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Recruiting (Updated 1/28/11)

Recruiting by position:

QB   With the additions of 3 star Brent Burnette (Jr.) and 3 star Stevie Dorman (Fr.), it appears as though the position has been addressed for 2011. Burnette is already enrolled and should be in competition to start. Expect Dorman to redshirt.

RB   Running back looks to be well covered by the staff. 2 star Rashad Hall from North Carolina visited on 1/21 and committed two days later. He's listed at 6'0, 195lbs and could grow into a bruiser. His coach raved about his speed. Hall was offered by Oregon, Cal, and Washington State so even though his star rating is low, he must be a quality player. CU looks to be the favorite for 3 star Malcolm Creer from California. He visited on 1/21 and apparently really enjoyed the visit and the coaching staff. The main competition for him, Washington, received a commitment from 4 star Bishop Sankey yesterday and has yet to offer Creer. With Speedy coming back, RB seems to be a true team strength. The two possible additions both look to be quality backs. CU could bring in a true fullback, but don't be shocked if one of the LB commitments end up there, especially if Willingham commits.

WR     4 star Devin Lucien from California visited CU on 1/21. He looks to be taking one more visit to Miami before making his decision, which won't be until signing day. His finalists are CU, UCLA, Arizona State, and Miami. 3 star commit Nelson Spruce came in for a visit on 1/14. 4 star Michael Thomas and 3 star Patrick Onwuasor are guys from California that are still possibilities. 4 star jumbo receiver Junior Pomee from California has been offered a scholarship and may take a visit but nothing is scheduled yet. He has only visited Florida to this point, but has a nice list of offers including USC. The Buffs will probably add one or two more receivers to this class (plus Spruce), the question is who?

TE   Not really a need and fairly neglected on the recruiting front.

OL   Giant (rivals has him listed at 6'3, 357lbs!) 3 star Marcus Martin from California is visiting CU on 1/28. He has been a USC commit since 6/13/10. He's definitely big enough to play right away. The Buffs chances may have improved when 4 star Cyrus Hobbi committed to USC on 1/28. 3 star Paulay Asiata from Hawaii visited on 1/21 but he committed to Washington 3 days later. 3 star commit Marc Mustoe visited on 1/14 and 3 star commit Alex Kelley visited on 10/1/10.  A lot of O-linemen are leaving after 2011.

DL   3 star Juda Parker from Hawaii visited on 1/21. He was a difference maker in the Army All American game and appears to be a serious CU lean. He'll announce sometime after 1/28. 3 star Branden Jackson from Pennsylvania was scheduled to visit on 1/28, but no longer appears to be. 4 star DT Todd Peat from Arizona seems like nothing but a long shot at this point. We can use all the talent we can get on the D line and it's a little surprising that there have been no commitments to this point.

LB   CU has commitments from a trio of 3 star athletes. In the middle you have Brady Daigh from Mullen. The two outside guys are KT Tuumalo from Hawaii and Woodson Greer from California. Mullen's 4 star Leilon Willingham visited on 1/14. He has since decommitted from Texas A&M. CU is included in a long list of possibilities at this point including Michigan, Washington, Arizona State, and Central Florida. He looks to be a long shot and the position appears to be addressed, but picking up the top player in the state would make a huge statement about the future of the program. With Beatty and Sipili gone, the possibility of playing early is there for any of the LB recruits.

DB   3 star Sherrard Harrington from Washington DC committed to CU after visiting on 1/14. 2 star Gregory Henderson from California became CU's 10th commitment after visiting on 1/21. 2 star ATH Jermaine Clark visited on 1/21 and committed on 1/23. He was originally thought to be a RB, but rumors have him playing anwhere from RB, FB, LB, or S. He's under the impression that he's playing on the defensive side of the ball. My best guess is safety at his point. 4 star Stefan McClure from California committed to Cal on 1/27. I can't help but wonder if he wouldn't have committed to CU today if Ambrose would have been retained. 2 star Wake Forest commit Will Harlos from Texas has been offered and visited on 1/28. He is a bit of a S\LB tweener with great size (6'4, 200) with great speed. He was exposed to the coaching staff with film from his high school teammate, Stevie Dorman. Under the radar ATHs Kyle Washington from Arizona and Brandon Andrews from California are visiting on 1/28.

K    2 star prospect Will Oliver from California became the 13th commitment on 1/26. He is also visiting on 1/28. It was a bit surprising to see a scholarship used on a kicker, but considering the kicking game over the past couple of years, the Buffs could definitely use the help. He could play right away.

CU has 13 players committed up to this point. That means there will only be 2 or 3 more additions, but possibly more. CU looks to be putting together a class that contributes this coming year, on top of all the guys coming back. Not a bad job considering all the disatvantages this year. Next year should be even better. GO BUFFS!

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