How realistic CU’s chances of landing the four-star are hard to pin down at this point. Josh Falo has not had a lot of interviews during the process, choosing to post updates to Twitter. BuffStampede.com asked Falo’s 7-on-7 coach Terrence Leonard just how real the Buffs’ chances are of snagging the Northern California product.
“I think it’s pretty good. He has a good relationship with all those guys. Coach [Darian] Hagan, Klayton [Adams] and all the guys. His brother’s there, he has a good relationship with people. He was there for the barbecue,” Leonard said.
Falo’s familiarity with Boulder and the CU program – see brother N.J. – is a double-edged sword. While he knows how well how the Ralphie camp operates, the 2017 tight end only gets five official visits. Will one of those go to the Buffs?
“That I don’t know. I think there’s a good chance. I mean if he’s going to end up at Colorado I’m pretty sure he’ll take an official. He also has big time schools on him and he only has five [visits],” Leonard said.
Colorado’s connection to Northern California yielded three prospects during the 2016 cycle: Beau Bisharat, Trey Udoffia and Akil Jones. The TMP products are hitting their home region to recruit more Buffs.
“I think they all have a chance to play as freshmen. They’re off to a good start. Hard-working players, committed to bringing the Buffaloes back,” Leonard said on the last batch of players from NorCal to head to BoCo.
“Beau recruits really hard. They all want to see the rise of the Buffs. They’re going to be on every one of the kids here.”
Leonard played a key role in the recruitment of the CU 2016 trio. He said he’s seen a rise on the trail in Colorado allure, led by recruiting coordinator Darrin Chiaverini.
“I think they’re going hard. I think coach Chiaverini is all over everybody. I think he has a reputation as a big-time recruiter. Klayton Adams has a good tie to Northern California,” Leonard continued on CU.
The Buffs have also set their sights on Inderkum senior Trajon Cotton. Cotton, a three-star defensive back, could very well take an official to CU. The DB will likely enjoy a handful of visits before making a commitment.
“[Cotton] has a great relationship with everyone [at CU]. I know he had a great time when he was there. … I think Colorado could be in there, Oregon could be in there, Nebraska could be in there,” Leonard said. “I know he’s going to take a few visits.”
Another defensive back in Northern California could eventually land a CU offer. 2017 three-star Isaiah Dunn lists offers from BYU, Hawaii, UNLV, Utah, Utah State and Wyoming.
“I know they’re looking at Isaiah Dunn, cornerback from Antioch [Calif.]. He went to their satellite camp in the Bay Area and tore it up. He could get an offer here soon,” Leonard said.
In order for the Buffs to be a stone-cold lock for the four-stars of the world they’ll need to put Ws on the board this fall. Leonard said that’s the key to competing at a high level in the Pac-12 recruiting rumble.
“Win games. USC made it to where they’re at as a national power. It wasn’t just one, two, three years of winning. They have a tradition. Colorado is on the way back to that,” Leonard continued.
While naysayers are likely to cringe at CU’s chances of reeling in the four-star Falo, who has Alabama-ish offers, let’s travel back to August of 2015. As many have pointed out on the message boards, not a lot of folks thought CU would land 2016 four-star Bisharat. Bisharat will wear No. 35 this fall for the Buffs, so I’m telling you there's a chance.