UPDATE: Jalen Sami received an additional offer from Ole Miss on Monday.
ORIGINAL REPORT: Jim Leavitt recruited Colorado Springs for the Buffaloes for two years with no results. But after he got lured away to Oregon, Colorado defensive line coach Jim Jeffcoat took a trip down I-25 and stopped by Vista Ridge High School where he stumbled upon Jalen Sami.
“Coach Jeffcoat was actually looking for 2018 prospects and he saw me and introduced himself,” Sami said. “He also talked to my coach and they started getting interested. And it took off from there. Last week, [new Buffaloes defensive coordinator] DJ Eliot came down.”
Sami made his way up to Boulder for an official visit this weekend and he was hosted by defensive lineman Frank Umu, who talked to him “about college life.” Before heading back home, Sami received a scholarship offer from Buffs head coach Mike MacIntyre.
“Coach MacIntyre's thought process on stuff and how he runs the program was probably the main thing that stood out to me about CU-Boulder on my visit. The coaching staff is a great group of guys,” Sami said. “I was also impressed with the facilities. It is a big, Pac-12 program.”
Sami also has offers from Northern Colorado and CSU-Pueblo. He is favoring the Buffaloes, but is not ready to make a commitment quite yet.
“I have to talk to my family and then I will decide,” Sami said. “My family, we pray about everything and then come up with our conclusion. I feel I have all the stuff that I need so after we pray about it, I believe I am going to sign on Wednesday.”
A first-team all-conference and second-team all-state selection as a senior, Sami said he measured in at 6-foot-5.5, 338-pounds during his trip to Boulder.
“Colorado said they are impressed with how I can move for being as big as I am,” he said.