Greetings, Buff fans, from CU at the Game!
Well, it’s the calm before the storm. No fewer than eleven prospects took their official visits to Boulder this weekend. In case you were wondering (and I’m sure you were—where else would you get this stuff?) the eleven visits represents the highest total of official visits on campus on one weekend since 15 prospects descended on Boulder to meet Dan Hawkins and his new coaching staff this same weekend in January in 2006 (by the way, out of that weekend the Buffs obtained players such as DB’s Cha’pelle Brown and Jimmy Smith, linebacker Michael Sipili, running back Demetrius Sumler, and a quarterback with the same last name as the head coach).
What can we expect out of this group? Several are expected to make their announcements as early as today, but don’t be surprised—or disappointed—if there is not a flood of new verbal commitments today. At least two from the group, linebacker Derrick Webb and offensive lineman Chris Freeman, still have official visits to make to other schools (even if you loved Boulder, and wanted to commit, wouldn’t you still want to take free trips to other schools to be told how great a player you were? Yeah - me, too).
These eleven players have waited this long to pull the trigger, so they may as well wait a few more days before making their decisions.
January 19th update - Four of those who made visits this past weekend have given their verbal commitments to the Buffs:
K/P - Zach Grossnickle
LB - Derrick Webb
TE - DeVaughn Thornton
DE - J. Forrest Webb
While the Buffs did pick up four players this weekend, there was one loss. The Buffs’ assistant head coach and offensive line coach, Jeff Grimes, has accepted a similar position at Auburn. Grimes was in Boulder for two seasons, coming from BYU, where he coached the offensive line from 2004-06.
If you haven’t already noticed, I have been posting new information on the website daily. This will continue during the next two weeks leading up to signing day, February 4th. I usually post around 7:00 p.m., MT, (depending on how my real job has treated me that day). I will not be bombarding you with email updates (unless something really BIG happens), so please remember to check back with the website frequently for new posts.
To keep you going until the commitment list fills out, there are several new features posted today on the website. In addition to the Recruiting Update, which takes a look at What's Next? and Who's Left? you will find:
An Essay: "Just in the Nick (Kasa) of Time"
The news that Nick Kasa was de-committing from Florida and was committing to Colorado was a pleasant surprise. The commitment, though, was a boon not only to this recruiting class, but also to the future of the program on the field, as well as the perception of the program off the field; and
Recruiting Spotlight - Jack Harris
Lost in the frenzy which has been the Nick Kasa saga is the fact that the Buffs already had a commitment from the second-best player in the state of Colorado - Jack Harris. Harris, a four-star offensive lineman from Parker, Colorado, has flown under the media radar the past few months. This is due partly because Harris committed back in early October, and partly because he is a young man of few words. Get to know this future star a little better in this week’s Recruiting Spotlight.
Have a good week. I’ll keep an eye on the recruiting news, if you promise to keep an eye on the website.
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