When hired in December, Colorado head football coach Mel Tucker quickly identified a need for the Buffaloes’ roster.
“I made no bones about it,” Tucker reiterated in a recent conversation with Buffzone.com, “I want to get bigger on the offensive and defensive lines, and we’ve done that through recruiting and we’re going to continue to do that through recruiting.”
CU got much bigger on Tuesday when tackle Gerad Lichtenhan – listed at 6-foot-8.5 inches and 345 pounds by 247Sports.com – gave his verbal commitment to the Buffs for the 2020 class.
“This has been an incredible journey and I am excited to announce my commitment to continue my football and academic career at University of Colorado,” Lichtenhan, who plays at Davis (Calif.) Senior High School, wrote on Twitter.
Later on Tuesday, the Buffs landed another pledge when Justin Jackson, a defensive lineman at Northwest Mississippi Community College, announced his decision to play for CU, simply writing on Twitter, “Boulder I’m home!!!”
Tuesday was the second consecutive day that CU got two verbal commitments, and the program has had five players commit since Saturday. On Monday night, tight end Caleb Fauria – the son of former Buffs’ All-American Christian Fauria – and junior college cornerback Alton Julian announced their pledges to the Buffs.
CU now has 11 players committed for the 2020 class, with Lichtenhan being the third offensive lineman, joining Cherry Creek High School center Carson Lee and Marietta, Ga., tackle Jake Wray.
Lichtenhan has a two-star rating from 247Sports.com and also holds offers from Nevada, Portland State and San Jose State.
Jackson, listed at 6-foot-2, 265 pounds, visited CU last weekend. His offer list includes Memphis, Troy, UAB, Louisiana-Monroe and Liberty. Jackson will play his sophomore year at Northwest Mississippi this fall and plans to be in Boulder in December. He will have three years to play two seasons.
Chancellor’s Tour visits Longmont
Tucker and others from the CU athletic department will be at Oskar Blues on 1555 Hover St. in Longmont on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
The final stop of the Chancellor’s Summer Tour, the event at Oskar Blues will feature Tucker greeting fans and talking about the upcoming season.
CU chancellor Phil DiStefano, athletic director Rick George and basketball coaches Tad Boyle and JR Payne will be in attendance, as well. DiStefano will speak about topics in higher education, while others will speak about their teams and the health and wellness of student-athletes at CU.
CU cheerleaders and mascots Chip and Ralphie will also be on hand.
The reception will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets are $10; the public can RSVP for the event at https://www.colorado.edu/alumni/chancellorstour.
CU has sold nearly 18,500 season tickets for the upcoming football season. Roughly 89 percent of last year’s season ticket holders renewed their tickets for this year, while new sales are tracking at about 150 percent compared to this time a year ago.
Tickets for the Nebraska game on Sept. 7 at Folsom Field are limited at this point. No single game tickets remain for that contest, although there are about 40 club seats available. There are also a limited number of three-game plans with Nebraska tickets part of those plans, while those who purchase season tickets can get into the game.