The stock is rising for rangy wide receiver Elijah Kothe, who could be one of the bigger sleepers out West in the 2018 class.
The three-star prospect from Las Vegas (Nev.) Faith Lutheran recently landed his first Pac-12 offer from Colorado and there could be other programs close. Kothe told Scout.com that the Buffaloes now stack up high in his recruitment and he's very likely to take a visit to campus this summer.
"Colorado was a huge offer. I was in shock, so excited and just pumped up," Kothe said. "I feel very blessed to have that offer and just excited for the opportunity. The receivers coach, Darrin Chiaverini, offered me. He dropped by our school last week and I know they've got a few NFL prospects at receiver, so I plan to talk to him a bit more about everything.
"I'm definitely going to make it out to Boulder this summer. I can't wait to see where I fit in, check out the education and hopefully meet some of the players and see the facilities. I want to see how I fit in there and find out if it's a place for me."
The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Kothe, rated No. 2 among receivers in Nevada for the 2018 class, also holds offers from the likes of Air Force, Cornell, Hawaii, Montana State, Navy, Northern Iowa, Princeton, San Diego State and UNLV.
"I've also been hearing from Arizona State, Kansas State, Boise State and Utah recently," Kothe said. "I visited Cornell my sophomore year and liked it out there. I've also been out to UNLV, which is obviously my hometown school, and made it down to San Diego State during spring break. I've also visited Boise State for their Junior Day and I really liked it. One of my old teammates plays offensive tackle there, so it was cool to see him. We have football camp in Northern Colorado next month and I'm going to get out to Boulder on that same trip, probably in late June."
As far as potential camps, Kothe said he's still deciding on which schools to hit up this summer in hopes of adding more offers to his list.
"I'm trying to enjoy the process," Kothe said. "I'm just trying to find the best fit for football and what can better me outside of football, as well. Those are the two biggest factors for me."
Kothe was credited with 55 receptions for 1,053 yards and 10 touchdowns in 11 games as a junior last season.