Colorado Football: Recruiting Update

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Colorado Football: Recruiting Update
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December 13th

Three of Five Hawkins' Recruits' offers honored

Colorado only had five commitments for the Class of 2010 when Dan Hawkins was fired, and two of them had their scholarship offers pulled.

Four of the five who had committed to playe for the Buffs were on offense, including two quarterbacks.

Below are the bios of the five verbal commitments given to Dan Hawkins, as well as the first one given to Jon Embree:

Brock Berglund, Quarterback

Berglund is 6′4″, 205 pounds, and plays for Valor Christian in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Berglund committed to Colorado in June, and his interest in the Buffs did not change when Dan Hawkins was fired.

“As much as I like Coach Hawk, I didn’t commit to play for Coach Hawk,” said Berglund in November. “I committed to CU.”

Berglund this fall accounted for 32 touchdowns and 3,171 yards of total offense in leading Valor Christian to the State 4A championship. In the title game, a 38-6 drubbing of Wheat Ridge, Berglund threw for 280 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 126 yards and another score.

Berglund is considered a three-star prospect and the third best player overall in the state of Colorado.

Rivals.com considers him the 13th best dual threat quarterback in the country.

Nick Sherry, Quarterback - UPDATE: Scholarship offer pulled by Jon Embree

Sherry is a 6′4″, 211 pound pro-style quarterback from Petaluma, California. Sherry also committed to Colorado in June, and while he remains committed to Colorado, his statement after the Dan Hawkins’ firing was not as absolute.

“I was anticipating that Hawkins was probably going to get fired. It didn’t surprise me that much,” said Sherry. “I love CU more than just the football aspect of it. I like the area. I’ll probably stay with my commitment.”

Sherry threw for 2,623 yards as a senior in leading Casa Grande High to an 11-2 record.

In the state semifinal game, fourth-seeded Casa Grande trailed top-seeded Concord 26-0 going into the fourth quarter. Sherry threw three touchdown passes in the final 9:21, but the comeback fell short.

Sherry is considered to be a three-star prospect, and is rated as the 102nd best quarterback in the nation by Scout.com

Brady Daigh, Linebacker

Daigh was the third commitment of the Class of 2011, giving his verbal commitment back in August.

The 6′2″, 220 pound linebacker played varsity for three years at Mullen High in Denver. During his time with the Mustangs, Mullen posted a 40-2 record, winning three state championships.

Like Berglund, Daigh was a member of a state championship team in 2010, leading Mullen to a 37-6 win over Regis in the title game. Through his first 13 games of 2010, Daigh had 132 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

Daigh did not hesitate about his commitment a month ago: “I’m still solid with them,” said Daigh when told about the regime change in Boulder.

“The team’s still there, and (the firing) hasn’t changed my mind.”

Daigh is listed as a three-star prospect, and is considered by Rivals.com to be the 33rd-best linebacker in the country, and the 10th-best prospect overall in the state of Colorado.

Alex Kelley, Center

Kelley, a 6′3″, 295 pound center from Vista, California, committed to the Buffs in October.

A few weeks later, Dan Hawkins was let go, and Kelley was not fully committed to staying with the Buffs: “I guess I’ll see what happens,” said Kelley right after the firing.

“Right now I’m going to stay with (Colorado), and see what happens with the coaching situation. I’ll just decide from there. I guess for now I’m still with them.”

One “in” for Colorado—Kelley’s father Karry played offensive tackle for Colorado (1976-79). Kelley’s Vista team won its first sectional title since 2004 this season, with the Panthers racking up 313 yards rushing in the Section championship game at Qualcomm Stadium.

Kelley is considered a three-star prospect, and is listed as the 21st best center of the Class of 2011 by Scout.com.

Kenneth Farrow, Running back - UPDATE: Scholarship offer pulled by Jon Embree

Farrow is the most recent commitment for the Buffs, signing on with Colorado just a few weeks before the meltdown in Kansas.

The 5′10″, 194 pound running back not only remains committed to the Buffs, but is excited about the coaching change. “The way everything transpired pretty much could have been smoother,” said Farrow. “Having Jon Embree as their head coach, with him having NFL experience, and Bieniemy coming in as their offensive coordinator. Man, I couldn’t really ask for a better situation than how it all played out.”

Farrow did suffer a (minor) shoulder injury late in the season, but was leading the region in rushing before his injury. Farrow was averaging 152.9 yards per game and nearly six yards per carry through the first eight games of the season.

Farrow is considered a three-star prospect, the 68th best running back prospect in the nation by Scout.com.

Marc Mustoe - Offensive Tackle - First prospect to say "yes" to Embree

Marc Mustoe, an offensive tackle prospect from Arvada West high, has become the first commit of the Jon Embree era at Colorado. Mustoe, considered by Scout.com to be the 31st-best offensive tackle prospect in the nation, committed to UCLA last June, but committed to Colorado after meeting with Embree this week.

Mustoe is considered a three-star prospect, but had offers from over a dozen schools, including Pac-12 rivals Arizona State, California, Arizona, UCLA and Utah, along with Notre Dame, Kansas State and Louisville. Mustoe is considered by Rivals to be the 5th-best player out of the state of Colorado in the Class of 2011.

"I believe Colorado is heading in the right direction. They are changing for the better and I want to be a part of that change," said Mustoe, who had been a UCLA commit for the past six months. "Also, it's my home state, so I will stay close to home while returning CU to its former glory."

The above could have been the exact words stated by a former Denver prep star who had the opportunity to be a star out of state, yet chose to stay in Colorado to help rebuild the Buffs' program after several down seasons. That former prep star was, of course, Jon Embree, who had offers from Oklahoma, USC, and Ohio State, but chose to be a part of Bill McCartney's first recruiting class in 1983 (Coach Mac was hired in June of 1982, after the recruiting class for that year had already been signed).

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