Tai enjoys Boulder

Henderson (Nev.) Liberty athlete Sam Tai visited Boulder last weekend and watched the Buffs beat the Georgia Bulldogs. Get inside for Tai's impressions and what's next for the three-star prospect.

Sam Tai, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end and tight end, left Boulder impressed with the program and the school but without making a commitment.

Tai, who has missed much of his team's season with a hairline fracture of his fibula, was hosted on his visit by CU linebacker Liloa Nobriga, a fellow product of the state of Nevada.

Tai said he didn't know Nobriga before his visit but he knew of him and they got along well. He said he enjoyed his time at CU.

"I enjoyed it a lot," Tai said. "The game was intense. It was a fun game to be at and watch and enjoy and I had a good time."

Tai already had taken a visit to Idaho. Up next is a visit to Arkansas in two weeks. He said he plans to line up his last two visits later this fall, but isn't sure which schools he will try to see.

UNLV, Fresno State, Hawaii and Nevada are the options for those final two visits. He said Nevada just recently offered him.

"I'm not going to make a decision until after my five officials," he said.

Tai said he likes that Colorado is leaving him options to play on either side of the ball and isn't forcing him into a position. The Buffs are recruiting him as an athlete who could play either defensive end or tight end for the black and gold.

"I talked mostly to coach (Kent) Riddle the tight ends coach and he said whenever you come up here, whatever you want to play we'll put you at that and give you a shot. I just see it as whatever the team needs, I'll play it. As long as I'm on the field playing, I'm fine."

There appears to be some factors working against CU right now, but they might be able to be overcome. Tai said the single biggest element in making a decision will be his family's ability to continue to see him play.

"It will probably be the location," he said. "I have huge family support over here for high school football. My family that lives close to the area or not too far away all come to the games and that's a big factor for me. Also, another main factor is the academic side, and definitely academics comes first."

Tai said he returned to the field from his injury last week and had a big game in a victory. He blocked a punt and finished with 10 tackles and a sack.

"It was a good debut," he said. "Actually that is when (Nevada) offered me, from that game. Besides that, my team (4-1) is doing really well and our season is going pretty good so far. I'm looking to keep on improving and doing more and more each game."

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