CU Buffs to add JUCO tight end in August

Luke Stillwell eager to compete for playing time right away

Photo courtesy of Luke Stillwell
Tight end Luke Stillwell poses during a recent visit to the Colorado campus. On Wednesday, Stillwell announced he intends to join the Buffs in the fall.

Although the Colorado football team has been loading up on verbal commitments for the 2020 class, the Buffaloes aren’t quite done adding pieces for this year.

On Wednesday, tight end Luke Stillwell of Kilgore (Texas) Community College announced on Twitter that he plans to join the Buffaloes in August.

Because the Buffs have already reached the maximum of 25 signed scholarship players for 2019, Stillwell will come in as a blueshirt. A blueshirt is an unrecruited player who joins the team when fall camp starts and counts toward next year’s scholarship total. Being unrecruited means that Stillwell could not take an official visit to CU and that coaches could not visit his home.

He did, however, take an unofficial visit to Boulder earlier this month. Stillwell recently received offers from TCU and Texas Tech, but was intrigued by playing at CU.

“I’m ecstatic about that,” Stillwell said. “This is something I’ve dreamed about since middle school, to be honest with you, and I’m ready to be up there.”

For a number of years, Stillwell dreamed of playing quarterback in college. He was a dual threat quarterback at Guyer (Tex.) High School, but went unrecruited as he played in a run-oriented offense that included four-star back Noah Cain, who will be a freshman at Penn State  this year.

Last fall at Kilgore, Stillwell switched to tight end.

“Once I got to Kilgore and talked to the coaches and started kind of seeing what I could do at tight end, I went along with it,” he said. “It was definitely hard, but at the same time it gave me an opportunity to get on the field right away. I wasn’t ever planning on staying at tight end. I did that so I could be out there and I ended up falling in love with it.

“It has definitely not been a conventional ride for me. It’s been a little all over the place, but I just think that’s how it’s supposed to be written and supposed to be played. It kind of worked out, I guess.”

Stillwell said that in visiting CU, he connected well with head coach Mel Tucker, offensive coordinator Jay Johnson, receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini and tight ends coach Al Pupunu.

“All four of those guys, I could see myself being really, really successful and learning a lot more from those guys than I could a lot of these other schools,” he said.

At 6-foot-4.25, Stillwell is currently at 216 pounds. He said he has lost some weight during a month of recruiting trips, but hopes to be at 225-230 pounds by the time he reports to CU.

Once he gets to Boulder, he’s eager to compete for playing time right away. He’s got four years to play three seasons and hopes to contribute this fall.

“That’s my goal, to get there and compete,” he said.

Notable reported Wednesday that 2019 signee Trustin Oliver, a safety from Legend High School, did not qualify academically and will enroll at Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College. … CU is currently at a projected 84 scholarship players for the fall.