“It takes me an hour-and-15-minutes to get here with no traffic, or two hours with traffic,” the 6-foot-1.5, 220-pound defensive standout told BuffStampede.com before he jumped into a workout. “I'm really working on my speed right now.”
Colleges have taken notice of Corte Tapia's development. Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota and Northern Colorado have all extended an offer to him, and a handful of other colleges have been in touch.
“I went up to Boise State's camp earlier this summer and even though I separated my shoulder the first day, I went through the rest of it,” Tapia said. “They said I improved and moved towards a scholarship. They said they like what they saw.
“I also went up to CU's Under the Lights camp. It was good to go up to CU and get some good work in. They said they liked what they saw but they need to see a little bit more. I like the facilities up there. And the fact they play in the Pac-12 against great competition would be huge.”
While Tapia said he still has an open mind to the recruiting process, he admitted Boise State and Montana are two programs that have caught his eye.
“Boise State's coaches were really approachable and they taught me a lot,” he said. “I have been talking to CSU, too, and Boise actually reminded me of Fort Collins. I felt comfortable there.
“With Montana, I have a couple connections there. My mom is pretty good friends with the head coach (Bob Stitt) and one of their defensive coaches is the uncle of a kid I played with at Windsor. They seem like great people and it is just a good feel.”
Tapia earned All-Colorado honors after racking up 157 tackles, 15-and-a-half sacks, five caused fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a junior.
“Colleges have said they like what they see from me on film with my size and footwork,” he said.
Tapia is being recruited by some schools for inside linebacker and by others as a hybrid rush end.