Hank Bachmeier kicked off his summer vacation with a trip to the Rocky Mountain Region. The blue-chip quarterback prospect from the Class of 2019 stopped by Utah on Monday and he was in Colorado to check out the Buffaloes on Tuesday.
Bachmeier's trip to Boulder had some sentimental value because Colorado was the first program to step up to the proverbial plate.
"Colorado was my first offer back in February of my freshman year. It was nice to finally get out there," he said. "I have a great relationship with [Buffs co-offensive coordinator and receivers] coach [Darrin] Chiaverini and [co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach [Brian] Lindgren. They have been wanting me to come out and I loved it a lot. Boulder is beautiful.
"There is nothing bad I can say about Boulder or Colorado. It is a beautiful campus. I can definitely see myself going there. Colorado is one of my favorite schools. I really like them a lot. They offered me first so they are always going to be up there for me. I watched a lot of film with Coach Lindgren and Coach 'Chev' and they said I would fit in well. I watched film for about two-and-a-half hours and I can definitely see myself playing in their offense."
Bachmeier was also impressed during his time in Salt Lake City, and the Utes became the sixth FBS program to offer him a scholarship shortly after he left town.
"It exceeded my expectations. I liked Utah a lot. It had a different feel than California," he said. "[Utes offensive coordinator and quarterbacks] coach [Troy] Taylor is a great guy, very personable. He is very positive, very energetic. I really enjoyed hanging out with him. I even ate dinner with him on campus. I just like the vibe of the coaches there and the campus is really nice. It was nice to get an offer from them."
Bachmeier is looking to schedule a visit to Notre Dame and Cal for later this summer. Both programs have been showing interest, but have yet to extend an offer. In addition to Colorado and Utah, Bachmeier has already received an offer from Boise State, Fresno State, Minnesota and UCLA.
"Colorado is always going to be a top school for me because they offered first and I really respect that," he said. "UCLA is obviously close to home and it is a beautiful campus with great academics so they are up there for me as well. [Bruins offensive coordinator and quarterbacks] coach [Jedd] Fisch is awesome."
Bachmeier earned Southwestern League MVP honors as a sophomore in 2016 after throwing for nearly 4,000 yards and 46 touchdowns. He helped the Nighthawks to 11 wins and a league title.
Colleges have complimented Bachmeier the most on his accuracy as a quarterback.
"They like that I had a 75.2 completion percentage during the season and it is not just short passes that our offense runs. We run a lot of deep stuff," he said. "They have also said they like my pocket presence and my athleticism to where I am mobile enough to evade the rush and get the ball off."