Parker (Colo.) Legend linebacker Chad Muma returned to Colorado State for a Junior Day last week to further build relationships with the CSU staff and tour the Rams' new on-campus stadium. A year prior, he received his first scholarship offer from CSU head coach Mike Bobo at a Junior Day in Fort Collins.
Since garnering that first offer, the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder has added offers from Hawaii, Nevada and Wyoming. The blossoming class of 2018 defender said his trip to CSU this time around gave him the opportunity to see how far the team has come in one year, as well as tour CSU's new on-campus stadium, which will be the Rams' new home starting this fall.
"We sat in position meetings and I was with the linebackers then with Coach Marty English," said Muma, who plays safety for Legend, but is being recruited to CSU for linebacker. "After that, we went out to their practice to watch them that day. They were in pads, so that was a highlight getting to see them hit and whatnot. Then we went and got lunch, then got a tour around campus and we stopped by the stadium to check out the new stadium. I think that was another highlight, getting to see the progress on that. Then we checked out the student center, went to the indoor practice facility and took pictures with our jerseys."
With CSU getting younger and preaching early playing time, Muma might have a chance to play immediately if he signs with the Rams. CSU has pitched that idea to the versatile playmaker.
While he has made his mark as a rangey safety at Legend, Muma is being projected to play outside linebacker for CSU. As such, he focused on watching English's linebacker group last Saturday.
"He (English) is looking at me as a Sam linebacker," he said. "What he likes about my game is how hard I can play and how quickly I can fill the hole. Also, I can basically see the field and be a leader out there."
On-campus visits are crucial to build relationships, and while Muma had already begun that process last year, last weekend provided another opportunity to strengthen those bonds with English, Bobo and the rest of the staff. Muma said Bobo took time to chat with him during the high-tempo practice, as well as throughout their tour on campus.
Muma and Legend teammate Tate Wildeman were priority targets in Fort Collins last Saturday, so both spent large chunks of time with English and Bobo, who were not shy to state their excitement in having the Colorado all-state selections in Fort Collins. It was Muma's third visit to CSU (two Junior Days and a summer camp) and first for Wildeman.
The Scout 3-star visited Northwestern for a Junior Day this weekend and is looking to set up other college visits for the coming months. So where do the Rams stand in his recruitment?
"Nothing too specific," Muma said of whether or not he has any recruiting favorites. "But definitely CSU is one of my favorites. I just really like the coaches and the staff up there, and what the program offers. I could really see myself fitting into their mold."
Location will factor into his decision, as he would prefer playing close to home. However, academics will play the biggest role in his decision. Being a package deal with Wildeman sounds nice in theory, he said, and he wouldn't be opposed to that in the least. Yet neither recruit will be overly intentional about making that happen.
"We have discussed that a little bit," Muma said with a laugh. "We've both discussed how it'd be really cool if we did that, but we'll see about that. I'm not too sure."
Muma hopes to have a commitment in hand by the end of the summer. The plan is to also visit Nevada and Wyoming for Junior Days as well. As a junior, Muma earned all-league after tallying 64 solo tackles, two interceptions, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He also caught two touchdowns in a limited role at receiver.