CU commit Huckins solid, taking visits


Three-star offensive guard Jonathan Huckins (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands) said Sunday’s news of Colorado coach Jon Embree getting fired gave him a lot to think about.

While the 6-foot-4, 300-pound interior lineman is currently committed to the Buffaloes, he said on Monday that he most likely will take a couple of visits to other schools as insurance. He most likely will visit Arizona State and Iowa State, but trips have yet to be secured.

“The coaching change kind of gave me a little push to search other colleges,” Huckins said. “I don’t know who they’re going to hire. I don’t know what’s going to happen.

“I’m still committed to Colorado, but I want to be sure. I don’t know if they’re to get a new coach that I might not like.”

Huckins said hearing about Embree getting fired was disappointing, but he’s hoping the assistant coaching staff sticks around. He has built solid relationships with his area recruiting contact, defensive ends/outside linebackers coach Kanavis McGhee, and his future position coach, offensive line coach Steve Marshall.

“I like all the coaches at Colorado,” Huckins said. “When I went up there, I really liked Coach Embree. I loved Coach Marshall. I think he’s a really good coach. I also like Kanavis. If he stayed, that’d be great, but I think I have the best relationship with Coach Marshall. They both were a big part of my recruiting.”

Whether or not the assistants will stay still remains to be seen, but Huckins said he still plans on making some visits to other schools. He’s being recruited to Arizona State by offensive line coach Bob Connelly and to Iowa State by offensive line coach Bill Bleil.