Iltis Wants to Help Build Something Great

Mike Iltis became the Buffs' sixth known O-line prospect to commit when he pulled the trigger in early October. That was when the Buffs were in the middle of a six-game skid. But Iltis, out of Sarasota, Fla., said once he'd made up his mind to verbal to CU, he didn't hesitate. He believes the CU coaching staff is "going to do some really great things," and he wants to be part of it.

Mike Iltis tripped to Boulder back on Sept. 16 and liked what he saw. After spending several nights with his parents discussing his offer list, which was five schools long, he verballed to Colorado the first part of October.

"When I was (in Boulder), I was just amazed at the whole place – the coaching staff and the town and the people, the education system," Iltis said. "When I was there, I just had the feeling this is where I want to go."

When he did, Iltis became the sixth known offensive line prospect to verbal to CU in the Buffs' current class. Colorado is also hard after a seventh offensive lineman, Columbine High School's Ryan Miller.

Iltis wasn't deterred by being part of a potentially large class of trench players.

"You need good competition on the offensive and defensive lines because that's where it all starts," he said.

Iltis plays both ways at Riverview High in Sarasota, Fla. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound player said Colorado coaches have told him they want him to play on offense initially. But he's open to giving defensive line a try, as well.

"I've told them wherever they want to play me, that's where I'll play," he said.

Though he didn't trip anywhere else, Iltis said he holds offers from Missouri, South Florida, North Carolina State and Michigan State, in addition to the Buffs.

Asked if Colorado's six-game losing skid to begin the season gave him pause, he said, "Not at all. Coach Hawkins, obviously, he created a great program at Boise State.

"When you're losing that many games, it's frustrating. I have total faith he's going to turn it around. His whole philosophy is everything that I believe in, too. Coach Strausser and Coach Brown – they're the two that recruited me – they're great people too. I believe they're going to do some really great things and I want to be part of building it."

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