CU Buffs Land Texas Speedster

Three-star athlete Daniel “D.J.” Oats committed to the Colorado Buffaloes following an official visit to CU in mid-January. Colorado’s roster boasts impressive talent from Texas, highlighted by a pair of junior wide receivers Laviska Shenault Jr. and K.D. Nixon and redshirt senior quarterback Steven Montez.

Oats is new head coach Mel Tucker’s first prospect from Texas. The senior from Grace Preparatory Academy in Arlington, Texas has faced significant adversity in his life. After losing his mother to breast cancer and his father to a heart attack as a teenager in consecutive years, Oats’ grandmother, aunt, uncle and Elite Football Talent coach Mill helped to take care of him.

Competition became Oats’ outlet. He played baseball, basketball, football, and ran track throughout high school. After a breakout season on the football field, Georgia Tech, Maryland, and South Florida were among a handful of schools, in addition to Colorado, that expressed interest in Oats.

Coach Mill, speaking on Oats’ upbringing, said, “The kid is a success story. He is driven by angels.”

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Coach Mill’s relationship with Tucker was key for Oats’ commitment. “Coach Mel and I go back all the way to his days with the Chicago Bears, and when I moved to Georgia, we got close,” Mill said.

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Mill guided Oats throughout the recruiting process and is excited about his future. “I am just so proud of D.J. The kid can fly, and he is a super hard worker,” he said.

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During his final high school season Oats posted impressive offensive numbers as a running back. He rushed for over 1,150 yards and 14 scores, while adding 130 yards receiving on 11 catches and one score. Despite his imposing offensive numbers, Oats will take his speed and athleticism to the defensive side of the ball and play cornerback for Colorado.

His blazing speed was put on display last spring in Dallas where he ran a 4.33 second 40-yard dash. Oats’ fastest 40-yard time was a 4.25. Don’t be surprised if he sees time early in his Colorado career returning kicks and punts for the CU Buffs.

As for what position he’d like to play in college, Oats said, “wherever you need me.” Oats earned the Division III First Team All-State honor as a senior, which makes him a strong candidate to potentially play on the offensive side of the ball as well, possibly at running back or slot receiver, in addition to special teams and defense.

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Speaking on his recent visit to Boulder, Oats said, “They treated me like I was family the whole Colorado visit and made me feel as they really wanted me to be a part of the program. It was a beautiful time in Colorado.”

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Oats spent time with coach Tucker as well as defensive coordinator Tyson Summers. “They made me feel home,” he said.

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Coach Tucker spoke on Oats’ potential early impact for the Buffs, “The fastest man in the country in his class. This guy is extremely explosive. He’ll play defense for us, but as you’ll see, he can play offense. He’s a dynamic playmaker. He’s a sub-4.4 40 guy all day and every day.” Tucker is excited about his future.

Oats’ has the chance to be a difference maker on both sides of the ball early in his career. With 4.3 speed and the ability to play multiple positions, Oats versatile skillset separates him the other incoming cornerbacks for the Buffs. He’s just a special, special young man,” said Tucker.

Tucker went on to talk about Oats’ versatility. “He’s elusive, he’s got very good long speed, he can catch the ball, he can be a wildcat guy, he can be a bubble-screen guy, he can be a deep-threat guy, and defensively, he can run with any receiver in the country. He’s another versatile athlete for us that can do a lot and it’s very rare to find a guy with this type of speed.”

Despite the fact that his experience at running back likely won’t come into play immediately when he steps on the field for the season opener, Oats will likely see some time on offense, potentially at multiple positions for the Buffs. That high school experience could pay dividends later in his college career.

Oats is Tucker’s first commit from the state of Texas after linebacker Kamryn Farrar and offensive lineman Cam’Ron Johnson decommited following the firing of MacIntyre. Oats will join southern California natives Mark Perry and K.J. Trujillo in the secondary for the Buffs.

Oats’ superior speed and experience at running back in high school will likely lead to him to success for the CU Buffs. If past talent is any indication, the Lone Star State standout should become an integral piece in all three phases of the game for coach Tucker and Colorado.

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