Colorado picked up a verbal commitment from a three-star recruit on Tuesday night.
Ikechukwu Iwunnah, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive tackle from Lakeview Centennial High School in Garland, Tex., gave his pledge to the Buffaloes.
Lakeview Centennial head coach Kendall Miller announced Iwunnah’s decision on Twitter.
“The Buffs and the Pac-12 are getting an outstanding and hard-working young man,” Miller wrote. “His work ethic and coachability has earned him this opportunity.”
According to 247Sports.com, Iwunnah has 11 total scholarship offers, including from Baylor, Kansas, Missouri, Texas and Washington State.
Miller’s tweet included a graphic and statement from Iwunnah, who wrote, “My entire life I have set goals for myself to achieve so I can maximize my potential as a student-athlete and as a young man. One of my goals has been to be able to go to college without my parents paying for it or worrying about my growth. Goal achieved! I am excited to be committing to The University of Colorado!
“Big thank you to my dad for encouraging me to play football because without that encouragement I wouldn’t have had this opportunity. I want to thank my family for their love and support. I also want to thank my coaches for believing in me and always being there for me! To my new family, I’m super excited to be coming home! #GoBuffs”
Iwunnah is expected to sign his letter of intent with the Buffs during the signing period that begins Feb. 3. CU signed three defensive linemen during the early period in December: Allan Baugh (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Tyas Martin (Helena, Ark.) and Ryan Williams (Pearland, Tex.).
Also on Tuesday, the Buffs lost a verbal commitment from defensive lineman Victory Vaka, a three-star recruit from Westlake Village, Calif.
The highly-regarded Vaka, who has 20 offers, announced his decommitment from CU on Tuesday night, but added, “No love lost and they’re still my top school but I want to make sure I’m making the best decision for my family and I. With that being said, my recruitment is 100% open.”
CU offensive lineman Kary Kutsch, who was a senior this season, told BuffZone.com that he will return for the 2021 season, taking advantage of the opportunity the NCAA has given all players by granting them an extra year of eligibility because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kutsch started all 12 games at left guard in 2019. This season, he started two games at left guard and two at center, but also missed two games because of COVID-19 protocols. … Tight end Matt Lynch, a walk-on from Legacy High School, is taking advantage of the extra year, as well. A transfer from UCLA, Lynch played his first season at CU in 2020. On Tuesday, he posted a picture of himself and fellow tight end Brady Russell and wrote, “We on a mission in 2021.”