School: Hightower (Texas) High School
Position: Defensive back
Height/weight: 5-foot-11, 200 pounds
Notable: Earned first-team all-district honors as a junior. … The Houston Chronicle rated him as the No. 71 prospect on its top-100 recruits for the 2018 class. … In his junior year, he had 72 tackles, 13 for loss, four pass breakups and three forced fumbles. … Also competed in track and field, leaping 17 feet in the long jump. … Older brother, Ortavious, played collegiately at Stephen F. Austin, and an uncle, Mark Roman, played at LSA and 10 seasons in the NFL.
Quote: “He is a fast & physical safety that we feel has the tools & body to help us this fall. We fell in love with Hasaan after seeing him at a camp in Houston last summer where he impressed us with his work ethic, speed & competitiveness.” — Secondary coach ShaDon Brown
The Colorado football team added a 20th player to its 2018 recruiting class on Friday.
Safety Hasaan Hypolite, from Hightower High School in Missouri City, Texas, signed his national letter of intent on Friday, the last day of the early signing period in college football.
Hypolite joins the 19 players that signed with the Buffaloes on Wednesday. He was expected to sign that day, but was struggling with his decision and tweeted that he had decided to delay his signing until the regular period in February.
By Thursday, however, he informed the Buffs he would sign with them and submitted his letter of intent Friday morning.
CU secondary coach ShaDon Brown tweeted that the Buffs picked up a “fast and physical safety.”
Hypolite is the sixth defensive in this class, and the fourth safety, giving the Buffs some much-needed depth at that position.
Ray Robinson (Highlands Ranch High School), L.J. Wallace (Buhach Colony High School in California) and Aaron Maddox (Pima Community College) are also projected as safeties.
CU will have eight new players on campus for the spring, joining the 67 returning scholarship players.
All five of the junior college players signed by the Buffs this week — defensive backs Delrick Abrams and Aaron Maddox, defensive lineman Mustafa Johnson, tight end Darrion Jones and linebacker Davion Taylor — will enroll in January.
In addition, defensive back Ray Robinson, from Highlands Ranch High School, will enroll early, and the Buffs will add two players from the 2017 class that grayshirted this year: offensive lineman Casey Roddick and defensive lineman Jalen Sami.
Receiver Tony Brown, who joined the team in the fall after transferring from Texas Tech, is now able to compete for a spot on the depth chart.
“That’s a big deal in making your football team better,” MacIntyre said in getting players to enroll mid-year. “They can go all winter workouts, here all spring, here all summer, and they’re ready to help you.
“When they (get to) the summer, they aren’t just running in in August and being overwhelmed by everything. They know the defense, they know the offense and they know where they are on special teams. They understand what to do and they understand the competition. They’ve got indoctrinated into school, so that doesn’t overwhelm them. It’s a big advantage.”
This was the first year of the early signing period — which ran from Wednesday to Friday — in football, allowing players to sign national letters of intent before February of their senior year.
MacIntyre is a big fan of the early signing period, but would rather have it in July, so recruits can sign just before the start of their senior year.
“When you look at our calendars, this year you can have official visits in April, May and June,” MacIntyre said. “If kids come on official visits and they commit and they want to come, then why not sign in July so they don’t have to worry about it during the season?”
While there may not be as high of a percentage of players sign in July as in December, MacIntyre believes it’s an advantage for college teams, the players and even the high school coaches.
MacIntyre would also like to see high school players not taking official visits during the season, so those players can focus on their senior season.
“You only get one senior year,” he said. “Sometimes our world is sped up so much they don’t enjoy their senior year as much as they should.”
MacIntyre added that he doesn’t think the December signing period will change any time soon, but could see some altering of the schedule in “five or six years.”
Already this month, we’ve seen CU lose to veteran receivers, Johnny Huntley and Lee Walker, who have decided to transfer and seek more playing time elsewhere. While unsure of any other attrition, MacIntyre expects there to be some, because it happens almost every year. “Sometimes a kid goes home for Christmas that’s a fifth-year senior and comes back and says, ‘Hey coach, I’m just going to go ahead and graduate.'”