Ever since Tad Boyle took over the head coaching job at Colorado, the Buffaloes program has been experiencing a talent upgrade.
In 2011, Boyle and his staff hauled in two four-star prospects ranked in the top 100 nationally to go along with four three-star prospects. Monday might, they landed their third four-star prospect in the last two years when Jaron Hopkins gave a verbal commitment after a weekend visit.
Ranked No. 107 nationally in the 2013 Rivals150, Hopkins is an athletic 6-foot-5 combo guard from Mesa (Ariz.) Dobson. A big time athlete who can do a little bit of everything, he'll be a guy that the Buffs can play all over the floor.
A member of the Compton Magic family, Hopkins is the tenth member of the Magic to commit to a division one program from the class of 2013.
"He's a big guard and super athletic," said Magic program director Etop Udo Ema. "He's really improved his shooting and I think he's better than a lot of people think."
While Hopkins is an important target, the Colorado staff is still hard at work chasing important targets like Jabari Bird, Dustin Thomas (both will visit next weekend) and Tacoma wing Tre'Shaun Lexing among others.
Bottom line, Boyle and his staff are getting it done and fans of the Colorado program should be excited about landing another guy with upside in Hopkins.
"He works his butt off," said Udo Ema. "He has a lot of intangibles that a lot of other guards don't have. He's super explosive, he's a solid ball handler and he does a little bit of everything well.
"He's got all the natural tools to be a big time player."