He heard enough from the Buffaloes' new coaching staff, however, to commit to playing for them. Earlier this month, the 6-foot-5, 270-pound guard from Pomona, Calif., gave a verbal commitment to CU.
"I just like how it sounded," said Kough, who was recruited by CU offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. "They said I have a good chance of getting some playing time early as long as I keep working. They seem like they are ready to win."
Kough is a two-star recruit. CU was the first big school to offer him a scholarship. In fact, CU was just the second school - joining Army - to make an offer. Rather than wait to see if he could get a better offer, Kough jumped early on the chance to play in Boulder.
"They're my first big offer and they're a pretty big offer," he said. "I like that they have a new coaching staff and they are new in the Pac-12, of course. I read up on their school and they seem like a pretty good academic school."
It also helped that Kough was familiar with current Buff Jered Bell. The two of them played together at Colony High School in Ontario, Calif. Kough has since transferred to Pomona. Kough said Bell contacted him and put in a good word for CU and Boulder.
Kough has been playing tackle in high school because "I'm the tallest dude there," he said. CU recruited him to play guard, however and that's a better fit, he said.
"I like being more in the inside," he said.
Kough believes the Buffs like his "quickness, good feet and that I was aggressive." With one year of high school left, he hopes to improve upon those things.
"They just said keep lifting and keep working hard," Kough said of the message from CU coaches.
He's looking forward to doing just that. And, he can't wait to become a Buffalo.
"Now that Colorado has offered, it just seems right," he said.
But, what if other big schools coming calling?
"I'm pretty solid (on CU) as of right now," he said.