Get recruits to visit the Colorado campus and first-year Buffaloes head coach Mel Tucker is convinced they’ll like what they see.
“It’s obvious to everyone who sees our place that we have a great environment, our expectations are high,” Tucker said. “That’s reflected in our facilities and the commitment to excellence in every area of our program.
“When players meet our coaches and our support staff and see the sincerity, the synergy and just the compassion and how much we care about our players on and off the field, it’s something that people want to be a part of. That’s how we’re going to build our program. We have a lot to sell here. And so that’s why I’m very excited about our future.”
While this season has not gone as planned, the Buffs (3-6, 1-5 Pac-12) have a big weekend coming up. In addition to hosting Stanford (4-4, 3-3) for the annual homecoming game, the Buffs are expected to have more than 30 high school recruits visiting the campus.
“It’s huge,” CU assistant head coach/receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini said. “Like coach Tucker says, when you are developing your culture as a program, it starts with recruiting and this is a huge, huge weekend for us. It’s homecoming; we’ve got a big game with Stanford; and we’ve got to show these recruits that we’re heading in the right direction, which we are with coach Tucker.”
According to 247Sports.com, among the recruits will be four on official visits: running back Ashaad Clayton from New Orleans; defensive end Jason Harris from Gilbert, Ariz.; defensive tackle Jordan Berry from Harbor City, Calif.; and outside linebacker Toren Pittman from Frisco, Texas.
Purdue commit Christian Gonzalez, a safety from The Colony, Texas, is also expected to be in town, along with six players who have already committed to CU. The CU commits include receivers Keith Miller and Brenden Rice; running back Stacy Sneed; safety Joe Perkins; offensive lineman Carson Lee; and 2021 commit Kaden Dudley.
Chiaverini said getting a win in front of recruits is big, but it’s more important to make sure the players see the process CU is going through to get better.
“If you do the process right and continue to work, the results will come and we’re getting closer,” Chiaverini said.
CU has 18 players verbally committed for the 2020 class, but the Buffs are still looking to add talent, particularly in the trenches.
“We’re focused on finding the best available guys at the positions that we still have needs in and this is a big weekend for that,” Chiaverini said. “It’s a big weekend for what we’re trying to establish going forward.”
Prepping for the Cardinal D
Stanford typically has one of the best defenses in the Pac-12, allowing less than 23 points per game each of the previous nine years. The Cardinal are allowing 28 points per game this year, but the Buffs are still preparing for Stanford to at its best.
“They’re really fundamentally sound,” CU quarterback Steven Montez said. “They play good team football on defense. They’ve got a lot of guys with a lot of experience. They don’t bring too much pressure and I think that their corner (Paulson Adebo), I think he’s a really talented football player, so we got to be aware of him at all times.”
Senior Tony Brown is leading the Buffs in receiving (48 catches for 624 yards and five touchdowns) and he’s on pace to post one of the better seasons in CU history.
He’s also been a leader by example for his teammates.
“Tony Brown is one of our more disciplined and consistent performers,” Tucker said. “He’s been that way since spring ball all the way through fall camp. He’s rolled that into the season from game one all the way till now. He does his job at a high level. He’s very dependable. He’s steady. He’s become a leader for us and he’s a guy that you can count on. That’s why he’s having success.”
Montez has received an invitation to play in the Hula Bowl on Jan. 26 in Hawaii. … CU will wear gold helmets and black pants and jersey on Saturday. … As of Thursday morning, CU had sold about 46,500 tickets for Saturday’s game.