Last December, Lance Leipold and crew brought in a JUCO commitment from Linebacker Khalil Hodge. After five months of being committed to the program, Hodge — who will be a key piece in replacing the now graduated Nick Gilbo — has helped the coaching staff rope in another commitment.
This past weekend, JUCO Cornerback Tatum Slack took an official visit to the University at Buffalo and shortly afterwards he committed to the program. Slack cited Hodge as his host for the weekend when he spoke to Scout.com and the two connected enough to the point of Slack feeling comfortable about choosing Buffalo.
Slack, the Upland, California native will come to Buffalo after playing one season in the JUCO ranks at Chaffey College. He started four games, collected two interceptions, and broke up nine passes during his time there. His strength will be in short passing situations and in schemes like the Cover 2 and 3.
Before taking a year to play JUCO, Tatum was garnering attention from some big names such as Washington State, Utah, and Colorado State. Interest cooled off before Slack received any offers due to him not meeting certain requirements. In this current recruiting cycle after playing for Chaffey, the prospect was heavily recruited by the University of Central Florida, Kansas State, and Boise State among others.
The JUCO standout will land in Buffalo in early August, just in time for the completion of UB's new turf project and for summer training camp.