The love of Kyle Slavin’s life wanted him to gain 20 pounds of muscle.
Like any young man with passion and drive, Slavin dutifully went to the weight room and put on 25 pounds.
“They said it looked good, and one thing led to another,” Slavin said.
It was a match made in, well, the gridiron of the University of Colorado’s Folsom Field.
Slavin was always a CU kid. Now the incoming Chatfield senior tight end is a CU kid.
“In the back of my mind, it was always impressing them,” Slavin said of the recruiting process, which included a tempting first offer from Syracuse.
Slavin gave his verbal commitment to coach Dan Hawkins in June and said there should be no worries about him wavering this fall. He grew up loving the Buffaloes and has always wanted to play for them.
“It was very exciting,” he said. “I’ve always been telling people it’s like a childhood dream is being accomplished.”
Just under 6-feet-6, and a solid 230 pounds, Slavin goes to a football program that has produced NFL tight ends such as Christian Fauria, Daniel Graham, Joe Klopfenstein, Tyson DeVree and Quinn Sypniewski.
CU tight ends have always been known for their attention to blocking, which is something Slavin said he’s been reminded to work on this season. That will be easier said than done as the Chargers, behind quarterback and Wyoming commitment Sam Stratton, favor a spread offense that rarely asks the tight end to block.
Slavin said he plans to pursue business in Boulder, play football and see what happens.
“I’m going to CU for school, and if NFL comes to be, then that’s great,” he said.
Slavin will join rival Columbine quarterback Danny Spond in Boulder next year.
“I’ve been playing against Danny since second grade,” Slavin said. “It will be excited to play on the same team.”
Slavin said he plans on playing basketball this winter for the Chargers, who are loaded and expected to be a top-10 squad in Class 5A.