The Colorado Buffaloes landing a big need for their 2012 recruiting class as tight end Austin Ray changed his commitment from the Mississippi Rebels to Colorado after his visit. Ray said he liked the coaching staff and that he could see playing time as a true freshman:
"I felt a connection with all their coaches. I thought they were all great guys and they are fired up about starting up a good program and they all have a lot of experience and I thought it was nice that the head coach, Jon Embree, is a former tight end that played in the NFL. It is rare as a tight end to have a head coach that played your position."
"Knowing that I could get significant playing time next year as a true freshman is great. It seems like a great opportunity," Ray said. "They run a pro-style offense and their offensive coordinator (Eric Bieniemy) came from the Vikings so they are running NFL stuff and they are big on using tight ends, so it is nice.
Ray is a three-star recruit and is rated as the 15th overall player in his home state of Missouri. Other notable offers that he had came from the Kansas St. Wildcats, Missouri Tigers, Nebraska Cornhuskers and Stanford Cardinal.
Ray is the second tight end in the 2012 class for Colorado, the other is Texas native Jeromy Irwin.