Antonio Alfano was a five-star recruit out of the state of New Jersey. He was first out of all strong defensive ends, first in the state of New Jersey and fifth in the nation. He was also 138th in all-time prospects according to 247 Sports.
In 2018, 247 have evaluated Antonio Alfano as a round one, top 10 projection. They even compared him to Robert Nkemdiche. Brian Dohn says that he “carries 275 pounds like it is 230” in his evaluation. For his combined testing numbers, he ran a 4.82 forty-yard dash, had a 4.27 shuttle, and a 36.60 vertical. He also got measured for 11 inches for his hands, weighed 274.6 pounds, and was 6-4.
Colorado Buffaloes’ Replacements
The projected first-string defensive end for 2021, Terrance Lang had a productive short year in 2020. He had a total of nine tackles with four of them being solo. He also had 0.5 sacks and one pass deflection.
Terrance Lang didn’t do much his junior year but for his senior year, he has to step up. This defense showed a lot of progress and with Nate Landman coming back from injury and staying his senior season this could be another good year. In 2019 Lang had 30 tackles with 5.5 sacks. He can get the job done and we will have to see more production as he did in 2019 if the Colorado Buffaloes want to keep the same strong defense they had last season.
In 2020, the same year that Antonio Alfano transferred in, the Buffaloes also signed three-star Justin Jackson from Northwest Mississippi Community College. He was the 24th player to come out of Mississippi, the 17th rated SDE in the country, and the 112th player in the nation.
Jackson didn’t play in 2020 but this coming up season with Alfano out he will have more opportunity to play at DE for his senior year. He is projected to be the second-string DE which will give him a lot more playing time. Expect to see him giving Terrance Lang breaks and stepping up when he needs to.
The redshirt sophomore Jayden Simon didn’t do anything his first year of eligibility but was still a key factor on this defense. In 2019 Simon was the 19th recruit in Washington, the 118th defensive tackle recruit in the country, and 1,779th recruit in the nation.
Simon is projected to be the third-string for the DE position in 2021. Don’t expect him to play much but he should be ready by his junior or senior season. He has a good frame at 6-4 280 pounds that with some years under his belt he can help this defensive line in the future.
For the class of 2021, Karl Dorrell brought in Allan Baugh. Allan Baugh is an SDE from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He is a three-star recruit. He is the 94th SDE in the country, 206th recruit in Florida, and 1,534th recruit in the nation.
Colorado Buffaloes Transfers
The Buffaloes have lost nine players now to the transfer portal. This includes K.D. Nixon and Jaren Mangham. This is common for a new coach to have and with the success of Karl Dorrell last season I feel like this isn’t a problem. Dorrell will get some new faces into CU and will help keep this program going up. I feel confident that the transfers and recruits that we are getting into Colorado are outweighing the transfers that are leaving. Colorado is changing this program and hopefully, in about five years from now, we will see a great Colorado football team.
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