Former Legacy High School star Matt Lynch is coming home.
Lynch announced on Twitter on Monday that he is transferring from UCLA to Colorado.
A quarterback and tight end at UCLA, Lynch will join CU as a graduate transfer and be eligible to play right away. He will be a walk-on and play tight end for the Buffaloes.
Lynch was one of two tight ends added by the Buffs on Monday. Jake Peters, who played the last two years at Arizona, also announced on Twitter that he will transfer to CU as a walk-on.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Lynch was a backup quarterback for the Bruins for three years before switching to tight end during spring practices in 2019.
A three-star recruit coming out of Legacy, Lynch threw for 1,947 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior with the Lightning in 2015.
He enrolled at UCLA in January of 2016 and redshirted that season. In 2017, he played in one game, at Utah, completing 2-of-3 passes for 11 yards and a touchdown.
In 2018, Lynch played in 12 games as the holder on placekicks.
Last season, he played in all 12 games as a reserve tight end, catching one pass – for a 2-yard touchdown – at Arizona.
Peters, who is 6-4, 220, was part of Arizona’s 2018 recruiting class and played in one game as a true freshman that season. He caught one pass for negative-1 yard against Southern Utah. He did not appear in a game last season and entered the transfer portal in November. Peters will be a redshirt sophomore at CU this year.
Lynch and Peters will join a young and inexperienced group of tight ends.
Junior Brady Russell returns as the starter and represents most of the most experience in the group. Junior Jared Poplawski has game experience from 2017, but has missed the past two years with injuries and is recovering from a torn ACL. Sophomore Luke Stillwell played in the final four games last season, mostly on special teams.
In addition to Russell, Poplawski and Stillwell, the Buffs have two incoming true freshmen on scholarship: Caleb Fauria and Louis Passarello.
Sophomore walk-on CJ Schmanski also returns.
Last week, CU also added Nick Fisher, a graduate transfer from William Jewell College in Missouri to its tight end group. Fisher, who is 6-foot-5, 270 pounds, caught 39 passes for 596 yards for the Division II Cardinals last season.
CU lost two scholarship tight ends to graduation (Beau Bisharat, Jalen Harris) and one to the transfer portal (Darrion Jones). Walk-on Legend Brumbaugh also recently entered the transfer portal.
CU’s projected roster of tight ends for this year:
Seniors: Nick Fisher (walk-on); Matt Lynch (walk-on)
Juniors: Jared Poplawski, Brady Russell
Sophomores: Luke Stillwell, Jake Peters (walk-on), CJ Schmaski (walk-on)
True freshmen: Caleb Fauria, Louis Passarello