B.G. Brooks of the Rocky Mountain News who does a good job covering Colorado football, has offered up his synopsis of the 2009 class so far. He and I agree that the wide receiver position needs to be solidified as their are too many "ifs" right now. The only part I don't agree with is his statement that Andre Simmons is the top overall commitment. I think you would have to put Kasa, Nuckols and Jackson in front of Simmons. In terms of immediate help, Simmons might be the guy if he signs.
The Rocky Mountain News has an article on CU and CSU recruiting specifically looking at the quarterback position. A guy I have never heard of from SuperPrep in Allen Wallace gives his opinion on Clark Evans:
Evans comes from what SuperPrep's Allen Wallace calls a bona fide high school program and, as a sophomore, was only the fifth underclassman to start at quarterback for Los Alamitos in the past 30 years.
Yet Wallace says that in a state that annually pumps out upper-division quarterback prospects, Evans "was kind of a middle-of-the-road guy. . . . He's got a big body and will run through you. I'd call him a poor man's Tim Tebow (Florida).
"Some schools also saw him as a tight end, and I'm not sure that's something you want in your top quarterback recruit. He probably needs to work on his mechanics and improve his touch."
Boo this man. We have heard just the opposite reports that Evans is underrated and gives an offense an added dimension. Well, sign me up for any kind of Tim Tebow...and I don't think that Tebow does a whole lot better throwing than Evans does. Everyone is entitled to their opinions and I agree, Evans will have to do somethings better at the next level but what he brings from a size and athleticism point of view is going to be great to watch.
It looks like the Buffs offensive lineman are reacting well to the change from Grimes to Bedell, according to the Boulder Daily Camera. The fact that Grimes was talking to players about leaving for bigger and better things may make the move to Bedell less of a hit to the program even unifying the players even more:
Solder, who moved to tackle last spring after spending his first two years in the program at tight end, said he wasn't all that surprised by Grimes departure. He said Grimes often talked about bigger and better things in the future.
"I thought that was going to be a head coaching position," Solder said. 'So I was shocked that it wasn't a head coaching position."
One reason the linemen at CU like the idea of hiring Bedell is because they believe the transition would be easier under Bedell, who has spent the past two years learning from Grimes.
"Brad has stepped up and been like a head coach to all of us," tackle Ryan Miller said. "It's a good give-and-take and is making us stronger."
The Buffs basketball team has a winnable game tonight against Kansas State, who is also struggling after their post Michael Beasley stint. Kansas State comes into this game 0 - 4 in conference, while the Buffs come in 0 - 3. CU is the only team with a losing overall record in the Big 12. Today is one of their best shots for a conference win especially because they are playing in the Coors Event Center. Kansas State only returns one starter from last year's NCAA Tournament team. For more on today's game which is a white out if you plan on going, check out cubuffs.com.
The Kansas City Star feels this game is extremely important to Kansas State. As for the Buffs, they need more production out of players not named Cory Higgins.
If you haven't checked out some of our older posts, CU received it's 17th verbal commit of the 2009 recruiting cycle from LB Liloa Nibroga from Nevada. He totaled over 300 tackles in the last two years for his high school team making him highly productive. Here is our take on him from the commitment announcement last night.
Also, four recruits are on campus this weekend for an official visit, to learn more about them, check out our post earlier this morning.