Colorado now begins the process of building the roster back up following the post-spring purge. Since the spring game on Saturday, the Buffs have seen a rash of transfer portal entries. The Buffs are believed to have 25 open scholarships to work with on the transfer market, and one of those was spoken for Wednesday afternoon.

Former Florida State defensive lineman Derrick McLendon has committed to coach Deion Sanders and the Buffs. McLendon started 12 games last year for the 10-win Seminoles. He’ll have two years of eligibility remaining.

McLendon registered 37 tackles, five tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and one fumble recovery in 13 games last season for the Noles. During the 2021 season, he appeared in all 12 games as a reserve, recording 16 tackles to go with 4.5 TFLs and 3.5 sacks.

A 6-foot-4, 245-pound edge defender, McLendon finished second on the defense in quarterback pressures last season (29) and fifth in 2021 (16). Colorado’s leader last year, Jalen Sami, had 16 total pressures.

And Sami was one of 36 CU players who have entered the portal since the spring window opened on April 15. The Buffs are currently projected to return just two scholarship defensive linemen from last year’s team. McLendon will have a chance to earn a significant role in the defense during training camp later this year.