When news spread Tuesday afternoon that three-star fullback Christian Powell changed his commitment from UCLA to Colorado, it was significant beyond just another impressive recruit landed by Buffaloes coach Jon Embree. Powell's addition means Colorado has 28 recruits set, which is the NCAA limit.
Colorado had gone 27 years between signing three recruits from the same high school, but they did it twice in 2012. Powell went to Upland High School in Upland, Calif., along with fellow recruits tailback Donta Abron and cornerback Marques Mosley. Colorado also has three players committed from Woodson High School in Washington, D.C.
Here's a look at Colorado's updated list of commitments:
The Brush News-Tribune reported that there is a way Colorado could add more names to its list:
Julie Manning, CU's director of compliance, said there are scenarios in which CU and other programs can announce more than 28 additions on signing day, but only 28 recruits are allowed to sign national letters of intent. The NCAA recently approved a rule change that will go into effect next year that limits the number to 25 in any one year.
Manning said if CU has more than 28 prospects who want to join the program, the only way to include more than 28 in the class is if one or more players agrees to pay a $300 enrollment deposit and join the program as a walk-on. Manning said after June 1, that player or players could be awarded a scholarship if one is available.
Embree said today that he doesn't expect to have more than 28 names to announce on Wednesday.
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