Moretti had already been up to CU countless times prior to last weekend. He has been rehabbing his knee in the Champions Center and he attended two of the Buffs' late regular season game. Did he learn anything about CU on his official visit?
“Honestly I already had a pretty good understanding of what the University is like,” Moretti told BuffStampede.com during his first interview since switching his pledge from Ohio State to Colorado.
“There wasn't just one or two things that stood out about my official visit, it was just a fun time,” he added. “I got to meet some of my future teammates and it was really good to hang out with the coaches. It was just a fun weekend.”
Starting left tackle Jeromy Irwin, who plans to make use of a medical hardship and play with the Buffs in 2017, served as Moretti's player host.
“He is a good dude,” Moretti said of Irwin. “With the offensive line, I picked up that they are a real close knit group. Not even just the offensive line, but the entire team, they all seem like they get along really well and that was cool to see.”
Moretti also enjoyed catching up with his good friend, redshirt freshman offensive lineman Dillon Middlemiss.
“We obviously played together in high school and it is kind of funny how it all works out,” he said. “It'll be cool to play with him again.”
Moretti is set to join the Buffaloes as an early enrollee next month. He is not sure yet what his level of participation will be during spring ball since he is only five months removed from suffering a torn ACL.
“When I head up to CU and continue my rehab, we'll have a better understanding of the time table for my return to the field,” Moretti said. “During spring ball, I'll still be around the offensive line and I'll get to know the team and get into the strength and conditioning program. So it will be beneficial.”
Moretti said staying patient with the recovery process has been the most difficult aspect of his rehab. He tried to help lead from the sidelines as Pomona won 12 games and made it to the 5A state championship game.
“I have always been a really active guy so sitting up on the couch for a while after the injury was really difficult,” Moretti said. “But it has definitely become a lot easier now that I can be proactive with the recovery process. … I want to be out there faster than I can be, but the rehab process has been going great.”
Moretti was a U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection, and while he won't be able to play in the game, he will travel out to San Antonio to participate in the bowl festivities in early January before returning to Boulder for the start of the spring semester on Jan. 11.
Moretti is considered the top ranked in-state prospect from the Class of 2017 and he is currently ranked just outside Scout's Top 100 list at No. 104. His trainer, Six Zero Strength founder and former Buff Matt McChesney nicknamed Moretti “the Mile High Mauler.”
"I think they are going to get the best offensive line prospect in Colorado since Tony Boselli,” McChesney recently told BuffStampede.com when asked about Moretti's decision to commit to the Buffs.
“When Jake committed to Ohio State, I was pumped. I was super excited because he worked his butt off and he achieved his goal,” he continued. “And when he decided to go to Colorado instead, I felt like it was Christmas morning, honestly. This was a player I didn't think they could get, and they did. So hats off to Klayton Adams and Coach 'Mac' and Coach 'Chev' and all the work they did up there.”
The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Moretti said his family and friends have been “real supportive” since he changed his mind and decided to stay in-state for college. He hopes to be known for more than just his physicality during his time in Boulder.
“I don't know if it is something you can pick up by watching the game or game film but I pride myself on my work ethic. I hope people see that when they watch me play,” Moretti said.