Colorado game week is in full swing.
Yet the raid of Colorado high school talent by Nebraska and other schools has been ongoing for years. It’s unfair to lay that problem at the feet of new Colorado head coach Mel Tucker. He hasn’t been on the job long enough to say this problem is his fault. Tucker has found that recruits in Colorado think favorably of the Huskers.
“There are in-state kids here who don’t care a thing about CU, so it’s a sell job,” Tucker told the Denver Post in July. “It’s like, you’ve got to win games before they’ll even consider you. I’ve been through that before, that’s just how it is. There are kids right now that you (ask), ‘Well, who are your top guys?’ And they’ll say, ‘Nebraska.’
“And you look and say, ‘Well, what has Nebraska done?’ But in their mind, that’s like way, way better than CU.”
The Buffs have had 12 losing seasons in the last 13 years. Other schools are cherry-picking from the state, too. In the 2018 class, three of the top five players left Colorado to play college football. All of the top five left the state in the 2019 class. The current class of 2020 has already seen eight of the top 10 commit elsewhere. One of those players is still uncommitted.
|2018 Class||Signed By|
|Max Borghi||Washington State|
|2019 Class||Signed By|
|Ty Evans||NC State|
|2020 Class||Signed By|
|Aidan Keanaaina||Notre Dame|
|Carver Willis||Kansas State|
|Adam Karas||Air Force|
Current freshman offensive lineman Michael Lynn bonded with fellow Colorado native Tate Wildeman over the lack of love from the in-state school.
“I connected with Tate so well because neither one of us had an offer from Colorado,” Lynn said after pledging to Nebraska. “We were both shooed away from CU so we both had that mentality of ‘I really want to play against that program and show them that you either recruit us or play us.’”
If you are a player from Colorado on the Huskers’ roster you are going to get razzed by friends and family back home. Outside linebacker JoJo Domann has heard that noise.
"Why didn’t you stay home? Why did you choose to be a Cornhusker?” said Domann on Monday, describing the surface-level disses he hears. “I know what I signed up for. I came here for the tradition. I came here to win a Big Ten Championship and to become the best football player I could possibly become."
Yes, Colorado does have a Nebraska problem on the recruiting trail. That doesn’t tell the whole story.
Colorado simply has a recruiting problem.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.