Terrance Lang was going to sign with USC on Signing Day, and he was planning to grayshirt before joining the Trojans. But Colorado's academic plan for him, and his recent official visit to Boulder, made him second-guess that decision.
Colorado running backs coach Darian Hagan spent much of his birthday, which happened to fall on Signing Day this year, trying to convince Lang he was best-suited to join the Buffaloes. And on Saturday morning, four days later, Lang officially joined the Herd.
"I'm super excited about coming to Boulder," Lang said in a released statement. "I really liked the family environment, everything with the coaches from coach Hagan to [head] coach Mike MacIntyre and the players, it just felt like the right fit. Colorado has a beautiful campus and all of the surrounding area as well."
The 6-foot-7, 265-pound Lang ranked as the third-best athlete prospect in the Golden State, and the No. 33 athlete nationally, from the Class of 2017. After playing both ways at the prep level, he is expected to factor in on defense at Colorado.
"He is a big, explosive athlete who will be a force on the defensive line," Buffs head coach Mike MacIntyre said.
A first-team all-league selection on the gridiron last fall, Lang averaged 15 points and nearly eight rebounds on the hardwood this winter. He spent more time playing basketball than football growing up, so he was viewed as a raw prospect with a high ceiling.
“There will be a big learning curve and adjustment period for him for sure,” Scout National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins said. “The competition he plays against is a small step up above eight man football, so he's not a kid that should be expected to plug and play right away. But his long term potential is off the charts.”
Lang became the 28th member of the Buffaloes' recruiting class, which still ranks No. 30 nationally and in the top half of the Pac-12. It is Colorado's best class, at least on paper, since 2008.