Buffs first to offer 2018 Tennessee prospect

The Colorado Buffaloes are recruiting in Tennessee. Say what? Yes, the rise is real in the Volunteer State as CU recently extended an offer to 2018 Chattanooga Baylor School offensive lineman/tight end Walker Culver.

Walker Culver, a 6-foot-4½, 246-pound prospect, scored that offer, his first, from the Buffs and head coach Mike MacIntyre last month during a visit to Boulder. Culver was excited to get his first offer out of the way and he’s hoping to stay in contact with CU.

“It was very great. I love the school, atmosphere, coaches, everything about it,” Culver told BuffStampede.com about his visit.

“[Coach MacIntyre] was just telling me the fundamentals of what their football players go by and I really like those. I felt very honored to receive an offer from him. He seemed like a great guy and he reminded me a lot of my high school coach.”

The Buffs found Culver in a round-about way, as one of his former high school coaches gave CU a heads up on the soon to be junior. Quality film makes its way up the college football food chain.

“Actually, one of my former coaches, coach [Matt] Bryson, he lives in Vail … he’s friend with some of the people on the coaching staff [at CU], he sent my film out. They watched it, enjoyed it and I made it to visit,” Culver said.

CU’s coaches got the chance to watch the Chattanooga product work out in person before extending the offer. Boulder and CU’s reputation as an institution of higher learning left a favorable impression on Culver.

“It was an individual work out with the coaches. For my tight ends work I was the only one, but there were two other linemen there,” he said.

“First thing that kind of comes out is the landscape, just geographic features. The weather of course,” Culver continued on the noticable differences between CO and TN.

For the Buffs to land Culver, they’ll have their work cut out for them. Multiple programs from the Power-5 have checked in early with the Baylor School big man.

"Vanderbilt, Auburn, Duke and Tennessee. I think Vandy mentioned [offering] possibly, they want me to get another year of film and they want to see how I develop as well," Culver said of other interest

“I went to Auburn, Duke, Vanderbilt and Tennessee. The Vandy coaches specifically told me I have all the tools, I just need to get some more experience. Just develop overall as a football player and an athlete, that’s going to be my main focus.”

Culver spent his sophomore season starting on varsity, pushing around defenders as a tackle on the offensive line. CU wants to see how grows before picking a position.

“Coach MacIntyre said they’re going to offer me as a tight end and tackle, he said I could play either one it just depends on how I fill out,” Culver said, adding most colleges like him on the offensive line.

“I just like to play hard, play aggressive, play with technique that my coaches have taught me. Technique is going to help you,” he continued on his playing style.

Other glowing reviews for the Buffs include the early efforts of standout recruiter Klayton Adams and the Champions Center, both common refrains in CU recruiting articles.

“He’s my lead recruiter, he’s a great guy,” Culver said of Adams.

“I really enjoyed [CU’s facilities], they seemed beautiful, state of the art,” he continued on CU’s facilities.

Culver plans to study accounting or sports medicine when he picks a college. The Buffs get a leg up in the recruitment of the 2018 prospect, being the first arrival at the offer party.

“Yes sir, I was very honored and thrilled like I said. I was just blown away by the campus and facilities. Academically they’re great was well,” Culver summarized on his CU visit.

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