Denver (Colo.) Mullen all-state athlete A'Jon Vivens knew to remain patient early on in his recruitment. The class of 2018 playmaker had heard from numerous schools, yet the two-way standout for one of Colorado's perennial powers was still waiting for his first offer.
His patience paid off in a big way over the weekend. Vivens received three in-state offers in the matter of two days. The 6-foot, 180-pounder received word of an Air Force offer during the day Saturday, then was told by Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo of a Rams offer while in Fort Collins for CSU's Junior Day. On Sunday, Vivens grabbed offer no. 3 from his father's alma mater, Northern Colorado.
Not a bad weekend at all for one of the state's most explosive athletes.
"It's an amazing feeling. I know that I'm truly blessed and even before then (receiving the offers), I knew that God had the right plan for me. I know he's going to help me in a major decision that's best for me," Vivens said. "It's extremely humbling to me and my family. We definitely appreciate every one of them."
Vivens earned first team All-Colorado honors from CHSAA and The Denver Post following a junior season that saw him collect 60 receptions for 1,087 yards and 12 touchdowns for a 7-4 Mullen team. Some colleges see him playing receiver at the next level, while others envision him playing cornerback. CSU head coach Mike Bobo believes Vivens could excel at receiver.
Mullen's do-everything playmaker was in Fort Collins Saturday for an exclusive Junior Day event on CSU's campus. During the second half of CSU's thrilling come-from-behind hoops win over San Diego State on Saturday night at Moby Arena, Bobo approached Vivens and his father to inform him CSU was extending him an offer.
It was certainly a Saturday to remember for Vivens, whose father played under CSU defensive coordinator Marty English at Northern Colorado.
"While we were sitting during the second half of the basketball game, Coach Bobo came up and talked to me and my father. At first, he was just talking to my dad about moving from a different state and being in Colorado now. Then he said he was going to offer me a scholarship to Colorado State."
Vivens' reaction to the news?
"It was great news. It definitely made my night."
The Junior Day event provided him an opportunity to see CSU up close in person, which was highlighted by a tour of CSU's new on-campus stadium.
"It was a great experience. First of all, we took a tour of the new stadium they're building. We got to see the progress they're making and what it's going to be like. I could really tell it was a great environment and a great place. They're putting a lot of time and effort into the stadium. It's going to be a really great thing," Vivens explained.
"After we went there, we went to a dinner, got to talk to the coaches and discuss everything. They asked us about our lives. Then after that, we went to the Colorado State versus San Diego State basketball game."
It's still early on in the recruiting process for Vivens, and with the offers being so fresh, he is taking a wait and see approach to it all. He said CSU, Air Force, Northwestern, and UNC are his top schools. He also believes offers could roll in from Northwestern and Wyoming.
"I don't think any school stacks up above the other right now," Vivens said. "But I know that CSU is a great place and I like what they're building out there. I have a few friends from Mullen going up there. I know they'll be great players for them. I'll just have to see and wait for when I know it's the right time."
Vivens said his parents' input will play a big role in his commitment, as will his overall comfort level being on a particular campus. Location will not play a major factor in his decision.
CSU offered Vivens as an athlete. Bobo likes Vivens' abilities as a receiver, but Rams cornerbacks coach Terry Fair spoke to Vivens on Saturday about possibly playing in his secondary.
"I talked to their DBs coach about playing on defense, because I think that's something I could definitely do, but as of right now I think I'm just offered as an athlete. Coach Bobo likes me as a receiver. He said he likes my physicality and that I'm not scared to play against anyone. He could tell through my film that I want to compete, that I'm a competitor and I'll go up against anyone."
Vivens has no timetable on announcing a commitment.