Zak Tait, a product of Knoxville Catholic High School, doesn't know if he will play offensive line or defensive tackle at the college level. He's just thankful he'll get the chance.
Tait, a three-star offensive line prospect rated the nation's 47th best guard, is being recruited on both sides of the ball by numerous schools. He earned his first scholarship offer from the Buffs back in November and has added an offer from New Mexico since.
Tait endured a significant knee injury that took him out of school for five months and required repair to his kneecap, ACL, MCL and PCL. He said he is finally back to 100 percent and tested the knee this spring by playing rugby, a sport in which his family has deep roots back to the time when relatives immigrated to the US from New Zealand.
His great grandfather and two great uncles played on the All Blacks team in New Zealand.
"It's kind of in my blood," he said.
Tait is receiving interest from several programs in the Southeastern Conference, including Tennessee, Louisiana State and Auburn. He just participated in a camp at Tennessee last week but didn't get an offer. He is attending a camp at Auburn this week, where he will see former Colorado offensive line coach Jeff Grimes, who now holds the same job with the Tigers.
"We still email weekly and I'm going to go down to their camp this weekend and see how everything goes," Tait said.
Tait said he still is interested in Colorado and plans to take a visit to Boulder this fall. However, he hasn't had any recent communication with the CU staff. He said he hasn't talked with new offensive line coach Denver Johnson, and the last member of the staff he was in communication with was former graduate assistant Joe Bever, who parted ways with the program well before spring ball.
Offensive line is not a need position for the Buffs in the 2010 cycle, but coach Dan Hawkins typically likes to add at least two or three linemen in every class.
"I'm going to try to come out there in the fall for a visit, whether it be an official or unofficial I'm not too sure right now," he said. "They're right in there with everyone else. I don't have any favorites. So I guess we'll just see what happens."