Big recruiting weekend in Boulder

Colorado coaches elected not to host many recruits on game days this fall in favor of several big weekends in December and January. The first of those weekend has arrived with more than a dozen prospects, including some big names, having scheduled trips to Boulder. Get inside for more.

The top prospect in town this weekend has a family tie to the program. Deaysean Rippy, a four-star linebacker from McKees Rocks, Pa., is a cousin to CU middle linebacker Doug Rippy.

Deaysean Rippy is rated the seventh best outside linebacker in the 2012 class by and can basically go to school almost anywhere in the nation he would like to. His offer list is lengthy and impressive and recently he has had a lot of positive things to say about Pittsburgh.

But Rippy is just one of numerous recruits who could have an immediate impact at CU next season as true freshmen if they choose to be Buffs.

CU is also hosting a handful of players who already have committed to the program. Combining current commits, current players and recruits could be just the right blend to get those recruits thinking about what might be possible for them in Boulder.

Coach Jon Embree discussed recruiting at length over the final two weeks of the season and made it clear that defensive line (five), cornerbacks (three or four) and tight ends (three) are the most important areas of need in this class.

"We're getting a lot of good responses from recruits," Embree said. "There is the athlete that wants to go to a ready made situation and there is still some good athletes out there that they want to go play and be in good conference, they want to go play and be around good coaches and all that. Those are the ones that we've been hearing a lot from.

"There is some really good players, but because of our record, they don't have an interest in us. It will be like that every year, but as we continue to build it and improve on things around here, I think eventually those kinds of athletes will be interested in Colorado."

While Rippy has a family tie to CU, another visitor has several close friends who are Buffs or are about to be Buffs.

Kenneth Crawley, a cornerback prospect from Washington D.C., is close friends with current CU cornerback Sherrard Harrington and CU commit De'Jon Wilson. Wilson is also visiting this weekend.

All three played together at Woodson High School in our nation's capitol and they like the idea of being reunited in college. Harrington and Wilson will be trying to talk Crawley into switching his commitment from Tennessee to Colorado.

Crawley is a three-star prospect and rated the No. 50 recruit at his position in the 2012 cycle.

"I really am trying to work on him to come play ball with me," Wilson said. "Me and Kenneth we grew up together. We're close friends. I'm really urging him on to de-commit and come play with me and Sherrard at Colorado. That would be a great experience for the three of us. We all played together on a championship team and we have good chemistry. We'd bring a good atmosphere to the team. I always talk to him about changing his commitment, but Kenneth is his own man with a mind of his own. So it's up to Kenneth to make his own decision at the end of the day."

Wilson said he and Harrington plan to continue helping recruit more players from the Washington D.C. area in the future. They would like to establish a pipeline to Boulder if possible.

"We were like some of the top guys in the city," Wilson said. "So hopefully when we get there, more kids from the D.C. area will consider Colorado and will think about us when they consider Colorado and end up committing there.

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