JUCO lineman impressed with Buffs

Colorado is headed to the Pac-12 Championship game, and the Buffaloes currently have a top 20 recruiting class, so there is little to complain about in Boulder these days. But with three senior starters set to graduate from this year's defensive line, the Buffs need reinforcements.

Rosheem Collins, a 6-foot-1, 297-pounder from East Central C.C. in Mississippi, is among the Junior College defensive linemen Colorado is interested in bringing in. He was in Boulder on an official visit last weekend.

It was amazing,” Collins said of his time with the Buffaloes. “The environment and the fan base at Colorado, how much everybody was into the game... I haven't ever been to a school that had a crowd like that. I didn't think it was going to be like this. It was shocking to me.”

Junior wide receiver Juwann Winfree, who is recovering from a torn ACL, served as Collins' player host for the weekend.

It was good to talk to Juwann because he came from a Junior College to Colorado, also,” he said. “The whole campus is nice and I like all the coaches. Coach [Jim] Jeffcoat was talking to me about how I could potentially play any of the three defensive line positions. But I would most likely play nose tackle.”

The Buffs have told Collins “they are saving a spot” for him to join the defensive line mix this summer. But some other schools that have offered him, including Middle Tennessee, Toledo and Austin Peay, could bring him in as a mid-year transfer. Does that complicate the situation quite a bit for Collins?

Not really, because I am willing to do the extra class work,” he said.

Georgia is also recruiting Collins and is set to bring him in on an official visit the Dec. 9 weekend. Collins plans to make his decision that following week, on Dec. 12.

It will either be Colorado, Georgia, Middle Tennessee [State] or Toledo,” he said.


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