Kafovalu chooses Buffs

Before the 2011 season started, Scout.com ranked the top-10 defensive ends in the western region. Colorado has now landed two of those players with the recent commitment of Samson Kafovalu. Get inside for more.

Samson Kafovalu, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end from Arlington High School in Riverside, Calif., committed to the Colorado on Friday after taking some team to decide between CU, Utah and Washington.

Kafovalu was ranked No. 9 on Scout's preseason list of defensive linemen in the west, just behind fellow CU commit Kisima Jagne.

While it's possible Kafovalu could become a dominant defensive end at the college level, he has said most of the programs that recruited him did so talking about moving him to defensive tackle at some point. Kafovalu definitely has the frame for adding more weight to make him more of a force for those interior battles.

Kafovalu started on both sides of the line during his senior season and finished the year averaging more than five tackles per game. He also produced 21/2 sacks, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise newspaper.

Kafovalu visited Colorado earlier this fall and came away impressed with the program.

"I love the school, I love the place," he said in October. "I love the football players. It was a great place."

CU defensive line coach Mike Tuiasosopo and linebackers coach Brian Cabral served as the primary recruiters for Kafovalu and both recently made an in-home visit to meet the family. That visit apparently helped Kafovalu decide CU is the school and football program for him.

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