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Regis Jesuit tight end Andrew Metzger, CU Buffs’ first football state commitment in 2023, promises to bring versatility to Boulder

Andrew Metzger recalls a difficult conversation with the University of Colorado football recruiting staff.

In 2021, after his sophomore year, tight end Regis Jesuit was told the Buffs weren’t interested. But another Raiders season and a few assistant coaching moves at CU changed everything.

“The old staff told me they weren’t going to offer me,” Metzger said. “Then the new staff arrived towards the end of January. They saw my film and immediately started talking to me.

CU’s renewed push to recruit in-state talent has paid off. Metzger — Colorado’s top tight prospect of 2023 — is staying home. He signed with the Buffs last week in a Twitter ad.

“I took a lot of time to really dig into what I needed and wanted wherever I went for college. CU checked the marks on every single one of them,” Metzger said. “In the recruiting game right now, often when hiring, there’s a window for certain things. It was the right time. I knew my decision. I didn’t feel like I needed to wait. »

The best description of what Metzger gives the Buffs? Versatility.

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound athlete only left the field for Regis during kickoff lineups last season. Metzger played defense as a point carry with 4.5 sacks. But he mostly flourished in a tight end/fullback hybrid role that put him all over the pitch. Metzger, as a junior, recorded 18 catches for 166 yards and two touchdowns. The offense buzzed with 2,417 rushing yards per team.

“(Metzger) can block and go up to the second level. He can run the block in formation and be a tight end online,” Regis coach Danny Filleman said. “Then he can also go out on the roads. He’s a big target with big hands. When the ball is in the air, he will definitely go for it.

Metzger is the first in-state commitment in CU’s signing class of 2023 and a potential tipping point for local prospects.

The Buffs have only signed seven rookies from the state in the previous three recruiting cycles under head coach Karl Dorrell — the vast majority of elite prospects having left the state. A lack of a sustained win in Boulder doesn’t help. The Buffs haven’t finished above .500 in consecutive seasons since 2001-05.



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