BOULDER - University of Colorado football coach Jon Embree has added three more players to his first recruiting class in Boulder, signing the three over the course of the last month to bring the final total in his initial class to 23 players.
Austin Vincent, a 6-2, 185-pound wide receiver from DeSoto, Texas, and D.D. Goodson, a 5-7, 170-pound athlete from Lamar Consolidated High School in Rosenberg, Texas, increase the count to 21 high school recruits in the class, with Brad Cotner, a 6-4, 290-pound center joining the Buffaloes from Ventura Community College where he redshirted last fall. Cotner prepped at Westlake High School in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and has four years of eligibility remaining; he is also eligible to play this fall.
All three of these players had unique situations and were still available to sign anywhere, and it was our good fortune to get them," Embree said. "I am happy they are part of the program; we didn't hand out scholarships to fill out the class, I believe each one of these guys has a great future as a Buff."
"They're all good football players who have a chance to help us sooner rather than later," he added. "They bring some speed and ball skills to the positions that they each play."
Vincent, a member of a DeSoto offensive juggernaut that is sending five receivers alone into the college ranks this fall, suffered a broken fibula in the eighth game of his senior season. He had 16 receptions for 327 yards (20.4 per catch) and six touchdowns prior to the injury.
Goodson figures to get a look at receiver, running back and kick returner as he possesses 4.4 speed in the 40-yad dash. He was selected as the District 23-4A Utility Player of the Year, as he amassed nearly 2,000 all-purpose yards as a senior.
Cotner played at 250 pounds as a senior in high school, and worked out intensely while redshirting though practicing with Ventura CC last fall. Westlake was a CIF section champion his senior season, when he did not allow a sack in helping his school to a 14-0 record with an average of 408 yards on offense, including 218 rushing.
Embree's first team will report for dinner and an official team meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 3, with the first of 29 practices commencing the next day in preparation for CU's season opener at Hawai'i on Sept. 3. The NCAA permits 105 players to participate in preseason camps, and the CU coaching staff also expects to have eight-to-10 invited walk-ons in that mix as well.
The newest Buff biographies:
BRAD COTNER, C
6-4, 290, Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Westlake/Ventura Community College)
AT VENTURA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (2010, Fr.)-Redshirted; he practiced on the offensive line on football team but did not play in any games.
HIGH SCHOOL-He earned second-team All-Ventura County and first-team All-Marmonte League honors at center as a senior, helping to lead Westlake to the Division Northern 3 CIF Championship. In starting all 14 games, he did not allow a quarterback sack or get flagged for any penalties, and allowed his man to pressure the QB on just two occasions. Westlake was an offensive juggernaut, averaging 408 yards of offense (218 rushing) and outscoring the opponent 580-219, including nine games with 40-plus points; the team boasted a 2,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and a 1,000-yard receiver, the latter being fellow CU recruit Nelson Spruce. As a junior playing right tackle, he earned honorable mention All-League accolades, allowing just two sacks and three pressures with just one penalty. His biggest high school moment came in the CIF title game, when Westlake scored with under two minutes remaining to defeat Moorpark, 14-10; he helped his Warrior team rush for 151 yards and amass 371 yards of total offense in the win. WHS was 14-0 his senior year (also the Marmonte League champs) and 7-5 his junior season under coach Jim Benkert. He started all 26 games on the varsity between his junior and senior years, as he played on the junior varsity, on both the offensive and defensive lines, as a freshman and sophomore. He also played basketball on the junior varsity team as a freshman.
ACADEMICS-He is interested in Business (either Finance or Marketing) as his major at Colorado. He was a member of Westlake's Academic Honor Roll his junior and senior years.
PERSONAL-He was born May 9, 1992 in Thousand Oaks, Calif. His hobbies include reading, going to the movies and playing basketball. His father (Steven) played college basketball at Cal-Lutheran.
D.D. GOODSON, ATH
5-7, 170, Rosenberg, Texas (Lamar Consolidated)
HIGH SCHOOL-He was selected as the District 23-4A Utility Player of the Year, also earning first-team All-Area and All-District honors at wide receiver. A four-year starter at wide receiver, he caught 30 passes for over 500 yards and two touchdowns as a senior, when he also rushed for 370 yards and nine scores out of the wildcat formation. He was explosive returning kickoffs, as he had around 30 returns with a 35.0-yard average and a touchdown. As a junior, when he was All-Area and All-District, he caught 40 balls for 700 yards and seven touchdowns, with 25 catches for 300 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore and two receptions for 46 yards and a TD as a freshman. He played defense in spots, at safety as a senior (two forced fumbles and two recoveries) and at cornerback as a junior (one interception). One of his top games his senior year came in a wild 41-40 win over Angleton, when he rushed for over 100 yards and a touchdown while making three receptions for 75 yards and another score. Lamar was 4-6 his senior year under first-year head coach Ronald Patton; his coach his freshman through junior years was Lydell Wilson. Under Wilson, LCHS were the state champions his freshman year with a 13-2 record, defeating Copperas Cove, 20-14 in a game that Goodson said was one of his top prep highlights despite blocking for most of the game. They were district champions his freshman and sophomore (6-3) seasons; Lamar was 4-6 his junior year. He also lettered once in track, participating in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays his senior year; his 4x100 team advanced to the regional meet after placing second in the district.
ACADEMICS-He is interested in Integrated Physiology as his major at Colorado. A two-time District All-Academic Team member, the National Honor Society member boasted a 3.67 grade point average in high school.
PERSONAL-He was born May 30, 1993 in Pineville, La. His hobbies include working out and watching television, and does good amount of community service, including as a volunteer with the Special Olympics. An older brother, Jeramy, played running back and wide receiver at Rice. He hails from the same high school that produced CU All-Big 12 safety and eight-year NFL veteran Michael Lewis. His first name is Joseph; he was given the nickname D.D. while growing up and it stuck.
AUSTIN VINCENT, WR
6-2, 185, DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto)
HIGH SCHOOL-He was having an outstanding senior season when it was cut short in the eighth game of the year when he suffered a broken fibula against Mesquite Horn. He still made the Texas Top 200 squad, listed as the No. 22 ranked wide receiver; he was on a team that produced five receivers that signed to play college football: two at TCU, one at Fordham and one at Abilene Christian in addition to himself. With that much talent, everyone shared the spotlight; he had 16 receptions for 327 yards (20.4 per catch) and six touchdowns as a senior. As a junior, when he earned first-team All-District 5A-11 honors, he caught 17 passes for 224 yards and two scores, including his career-long play, a 58-yard touchdown reception in a 28-21 win against Lee. A two-year starter on the varsity, he saw some spot action at cornerback and played more extensively when he was on the J.V., but DeSoto preferred its players to play one-way. He lists his most thrilling game as a prep a 42-41 overtime win over Miramar (Fla.) his senior year; he caught two passes for 60 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown that send the game into the extra session, all after he missed over a quarter after he took a hit on his first reception that resulted in his coughing up blood. DeSoto was 11-3 his senior year and 9-3 his junior season under coach Claude Mathis. He also lettered in track, participating in jumps and relays. He owns personal bests of 6-5 in the high jump, 23-0 in the long jump and 49-3 in the triple jump; he also ran in the open 200-meters with a personal best of 21.0. He was planning to play basketball his senior year until sidelined by the leg injury; he played on the junior varsity teams as a freshman and sophomore.
ACADEMICS-He is interested in Communication or History as possible majors at Colorado. He owned a 3.3 grade point average as a prep and was a member of the National Honor Society.
PERSONAL-He was born March 24, 1992 in New Orleans, La. Hobbies include playing basketball, watching movies and spending time with friends. His mother, Jamell, is an evangelist who preaches around the world. His community service efforts including working with junior high students and keeping his neighborhood clean by picking up trash.