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Meet the CU Class of ’15 – Offense

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    [h=2]Meet the CU Recruiting Class of 2015 – Offense[/h]–
    Nothing is certain until Wednesday, February 4th, when the Letters of Intent are received by the Colorado coaching staff at the Dal Ward Center, but we do have a fairly good idea of the makeup of CU’s Recruiting Class of 2015. Below is a position-by-position look at CU’s current roster of players on offense (the defensive side of the ball will be posted next weekend), as well as a detailed look at the commitments CU has received at those positions.
    Notes … The year of eligibility listed for each player is for the 2015 season … Returning starters are listed in bold … Non-scholarship players (at least at this point) are listed in italics

    Seniors: none
    Juniors: Sefo Liufau … Jordan Gehrke … Jaleel Awini
    Sophomores: none
    Red-shirt freshmen: Cade Apsay … Will Fischer-Colbrie … Ty Gangi

    [h=2]Steven Montez – QB[/h]Just the facts … Committed June 19th … Montez is a 6’5″, 185-pound quarterback from El Paso, Texas**Rivals bio* Scout bio
    What others say about Montez … Montez is rated by both Rivals and Scout to be a three-star prospect. Scout lists Montez as the No. 12 quarterback out of the state of Texas, the No. 15 quarterback in the Midlands, and the No. 74 quarterback overall.
    This past fall, Montez passed for 2,967 yards this season with*46 touchdown passes, almost doubling his junior season total. He also added 1,058 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground. The Conquistadors went 11-2 this season, but lost in the playoffs to eventual Texas 5A state champion Aledo. For his efforts, Montez was named the El Paso Times Offensive Player-of-the-Year.
    Del Valle coach Jesse Perales had this to say about his quarterback: “Steven made tremendous strides as his career developed. He was a great teammate, a great leader. He made big play after big play for us this year. He deserves everything he’s gotten in his career. He has a bright future at the next level. I believe he’ll have a chance to go into Colorado and play right away. I know he will give his best effort at the next level.”
    In 2013,*Montez completed 152-of-228 passes for 1,776 yards and 27 touchdowns while throwing only three interceptions for the 8-4 Conquistadores. Montez also posted 62 rushes for 343 yards (a 5.5 yards per carry average) and seven touchdowns while earning District Player-of-the-Year award honors. Montez was also the starting quarterback in his sophomore season, completing 141-of-249 passes for 1,769 yards and 13 touchdowns.
    Montez had other offers from … Air Force, New Mexico State, and UTEP, and was attracting attention from New Mexico, Oklahoma State,*Tennessee*and Stanford.
    Here is a link to a local television station interview with Montez and his father (and quarterback coach) about recruiting and the offers Montez has received (three minutes which will make you feel better about Montez becoming the Buff leader of the future).
    In his own words … “It was a learning experience just coming out here and having fun,” Montez told GoPokes.com after competing at an Elite 11 camp*last May. “I thought I did well, but you can always do better. You know I’m just trying to get better and trying to show my stuff, show what I’ve got.”
    Montez caught the eyes of head coach Trent Dilfer and most of the Elite 11 staff as you would see them pulling him aside and working with him on some of his technique and primarily some steps. Montez took the coaching readily. “I thought the instruction was good,” he added. “They said the best coaches in the world were out here for quarterbacks, and you can’t argue with that.”
    As to his senior season, Montez had this to say: “I would have only been satisfied with a state title. Losing to the eventual state champion is a consolation,” Montez said. “I look back on my career as a really satisfying one. I started as a sophomore and to be at this point in my career is tremendous. I matured a great deal, physically I got better. I want to be remembered as one of the best playmakers to ever come out of this area. I want to build on my high school career as I go forward. I can still grow as a player in every way. I will be going to a really good school that plays in a great conference against the likes of USC, UCLA, Washington, Stanford, Oregon. Who wouldn’t want to go up against that kind of competition?”.
    Here is a link to the Hudl.com highlights from Montez’s senior year.
    [h=3]Running Backs[/h]–
    Senior: Christian Powell
    Junior: Michael Adkins
    Sophomore: Phillip Lindsay
    Red-Shirt Freshman: Kyle Evans

    [h=2]Donald Gordon – RB[/h]Just the facts … Committed September 30th … Gordon is a 6’0″, 200-pound running back from Long Beach, California* Rivals bio*Scout bio
    What others say about Gordon … Gordon is*rated by both*Rivals*and Scout as a three-star prospect,*but was listed*a four-star prospect according to ESPN. Gordon did not have a rating before his commitment to Colorado, even though his senior season had already begun. In his first game for Millikan high this seasons, however, Gordon posted*the following numbers:*25 carries for 335 yards and six touchdowns … in only his sixth varsity game.
    Why only his sixth? In an article in the Long Beach Press Telegram, Gordon’s story is explained: After moving to California from Louisiana during his sophomore year, Gordon sat out at Long Beach Jordan because he was academically ineligible. “His grades were a mess when he came out here from New Orleans,” says Millikan offensive coordinator Thomas Barnes, who coached Gordon at Jordan. The soft-spoken Gordon focused on his grades, and then sat out more games during his junior season after transferring from Jordan to Millikan.*As a result, the biggest hole in Gordon’s game isn’t physical, or even mental — it’s simply reps and experience.
    Gordon is reportedly very fast … he’s been clocked at a 4.4 in the 40 and 10.9 in the 100, according to the Long Beach Press Telegram article. Also, according to PrepCalTrack.com, Gordon ran an 11.25 in the 100m run last April.
    Gordon had other offers from … only San Jose State. However, after the season began, Gordon received interest from Pac-12 schools, including Oregon State, UCLA, and Washington.
    Here is a link to Hudl.com video highlights of Gordon running for touchdown after touchdown. According to MaxPreps, Millikan is only the 327th-ranked school in the state of California, so some of the stats this season may have to be taken with a grain of salt due to the competition.


    [h=3]Wide*Receivers [/h]–
    Senior: Nelson Spruce
    Junior: Colin Johnson
    Sophomores: Shay Fields … Bryce Bobo … Donovan Lee … Devin Ross … Elijah Dunston … Robert Orban … Joseph*Hall *
    Red-shirt Freshmen: Lee Walker … Jay MacIntyre

    [h=2]Justin Jan – WR[/h]Committed December 8th … Tan is a 6’3″, 205-pound wide receiver from Chandler, Arizona.* Rivals bio* Scout bio
    What others say about Jan … Jan is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout …. Jan was certainly an “under the radar” prospect, after collecting five passes for 62 yards as a junior.*This past season, however, Jan had 48 catches for 918 yards and 16 touchdowns in helping lead the Wolves to the Division 1 state title … One scout had this to say about Jan back in September, before his breakout season took off: “Doesn’t have the speed of the other receivers but has better size. Will go over the middle and was the Wolves’ best receiving threat”.
    According to 247Sports, Jan is the 229th-best wide receiver in the nation, and the No. 29 player overall out of Arizona this season. Jan was named to the Arizona 247Sports All Division 1 team, as well as the Arizona All-Class team*…*Before the state playoffs began, Chandler head coach Shaun Aguano emailed azcentral.com that he felt Jan was “the best receiver next to Christian Kirk (who is rated by Rivals to be a five-star prospect, the No. 3 wide receiver in the nation).”
    Jan had other offers from … No listed schools, although UCLA and Arizona State from the Pac-12*reportedly had interest, along with schools like Utah State and Northern Arizona.
    In his own words … From azcentral.com … “I went on my visit this weekend (the first weekend in December), and there is not a reason to sit and wait,” Jan said. “The weather was beautiful. The campus is beautiful. They’ve upgraded facilities. I want to be a part of it … They’re telling me prepare in the off-season and there is not a reason why I can’t play early. That’s as good as it gets.”
    Here is*a link to Hudl.com’s senior year highlights of Jan in action.

    [h=3]Tight Ends[/h]–
    Seniors: none
    Junior: Sean Irwin
    Sophomores: Connor Center … Chris Hall … Brian Boatman
    Red-shirt freshmen: Dylan Keeney … Hayden Jones

    [h=2]Chris Bounds – TE[/h]Just the facts … Committed September 25th … Bounds is a 6’4″, 255-pound tight end/defensive end*from West Hills, California*Rivals bio* Scout bio
    What others say about Bounds … Bounds is considered to be a two-star prospect by Rivals, but a three-star prospect by Scout. According to Scout, Bounds is the No. 10 tight end out of the state of California this year, the No. 15 tight end in the west, and the No. 60 tight end nationally.
    This past season, for the 5-5 Eagles, Bounds was only able to play in five games (or at least MaxPreps only had stats on his for five games), collecting*only two catches for 30 yards and a touchdown. On defense, had 14 tackles (ten solo) in those five games.
    In his junior year (again a year in which he played only five games), Bounds had seven catches for 69 yards on offense.*As a defensive end, Bounds*was an all-league honoree in both 2012 and 2013.
    Bounds had other offers from … No known schools, though there was interest from Pac-12 schools, including Washington, Oregon, and Utah. If Bounds signs with the Buffs, he will become the fourth player from Chaminade high in West Hills, California to join the Buffs. The other three are*sophomore wide receiver Elijah Dunston, sophomore wide receiver Donovan Lee and red-shirt freshman linebacker Rick Gamboa.

    [h=3]Offensive Line[/h]–
    Seniors: Stephane NembotJames Carr
    Juniors: Jeromy IrwinAlex Kelley … Shane Callahan … Sully Wiefels … Ed Caldwell … Vincent Ariva
    Sophomores: Gerrad Kough … Sam Kronshage … Jonathan Huckins … Colin Sutton … Connor Darby
    Red-shirt Freshmen: John Lisella … Isaiah Holland … Josh Kaiser
    Freshmen: Isaac Miller (grey-shirt from the Class of 2014) … Dillon Middlemiss (early enrollee from the Class of 2015)

    [h=2]Isaac Miller – OL – Grey-shirt from the Class of 2014[/h]Just the facts … Committed May 24, 2013*… Miller is an offensive tackle prospect from*Longmont, Colorado.*Miller is*6’ 7?, 250-pounds.*Rivals bio* Scout bio*Hudl video highlights
    What others say about*Miller …*Miller was rated as a three-star*offensive lineman*by both Scout and Rivals. Miller was rated by Rivals as the No.*8 prospect out of the state of Colorado in the Class of 2014, while Scout had Miller rated as the No. 95 offensive tackle in the nation.*Other accolades: All Region First Team bocopreps.com … All State First Team 3A Denver Post … All State First Team 3A CHSCA, Academic All State … Number 15 rated overall junior by ColoradoPrepReport.com.
    Miller had other offers from … Washington State, Wyoming, New Mexico State and Northern Colorado. Miller also took unofficial visits to Michigan State and Purdue. Arizona State was also reportedly interested in Miller’s services. Miller was up in Boulder for Junior Day in the spring of 2013, and received his first scholarship offer from the Buffs.*“Every coach went out of their way to introduce themselves and tell you what they were about,” Miller told ColoradoPrepReport in March. “I appreciated that a lot.”
    In his own words … “I’m pretty fired up about being a Buff,” Miller told BuffPlayBook.com. “When I called Coach MacIntyre, he was very excited to have me as a member of his football family.”
    What did Coach MacIntyre say to Miller when he received the news? “He sounded very excited,” Miller said. “He asked me if both of my feet were in the Colorado boat. He doesn’t rush a commitment, but once you make a pledge he wants to make sure that I’m completely committed to him and his football program. I’m completely committed to being a Buff”.

    [h=2]Dillon Middlemiss – OL – Early Enrollee from the Class of 2015[/h]Just the facts … Committed April 12th … Middlemiss is a 6’5?, 275-pound offensive lineman from*Westminster (Pomona), Colorado*Rivals bio Scout bio
    What others say about Middlemiss … Middlemiss is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals*and by Scout. Middlemiss was rated as the No. 4 overall prospect out of the state of Colorado by Rivals, and the second offensive lineman (behind only Tim Lynott, also a CU commit). Scout also ranked Middlemiss as the No. 4 overall prospect out of Colorado this year, as well*the 26th-best offensive tackle in the west, and the 136th-best offensive tackle in the nation. Middlemiss was named the Colorado Lineman-of-the-Year, helping Pomona reach the state 5A quarter-finals for the third consecutive year. Middlemiss was also named to the MaxPreps All-State First-Team.
    In 2013, Middlemiss helped Pomona Panthers rack up nearly 3,600 yards rushing and almost 400 points on their way to a 9-3 record. This past fall, Pomona also had a 9-3 overall record, with 2,783 rushing yards and 39 rushing touchdowns.
    PrepColorado.com had this to say about Middlemiss: “Middlemiss, 6-6 270 pounds, is a very good run blocker, who can move and reach multiple levels. Film review shows the big tackle can not only get to linebackers, but finish once he is there. As a pass blocker, Middlemiss is solid and shows good feet. Middlemiss is long and can use his reach to take on rushers. This reach and frame are keys to his future in college. Building on his skill set, Middlemiss needs to get stronger to get stronger in preparation for the rigors of college offensive line play”.
    Middlemiss had other offers from … Wyoming and South Dakota State. Middlemiss committed to Colorado after the 2014 Spring game, which may have limited his other offers.
    Here is a link to video highlights from his senior season.

    [h=2]Aaron Haigler – OL[/h]Just the facts … Committed August 17th … Aaron Haigler is a 6’7″, 250-pound offensive lineman from Sherman Oaks, California. He can bench 225 and squat 350 lbs.*Rivals bio* Scout bio
    What others say about Haigler … Haigler was rated as a three star prospect by both Rivals and Scout (with Scout rating him as a tight end, though Haigler will play tackle for Colorado). Haigler was also*a three-star player on at least one other*list,*at 247Sports.
    Haigler played for the Notre Dame Knights in Sherman Oaks, a private school with a strong history in football, including a Sierra League championship in 2013. Haigler played both tight end and defensive end for Notre Dame in 2013, but*concentrated on the offensive side of the ball this past fall. Haigler also plays center for the Knights in basketball.
    Haigler had other offers from … Iowa State, Utah State, San Jose State and Northern Arizona. Haigler was also reported interest from Washington, Duke, Vanderbilt, and Minnesota.

    [h=2]Tim Lynott – OL[/h]Just the facts … Committed June 28th … Lynott is a 6’4″, 295-pound offensive lineman from Aurora, Colorado* Rivals bio*Scout bio
    What others say*about Lynott …*Lynott is rated by both Rivals and Scout to be a three-star prospect. Rivals rates Lynott*as the No. 3 prospect out of the state of Colorado this season, and the No. 47 offensive tackle in the nation.*Scout, meanwhile,*places Lynott as the fourth-best offensive guard in the West, and the*No. 23 offensive guard in the nation. Lynott is one of only two players from the state of Colorado from this recruiting cycle to make the ESPN Top 300 (No. 274).
    An All-Colorado selection following his senior season, Lynott helped Regis Jesuit to a Continental North League championship and two playoff wins. The Raiders fell to eventual 5A state champs Cherry Creek in the semifinals. In 2013, Lynott helped*lead the Raiders to a 9-2 and a conference title.
    “Lynott, who plays right tackle for Regis, is a nasty run blocker who manhandles opponents when he gets his hands on them,” said PrepColorado.com Publisher Jeff Stroud. “Lynott has an explosive first step and moves well when pulling. His athleticism is further evidenced by his ability to get to backers and finish blocks. Although currently a tackle, Lynott’s skill set seems suited to a move inside as guard is his most likely college position.”
    Here is a link to Lynott’s junior season highlights from Hudl.com.
    Lynott had other offers from … *all over the country, which is great news for Buff fans. Lynott had offers from much*of the Pac-12, including Oregon, Arizona State, UCLA, Oregon State and Washington State, as well as the likes of Miami, Penn State and Kansas State across the country, and Colorado State and Wyoming locally. Lynott attended a Penn State camp last summer, attended Junior Days this spring at both CU and CSU, and took unofficial visits to Arizona State, Oregon, and Oregon State before committing to the Buffs.
    In his own words … Upon his commitment, Lynott tweeted, “I’m proud to say that I’ve decided to stay home and play football for the University of Colorado #GoBuffs”.

    [h=3]Kickers / Punters[/h]–
    Seniors: none
    Junior: Diego Gonzalez
    Sophomore: Chris Graham
    Red-shirt freshmen: none

    [h=2]Alex Kinney – Kicker/Punter[/h]Just the facts … Committed July 9th … Alex Kinney is a 6’0″, 195-pound punter/kicker from Ft. Collins, Colorado* Rivals bio
    What others say about Kinney … Kinney is rated by*both Rivals and Scout as a three-star prospect. In Rivals.com’s list of the top 15 players out of the state of Colorado this fall, Kinney came in as the No. 5 player in the state. A first-team All-State performer, Kinney hit on eight-of-12 field goal attempts this past fall, with a long of 57 yards, while making all 34 of his extra point attempts for the 9-2 Rocky Mountain Lobos.
    In 2013, Kinney connected on 11-of-15 field goal attempts for Rocky Mountain high in Ft. Collins, with a long of 51 yards. His punts went for an average of 37.07 yards, with a long of 63 yards.
    Chris Sailer Kicking, an organization that runs nationwide camps, ranks Kinney third in the nation. A similar organization, Kohl’s Kicking, has Kinney as the fourth-best punter in the country. Kinney is by far the highest-ranked Colorado punting prospect. “He’s a great catch for CU,” said Rocky Mountain football coach Mark Brook told the Coloradoan. “He’s a very, very talented kicker and punter. He’s got a powerful leg, and a lot of schools were interested.”
    Kinney had other offers from … no other known schools, though that was more due to Kinney being an early (last July) and solid commit. Of Kinney, Darragh O’Neill, CU’s four-year starter at punter,*tweeted: “Great signing by the Buffs. Kinney is the real deal”.
    Here is a link*to highlights from Kinney’s*senior season from Hudl.com.

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