Curtis Chiaverini will play for his father's alma mater, while getting coached by him at CU. The 6-foot-0, 180-pound wide receiver, ranked among the top 20 in-state prospects from the Class of 2017, plans to join the Buffaloes' program as a preferred walk-on.
“I had other looks, the CSU-Pueblo offer and some other smaller D-1 schools, but it has always been a dream of mine to play in the Pac-12,” said Chiaverini, who hauled in 29 passes at Valor Christian in 2016.
His father, Buffaloes co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini is known as a top-level recruiter. It is hard to turn that off at home.
“He did have some other options but I told him, 'Look, if you really want to experience big time college football, I think it would be a good idea for you to walk-on at Colorado,'" Darrin said. “Curtis is a good player, he works hard, and I think someday he'll be a really good coach. So I wanted him to get this experience.”
The older Chiaverini played on three bowl teams at CU and won the first ever Buffalo Heart Award in 1998 before seven years of professional football, including four years in the NFL. The younger Chiaverini is coming off an standout performance in a high school all-star game.
Chiaverini views himself as a natural X-receiver, but he is open to playing any of the receiver positions at CU. He is used to adapting. Chiaverini started on three different high school football teams as the family moved around to support Darrin's coaching career.
“Curtis is a really, really well-rounded kid,” his father said. “Having to move has helped him mature and I think it is going to pay dividends for him in the future.”
Growing up, Curtis said his dad was not overbearing but he was always willing to give some football advice. Both seem to know the dynamic will change some when Curtis enrolls at CU this summer and begins practicing with the Buffs.
“He knows I am passionate, he knows I coach my players hard. He is my son, that is not going to change, but he is going to get coached and that's what he wants,” Darrin said. “I am excited to see him in a Colorado uniform. He was born in Boulder and that is pretty cool for a kid to come full circle from being born in Boulder, going around to all these different states, to come back to play college football in Boulder.”
Said Curtis: “In practice, I am not going to see my normal dad, but it'll still be great to be around him. I am my own person and I want to carry my own name, but being able to go to the same program as him is a blessing. CU is my family's thing and we take a lot of honor in it, so I am going to go with it.”