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CU tapping into Texas powerhouse DeSoto

The Colorado Buffaloes are building a recruiting pipeline to nationally ranked DeSoto (Texas) High School and there is one man to thank: Darrin Chiaverini.

CU’s co-offensive coordinator and recruiting director is hitting it big in the Lone Star State.

“Coach Chiaverini is reeling them in … that’s it,” DeSoto head coach Todd Peterman told BuffStampede.com about what’s making the rise so real in Texas.

“I sent him a text the other night, I looked at all of our kids going there and I was like ‘my goodness.’ It’s coach Chiaverini, that’s what it is. It’s a beautiful place, 11 of our kids visited this summer and they were able to get Laviska Shenault Jr. at that point and do some hard recruiting on the others.”

If you want to catch a glimpse of CU’s DeSoto pipeline picking up, take a look around the stands of Folsom on Saturday. At least six players from the Texas school are expected to visit, three officially and three unofficially.

“If you go around a 15-mile radius of where we’re at there’s probably 150 Division-1 kids every year, I’m guessing. Chiaverini is doing it man, that’s the deal,” Peterman continued. 

Shenault, a four-star wide out, is the lone DeSoto 2017 player to pledge to CU. That is to say, to this point. Things could change this weekend as Shenault’s 2017 teammates -- four-star offensive weapon KD Nixon and three-star offensive lineman Xavier Newman -- are booked for officials. 

“Laviska is having a great year. Obviously he’s an incredibly talented young man, extremely hard worker, doesn’t drop the ball. He’s a team guy he does whatever we ask him to. So he plays a lot of tight end as well as wide receiver, H-back. Very, very important part of our offense,” Peterman continued on the future Buff.

“He’s going to look the part when he steps on campus in Boulder.”

Shenault is about as much of a Buffs lock as one can be, per his high school coach. With a single domino in place, CU fans no doubt hope there are two more about to fall.

“Colorado has always recruited us, but the difference in the first day coach Chiaverini came in and offered six kids, legitimate offers. He didn’t miss on any of them. He got one and you know the other five are all big-time recruits as well," Peterman said. 

2018 DeSoto players Gemon Green (four-star DB), German Green (DB) and Josh Jynes [OL] are also expected to take in the CU/ASU game on the unofficial tip. Tapping into multiple classes and family ties could lead to more DeSoto ballers picking the black and gold.

“All these kids in the area know each other, they’re probably friends, a lot of them are friends. Even if they go to a rival school, like Jaylon Jackson from Cedar Hill, his mother works at DeSoto at the school. The kids are friends; I’m friends with his mom,” Peterman added on what it takes to recruit well in South Dallas.

“You start landing those types of kids with community and south Dallas ties you’re going to get more and more recruits. Coach Chev has hit a vain on that.”

It's hard to get a read on which way Nixon and Newman are leaning. Even their prep coach isn’t sure where the talented duo will end up. Newman is currently committed to the Texas Longhorns, but everything can change in a Newman York Minute. Not a Don Henley fan?

“No idea, I really don’t. I think [Nixon] is truly open. He visits with me about it and I don’t pressure him. Again, he’s getting on a plane to come to Colorado, that tells you something,” Peterman said of DeSoto’s home run threat.

“He’s simply explosive. We play him at receiver, put him in at running back as well, kind of a do-all kid for us. We use a GPS on our kids; he hit 25.3 miles per hour in one of our games. He’s an incredible kickoff, punt return player. He can make an immediate impact there. He’s compact and strong, very explosive.”

Newman has big offers and he’s currently committed to a big program. Peterman said the three-star lineman is about as nasty as they come, in a good respect.

“[Newman] has had OU, Texas, Texas A&M, he was named to the Under Armour All-American last week. He’s very, very athletic, he’s an athlete; if he worked real, real, real hard he could probably play some tight end,” Peterman said. “You know, he’s that good of an athlete. He can really run and he’s just mean on the field. He’s a mean football player.”

Peterman pointed to former Buffs receiver and DeSoto product Patrick Williams as another factor helping the CU brand grow in South Dallas. If and when CU reels in more DeSoto Eagles, fans can rest easy knowing the Texas young men come with top-flight football pedigrees and strong grades in the classroom.

“We had 15 academic all-staters last year. It’s a special place,” Peterman said.

Peterman’s program is special on the field, too. DeSoto (6-0) takes Maxpreps.com (No. 3) and USA Today's Super 25 (No. 7) rankings into tonight's game against 1-5 Irving (Texas).


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