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Stoppin’ by for a Visit

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    By Stuart

    [h=3]Stoppin’ By for a Visit[/h]January 10th
    Four weekends of official visits lay between the CU coaching staff and Signing Day (Wednesday, February 6th). Jon Embree used very few of the Buffs’ allotted official visits during the regular season, so head coach Mike MacIntyre has plenty of official visit opportunities to offer potential recruits.
    A big weekend is already taking shape for next weekend, as 11 players have already been indentified as coming to Boulder – a number which will rise even higher over the next week.
    This weekend, only four official visitors have been listed. More may well be coming, but the names which are known are wide receiver Bryce Bobo, offensive lineman Gunnar Graham, running back Phillip Lindsay, and defensive end Timothy Coleman.
    The first three are already verbal commits to the University of Colorado (and their bios are posted, below), but, as everyone in the Buff Nation knows, these were commitments which were made to the previous coaching staff,*so this is a courtship between parties still getting to know one another.
    [h=2]Timothy Coleman – DE[/h]The other official visitor, Timothy Coleman, is an interesting case. Coleman is a 6’3″, 245-pound defensive end from Mullen high in Denver who runs a 4.78 in the 40. Coleman is a Colorado State commit, and was not recruited by the former staff at the University of Colorado. Coleman was contacted, though, by the new staff, and is willing to take a look at Boulder.
    Coleman is not rated by Rivals, but there are reasons for that. First, he is only 17 years old (birthday in October), so he still has some growing to do). Second, Coleman played offensive tackle as a junior, so there was no evaluation done of him as a defensive end last year. Then, Coleman did move to defensive end for his senior year, only to tear his MCL and ACL in his knee, an injury he is only now recovering from.
    So, Coleman could be a diamond in the rough … or a player who won’t make it onto the field in college.
    Tough to tell right now. All we know for sure is that Coleman will be in Boulder this weekend.

    The other three known visitors have given verbal commitments to Colorado. Their bios:
    [h=2]Bryce Bobo – WR [/h]Just the facts … Committed June 15th … Bobo is a wide receiver prospect from Covina, California. Bobo is 6’3″, 175-pounds, and runs a 4.6 in the 40. Rivals bio Scout bio
    What others say about Bobo … Bobo is not yet rated by Rivals, but is rated as a two-star prospect by Scout. By Scout’s reckoning, Bobo is the No. 161 wide receiver in the nation. Here is a link to some junior highlights for Bobo. It’s pretty impressive stuff, but it’s hard for most of us to be able to judge the quality of the competition.
    Bobo had other offers from … wait for it … Idaho. The same Vandals who are looking at regressing to the 1-AA, and their old home in the Big Sky Conference, as a potential outcast from what is left from the Western Athletic Conference. Reportedly, Bobo was receiving interest from Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming, San Diego State, San Jose State, Stony Brook, South Florida, Florida International and Nevada.
    [h=2]Phillip Lindsay – RB[/h]Just the facts … Committed March 22nd … Lindsay is a running back prospect from Denver South high. Lindsay is 5’10″, 173-pounds, and runs a 4.49 in the 40. Rivals bio Scout bio ESPN bio
    What other say about Lindsay … Lindsay is considered to be a three-star prospect by Rivals, but only a two-star prospect by Scout. Rivals rates Lindsay as the No. 5 player out of the state of Colorado from the Class of 2013, while Scout lists Lindsay as the No. 112 running back nationally. A three-year starter, Lindsay has already rushed for 4,288 yards and recorded nearly 300 tackles during his prep career at Denver South. Lindsay was one of four juniors named first-team all-state at the 5A classification by the Denver Post in December. Lindsay was voted First Team West Metro All-Conference at running back, and was also named to the second team as a linebacker. Lindsay’s 9.2 yards per carry average in 2011 was third best among 5A backs with at least 153 carries. In seven of 10 games in 2011, Lindsay rushed for more than 163 yards, with the junior accumulating 1,763 and 13 touchdowns on the season. He had a 300-yard, four-touchdown performance in the Rebels’ 64-13 victory over Lincoln in mid-October. Lindsay also returns punts, returns kicks and starts at linebacker for Denver South (ESPN is listing Lindsay as a cornerback prospect, but he is being recruited by Colorado as a running back).
    Lindsay is also a sprinter for the Denver South track team. He plans to run the 100-yard dash along with the 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 relays. He participated in all of those events last year and helped his team reach the state meet.
    Lindsay had other offers from … only a handful of schools, though Lindsay reported receiving letters from “too many colleges to list”. Lindsay was being recruited heavily by Boise State and Colorado State. One reason that the official offer sheet was not longer is that early on Lindsay expressed an interest in remaining in-state for college.
    In his own words … Lindsay told BuffaloSportsNews that he attended several CU games this past fall at Folsom Field and that he understands the Buffs are in rebuilding mode. He said he has an excellent relationship with Colorado offensive coordinator and running backs coach Eric Bieneimy. Lindsay said he likes the campus in Boulder. He said he liked that CU fans remained generally positive even though the Buffs didn’t play particularly well in the games he attended. “It was a cool atmosphere,” he said. “It never really felt negative about anything even if Colorado was losing, they weren’t really negative. They cheered their teams on and that’s what they’re going to do.”
    [h=2]Gunnar Graham – OL[/h]Just the facts … Committed June 30th … Graham is an offensive lineman prospect from Kentfield, California. Graham is 6’6″, 280-pounds. Rivals bio Scout bio
    What others say about Graham … Graham is considered a three-star prospect by Rivals, but is considered only a two-star player by Scout. Graham may still be under the radar on the national level due to his only playing one season on offense. Graham played solely on the defensive line at Kentfield prior to his junior season, but moved to the offensive line out of necessity last season. “We really needed him on the offensive line so we moved him over,” Marin Catholic coach Mazi Moayed told Scout.com. “He played blindside tackle for us and really got after it. He can run, has a great motor and is very physical. He lacked experience but he’s a natural talent and has a great attitude. He’s still learning but has a big upside. He had a very good first year for us and should have a dominant senior season.”
    Highlights from Graham’s junior season:

    Graham had other offers from … most notably, Utah, where he also took an unofficial visit this week. Graham also had offers from Iowa State, San Diego State, Utah State, and Eastern Washington, and had interest from other Pac-12 schools, including Oregon State. It probably didn’t hurt the Buffs’ cause that Graham’s father is a CU graduate, but the Buffs do get credit for being the first school to offer Graham.
    In his own words … Graham this fall will be protecting the backside of quarterback Jared Goff, a Cal commit. “My strengths are that I have a motor. I’m very aggressive off the line of scrimmage,” Graham told UteZone.com. “I’m a great downfield blocker. I’m committed to how I want to make myself better and make the team better,” he said.





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