Compton Centennial High School in Los Angeles is home to four Colorado recruits who made the trip to Boulder to see the Buffs play Missouri.
Wide receiver Kurt Davis, quarterback/defensive back Nelsom Gammage, wide receiver Kevin Smith and defensive back prospect Thomas Street, all hold offers from the Buffs and are being recruited to CU by running backs coach Darian Hagan.
The players remained in Boulder until early Sunday evening after the Buffs brief practice, but we were able to talk with their high school coach Eric Scott about each player. Centennial is off to a 5-3 start, including a 3-0 mark in league this season with each of the CU recruits playing a big part in the team's success.
"All these kids are very smart kids and dedicated kids," Scott said. "Their work ethic is, I mean, unbelievable. I know it probably sounds strange coming from Compton, but honestly, these kids are the real deal. You know the term student-athlete? These guys epitomize that."
Davis is new to football, but is a force on the Centennial basketball team and has already given an oral commitment to play college basketball at San Jose State. However, Scott said Davis, who stands 6-foot-6, has a lot of potential as a wide receiver and is now leaning toward playing football instead of basketball at the next level. Scott said Davis' size makes him a difficult matchup for every opponent.
"You got to see him run," Scott said. "Kurt goes deep for me. That's what he does. He just outruns DBs. ...You got a guy out there who is 6-6 and can blow by you, you've got problems."
"You're talking about a guy who is performing at a high level and it's his first year playing. So, you know, you put that guy in the hands of a good college coach and you have the makings of a great ball player."
Scott said Nelson Gammage is one of the smartest players on his roster and that allows him to use Gammage in a lot of different roles. Gammage plays quarterback in the Centennial version of the spread offense and is a team captain. He also has played linebacker on defense but now plays free safety. Gammage returns punts as well.
"I move him around a lot because of his ability to hold information," Scott said. "You want a guy like Nelson because he's an athletie and he makes your team better. He can do more than one thing."
Scott said Gammage will likely be a defensive back at the college level because he is 5-10 and probably not tall enough to play quarterback. He said Idaho, Oregon State and Nevada also are recruiting Gammage.
Scott calls Thomas Street (5-10, 170)his 'dirty work' guy.
"Thomas plays running back when I need him to," Scott said. "Thomas plays slot receiver when I need him to. Thomas plays wide receiver when I need him tom, but Thomas is 1,000 percent corner. He's a defensive back.
"He packs a whallop and he's a pretty fast kid, a phenomenal athlete. All these guys are really good athletes."
Scott said CU and New Mexico have offered Street a scholarship and Oregon State recently began asking more about him.
The most highly recruited player in the foursome is wide receiver Kevin Smith, who has offers from Washington
Scott said Smith has more than 1,000 yards receiving this season with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions on defense, including three returned for touchdowns. Washing and UCLA along with CU are at the top of a long list of teams Smith is hearing from.
"Kevin can do it all," Scott said. "He's phenomenal. He's the guy who stands out. He provides the ooh and aah and the pizazz. You will understand more about what I'm saying about these kids when you look at their videos.
Scout.com will be in touch with the players in the coming days to discuss their impressions of Colorado and what's next in recruiting for them.