National Signing Day: The 2011 College Football Recruiting Season Comes To An End

National Signing Day is this Wednesday Feb. 2, 2011, so stay tuned here to see what the story lines are for the local teams and their leagues as they develop over the next few days.

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Air Force Falcons Recruiting: Wrapping Up Air Force's 2011 Class

The Air Force Falcons' recruiting classes are always hard to decipher and judge accurately, because they are only allowed to recruit certain players who fit the overall Academy physical requirements. Their classes are usually at or near the bottom of Mountain West recruiting rankings with rarely any three-star recruits. However, the Falcons always end up at least at the middle of pack and sometimes make it to the upper half of the Mountain West such as they did this past year. 

Head coach Troy Calhoun talks with The Mtn. crew about how Air Force recruits players which is much different then every other school in nation outside of the other two service academies. He also gets into why he can not publicly mention recruits until they arrive on campus. The crew from the Mtn. does go into some details about the Falcons recruiting class.

 

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Colorado State Rams Recruiting: Wrapping Up Colorado State's 2011 Class

The Colorado St. Rams finished third or fourth depending on what recruiting service one looks at in the Mountain West for their 2011 class. Since most of these players will not have a big impact for two or maybe three years it makes sense to see how Colorado State stacks up against the 2012 version of the Mountain West that will include Hawai'i, Fresno State, Nevada and then minus TCU.

When that is done the Rams move up one spot in each ranking and being just a few spots ahead of Hawai'i and Fresno State.

Now, the crew of The Mtn.and head coach Steve Fairhcild dissect the 2011 Colorado St. Rams recruiting class.

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Colorado Buffaloes Recruiting: Wrapping Up Colorado's 2011 Class

New head coach Jon Embree had only two months to hold together and improve on an already expected poor recruiting class that former head coach Dan Hawkins had put together. Yes, the class is not great when compared to the rest of the Pac-12, but one of the few positives that can be said about the 2011 class for the Colorado Buffaloes is that they finished strong by being able to sign the two top recruits from Hawai'i.

ESPN Pac-12 blogger Ted Miller gave the Buffs a 'D' for their 2011 class. The only team they edged out was Washington State -- and last in the Pac-12 South -- who has been much worse then Colorado on the field for the past few years.

There were two surprises in the final Pac-12 recruiting rankings by Rivals, which was that USC finished with the top class and newcomer Utah was able to finish sixth in the league which was also good for second in the Pac-12 South.

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Colorado Buffalo Recruiting: Top Colorado Linebacker Leilon Willingham Picks Central Florida Over Colorado

The Colorado Buffaloes had to wait until Thursday to hear if top-rated linebacker Leilon Willingham would go to Colorado. As of yesterday, it seemed that Willingham was going to attend the local school, but instead he is joining his high school teammate Rayshon Williams and will attend Central Florida. Apparently, Willingham was having second thoughts about going to Colorado and called the Colorado coaches last night to inform him of his decision to not sign with them.

This is a big blow for the Colorado class as Willingham was the state's second best player and the 13th rated linebacker in the country. It is one thing to lose a local player to another BCS or Pac-12 school, but to lose him to a non-BCS school all the way across the country has to hurt.

With this latest news the 2011 Colorado class is complete with 19 players.

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Colorado Buffaloes Recruiting: Stephan Nembot Signs With The Buffaloes

Three-star offensive tackle Stephan Nembot made it official Wednesday night when he signed his Letter of Intent to play his college football at Colorado. Nembot changed his commitment a few times form Washington State to Washington and finally committing to be a Colorado Buffalo. 

Nembot has the size to dominant at the college level at six-foot-seven and 270 pounds; however he is a major project as he only has played one year of organized football. The potential is worth a flier on Nembot because of his size and athleticism and if he pans out he could be a force for Colorado in a few years.

The signing of Nembot puts the Colorado class at 19 players with only Leilon Willingham as the last potential recruit that Colorado is going after. Willingham was to make his announcement today, but due to bad weather in Colorado his school was closed so he will make his announcement tomorrow.

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Pac-12 Recruiting: USC Looks To Have A Top Five Class Despite NCAA Sanctions

The USC Trojans are currently on probation from the NCAA due to the Reggie Bush years when he and his family received improper benefits. Those findings brought the hammer of the NCAA on USC, putting the Trojans on probation for three years and reduced scholarships. However, the Trojans decided to appeal the sanctions to the NCAA a few weeks back on Jan. 10 and this could have been a ploy to avoid having the reduced scholarship allotment be in place.

Since USC is appealing, their current probation penalties are tabled until a decision is made, and the NCAA is known to take their time in providing resolution. With their sanctions on hold, this allowed USC to sign a class as if they were not on probation. However, if the appeal is denied USC will still have to serve the penalty of reduced scholarships.

The class itself is currently fourth in the nation and tops in the Pac-12 and it seems that the incoming freshmen are not fazed about the current sanctions. In fact USC has 30 players listed as recruits, with eight of those still pondering their decision. Another legal loop hole that USC used is to have freshman enroll in January so that those numbers go against the 2010 class. The other part of the probation that USC is appealing is their post season ban. They already served year one of two this past season, and since not many of the freshmen will see significant playing time a postseason ban is not going to bother them all that much. This is another reason for the class being as strong as it is.

The Trojans class is not yet complete as they are in a battle over De'Anthony Thomas with Oregon. Thomas is rated as the nation's top cornerback and has been a solid verbal to USC for a while now, but this past week he took an under-the-radar visit to go check out Oregon. Apparently, Thomas liked what he saw at Oregon and is now split on where to go. He is expected to make his decision tonight at 8 p.m. MT.

Even if USC does not land Thomas they will have at worst a top-10 class, blow away Colorado and out distance themselves from the rest of the Pac-12 in the recruiting races.

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Colorado Buffaloes Recruiting: Buffs Move Up In The Rankings, Still Waiting On Final Two Recruits

As expected, Colorado has picked up a few more Letter of Intents today. They now have 18 signed players, two more then the Buffs had listed this morning. The late additions to the class were running back Malcolm Creer from Pacific Palisades, Caif., as well as Paulay Asiata who made a last minute switch to attend Colorado with his teammate Juda Parker.

Adding Parker and Creer gave the Buffs a big boost in their overall class ranking. No longer are they last in the Pac-12 as they were this morning, but now they moved up to eighth ahead of UCLA and both Arizona schools. They are at the heels of Washington State and that could change as Colorado is in the running for two more recruits.

The first player that Colorado is waiting to hear from is linebacker Leilon Willingham who is the second best player in the state of Colorado and the 13th rated best linebacker in the country. Willingham is expected to make his announcement on Thursday at his high school which was closed due to the severe weather in the Colorado are, and unless some team swoops in last minute, the four-star linebacker will be a Colorado Buffalo.

The other player that Colorado is waiting to hear an answer from is Stephan Nembot, a three-star defensive end from Van Nuys, Calif., who is expected to make his announcement tonight at 6:30 p.m. MT. Nembot has already switched his commitment from Washington State to Washington, and now he may switch again to Colorado since he enjoyed his official visit to Colorado over the past weekend. If Willingham and Nembot sign that would give Colorado a 2011 class size of 20.

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Mountain West Recruiting: TCU Is On The Verge Of Landing A Top 25 Class

Colorado State is expected to finish fourth or fifth in the Mountain West recruiting rankings once signing day is over, and one of the teams they will be behind is the TCU Horned Frogs. TCU is possibly going to finish the day  with a top 25 class; as of now they are 27th by Rivals, 27th by Scout, ESPN has them outside of the top 30 and MaxPreps does not have them listed in their top 25 class. This will fluctuate throughout the day.

Their Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin is really paying dividends, as is their move to the Big East next year:

In focusing specifically on the 2011 class being Patterson's best overall class on paper what gets missed is the great job [head coach Gary ]Patterson and his staff have done improving the quality of players found on both lines currently in the TCU program, the speed and athleticism in the skill positions on offense and back seven defensively, and the fact that TCU signed multiple prospects that were widely sought and not just a collection of cast-offs and undiscovered gems. I am not a huge fan of recruiting rankings, but using it as a comparative tool with other schools in the Big East you see that in 2007 and 2008 TCU was not ranked in the 50 classes in the nation while the Big East was represented by WVU, Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse, and Louisville.  In the 2009, 2010, and 2011 TCU has moved up in the rankings and I think it will be bore out in the Frogs being able to compete for the Big East title from the start in 2012.

It will be interesting to see what TCU does -- with this 2011 class -- in their final year of the Mountain West, as there are maybe two players who will be big time contributors come this fall. Those two are wide receiver LaDarius Brown and cornerback Jason Verett. When looking at the future Big East members, TCU is currently second and rated only one spot behind Louisville in the national rankings.

Even though Colorado State and Air Force usually do not go head-to-head with TCU for recruits, having them move to the Big East in 2012 will allow the Rams and Falcons to compete on the field for a Mountain West Conference title once the TCU is out of the league.

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Colorado Buffaloes Recruiting: Buffaloes Slip In The Rankings

For the past few months Colorado was near the bottom of the Pac-12's 2011 recruiting class, but as of this morning the Colorado Buffaloes dropped to the 12th spot. The Buffs have not lost any players to other schools, but the reason for the drop is because the Washington State Cougars flew up the Scout.com rankings from 12th to 8th this morning.

Looking at the Cougars class -- at least to me -- nothing stands out to me and they have not picked up any other recruits from other schools. Washington State still has no four-star recruits and they have the same amount of three-star recruits in 10 each. The reason could be the size of the class because Colorado only has 16 commits compared to 25 for Washington State.

Here are some other developing Colorado recruiting stories that have been happening this morning.

There have been two east coast recruits who have sent in their Letter of Intent this morning to make Colorado their official choice; those two players are running back Rashad Hall and Jermaine Clark, who is listed as an athlete.

Also, Brandon Huffman from Scout.com is reporting that linebacker Leilon Willingham is expected to announce tomorrow and wide receiver Devin Lucien will announce at 4 p.m. MT.

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Colorado Buffaloes Recruiting: Buffs Still Looking For A Few More Signatures

Currently, Colorado's class is only 16 players which is nine under what the NCAA allows for a single class. The way it looks they may sign a few more players, but looking over the past few years Colorado has signed less then 25 players.

So far, the Colorado class is at the bottom of the Pac-12 and they do not have any four-star athletes signed, nor do they have any expected to sign any by the end of tomorrow. The new coaching staff will have to prove their worth by being able to turn this class into a team that can compete in the Pac-12 since Colorado is currently only ahead of Washington State according to the various recruiting rankings.

Below is the current Colorado 2011 class who have given their verbal commitment to the Buffs.

Pos Nat'l
Rank
Nat'l
Rating
Name
School, Hometown

HT/ WT Commit Date

DE 36 Juda Parker
(St. Louis School)
Honolulu, HI

6-2/230 02/01/2011


OLB 117 Will Harlos
(Somerset HS)
Somerset, TX

6-3/200 01/31/2011


WR NR Kyle Washington
(Florence HS)
Florence, AZ

6-1/200 01/30/2011


OLB NR Jermane Clark
(Oak Ridge Military Academy)
Oak Ridge, NC

6-2/200 01/22/2011


RB NR Rashad Hall
(Oak Ridge Military Academy)
Oak Ridge, NC

6-0/195 01/22/2011


CB NR Greg Henderson
(Norco HS)
Norco, CA

5-9/180 01/22/2011


OLB 131 KT Tuumalo
(Punahou School)
Honolulu, HI

6-2/210 01/18/2011


OLB 48 Woodson Greer
(Junipero Serra HS)
Gardena, CA

6-2/215 01/17/2011


CB NR Sherrard Harrington
(Business & Fin. Swsc Woodson)
Washington, DC

6-1/170 01/15/2011


QB 78 Stevie Dorman
(Somerset HS)
Somerset, TX

6-4/210 01/14/2011


QB JC Brent Burnette
(Arizona Western)
Yuma, AZ

6-3.5/215 01/07/2011


K NR Will Oliver
(Harvard-Westlake School)
N Hollywood, CA

5-10/190 01/01/2011


WR 95 Nelson Spruce
(Westlake HS)
Westlake Village, CA

6-2/195 12/18/2010


OT 33 Marc Mustoe
(Arvada West HS)
Arvada, CO

6-7/270 12/11/2010


C 22 Alex Kelley
(Vista HS)
Vista, CA

6-3/295 10/04/2010


MLB 32 Brady Daigh
(Mullen HS)
Denver, CO

6-2/230 07/15/2010


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Air Force Falcons Recruiting: Falcons Recruiting Class Is Always A Mystery

A mystery may not be the correct term to use in the age of the online recruiting services, because years ago finding recruiting information on the Air Force Falcons was next impossible. The policy at Air Force, and possibly all of the service academies, is to not make public the recruits names until they arrive on campus the following summer when they report.

Now, thanks to the recruiting services the recruiting junkies can now know who Air Force is recruiting. One notice that people may see is that Air Force has well over the 25 players that are supposedly the max (but don't tell the SEC that) but Air Force has a prep school that has an Air Force junior varsity team which is why the Falcons can sign over the allotted 25.

Pos Nat'l
Rank
Nat'l
Rating
Name
School, Hometown
HT/ WT Commit Date
OLB NR Ian Imamura
(Pueblo West HS)
Pueblo West, CO
6-4/205 01/25/2011
CB NR Ryan Pollard
(Martin HS)
Arlington, TX
5-9/165 01/23/2011
S NR Aaryn Bouzos
(La Mirada HS)
La Mirada, CA
5-11/185 01/23/2011
TE NR Drew Dyer
(Regis Jesuit HS)
Aurora, CO
6-6/230 01/20/2011
DE 155 Troy Timmerman
(Covington Catholic HS)
Park Hills, KY
6-4/240 01/18/2011
WR 249 Christian Gann
(Chaparral HS)
Parker, CO
6-4/205 01/16/2011
CB NR Jaylen Harris
(Vista Ridge HS)
Cedar Park, TX
5-7/168 01/11/2011
CB 136 Cedric Parker
(Hamilton HS)
Chandler, AZ
6-0/180 01/11/2011
DE 183 James Rushing
(Memorial HS)
Houston, TX
6-4/235 01/10/2011
QB 160 Kent Rollins
(South Gwinnett HS)
Snellville, GA
5-11.5/175 01/10/2011
TE 81 Nate Dreslinski
(Clinton HS)
Clinton, MI
6-4/220 01/09/2011
S 134 Jon Lindemann
(Saguaro HS)
Scottsdale, AZ
6-3/200 01/09/2011
QB NR Teddy Ruben
(Saguaro HS)
Scottsdale, AZ
5-9/160 01/07/2011
OT NR Ari Uzo-Okereke
(San Juan Hills HS)
San Juan Capistrano, CA
6-6/300 01/06/2011
CB NR Miles Fisher
(Westerville-Central HS)
Westerville, OH
5-11/190 01/03/2011
MLB 76 Connor Healy
(Mullen HS)
Denver, CO
6-0/215 12/16/2010
WR NR Courtney Whitehead
(Athens HS)
Athens, TX
6-2/178 12/13/2010
C NR Ryan Stout
(Broken Arrow HS)
Broken Arrow, OK
6-4/280 11/28/2010
RB NR Vegas Johnson
(Centennial HS)
Peoria, AZ
5-10/200 11/06/2010
DE NR Alec Martin
(Wenatchee HS)
Wenatchee, WA
6-4/245 11/05/2010
QB NR Colton Huntsman
(Cypress Woods HS)
Cypress, TX
5-11/180 10/25/2010
DT 152 Max Elliott
(Hoover HS)
Hoover, AL
6-4/255 10/03/2010
OLB NR Trevor Caswell
(Stony Point HS)
Round Rock, TX
6-1/200 08/29/2010
TE 87 D.J. Miolen
(North Hall HS)
Gainesville, GA
6-3/250 08/29/2010
S NR Trent Dennington
(Colleyville Heritage HS)
Colleyville, TX
6-0/195 08/15/2010
OT NR Kyle Bockeloh
(Cypress Creek HS)
Houston, TX
6-4/260 08/01/2010
OG NR Jarrett Hudson
(Cedar Park HS)
Leander, TX
6-5/260 07/22/2010
DE 187 Collin Middleton
(Cedar Park HS)
Leander, TX
6-2/230 07/21/2010
LS NR Harrison Elliott
(Roswell HS)
Roswell, GA
6-3/205 07/12/2010
OG NR Matt Rochell
(Eagles Landing Christian Academy)
McDonough, GA
6-4/235 06/21/2010

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Colorado State Rams Recruiting: Barring Any Surprises The 2011 Ram Class Is Complete

The Colorado St. Rams recruiting class is essentially complete with a class of 24 athletes that currently is ranked 4th overall in the Mountain West and 80th in the nation. Those two numbers may change by the end of tomorrow, but expect for the league ranking to stay either fourth and maybe fifth with San Diego State right behind them at 5th. The national ranking in all likelihood will change by the time all the faxes are received tomorrow.

Here is the current list of the 2011 recruiting class for Colorado State. There are no four-star players, but as head coach Steve Fairchild and offensive coordinator Pat Meyer are saying the star system is not the only thing to look for in a potential recruit.

They want players who want to go to Colorado State and then the burden goes onto the coaching staff to build up these two- and three-star recruits to play like four-star and above recruits by the time they are seniors.

Pos Nat'l
Rank
Nat'l
Rating
Name
School, Hometown

Height/Weight Commit Date
S NR Nuuvali Faapito
(Palm Desert HS)
Indio, CA

6-1/210 01/26/2011


MLB NR Aaron Davis
(Los Alamitos HS)
Los Alamitos, CA

6-0/200 01/23/2011


OLB NR Cory James
(Del Rio HS)
Del Rio, TX

6-3/20 01/20/2011


OLB NR Steven Michel
(Jones HS)
Orlando, FL

6-1/205 01/18/2011


DT 27 Isiah Norton
(Justin F Kimball HS)
Dallas, TX

6-5/290 01/18/2011


RB NR Donnell Alexander
(Blue Springs South HS)
Blue Springs, MO

5-11/200 01/16/2011


WR NR Lee Clubb
(Iowa Park HS)
Iowa Park, TX

5-11/175 01/16/2011


S NR Trent Matthews
(Judson HS)
Converse, TX

6-2/190 01/14/2011


WR NR Charles Lovett
(Hillsborough Senior HS)
Tampa, FL

5-7/155 01/04/2011


DE JC Colton Paulhus
(American River)
Sacramento, CA

6-2/255 12/15/2010


K NR Keenan Adams
(Bainbridge HS)
Bainbridge, GA

5-10/186 12/01/2010


S NR Kevin Pierre-Louis
(Del Rio HS)
Del Rio, TX

6-2/190 10/29/2010


RB 96 Dorian Brown
(Thompson Valley HS)
Loveland, CO

6-1/225 09/28/2010


TE 84 Blake Jones
(Union HS)
Tulsa, OK

6-4/220 08/20/2010


OT 143 Sam Carlson
(Poudre HS)
Fort Collins, CO

6-4/265 08/17/2010


FB 10 George Talanoa
(Valor Christian HS)
Highlands Ranch, CO

6-0/230 08/13/2010


WR NR Tommey Morris
(Permian HS)
Odessa, TX

6-0/200 08/11/2010


QB NR Conner Smith
(William B Travis HS)
Sugar Land, TX

6-4/195 08/08/2010


RB NR Davon Riddick
(Cooper HS)
Abilene, TX

6-0/210 08/01/2010


TE 32 Joe Kawulok
(Monarch HS)
Louisville, CO

6-6/210 07/30/2010


C NR Trey Cassidy
(Angleton HS)
Angleton, TX

6-3/270 07/20/2010


RB 136 Kapri Bibbs
(Plainfield North HS)
Plainfield, IL

5-10/198 06/28/2010


OT 139 Justin Hansen
(Longmont HS)
Longmont, CO

6-5/260 06/23/2010


DT 140 Bryan Bosworth
(Island Coast HS)
Cape Coral, FL
6-1/275 06/02/2010



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Colorado State Rams Recruiting: Head Coach Steve Fairchild Likes His 2011 Class

Of course Colorado St. Rams head coach Steve Fairchild is saying he likes his latest recruiting class. Any coach who says he is not pleased with his class will be the first, and most likely would not be that teams coach much longer after making that statement.

Fairchild realizes that he is not at a program that can haul on the four-and five-start athletes, but he does believe these lower rated players by the recruiting services be just as good by the time they are juniors and seniors. He also mentions how he and his staff are getting better at recruiting. Part of that has to do with recruiting smarter geographically, getting in players who fit position needs and of course recruiting players who the staff can develop to become contributors at Colorado State. 

Offensive coordinator Pat Meyer brings out the coach speak when talking about the star rating system:

"You'd love to recruit four- and five-star guys all the time," Meyer said. "But you know what? I really, truly believe the kids that are good athletes are players that in their heart want to be Rams and want to be successful, not only in football but in the academic and social community setting. Those are the ones you can win with more so than not, and it's hard to measure that. It's hard to measure what's in a kid's heart."

Part of that heart that Meyer is talking about is showing up in this year's class as four players are already on campus for this spring. They are running back Dorian Brown, quarterback Garrett Grayson, Colton Paulhus who is a junior college transfer defensive and safety Drew Reilly.

Unless there are some surprise tomorrow the Rams look to have completed their 2011 class.

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Colorado Buffaloes Recruiting: Will Harlos Switches Commitment From Wake Forset In Favor Of Colorado

A theme growing in recruiting is getting teammates to go to the same college to continue playing together. Juda Parker and Pauly Asiata both from St. Louis from Honolulu are both heading to Colorado, and now it seems that long time Wake Forest commit Will Harlos is backing out after visiting Colorado this past week. He will now be heading to Colorado to play with his high school teammate Stevie Dorman:

Harlos, a 6′4″, 195-pound prospect from Somerset, Texas, has decided to forego his commitment to the Demon Deacons, and will instead follow teammated Stevie Dorman to Boulder. The deicision was obviously not an easy one for Harlos. "It is incredibly stressful right now. It is going to be up to me in the end, but I am going to go home and talk about it with my family ... I don't know what is going to ultimately help me make this decision, but I hope I know soon."

Harlos played linebacker for Somerset, and was the unanimous selection for his district's defensive player of the year. As a senior, he played primarily as rush end, but as Harlos fills out his 6′4″ frame, he may play at safety for the Buffs.

Harlos is rated between a two- and three-star player, depending on what recruiting service one looks at. His listed 40 time of 4.54 is fast enough for him to transition to play safety at the college level, and his height is a huge plus in the secondary since a lot of defensive backs top out at an inch or two above six feet.

Colorado is currently up to 15 verbal commits with one singed player in junior college quarterback Brent Burnette, so the Buffs should be busy tonight and through signing day tomorrow to round out their class.

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Colorado Buffaloes Recruiting: Buffs Snag Athlete Kyle Washington

Colorado has been gaining some steam by getting some late adds to the 2011 class and the latest is Kyle Washington, who is listed as an athlete.

Perhaps the easiest call of the final weekend, cornerback Kyle Washington committed to play for Colorado after meeting with coaches on Sunday morning. Washington, a two-star cornerback prospect from Florence, Arizona, had a number of other offers (Hawai’i, New Mexico State, Air Force, Utah State, North Dakota State), but the offer he received from Colorado was his first from a BCS school.

Washington is considered to be a two-star prospect, but he could be a versatile contributor to the Buffs. He had four kick returns for touchdowns this past season, and earned All-Arizona honors as a wide receiver this past season. On defense, he had 29 tackles, four forced fumbles, and three interceptions.

The two-star moniker along with the list other schools that offered Washington may scare some Colorado fans away, but Washington is 6-1, 197 lbs., and runs a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash. He has some decent speed to be a return man -- if he is to be utilized that way -- as well as cover fast receiver, and Washington has said that his versatility will help him get on the field more quickly. Plus, he said is willing to play any position that will get him on the field.

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Colorado Buffaloes Recruiting: Juda Parker Inches Closer To Signing With Colorado

On Monday, top Hawai'i defensive end recruit Juda Parker was considering making the Colorado Buffaloes his choice and would make his decision on signing day. However, late Monday night he allowed Rivals to add his name to Colorado's 2011 class. Getting Parker to commit is a big deal for Colorado who currently has the 11th rated class in the Pac-12. By landing Parker Colorado should be the lead candidate for the top prospect in Hawai'i in offensive lineman Paulay Asiata.

Asiata also attended the same St. Louis high school as Parker. Asiata recently backed off of his verbal commit to Washington and is now adding Colorado to the list, but Asiata will not make his announcement until signing day where a group of other Hawai'i football players are announcing their decision at a large event in Honolulu. As for Parker, having his named added to the 2011 Buff commitment on Rivals is the closest thing outside of him signing in and faxing his letter of intent to the coach standing by in Boulder, Colo.

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Colorado Buffaloes Recruiting: Top Hawai'i Recruit Paulay Asiata Decommits From Washington, Is Now Considering Colorado

Colorado is getting a late flurry of possible commits in the final 48 hours of the recruiting season. Earlier today, defensive end Juda Parker is considering Colorado and now his teammate Paulay Asiata who is an offensive lineman and considered the top player from Hawai'i has backed out of his verbal commitment to Washington and is now also considering Colorado.

Here is what Juda Parker said regarding Asiata:

"It looks good for both of us at Colorado.''' Parker also says that Asiata may have "committed (to UW) too soon, before he was ready'' and that now that he has thought about things more he wants to go to Colorado with Parker. [ESPNRISE.com's] Biggins was in Hawaii last week and said that while there, he also got word from people at Asiata's school that he had decommitted from UW. However, there is also a school of thought that Asiata may just want to wait to make his decision final until Wednesday, when there is a signing day event on the Islands, and that he hasn't ruled out UW.

With Colorado's class near the bottom of the Pac-12 getting the best two players from Hawai'i is definitely a solid boost, but nothing will be complete until the sign the National Letter of Intent this Wednesday.

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Colorado Buffaloes Recruiting: Buffaloes Considered Heavy Favorite To Land Juda Parker

So far, the Colorado Buffaloes have not been a force in Pac-12 recruiting as they are currently ranked 11 out of 12 teams, but the Buffs are considered to be the favorite in landing Juda Parker who is a 6'2" 250 pound defensive end from St Louis High School in Hawai'i.

Rivals considers Parker as the 28th best defensive end in the nation and the second best player out of Hawai'i in this 2010 class. He also participated in the Army All-American, Hawaii Defensive Player of the Year by the Star Adviser and he also was named the Interscholastic League of Honolulu Defensive Co-Player of the Year.

Parker is expected to make his announcement on signing day.


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National Signing Day: College Football Recruiting Culminates On Wednesday

Every college football fan knows that recruiting is the life-line that keeps the program going and just one bad class of 25 players could set teams back a few years, as could a bad season or a head coaching. The latter two plagued both the Colorado St. Rams and the Colorado Buffaloes.

The Rams have actually had two bad seasons in a row after winning the New Mexico Bowl back in 2008 with a combined record of 6-18, but they are able to sign quarterback Pete Thomas which was a rare four-star signing for the Rams. As for Colorado, they never got off the ground with Dan Hawkins as their head coach in winning games nor winning any recruiting battles. The Buffaloes fired Hawkins back on Nov. 8 and brought in Jon Embree to be his replacement. Air Force in general is hard to decipher their classes, because there are so many restrictions put in place for potential athletes and most are two and maybe the rare three star player.

As for right now, according to Rivals, Colorado State has the fourth best class in the Mountain West, Air Force is eighth and Colorado is 11 out of 12 in the Pac-12 with only Washington State being ranked lower.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream as we look at the stories revolving around the local FBS teams as well as stories about their conferences over the next few days.

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