Buffs Land Late-Emerging Lineman

Jalen Sami entered last weekend with offers from Northern Colorado and CSU-Pueblo, and by Monday, he had a Pac-12 and an SEC program fighting over his signature...


After returning home from his official visit to Colorado this past Sunday, Jalen Sami called for a family meeting to discuss his future. Just hours prior he received his first power conference offer from the Buffaloes.

“We had a family counsel and we all prayed about how CU-Boulder was an option for me. The answer we got was unanimous approval but we kept it on the down-low last night,” Sami recapped.

He then verbally committed to Colorado, and during the process of committing he spoke to head coach Mike MacIntyre, defensive coordinator DJ Eliot and defensive line coach Jim Jeffcoat.

“They were all excited. Coach Eliot said it was the best news he had received all day,” Sami said. “It is crazy to think back to four years ago when my dream was to play Division-1 football and it is really happening.”

Shortly after committing to the Buffs, prior to publicly announcing his decision, Sami received an additional offer from Ole Miss.

“Colorado's coaches were trying to call me during class to ensure I was going to stay true to my word. I am true to my word,” he said. “Boulder is not too far and that is important because family is everything to me. That is what it came down to. I wanted to burn every other bridge [with recruiting]. I felt at peace with it. I just felt blessed to be able to go to CU.”


Sami admits the recruiting process was a roller-coaster ride but he said, “it all worked out.”

He grew up in Colorado but his father's side of the family lives in American Samoa, where he has visited before and plans to visit again with his cousins this summer before enrolling at CU.

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. Eliot talked to him about being a nose tackle in the Buffaloes' defensive scheme.

“Colorado said they are impressed with how I can move for being as big as I am,” he said.

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