Ca’Ron Baham, Dejon Harris and Jarrius Wallace.

Brian Howell:, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.