But Hunter Vaughn put in a lot of work with Matt McChesney at Six Zero Strength after signing with the Buffaloes in February, and now those plans have changed.
Head coach Mike MacIntyre called Vaughn today and informed him that he will be joining the Buffaloes' program next week instead.
According to McChesney, Vaughn now carries 290-pounds on his 6-foot-7 frame.
“I'm happy for him,” McChesney told BuffStampede.com. “He is big, athletic and mean. Hunter Vaughn has an NFL frame and the athleticism as well. Over the last year he has put on 50 pounds and has developed extremely fast at both offensive tackle and guard.
“I truly believe Coach Mac[Intyre] and [offensive line] coach [Klayton] Adams are getting a diamond in the rough. CU is getting a true leader of men that can be a foundation player they can build around. He is an old school player with a chip on his shoulder and the urge to be great. Personally, as a coach, he's exactly the kind of kid you want to work with. I'm damn proud of Hunter.”
Vaughn, who was young for his high school graduating class, will be one of three true freshmen joining the Buffaloes' offensive line for preseason camp.
He earned All-Colorado honors as a prep senior in 2015 after helping Legend average 178.3 rushing yards per game.