Buffs Land Bayou Receiver

Colorado has pretty much solidified their receiver class over the last week with two big-time commits in Markques Simas from San Diego and now Kendrick Celestine from Mamou, Louisiana. The BSN caught up with Celestine Sunday night to get his thoughts on becoming a Buff, and found out what CU fans can expect from him as a player when he dons the black and gold.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 185
40 time: 4.4
Bench: 185 (23 times)
Squat: 525 (5 times)
Vertical: "33
From: Mamou, Louisiana
High School: Mamou

Kendrick Celestine had a school visit and an in-home with CU receivers coach Eric Kiesau on Tuesday and that was the clincher in deciding to commit to the Buffs. "He came to the school and to the house and we liked what he had to say," explained Celestine. "After talking with my mom after he left, I called him to commit. Coach Kiesau thinks I can play early and make an impact for Colorado. I think I can accomplish all my goals there and do big things. When I called Kiesau to let him know he was fired up and then I got some text messages from a couple other coaches telling me they were fired up and they said I made CU a better team by deciding to go there."

The Bayou receiver chose CU over offers from Auburn, Ol Miss and Tulane. What kind of player can CU fans expect in Celestine? "I am the kind of player than can take a five yard hitch and take it to the house. I make plays on the field and I have great speed."

Celestine is a former quarterback and played specifically at receiver for the first time this fall. As a senior, he recorded 45 catches for 936 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also carried the ball 17 times for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Celestine made the switch to wideout after a junior year which saw him playing quarterback. Playing quarterback as a junior, Celestine completed 107 of 256 passes for 1,010 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior. As a sophomore, he completed 102 of 199 passes for 2,017 yards and 26 touchdowns. He was named all-state as a sophomore.

The newest Buff has yet to speak with Coach Hawkins. "Him and I have been playing phone tag - we will talk real soon."

Celestine says he is now done with visits and is ready to start working on his speed and agility.

He was scheduled to visit Colorado next weekend but that is not going to happen. "I have to take the ACT so I am going to try to take it on the 15th. This is like the fourth time I have had to re-schedule the trip."

Celestine is also excited to hear about his new teammate, Markques Simas. "Coach Kiesau was telling me--when he came to visit my house--that he thought they would get Simas and that he thought that we would be a great tandem. The guy sounds like he is a player and I look forward to playing with him."

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