With four tight ends graduating after the 2009 season, Colorado only has two scholarship tight ends on the roster in junior Ryan Deehan and redshirt freshman DaVaughn Thornton. Thornton redshirted a year ago and Deehan has 15 receptions the past two years so their is very little experience at the position. The Buffs have already received verbal commitments from two other tight ends in the 2010 recruiting cycle in Colorado prep Kyle Slavin and Justin Favors.
Today, Dan Hawkins & Co. snagged another one in Florida prospect Henley Griffon. Griffon, a former Memphis Tigers commit, is listed at 6'4" 230 pounds. He is not rated by the recruiting services and has offers from UAB, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Eastern Michigan and Florida Atlantic. Colorado was the only school to offer from a BCS conference.
Preseason in Florida, Griffon was ranked as the 25th player in Central Florida by the Orlando Sentinel. As you can see from this video, Griffon has some good speed and looks like a good athlete but will certainly need to add size to compete in the Big 12 as 230 pounds might be a generous figure. Apoka High School head coach Rick Darlington stated that Griffon has turned into the "best" prospect he has coached at tight end and that the 6-foot-4 athlete has tremendous hands and is getting better as a blocker all the time.