Big, Versatile Tennessee Prospect Adds Colorado Offer, Plans to Visit Boulder

Colorado has not signed many players out of Tennessee, but Buffs recruiting intern Matt Bryson has ties to the area and he has helped identity a couple talented Volunteer State prospects from the Class of 2018, including verbal commitment Walker Culver...

Tanner Antonutti is also now high on Colorado's board, after receiving an offer from the Buffaloes on Monday. Listed as a 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end prospect on, Antonutti is now a 6-foot-5.5, 265-pounder that projects as an offensive tackle for college.

"I was really excited because they were one of the first schools that started recruiting me after I got my first two lower D-1 offers," Antonutti said when asked about Colorado's offer. "I had been in contact with Coach Bryson for a while and then [offensive line] coach [Klayton] Adams offered me.

"I really like Colorado. I have never been up there but I hear a lot about it. I really like Coach Adams. He told me pretty much the same thing as most of the coaches recruiting me: I could play many positions, but he really likes me as an offensive lineman. And they really need some tackles, so that is why they offered me."

Georgia Tech, Indiana, Louisville, Purdue, Tennessee and Vanderbilt are currently Antonutti's other power conference options. Does the Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth standout have any early favorites?

"A lot of the colleges stand out to me right now," he said. "I am kind of keeping an open mind for all schools to really see what I want, because I have only gone to see local schools so far."

Antonutti plans to take a trip to check out Boulder this summer. He mentioned LSU, Texas A&M, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina and UCLA as other potential summer visit destinations. He plans to make his college decision before the start of his senior season.

"I really want to get out and see if there is anything that really grabs my attention," he said. "I'm looking for a place that makes me feel at home. I don't want to go somewhere that is going to make me feel really home sick."

Antonutti is in the process of attempting to win a state title in the shot put and discuss this spring after making it to the state meet with little experience in both events last spring.

"My best throw in the discus is 148-feet-7-inches and my best throw for shot is 46-feet-6-inches," he said. "I came in fourth place last year to three seniors that graduated and I didn't even start throwing the shot put and discus until right before regionals, so basically about this time a year ago."

A tight end and defensive linemen throughout much of his young football career, Antonutti has embraced his future as an offensive lineman.

"I am really versatile but I played a little offensive tackle earlier and enjoyed it, so that is definitely fine by me," he said. "Colleges like my potential at the position so I am going to go with that."

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