Colorado has its quarterback for the class of 2021.
The Buffaloes have also landed one of the top kickers in the country.
Monday was a big day for the Buffs on the recruiting trail, as Drew Carter, a dual-threat quarterback from Portland, Oregon, and Josh Bryan, a kicker from Chatsworth, California, both announced their verbal commitments.
Carter, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound quarterback from Tigard High School, has a three-star rating from 247Sports.com and Rivals.com. According to 247Sports, CU is Carter’s only Power 5 offer, but he also has offers from Boise State, Fresno State, Montana State, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah State.
A star basketball player, Carter also has a couple offers to play hoops in college. He recently tweeted that after talking with Buffs’ basketball coach Tad Boyle, “I now have the opportunity to play both basketball and football at Colorado.”
Last year, Carter threw for 2,767 yards, 23 touchdowns passes and only two interceptions in helping Tigard go 10-2.
Bryan, meanwhile, is rated as the No. 1 kicking prospect in the country for 2021, according to kicking guru Chris Sailer.
Listed at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, Bryan went 11-for-19 on field goals and 54-for-61 on extra points at Sierra Canyon (Calif.) High School last year. He also averaged 38.1 yards on 48 punts, landing 17 inside the 20-yard line.
In a player review on his site, ChrisSailerkicking.com, Sailer wrote: “Josh is simply a phenomenal high school kicking prospect. He hits a pure ball on field goals off the ground. He gets big time lift on his ball and has 60-plus yard range. … He is a major competitor that thrives under pressure. Josh continues to prove that he is the best kicker in America in the class of 2021.”
CU now has 13 players committed for the 2021 class. Nine have committed in the past month.
Michael Byrd Jr., a former receiver at TCU, has transferred to CU as a preferred walk-on.
A 5-foot-7, 160-pound slot receiver/running back from Charlotte, N.C., Byrd began his college career at Arkansas and spent the past two seasons at TCU as a walk-on. In addition to offense, Byrd said in a recent podcast interview that he worked out at cornerback in his last few practices at TCU.