On a national level the Colorado Buffalo 2015 recruiting class did not garner accolades, but within the state the Buffaloes reestablished themselves pulling a national level prospect in Tim Lynott, as well as Heritage defensive lineman Frank Umu, Pomona offensive tackle Dylan Middlemiss and Rocky Mountain kicker Alex Kinney.
Bringing in top Colorado talent in 2015 is important for the next two recruiting cycles in that the state of Colorado boasts a varied and talented group of recruits for the classes of 2016 and 2017. Pomona OT Jake Moretti, Pine Creek athlete Jo Jo Domann, quarterback Dylan McCaffrey of Valor Christian as well as Mullen’s Marcus McElroy, Christian Cumber and other athletes from across the state are gaining significant recruiting attention.
The 6-4 290 pound Lynott has spent the last two seasons as Colorado’s most physical run blocker paving the way for a very good Regis run game. A right tackle in high school, Lynott’s physical style lends itself to a move to the interior for the college level and he will most likely will play guard and even center for the Buffs.
Of the Colorado in state prospects committed to the Buffs Heritage lineman Frank Umu may have the most upside. The 6-5 275 pound Umu has a ridiculous frame that will allow him to become a giant after a couple of years in a college lifting program. Beyond the frame, watching film of Umu since his sophomore year, I have always been impressed how athletic he is and how well he runs. At some point Umu will be an impact player for the Buffs on the defensive line.
Middlemiss, of Pomona, is in many ways the offensive equivalent of Umu. At 6-6, Middlemiss has a great frame and will, at some point, be a 300 pounder. A pre req at Pomona High School Is the ability to run block and Middlemiss has this ability. I would like to see him become a more physical finisher, but he does have the ability to get to blocks beyond the line of scrimmage.
Often I do not give kickers and punters their due but Rocky Mountain’s Alex Kinney is a good get for Colorado. Kinney was one of three members of Rocky Mountain to go DI. Kinney, who has the chance to take over the punting duties for the Buffaloes, is one of the nation’s best. Kinney is a dual threat in that he could also take on some kicking duties to go with punting.
Lynott, Umu and Middlemiss are most likely destined for redshirts which will be good for both them and the Buffs’ in the future. Kinney could be pressed into service when the Buffs open against Hawaii.