Colorado is in the top five for 2017 four-star linebacker Isaac Slade-Matautia, but the Buffaloes have some work to do.
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Honolulu St. Louis High School product was recently in Boulder to camp with the Buffs. Slade-Matautia enjoyed his time on CU’s campus where he received extra attention from defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt and head coach Mike MacIntyre.
“I went up there, I think about a month ago. I did a visit and a camp there. I really liked it,” Slade-Matautia said on visiting Boulder. “I was very impressed. The coaching was awesome. I like their linebackers coach [Leavitt].”
Slade-Matautia and Leavitt fired up the film, no word if Pepsis were served. Leavitt shared visions on how CU would implement the four-star, if he chooses to play his home games at Folsom.
“We actually watched a lot of film. He took us in, he told me which spot I’d be playing, what kind of defense they run,” Slade-Matautia said on his time with the Buffs' DC.
“How exactly I’d contribute to them defensively. I thought it was one of my better visits. He individually told me how I can contribute and how I can be effective on the field.”
CU is pitching early playing time at middle linebacker -- with a touch of rover -- in Leavitt’s defense. Slade-Matautia said he landed his CU offer awhile back and he stands at eight total offers. There are no clear-cut front runners heading toward the fall prep season, but a top five has formed.
“Not one that’s really standing out, but other ones I’m really thinking about. I’d put [CU] fourth … or third. One of my top five,” Slade-Matautia said of leaders.
“My top three is probably Arizona, Washington and Nebraska. I don’t know, Nebraska is just a school I like, but I didn’t visit yet.”
Slade-Matautia noted that CU’s camp was the only one he hit up this summer, travel is tricky coming from Hawaii. The 2017 hopeful spoke with CU’s head coach, if only for a brief amount of time.
“[MacIntyre] was just telling me how bad they want me and how I can fit in. What kind of player I am, just a great time with him. Even though it was short, he was straightforward with everything,” Slade-Matautia said.
The CU target enters the 2016 season as one of the top (two) players in Hawaii and a prized prospect on the West coast. Slade-Matautia is working on developing his on-field leadership for the Honolulu prep powerhouse.
“Probably just being a more all-around player. Learning different positions, know other people’s positions so I can just do mine and trust them,” he said on offseason goals.
The 2017 linebacker sounds as if he’s leaning Pac-12. CU’s coaches will continue to work to lure Slade-Matautia back to Boulder this fall for an official.
“I’m not too sure, I’ve got to talk to my mom. [The Buffs] kind of communicate with my mom a lot. But I’m pretty sure I’m going to have an official with them," Slade-Matautia said on the possibility of returning to CU.