Colorado Buffaloes head coach Jon Embree and his staff are getting closer and closer to their second (and first full) recruiting class in Boulder. This years class has been nothing if consistent, with Tyler Henington pledging his college years to Colorado all the way back in March of last year and commitments coming nearly each month (outside of a slight slump in September and October) up until signing day tomorrow.
The two highest ranked commits in the class, cornerbacks Yuri Wright and Kenneth Crawley, both came aboard last week and were pretty big surprises to the outside recruiting community. The shift to a pro-style offense continues, with four running backs, two fullbacks (one of whom committed while I was writing this story and one who is already on campus), and three tight ends joining the team.
Most of the signing day intrigue for Buffs fans will come from the National Letters of Intent being faxed in from each of the current verbal commits. Colorado is nearing it's scholarship limit and may not have room for any more than one additional signature (if that) without heading into dangerous oversigning territory, which we would prefer to avoid.
The players that Embree would still accept signatures from are Seth Jacobs, the California linebacker prospect, and Jontrey Tillman, a Louisiana athlete who had formerly been committed to Stanford but recently found out that he would not be able to qualify.
Much more and and a list of current commits after the jump...
Whether or not the Buffaloes receive any additional signatures tomorrow, this class is already set to be a monumental one for the longevity and success of this staff. These players will lay the foundation for this team over the next few years of Jon Embree's tenure and will be key replacements for the few (11) current juniors whose eligibility will be up after the 2012 season is over.
Stay tuned to The Ralphie Report all day today and tomorrow for constant updates on the signing day 2012. Tomorrow we will have a running live blog updating when each and every player signs his letter of intent.
Join in the discussion that is already on-going in BIGXIITDOG's excellent discussion thread.
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Current Buffaloes 2012 Verbal Commits:
|Shane Dillon||QB||El Cajon, CA||Christian||6'5"||185||4.6||3 stars||5.7||5/12/11|
|Clay Norgard||RB||Highlands Ranch, CO||Mountain Vista||6'2"||240||4.8||3 stars||5.6||2/17/11|
|Donta Abron||RB||Upland, CA||Upland||5'9"||187||2 stars||5.4||12/12/11|
|Terrence Crowder||RB||Galena Park, TX||Galena Park||5'10"||212||4.5||2 stars||5.2||6/13/11|
|Davien Payne||RB||Perris, CA||Citrus Hill||5'11"||213||4.6||3 stars||5.6||8/9/11|
|Peyton Williams||WR||Southlake, TX||Carroll||6'1"||185||4.5||3 stars||5.6||7/13/11|
|Gerald Thomas||WR||The Colony, TX||The Colony||5'10"||170||4.4||3 stars||5.5||7/5/11|
|Jeffrey Thomas||WR||Duncanville, TX||Duncanville||6'3"||180||4.7||3 stars||5.6||6/18/11|
|Vincent Hobbs||TE||Mesquite, TX||Horn||6'3"||230||4.7||3 stars||5.6||1/29/12|
|Sean Irwin||TE||Cypress, TX||Cy-Fair||6'4"||220||3 stars||5.5||8/28/11|
|Austin Ray||TE||Columbia, MO||Rock Bridge||6'6"||235||3 stars||5.5||11/22/11|
|Jeromy Irwin||OL||Cypress, TX||Cy-Fair||6'5"||289||3 stars||5.6||8/28/11|
|Gerrad Kough||OL||Pomona, CA||Pomona||6'5"||270||2 stars||5.4||7/1/11|
|Tyler Henington||DT||Denver, CO||Mullen||6'3"||265||3 stars||5.6||3/24/11|
|Kory Rasmussen||DT||Honolulu, HI||Kamehameha School||6'3"||255||2 stars||5.4||12/19/11|
|Justin Solis||DT||Westlake Village, CA||Westlake||6'3"||287||4.9||3 stars||5.6||7/13/11|
|Josh Tupou||DT||Buena Park, CA||Buena Park||6'4"||302||3 stars||5.5||12/11/11|
|Kisima Jagne||DE||Chandler, AZ||Chandler||6'5"||235||4.5||3 stars||5.7||12/9/11|
|Samson Kafovalu||DE||Riverside, CA||Arlington||6'3"||253||3 stars||5.5||12/16/11|
|Derek McCartney||DE||Arvada, CO||Faith Christian||6'4"||220||1/22/12|
|John Stuart||DE||Westlake Village, CA||Westlake||6'4"||230||4.7||2 stars||5.4||12/5/11|
|De'Jon Wilson||DE||Washington, DC||H. D. Woodson||6'3"||240||4.7||3 stars||5.5||11/28/11|
|Kenneth Crawley||DB||Washington, DC||H. D. Woodson||6'1"||170||4 stars||5.8||1/23/12|
|Yuri Wright||DB||Ramsey, NJ||Don Bosco Prep||6'2"||180||4 stars||5.9||1/24/12|
|John Walker||DB||Washington, DC||H. D. Woodson||6'0"||175||3 stars||5.5||1/12/12|
|Jeffrey Hall||DB||LaPlace, LA||St. Charles Catholic||5'11"||180||3 stars||5.5||1/29/12|
|Marques Mosley||ATH||Upland, CA||Upland||6'1"||174||3 stars||5.5||12/20/11|
|Christian Powell||ATH||Upland, CA||Upland||5'11"||250||3 stars||5.6||1/31/2011|