DeSoto 2018 offensive lineman Josh Jynes (6-foot-3, 310 pounds) packed his bags last weekend and headed to Boulder for an unofficial visit with the Buffs. He witnessed the rise, AKA a straight stomping of the Sun Devils.
“It was great. They showed us around campus and we got to see everything. The game was great, the crowd was amazing, they were loud. Everything was fun,” Jynes told BuffStampede.com about his visit.
“That was my first time visiting the school, but I’ve been [to Colorado] with my family.”
Jynes -- projected as an interior lineman at the college level, guard or center it “doesn’t really matter” to him -- came in expecting CU to handle ASU’s blitzes off the bus. The Buffs’ Texas ace, Darrin Chiaverini, has been in touch with Jynes and the lineman spoke with CU’s Klayton Adams during the unofficial.
“I wasn’t surprised,” the Texas prospect said when asked if he could believe the 40-16 final in CU’s favor.
“I’ve talked to coach Chev and coach Adams. They said they want to get me and the twins back up there in the spring,” Jynes continued, the twins being 2018 cornerbacks Gemon and German Green, both reporting offers from the Buffs.
Jynes had the chance to camp at LSU this summer and he lists Texas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe and SMU as schools showing early interest. Colorado’s recent offensive line commit Xavier Newman serves as a mentor on the DeSoto line for the younger players.
“It’s going great. I’m having a lot of fun, I’m learning from Xavier. I’ve learned a lot, he’s taught me so much this year. He’s been a great friend,” Jynes said of his junior campaign.
“[Newman] had a great time, we all did,” Jynes continued on the CU visitors.
The rise’s implementation at DeSoto can partially be credited to 2017 four-star receiver Laviska Shenault. Jynes hopes to work his way into a CU offer and he holds the Buffs in high regard as he enters the crucial recruiting stretch known as the post junior year camp and visit season.
“Yes sir, I love it there. I’d heard about them, Laviska was the one who got me focused on them. When he committed I really started watching them. They’re having a great year,” Jynes continued on the Buffs.
Regular readers of Buff Stampede know how big on an impact Champions Center has made on recruiting. Visitors always leave impressed, money well spent.
“That was great, I saw the trophy,” Jynes said of CU’s fancy facilities.
If there’s one thing CU is tapping into with full force at DeSoto it’s the family aspect. Literally, as in members of the same family.
“Laviska’s little brother, La’Vontae, that’s like my little brother. I take him everywhere with me,” Jynes said of up-and-coming South Dallas players.
La’Vontae Shenault added an offer from CU last week, his first offer. The CU-DeSoto pipeline keeps flowing.