Analyst feels Colorado football failed to make any splashes besides Jordan Seaton during Early Signing Period

One analyst feels Colorado football failed to make any splashes this offseason besides Jordan Seaton.

IMG's Jordan Seaton (77) protects his quarterback against a Lipscomb defender at Lipscomb's Reese
IMG's Jordan Seaton (77) protects his quarterback against a Lipscomb defender at Lipscomb's Reese / Denny Simmons / The Tennessean / USA
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Besides Jordan Seaton, Colorado football failed to make a splash during the Early Signing Period according to Mike Farrell Sports's Scott Salomon.

"Outside of Jordan Seaton, the consensus No. 1-rated offensive tackle in the country, Colorado and Prime failed to make a splash thus far in the Early Signing Period when it comes to high school talent," Salomon prefaced before saying, "Instead, Prime has maintained his love for the portal where he can get players that other coaches developed and insert them into his operational scheme."

Salomon had previously labeled the additions Coach Prime made this offseason as "retreads."

"Last season, Prime offered the world to transfer portal candidates and grabbed over 60 players from the portal," Salomon prefaced before saying, "This season, things are different as he has a total of 16 players signed from the portal and they are nowhere near the quality group that Prime was looking for. Prime will retool his offensive line with retreads as opposed to freshmen that he and his staff can coach and develop."

Colorado football 40-40-20 model being put to the test

Coach Prime has the most specific roster-building formula of any coach in the country: 40% JUCO transfers, 40% transfers, and 20% kids from high school. The formula's purpose is to have veterans who've been there and done that, and the early success CU had in 2023 bore that out.

Unfortunately, the Buffs were easy to figure out by the end of the season because of the thrown-together nature of the roster last offseason and the lack of preparation afforded to the group. Sean Lewis's play-calling was easy to predict, and Charles Kelly's defensive schemes were not tripping up any opposing quarterbacks.

The 40-40-20 model is unproven as of yet, but thus far, it's not proven to be difficult to gameplan against.