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Depth Chart and Recruiting II

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    By Stuart

    [h=3]CU Depth Chart and Recruiting Needs from the Class of 2014[/h] The Colorado Recruiting Class of 2014 is largely in place.
    There still*may be some defections, however. Witness this past week when linebacker Zach Brown from San Diego, a CU commit since last summer, decided he wanted to play closer to home, and de-committed.
    There may also be more attrition from the roster, opening up some additional scholarships for next fall.
    Still, the Recruiting Class of 2014 is mostly settled, which means the Buff roster for the 2014 season is, for the most part, a known quantity. As a result, we are now in position to review how the eligibility chart will look come September. Last week, we looked at the offensive units.
    This week, its the defense and special teams …

    [h=3]Defensive Line[/h] 2013 Post-Spring Depth Chart (by class):
    Defensive tackle … Nate Bonsu, Sr.; Josh Tupou, So.; Tyler*Henington, So.; Justin Solis, So.; John Tuso, So. (walk-on); Kory Rasmussen, R-Fr.; De’Jon Wilson, R-Fr.
    Defensive end …*Chidera Uzo-Diribe, Sr.; Kirk Poston, Jr.; Juda Parker, Jr.; Andre Nichols, Jr. (walk-on); Samson Kafovalu, So.; John Stuart, R-Fr.; Derek McCartney, (gray-shirt); Jimmie Gilbert (incoming freshman); Markeis Reed (incoming freshman); Timothy Coleman (incoming freshman)
    2014 Pre-Spring Depth Chart (by class):
    Defensive tackle … Josh Tupou, Jr.; Tyler*Henington, Jr.; Justin Solis, Jr.; Samson Kafovalu, Jr. (moved over from defensive end); John Tuso, Jr. (walk-on)
    Defensive end … Kirk Poston, Sr.; Juda Parker, Sr.; Andre Nichols, Sr. (walk-on); De’Jon Wilson, So. (moved over from defensive tackle); Jimmie*Gilbert, So.;*Derek McCartney, R-Fr.; Markeis Reed, R-Fr.; Timothy Coleman, R-Fr.
    Class of 2014 verbal commits:
    Eddie Lopez, a 6’3″, 289-pound prospect from El Paso, Texas.
    Lopez*is considered to be a three-star prospect by Rivals, but receives only two stars from Scout. Lopez was an “under-the-radar” prospect when he committed to Colorado in August (at the time, he wasn’t even in the Scout database).
    Senior season … Lopez helped Coronado improve from 4-6 in 2012 to 8-3 and a District 1-5A championship this season. He was credited with 69 tackles, including 45 solo and 12 for a loss, and four sacks, up from 41 tackles (27 solo) as a junior. Lopez reported gaining 40 pounds in the past year. For his efforts this past season, Lopez was named by the El Paso Times as the Co-Defensive Player of the Year in his conference.
    Comments … Lopez is considered to be a solid verbal. Lopez did take an unofficial visit to Austin for a Texas game, and did receive a scholarship offer from hometown UTEP, but has not waivered in his commitment.

    Sam Bennion, a 6’6″, 243-pound prospect from Logan, Utah.
    Bennion is considered a two-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout.
    Senior season … Bennion had 63 tackles (39 solo) this past season, posting ten sacks, with three pass deflections and a forced fumble.
    Comments … Want the good news or the bad news? The good news is that Bennion is a solid commit, and will come to Colorado a mature, larger defensive lineman. The bad news is that CU fans will have to wait two years to see Bennion in action, as he taking a two-year Mormon mission after high school. If it works out for Bennion and CU, Bennion will be that much stronger (and larger) when he starts playing for the Buffs in 2016.

    Jase Franke, a 6’4″, 255-pound prospect from Ventura, California.
    Franke is considered to be a two-star prospect by Rivals, but a three-star prospect by Scout. In Scout’s view, Franke is the No. 119 defensive end in the nation this year. .
    Senior season … Franke had 70 tackles (42 solo) this past season, with nine sacks and a pass deflection.
    Comments … Franke is considered to be a solid verbal. Franke had offers from a number of schools, including Arizona, Cal, and Boise State (and Washington after Chris Petersen became the Huskies’ coach), but after taking his official visit to Boulder in December, Franke closed his recruitment. “Going on that visit to Boulder this past weekend, it sealed the deal for me,” Franke told BuffPlayBook.com. “Colorado is the best fit for me, I don’t plan on visiting anywhere else.”

    Michael Mathewes, a 6’4″, 235-pound prospect from Mission Viejo, California.
    Mathewes is considered by both Rivals and Scout to be a two-star prospect.
    Senior season … Mathewes*earned first-team all-league honors after recording a team-high 14 quarterbacks sacks and helping Mission Viejo to 11 wins this season (MaxPreps rated Mission Viejo as the No. 7 team in the state of California this past fall, and the No. 35 team nationally). Mathewes reportedly runs a 4.85 in the 40, a very quick time for a defensive lineman.
    Comments … Mathewes is considered to be a solid verbal. A teammate of fellow Buff commit Josh Kaiser (OL), Mathewes had*offers from Army and Air Force, as well as several Ivy League schools. Mathewes was picking up interest from schools like USC and Washington before both schools changed coaches. He took his official visit to Colorado in December, and committed after his visit.

    Christian Shaver, a 6’3″, 215-pound prospect from Sandy, Utah.
    Shaver is considered by both Rivals and Scout to be a two-star prospect.
    Senior season … Shaver 59 tackles (43 solo) this past fall, including 6.5 sacks and six other tackles for loss. Shaver’s team (the Beetdiggers – you have to love that nickname!) was considered to by MaxPreps to be the No. 7 team in the state of Utah this season despite a 7-6 overall record. Shaver was the state discus champion as a junior, and will be competing again in track and field events this spring.
    Comments … Shaver is considered to be a solid verbal. He had scholarship offers from Hawai’i and Utah State, but committed to CU in August after the Buffs extended a scholarship offer. Immediately thereafter, Utah extended its offer of a scholarship, but it was too late … Shaver was settled on becoming a Buff.

    Later this weekend … Linebackers, defensive backs, and special teams …

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