For the eighth addition of Get to Know Your Future Buffs, BuffPlayBook.com caught up with Houston signee Jonathan Huckins and talked about the offensive lineman and his expectations as a future Buff.
Signed in March of last year, Huckins, an offensive guard from The Woodlands HS in Houston, Texas, has been nothing but excited about his future in Boulder.
"Colorado was my first offer", said Huckins, "and I was surprised at how quickly they showed an interest in me."
After the offer, Huckins made a visit to the CU campus in June of last year and was impressed by the coaching staff, the environment of the football program, as well as the town of Boulder itself.
Huckins described his visit to Boulder as a turning point in his decision making.
"I remember coming over the hill from Denver on my way to Boulder", said Huckings, "and being amazed."
Huckins admits that he was a little worried when the coaching changes were made at CU.
"My first reaction was to look at other schools," says Huckins. However, after meeting with Head Coach Mike MacIntyre and Offensive Line Coach Gary Bernardi, Huckins had resolved all of his doubts. Huckins stated it simply: "I was blown away."
Huckins was especially impressed with Coach Bernardi. He described him as someone who "is not going to take any crap", "tough-nosed", and "not afraid to yell."
Huckins described all these attributes as positives and stated that Bernardi had a similar style to his coaches at The Woodlands, which he thought would help with his transition to the college game.
Tough-nosed and yelling a lot are things that Huckins likes in a coach. In describing his history with coaches, Huckins said "the coaches that yelled the most were the ones that really got you ready."
Huckins doesn't seemed worried about being ready to play at the college level.
When describing himself and what he thought was going to help him have a successful career as a Colorado Buffaloe, Huckins noted his "dedication and love for the game." He also was quick to acknowledge his excitement, "I can't wait to get my pads on and hit somebody", said Huckins, "it gives me goosebumps."
Although Huckins doesn't come from a football playing family, his love for physical contact most likely stems from his family's history of playing rugby in England, where Jonathan was born. It could also have contributed to Huckins' diversity as a player and raw athleticism.
Although he mostly played as an offensive guard in high school, Huckins mentioned that he was open to other options. "Wherever they put me, I'm going to do my best and work my butt off," Huckins said.
Huckins is working hard this summer to prepare himself for the upcoming fall and has been following the training routine sent to him by CU's Director of Sports Performance, Dave Forman.