One junior in the Lonestar State to recently land a CU offer is Sachse four-star safety Isaiah Humphries. Humphries, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound defensive back, added CU to a growing collection that includes the likes of Penn State and Oklahoma.
“My coach let me know I had the offer, he texted me because I couldn’t have direct contact with the coaches. He let me know, he told me to call,” Humphries told BuffStampede.com about his CU offer.
“They said I’m the type of player they’re looking for and if I was an addition to the program we could revamp the whole football program. … I’m the kind of player that fits what they need, they want to offer me a scholarship."
So, is the rise real with 2018 Texas blue chip recruits? Yes, but there’s work to be done.
“Definitely, they’re getting their name in the picture. So that’s definitely a good thing,” Humphries said when asked if CU’s brand is growing in Texas.
Heading into his junior season, Humphries lists 10 offers, but he’s not ready to publicly name favorites. The 2018 prospects hopes to take a trip to Boulder in the future, it’s a city with natural beauty that speaks for itself.
“I’m trying to get up there … it’s really nice. A couple of my teammates have offers as well so we might make a whole trip up there,” Humphries continued.
“I feel like [the Buffs are] very interested. I like the program; it’s a great program. The campus is beautiful; the things I’ve seen are amazing. I haven’t seen any other college that looks like that. One of my friends she actually just came from there, she went down to visit. She said it was really beautiful and showed me all the pictures and stuff. I was like ‘dang, yes it’s real nice up there.’”
Humphries admitted that he wouldn’t mind trying his hand, or legs, at skiing if he makes the journey to Colorado. His father, Leonard, has a connection on the CU staff that could help keep the Buffs in the mix.
“My dad actually knows a couple people on the staff. Darian Hagan, I don’t know how they know each other, they might have played together. He’s really good friends with him,” Humphries said.
“My dad’s been telling me about Colorado. Down here in Texas, you don’t hear too much about Colorado to be honest. You hear about UT, TCU and stuff like that. I’ve always looked at schools outside of Texas so I cannot get brainwashed by stuff that’s here. There are a lot of schools around the country you can go to.”
Humphries said the Buffs have made a name for themselves in the halls of Sachse High School. CU has already offered another Sachse 2018 four-star and a 2017 three-star linebacker has the Buffs on the radar.
“Drue Jackson, he has an offer. We also have Riko Jeffers, he’s ’17, he has an offer as well,” Humphries said. “[Jeffers] has Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, I don’t know if he has Arkansas yet. I think he has 20-some offers. He likes Colorado a lot.
With plenty of time on the recruiting clock, Humphries is establishing a list of schools to focus on moving forward. Family is a key word with the 2018 four-star.
“You know the things everybody says, great academics, good coaches, great team … but on top of that a family feel when I go there, supportive people on the coaching staff as well as the players,” Humphries said, adding Stanford, Florida State and Michigan could be close to offering.
“I only talk to schools I’m interested in.”
Leonard Humphries played at Penn State before a pro career in the NFL and CFL. Knowing how recruiting works, he’s helping his son through the process.
“He’s just been saying ‘don’t get caught up in the hype and don’t think you’re too good because you haven’t made it yet,’” Humphries continued on recruiting advice from his father.
“No matter how many stars you are, when you get to college everybody is equal. You’re at the bottom of the food chain.”
CU has not specified what position it likes the 2018 four-star at for college ball. Signs point to safety, with Humphries adding the crucial ability to move around, position wise, in a secondary.
“They didn’t actually tell me, I’m assuming safety because that’s what I play now. DB, I’m very versatile so I can play cornerback, safety, nickel, it doesn’t matter to me,” Humphries said.
“My length, the fact that I’m physical. My range. I’m always around the ball … guess I’m a ball hawk. Fumble recovery, I’m getting it. Pick, I’m getting it. I’m always around the ball,” he continued on what colleges like about his playing style.
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