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Colorado And Jon Embree Ready To Begin A Huge Recruiting Weekend

The Colorado Buffaloes finished their 2011 season on a high note last Friday when they defeated the Utah Utes in Salt Lake City, ending the road losing streak that has plagued the team since 2007 and ending any hopes of Utah winning the South Division. With the games over, head coach Jon Embree and his staff begin to amp up the second piece of the season as they spend the next two months finalizing the teams 2012 recruiting class.

With the exodus of a very large senior class and the attrition that has taken place due to the coaching staff putting it's stamp on the program the Buffaloes are expected to sign a class of 26-28. This is Embree's first full class at Colorado and the players he brings in will play a huge role in his success as the head coach here. The Buffaloes currently have 15 players verbally committed to the program, but only four of those are on the defensive side of the ball. In a conference that already includes Chip Kelly and Lane Kiffin and next year adds Rich Rodriguez and the Dread Pirate Leach, defense is going to be absolutely vital.

This weekend, the Buffaloes look to get get a jump on the next two months by hosting a huge contingent of commits and prospects alike. The success (or failure) the coaches have over the next few days will play a major role in the recruiting class at large.

Take a look at who is on campus after the jump...

All star ranking according to


Alexandru Ceachir - Offensive Line - Santa Monica, CA - 6'5, 300 lbs. -

Deaysean Rippy - Linebacker - McKees Rocks, PA - 6'2, 198 lbs. -

Leo Thomas - Safety - San Antonio, TX - 6'3, 185 lbs. -

Jonavaughn Williams - Athlete - San Juan Capistrano, CA - 6'0, 195 lbs. - not ranked

Committed Elsewhere

Morgan Breslin - Defensive End - Pleasant Hill, CA - 6'3, 245 lbs. - - Committed to UCLA

Kenneth Crawley - Cornerback - Washington, DC - 6'1, 170 lbs. - - Committed to Tennessee

Steven Moore - Offensive Line - Elk Grove, CA - 6'6, 265 lbs. - - Committed to Arizona

Committed to Colorado

Tyler Henington - Defensive tackle - Denver, CO - 6'3, 265 lbs. - - Committed to Colorado

Gerrad Kough - Offensive Line - Pomona, CA - 6'5, 270 lbs. - - Committed to Colorado

Clay Norgard - Fullback - Highlands Ranch, CO - 6'2, 240 lbs. - - Committed to Colorado

Gerald Thomas - Wide Receiver - The Colony, TX - 5'10, 170 lbs. - - Committed to Colorado

Jeffrey Thomas - Wide Receiver - Duncanville, TX - 6'3, 180 lbs. - - Committed to Colorado

De'Jon Wilson - Defensive End - Washington, DC - 6'3, 240 lbs. - - Committed to Colorado

Thanks to Buff'em Up for getting a good discussion on this going already.

Consider this your open recruiting thread for the weekend. Post any and all updates in the comments section...