December is shaping up to be a memorable month for Victor Venn.
On Friday night, Venn helped the Buford (Ga.) High School football team win the Class AAAAAA state title for a third consecutive season.
On Wednesday, he will sign his national letter of intent to play collegiately for the Colorado Buffaloes.
“I’m really excited to sign and just be a part of Colorado Buffaloes organization,” said Venn, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound running back. “That’s a great program to play for in the Pac 12 Conference and I’m just excited to play and just compete amongst some great athletes there and just be in a great environment.”
Venn is one of 17 players verbally committed to CU for the class of 2022. Most, if not all, are expected to sign Wednesday, which is the first day of the early signing period. Venn, who plans to arrive in Boulder next summer, is the only running back among the commit list.
Rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com, Venn has 24 scholarship offers. He chose CU over Arizona State, Boston College, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Mississippi, Mississippi State and many others.
Venn, who got an offer from CU about a year ago, committed to the Buffs in March, citing a strong relationship with head coach Karl Dorrell and running backs coach Darian Hagan.
“I feel like our connection and the strength of our conversation when I talked to coach Hagan and coach Dorrell was really great,” Venn said. “That’s where it made me start leaning more towards them.
“(Hagan) just became like family to me; him and my parents, him and my family. Everybody was close, and the conversations that we had about what I can do and how I can impact CU were great. I just felt like that was a program that I wanted to be a part of.”
Venn committed to CU during a time when recruiting was only done virtually, because of COVID-19, but was able to visit the campus in June. He said among other things, he has been impressed with CU’s facilities and the school of medicine.
“I want to go into the medical field,” he said. “I love the environment when I came down there and I felt like it was different. Even though it’s far different than Georgia, I just like the area.”
In terms of football, Venn said he’s been impressed with Hagan’s track record of coaching smaller running backs. CU legend Phillip Lindsay, now with the Miami Dolphins, and current Buffs star Jarek Broussard are both small running backs who have enjoyed great success with the Buffs.
“He was a coach that I wanted to be coached by, especially him coaching Phillip Lindsay,” Venn said. “(The success of Lindsay and Broussard) just goes to show that he knows how to develop smaller backs and help them increase their versatility and their impact on the field.”
Venn is projected to join a very talented running back room led by rising senior Alex Fontenot and Broussard, who will be a junior. Deion Smith is also projected to return, along with Joe Davis and Jayle Stacks.
Competition is nothing new to Venn, however. At Buford, he shares the load at running back with fellow senior CJ Clinkscales, a three-star prospect committed to Boston College.
“I’m definitely excited to be a part of a talented running back room because coming from a school like Buford, where they always have really great running backs, I feel like that’s what you need in a program – to make sure that all the running backs are good,” he said. “Everybody’s constantly competing to do better than the other person.”
While Boulder is a long way from Buford, Venn won’t be coming alone. His Buford teammate, linebacker Aubrey Smith, is also committed to CU.
“It’s really great because this is somebody that I was growing up with in high school,” Venn said. “We came basically from the same cloth, the same town, so it’s gonna be great to get out there and know that I have somebody come far from home with me.”
Safety Xavier Smith, from the Langston Hughes High School team that Buford beat in the title game on Friday, is also committed to CU, so the Georgia presence will be strong in this class.
“It’ll just make you feel even more comfortable and make it even easier to adapt and work even harder,” Venn said.