The first time Jake Moretti walked into Mike MacIntyre’s office and expressed his desire to play at Colorado, MacIntyre sent him home to think about it.
“Honestly,” MacIntyre said, “this is what I told him: ‘I don’t want this to be some knee-jerk reaction. I don’t want it to be an emotional decision. I want you to come to Colorado because you want to be here, you want to put both feet in the boat and we would love to have you.”
Originally committed to national power Ohio State, Moretti, an offensive tackle from Pomona High School who was given a four-star rating by several recruiting services, went home with his parents.
Arguably the top in-state prospect for the 2017 class, Moretti came back the next day and re-affirmed his desire to come to CU.
“That next time, I didn’t send him back home,” MacIntyre said.
Moretti gave his verbal commitment to CU in November and officially became a Buff when he enrolled in January and was announced along with the rest of the 2017 class on Wednesday’s national signing day.
“It was hard to pass up on an opportunity like this,” Moretti said. “I grew up here and it’s been cool watching Colorado turn around.”
Moretti is one of the headliners for a top-30 class for the Buffs. Now that he’s on board, he’s been focusing his time on getting healthy. The 6-foot-4, 270-pounder missed his senior season with a torn ACL.
“I’m doing good,” he said. “I’m taking it day by day. I’m working with (CU strength and conditioning coaching Drew) Wilson and the training staff. They’ve been awesome so far. I’m just trying to make sure it’s 100 percent healed before I get back out there.”
Moretti isn’t sure if he will participate in spring ball, which begins Feb. 22, as he continues to progress with his knee.
“I have to do what’s right and I have to make sure my knee is fully healed,” he said.
Cornerback Chris Miller, from Denton, Texas, committed to the Buffs on June 22, but was one of several CU commits to get pressure from other schools in recent weeks.
Most notably, Miller was heavily recruited by Baylor and Ole Miss, and there was some real concern from CU that he would sign elsewhere. In the end, though, Miller went with his heart.
“I really didn’t know what I was going to do until I picked up the hat (at his signing ceremony on Wednesday),” he said.
He said he picked CU because, “Whenever I go there, I just really feel home. I just want to live there. It’s really nice and the facilities are great. You can’t really say a bad thing about it.”
Early signing period?
The NCAA is looking into adding an early signing date for football, and MacIntyre is “100 percent” for that, he said.
“My personal opinion, I’d like to see one done in July, before you start your season,” he said.
There has been talk of adding an early signing day in December.
“Any way we can move it up some, I’m for it,” he said.
Of the 22 high school players signed by CU, seven are from Texas – the most the Buffs have had from the Lone Star State since 2012. … CU had five JUCO signees for the first time since 2000. … Three of CU’s signees were born outside of the United States: linebacker Nate Landman (Zimbabwe), defensive end Chris Mulumba (Finland), and athlete Sebastian Olver (Australia).