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Recruiting – Class of 2014

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    [h=2]Recruiting Class of 2014[/h]
    (Note … While the number in the*Signing class is dependent upon a number of*factors, including attrition at the end of the season, the best guess is that the CU*Recruiting Class of 2014 will consist of between 20-22 members).
    [h=2]JOMON DOTSON – RB[/h]Just the facts … Committed October 6th … Dotson is a running back prospect from American Canyon, California. Dotson is 6’0″, 178-pounds, and runs a reported 4.48 in the 40.* Rivals bio* Scout bio
    What others say about Dotson … Dotson is considered to by both Rivals and Scout to be a three-star prospect. Rivals rates Dotson as the No. 48 running back in the*nation, and the No. 57 player overall out of the state of California from the Class of 2014. *Scout, meanwhile, has Dotson as the No. 64 running back in the nation.

    [h=2]CHRISTIAN SHAVER – DL[/h]Just the facts … Committed August 28th … Shaver is a defensive line prospect from Sandy,*Utah. Shaver is 6’3″, 215-pounds.*Rivals bio* Scout bio
    What others say about Shaver … Shaver is considered by both Rivals and Scout to be a two-star prospect. In his first game of the 2013 season, Shaver had six tackles, two sacks, and a fumble recovery for*his hometown*Jordan Beetdiggers.
    Shaver had other offers from … Utah and Hawai’i. Arizona State and Utah State were also interested, and reportedly had an offer to make an unofficial visit to USC for their home opener against Washington State on September 7th.
    A BuffPlayBook.com video from YouTube from Shaver’s visit to a CU camp this past summer:

    Video highlights of Shaver’s junior year*from Hudl.com can be found here.

    [h=2]ELIJAH RODRIGUEZ – OL[/h]Just the facts … Committed August 23rd … Rodriguez is an offensive line prospect from Houston, Texas. Rodriguez is 6’6″, 280-pounds, and runs a 5.0 in the 40. Rivals bio* Scout bio
    What others say about Rodriguez … Rodriguez is considered by both Rivals and Scout to be a two-star prospect. Scout rates Rodriguez as the No. 141 offensive tackle in the nation. The Houston Chronicle reports that Rodriguez will move to left tackle for his senior season after playing on the right side of the line during his junior campaign. “(Rodriguez) is a pretty good athlete,” Cy-Creek coach Greg McCaig told the Houston Chronicle. “He’s also played on our basketball team for us, so he’s got really good feet. And that’s probably a more natural position for him.”
    Rodriguez had offers*from … about a dozen other schools, *including Arizona State, Illinois, and Kansas. Rodriguez also had offers from Houston, Fresno State, Nevada, Tulsa, New Mexico and UCF.
    In his own words … In June, Rodriguez attended a camp in Pearland, Texas, which involved CU coaches. Rodriguez came away impressed. “I really enjoyed it out here,” Rodriguez told FoxSportsNext. “I came out here to see the Colorado coaches because they have offered me. I wanted to get to work with the offensive line coach. This was the first time I met the Colorado coaches in person and I got a lot of helpful pointers from the coaches on pass pro. Overall, it was a nice camp.”
    Video highlights of Rodriguez from Hudl.com can be found here.

    [h=2]SAM BENNION – DL[/h]Just the facts … Committed August 14th … Bennion is a defensive line prospect from Logan, Utah. Bennion is 6’5″, 243-pounds. Rivals bio* Scout bio
    What others say about Bennion … Bennion is considered by Scout to be a two-star prospect, but was an unrated player by Rivals at the time of his commitment.* Bennion was named honorable mention all-state and earned all-region and all-Valley honors after recording 52 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior.
    Bennion had other offers from …**Utah, Weber State, and several Ivy League schools like Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth, so qualifying this commit is likely not going to be an issue. However, Bennion is a name which Buff fans are going to have to put away into their memory banks for a few years.*Bennion is going to take a Mormon mission for two years after graduating high school. If this works out, Bennion could come back to Boulder as a strong, mature defensive lineman.
    Here is a link to Hudl.com highlights of Bennion’s junior season.

    [h=2]JASE FRANKE – DL[/h]Just the facts … Committed August 12th … Franke is a defensive line prospect from Ventura, California. Franke is 6’4″, 255- pounds. Rivals bio* Scout bio
    What others say about Franke … Franke is considered by both Rivals and Scout to be a three-star prospect. Scout has him listed as the No. 96 defensive end in the nation. Last season, his St. Bonaventure team went 11-2, and was ranked as the No. 14 team in the state of California. 247Sports.com gives*Franke an 83 rating, with best attributes considered to be strength and “motor”, with weaknesses being athleticism and “hand quickness”. Brandon Huffman, for Scout.com, had this to say about Franke: “Jase has had a terrific spring, looking great at two different camps I saw him at and when I visited his school in the spring, before he had any offers, he was a guy who really caught my eye. *I think his best football is ahead of him, too”.
    Franke had other offers from … Arizona, Miami (OH), and San Jose State. Arizona State, UCLA, Virginia, Penn State, Maryland and Boise State were showing interest. For a good part of the summer, it appeared that Arizona was the clear leader for Franke’s services. In fact, after visiting Tucson – and Arizona’s new facilities – in late July it appeared that Franke was going to be a Wildcat. “I might still get out to Colorado next month, just to observe and see what it’s like, but I’m not completely sure,” Franke told WildcatAuthority.com on July 30th. “I would like to be able to compare Arizona to another place, so the visit is a possibility”. Well, Franke did visit during the media day weekend, and committed to Colorado.
    Hudl.com highlights of Franke can be found here.
    YouTube highlights of Franke’s junior season:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn9s6Tb473A


    [h=2]EDDY LOPEZ – DL[/h]Just the facts … Committed August 5th … Lopez is a defensive line prospect from El Paso, Texas. Lopez is 6’3″, 289-pounds. Rivals bio* Scout bio
    What others say about Lopez … Lopez*is an unranked prospect by Rivals, and after*not even in the database of recruits at Scout when he committed, is now ranked as a two-star prospect. Lopez reported that he has gained 40 pounds in the past year, which may help account for his previous lack of attention. Lopez posted 41 tackles last season (27 solo) and 3.5 sacks.
    Lopez had other offers from … No other known schools. Lopez did attend a summer camp at Texas, where he reportedly turned some heads. UTEP was also reportedly interested.
    Here is a link to some highlights on Hudl.com
    Here is a YouTube video with some highlights from his junior season:



    [h=2]EVAN WHITE – DB[/h]Just the facts … Committed July 7th … White is a defensive back prospect from Aurora (Cherokee Trail) Colorado. White is 6’3″, 190-pounds, and reportedly runs a 4.54 in the 40. Rivals bio* Scout bio
    What others say about White … White is considered to be a three-star prospect by Rivals, but was not rated by Scout at the time of his commitment (White was given a two-star rating a few days later). For the 12-2 Cougars, White had 88 tackles (46 solo), and seven interceptions. He also had 17 catches at wide receiver*for 231 yards and two touchdowns. As a junior, White was named first team all-league, conference and state.*White clocked in at 11.3-seconds in the 100-meter dash, 22.25-seconds in the 200 and helped Cherokee Trail to a state championship in the 4×2-relay during track this spring.
    White had other offers from … Colorado State and New Mexico State. Other schools reportedly showing an interest in White included Nebraska, UCLA, Washington, Boise State, Arizona State and Tulsa. Academics has been an issue for White, which may have had an impact on his offers. For his part, though, White does not seem qualification as an issue. “I am retaking classes”, White told ColoradoPrepReport.com in May. “By the end of the semester, they should be better grades”.
    In his own words … “I have known for a while this is where I wanted to go,” White said. “It just feels right, I really like the coaches a lot and felt it was the best place for me.”
    Here are some YouTube highlights from White’s junior year (You have to like his size – 6’3″, 190 – and his hands. Not sure yet about his tackling and attacking skills):


    [h=2]DYLAN KEENEY – TE[/h]Just the facts … Committed July 1st … Keeney is a tight end prospect from Granite Bay, California. Keeney is 6’5″, 215-pounds, and runs a 4.6 in the 40. Rivals bio* Scout bio
    What others say about Keeney … Keeney is considered to be a three-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout. Scout has Keeney rated as the No. 34 tight end in the nation, and the No. 9 tight end in the West. NorCalPreps.com had this to say about Keeney, who also plays linebacker: “Long, rangy and more athletic than many realize, Keeney checks in at around 6-foot-5 and a solid 210-pounds with no bad weight. His frame is going to allow him to get significantly better so if he stays on defense his future should be at outside linebacker. Keeney is very comfortable getting out in space and covering backs and tight ends, and that part of his game separates him from some other linebackers at his level. In fact, he almost looks like a safety with his ball skills and willingness to spread out and cover. Just don’t expect him to play in the secondary in college and you will be very impressed with that aspect of his game. His anticipation skills are impressive and he does a good job of even baiting quarterbacks to make throws that shouldn’t happen”.
    Keeney had other offers from … A number of western schools, including Wyoming, Nevada, Idaho, San Jose State, Sacramento State and Eastern Washington.
    In his own words … “I have been thinking about it a lot lately,” Keeney told BuffPlayBook.com. “I really felt comfortable at Colorado and with their coaching staff. They made me feel very much at home.” Keeney was very impressed with the Colorado campus and the surrounding area. “It’s great up there,” Keeney said. “I really like the stadium a lot, the campus is incredible and all the mountains surrounding the campus just adds to its beauty.”
    According to Keeney, Colorado is recruiting him to play tight-end, he appears to have made a great relationship with new Tight-End/Running back coach Klayton Adams. “Coach Adams is great,” Keeney said. “You can tell he is a great coach, it was great going to camp with him to see how he coaches. He is very easy to talk to about anything.”
    YouTube highlights from Keeney’s junior year (focusing on his year at linebacker):



    [h=2]ZACH BROWN – LB[/h]Just the facts … Committed July 1st … Brown is a linebacker prospect from San Diego, California. Brown is 6’2, 235-pounds. Rivals bio* Scout bio
    What others say about Brown … Brown is considered to be a three-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout. Scout has Brown listed as the No. 27 middle linebacker in the nation. Last season, Brown registered*68 tackles, 15 tackles*for loss,*and registered five sacks.*Like Rick Gamboa (see below), Brown was rated as one of the top five middle linebackers from the state of California this season. Scout had this to say about Brown: “Brown has an old school feel to his game and is a throwback in a low of ways. He’s very aggressive and plays with an edge. At 6-3, 235 pounds, he’s a load and packs a wallop but can still move. He had a very good showing at the recent SoCal NIKE Camp showing he can play fast and cover a ton of ground. As Brown continues to improve his overall athleticism, he projects as a prototype middle ‘backer in a 4-3 scheme and he should be very productive in college”.
    Brown had other offers from … Colorado State, San Diego State, and Army. Other schools showing interest include: Arizona, Cal, Nevada, San Jose State, UCLA and Washington.
    In his own words … “Their coaches really seem to know how to coach,” Brown told BuffPlayBook.com. “I camped with them on June 19th at one of their road camps. I was really impressed”.**Brown intends on studying aerospace engineering, which played right into CU’s hand.*”It was too good of an opportunity to pass up, especially from an academic standpoint,” Brown said. “Colorado has one of the best aerospace engineering programs in the country, that’s what I plan on studying.”
    You Tube highlights from Brown’s junior season:


    [h=2]RICK GAMBOA – LB[/h]Just the facts … Committed June 29th … Gamboa is a linebacker prospect from West Hills, California. Gamboa is 6’0″, 217-pounds. Rivals bio* Scout bio
    What others say about Gamboa … Gamboa is considered to be a three-star linebacker by both Rivals and Scout. Rivals rates Gamboa as the No. 94 overall player out of the state of California this season. Gamboa was rated by Scout as one of the top five linebackers in California, having this to say about him: “Gamboa is a rugged inside ‘backer and one of the biggest hitters in the state. He’s very smart and has an innate ability to quickly read and react to a player. He controls the defense and has a tireless work ethic. He looks to have put on about 15 pounds in the last year and playing against one of the toughest schedules in the state”.
    Gamboa was named Mission League Defensive Player of the Year for the Chaminade Eagles, who went 12-2 last season. Gamboa was named the Daily News all-area Defensive Player of the Year, all-state and all-CIF after recording 160 tackles, eight sacks and one interception as a junior in 2012. Gamboa’s former teammate, wide receiver Elijah Dunston, was a member of the CU recruiting Class of 2013, arriving on the CU campus June 23rd.
    Gamboa had other offers from … only Idaho and UTEP, but Gamboa reportedly had interest from other schools, including Fresno State, Boise State, Oregon State, TCU, Utah and San Jose State.
    In his own words … “It’s always been a dream of mine to play in the Pac 12,” Gamboa told BuffPlayBook.com. “I fell in love with Colorado on my visit there this spring, I decided today it was time to make my decision … Coach*MacIntyre told me that I made him a very happy man. He said he couldn’t wait to get me back on campus and that he was very excited to have me a part of his family … I loved the way he turned the San Jose State football program around. He is very passionate about returning Colorado to its winning ways. I want to be a part of that.”
    You Tube highlights from Gamboa’s junior season:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCR22e74KrY


    [h=2]CADE APSAY – QB[/h]Just the facts … Committed June 18th … Apsay is a quarterback prospect from Canyon Country, California. Apsay is 6’2″, 176-pounds. Rivals bio* Scout bio
    What others say about Apsay … Apsay is considered to be a three-star quarterback by both Rivals and Scout. Rivals rates Apsay as the No. 85 player out of the state of California this season. As a junior, Apsay threw for 3,333 yards, with 39 touchdown passes to 14 interceptions on 206-of-346 passing. He also ran for 341 yards and 15 touchdowns. In being voted as the Foothills Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Apsay set a number of school records, including: Passing Yards Single-Game Record = 415 yards; Passing TD Single-Game Record = 5; Passing TD Single-Season = 39; Passing Completions Single-Season = 206; Passing Yards Single-Season = 3,333; and Passing Yards per Game Single-Season = 277.
    Apsay had other offers from … Arizona, New Mexico, Northern Colorado and Eastern Washington.*Apsay did have interest from a number of other schools, including Oregon State, UCLA, Boise State and San Diego State.
    In his own words … “There are reasons I swayed toward them: the coaches, the school itself, the education I would get, when I went to visit I really loved what I saw from the campus,” Apsay told the Santa Clarita Valley Signal. “I really believe coach MacIntyre and his staff can turn it around there. I’m really confident when I come I can make my mark on that turnaround … They really showed me who they are as coaches and people, especially coach Bernardi. He was straight up with me. We hit it off well.”
    YouTube highlights of Apsay:



    [h=2]CHANCE WAZ – CB[/h]Just the facts … Committed June 11th … Waz is a cornerback prospect from Pflugerville, Texas.* Waz is 5’11″, 173-pounds, and has been timed at 4.5 in the 40. Rivals bio**Scout bio
    What others say about Waz … Waz is*rated as a two-star cornerback by*Rivals; and unrated wide receiver by Scout. Waz earned first-team all-district honors after tallying 116 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries while playing safety as a junior. According to Waz, Colorado is recruiting the wide receiver/defensive back to play on the defensive side of the ball. “They are wanting me to play corner,” Waz told BuffPlaybook.com. “I will play whereever they need me to play.”
    Waz had other offers from … Utah, North Texas, UTEP, Texas State and Arkansas State. He had also been hearing from Baylor, Kansas State, Michigan State, Oklahoma and TCU among others.
    In his own words … “Some coaches don’t care about you personally, they just want you to play football for them,” Waz said. “Coach Mac and his staff seem to want to build personal relationships with you, care about you on and off the field. Coach Mac said he wants to develop and help all of his players to make it to the NFL, what high school athlete don’t want to make it to the next level.” Waz feels that he learned a lot from the Colorado coaches. “They are great teachers,” Waz said. “They are really cool coaches, very personable and easy to talk to.”
    YouTube highlights of Waz’s junior year:



    [h=2]GRANT WATANABE – ILB[/h]Just the facts … Committed May 29th … Watanabe is an inside linebacker prospect from San Antonio, Texas. Watanabe is 5’10″, 225-pounds. Rivals bio*Scout bio
    What others*say about Watanabe …*Watanabe is rated as a three-star linebacker by Rivals, but it not yet rated by Scout. Watanabe was named the Defensive Player of the Year in San Antonio in 2012 after he recorded 167 tackles, 27 for a loss, three sacks and four interceptions. He was also a junior All-American, first-team all-state, first-team all-city and unanimous first-team all-district selection. Grant’s older brother, Ethan Watanabe, is a tight end at Hawai’i. Watanabe has two uncles that played collegiately at BYU. And he currently has three relatives playing in the NFL: cousin Stanley Havili plays fullback for the Indianapolis Colts, uncle Tony Moeaki plays tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs and second cousin Paul Soliai plays defensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins … impressive lineage.
    Watanabe had other offers from … only Utah, though there was considerable interest in Watanabe this spring as he made the rounds. Watanabe was in Colorado before touring the state of*Texas, taking in a UTSA practice, visiting SMU,*and then attending Baylor’s spring game. The athlete visited SMU the following day before heading to the Dallas Nike Football Training Camp. Watanabe also tripped to Boise State and Utah.
    In his own words … “I play with passion,”*Watanabe told BroncoCountry.com. “To play linebacker you have to have passion, intensity, and football smarts”.
    You Tube highlights from Watanabe’s junior year (he may not be big, but he can hit, and he has a nose for the ball):



    [h=2]ISAAC MILLER*- OL[/h]Just the facts … Committed May 24th … Miller is an offensive tackle prospect from*Longmont, Colorado.*Miller is*6’ 7″, 250-pounds.*Rivals bio* Scout bio*Hudl video highlights
    What others say about*Miller …*Miller is rated as a three-star*offensive lineman*by both Rivals and Scout. Miller is rated by Rivals as the No. 7 prospect out of the state of Colorado this year … All Region First Team bocopreps.com … All State First Team 3A Denver Post … All State First Team 3A CHSCA ,,, Academic All State … Number 15 rated overall junior by ColoradoPrepReport.com.
    Miller has a 4.2 GPA, so qualifying should not be an issue. “I’m extremely excited for Isaac for a lot of reasons,” Raptors head coach Mike Apodaca told the Daily Camera. “One, he can concentrate now on his senior year, both academically and athletically. That’s a great thing when you have that out of the way. And I’m excited for Isaac to be close, to be honest.”
    Miller had other offers from … Washington State, Wyoming, New Mexico State and Northern Colorado. Miller also took unofficial visits to Michigan State and Purdue this spring. Arizona State was also reportedly interested in Miller’s services. Miller was up in Boulder for Junior Day this spring, and received his first scholarship offer from the Buffs.*”Every coach went out of their way to introduce themselves and tell you what they were about,” Miller told ColoradoPrepReport in March. “I appreciated that a lot.”
    In his own words … “I’m pretty fired up about being a Buff,” Miller told BuffPlayBook.com. “I called Coach MacIntyre this morning, he was very excited to have me as a member of his football family.”
    What did Coach MacIntyre say to Miller when he received the news? “He sounded very excited,” Miller said. “He asked me if both of my feet were in the Colorado boat. He doesn’t rush a commitment, but once you make a pledge he wants to make sure that I’m completely committed to him and his football program. I’m completely committed to being a Buff”.


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