Colorado “Semi-Weekly”

Stuart WhitehairAnalyst IJanuary 14, 2010

January 14th

Weekend visitors

Three players are known to be making official visits this weekend. Two are coming from the eastern time zone but have already said “yes” to Colorado coaches. The third visitor is not traveling far—just up the Boulder Turnpike—but isn’t sure about becoming a Buff.

Running back Tony Jones committed to the Buffs about a minute after he was extended an offer on January 5th. The three star recruit has never been to Colorado, but he is not worried about what he will find.

“I’m pretty sure everything is nice out there,” Jones told “I’m just hoping everything will go well. We’ll see when I’m out there.”

One observer who believes Colorado will be very pleased with this (much needed) running back is national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell. “I love Tony Jones as a player,” said Farrell. “I honestly think he has the chance to be a huge surprise in college football like Ray Rice was at Rutgers or Steve Slaton was at West Virginia, and Colorado could have landed the surprise of the 2010 class.”

Heady stuff, considering the only other official visit for Jones is to Maine. “If (Jones) were three inches taller, and had better grades,” said Farrell, “he would be a 40 offer kid.”

The other player coming to town who has already said “yes” to the Buffs is tight end Henley Griffon . At Apopka (Fla.) high school, the 6′5″, 217-pound prospect was only thrown the ball about seven times a game, limiting his chances to make plays, but scouts like his potential. Like Jones, Griffon will be interested to see what he finds in Boulder this weekend.

“I pulled up Colorado’s website and looked at their campus and their academics, and I was sold,” said Griffon. “I determined it is the school that best fits what I am looking for in college.” While in recruiting, nothing is certain until signing day, Griffon sounds like a solid commit. “I am a good fit for Colorado,” said Griffon, ” and Colorado is a good fit for me.”

Official visitor Justin Castor is familiar with the surroundings but uncertain as to his decision . The 22nd-ranked kicker/punter played at Arvada West High School in Denver and had been a Kansas commit since last summer. Then with the coaching change in Lawrence, Castor re-opened his recruitment. Colorado and Arizona State are the final two Castor is choosing from, with Castor’s visit to Boulder this weekend and Tempe next weekend.

“Once the coaching change at Kansas occurred, I started gaining more interest from other programs,” Castor told “Colorado has always been a school of interest, as well as Arizona State.”

With Justin Castor not likely to make a decision until after he takes his official visit to Arizona State next weekend, there might not be any new commitments for the Buffs come Sunday.

Then again, that’s what we thought last weekend…