The first verbal commitment the Buffs received for the 2010 recruiting class came back in April, when Danny Spond, a four-star quarterback/linebacker/tight end prospect from Littleton committed to play in Boulder.
This past weekend, though, Spond re-opened his recruitment. “Before the season, I just had such high hopes for Colorado,” Spond told BuffStampede.com . “Just with the season they had, it has kind of changed a lot of my thinking.” While Spond did not rule out Colorado as an option, he will be taking other official visits, with Stanford considered to be a leading contender. “I want to go to a program that is fundamentally sound and ready to win,” said Spond.
This is just the sort of sentiment many of us thought would permeate through the 2010 recruiting cycle. Colorado is on a down cycle, Dan Hawkins is a lame duck, and there is no sense of where Colorado will be in four to five years.
Another four-star Colorado high school prospect from Littleton, running back Mister Jones, is not backing away from his commitment. “I am still committed to Colorado,” Jones told BuffStampede.com . “All around it is a perfect school for me, and it is close to home.” Jones, despite a good G.P.A. and a decent ACT score, still has some work to do in the classroom to qualify, and plans to skip running track in the spring to get through all of his classes.
And then there is…
Three-star defensive end prospect Chidera Uzo-Diribe, from Corona, California, has been a “soft verbal” for Colorado since September, but firmed up his decision this past weekend. “Knowing that Coach Hawk will be back really solidified my decision,” Uzo-Diribe told BuffStampede.com . “I have decided not to take any more trips. I really feel comfortable in my decision right now.”
So, there you have it. The decision to retain Dan Hawkins for a fifth year has made different impressions upon different players.
Stay tuned; there are still 10-12 commitments out there to get to complete the 2010 class.
(This weekend, an in-depth look at the quarterbacks, the present roster, incoming recruits, and those still being courted by CU.)