While turning heads in the practices leading up to the Under Armour All-America Game in Florida last week, Falo told Scout he is focusing on Alabama, Colorado, Oregon, Ohio State and USC as we inch closer to National Signing Day. Since his brother N.J. Falo enrolled at Colorado in 2015, the younger Falo has taken three trips to Boulder, including an official visit in mid-October. Falo has played his cards close to his vest throughout the process, but his mom is known to be a big fan of Mike MacIntyre and Klayton Adams. The family connection is a big reason why some recruiting analysts have predicted Josh to end up at Colorado. Falo will visit USC on January 14 and Oregon on Jan. 28. Because he will be playing in the Polynesian Bowl on the 21st, he will not have time to take an official visit to either Alabama or Ohio State.
Daniels favored Nebraska throughout the fall, and then Colorado appeared to jump to the top of his list after his trip to Boulder in early December. Daniels now plans to take trips to LSU and Ole Miss later this month before making the call. He has also kept UTSA on his list of suitors after visiting the Roadrunners in October. Like Falo, Daniels has limited the number of interviews he has done throughout the recruiting process. Colorado inked Javier Edwards during the mid-year Junior College signing period, but the Buffaloes are still in need a top-level prep nose tackle.
Slade-Matautia attended the Buffaloes' Friday Night Lights Camp last June and he is expected to be in Boulder on an official visit the weekend of Jan. 20. Slade-Matautia has mentioned his mother loves the Colorado coaching staff, especially Klayton Adams, who recruits the Aloha State for the Buffaloes. Jim Leavitt has been trying to recruit him to Oregon since he left Boulder, and Slade-Matautia lined up an official visit with the Ducks for Jan. 13. Slade-Matautia previously visited Nebraska and will visit Washington State the final weekend before Signing Day. Slade-Matautia is not as big as most blue-chip linebacker recruits, but his versatility and high motor makes him arguably the best prospect on the Islands this cycle.
In an interview with Scout earlier this week, Cotton said Colorado and Oregon are recruiting him the hardest. He has already taken an official visit to both schools, as well as an official trip to Nebraska, although the Huskers have fallen out of favor recently. Cotton will stop by Oregon State on Jan. 13 and he is still considering visits to Illinois and Wyoming. He starred on both sides of the ball at quarterback and defensive back in high school, and could end up playing either cornerback or safety in college. Cotton and Falo have talked about being a package deal.
Ranked as one of the top 10 performers in the Under Armour All-America Game, Chaisson has a busy month ahead with official visits scheduled to LSU on Jan. 13, Oregon on the 17th, Texas on the 20th, Colorado on the 23rd and USC on the 27th. Going into the trips, the Tigers and Longhorns lead for Chaisson. He proved to be a terror off the edge as a pass rusher throughout his prep career and has the frame to mature into a top-tier physical specimen.
Colorado likes long, versatile defensive backs and Edwards certainly fits the bill. He said his official visit to Boulder in December vastly exceeded his expectations, and the Buffaloes have made him feel like a top priority. Edwards was verbally committed to both the Cardinals and the Hurricanes earlier in the process and he will stop by Louisville on Jan. 13, Miami on the 13th and Florida on the 27th. He is also contemplating a mid-week trip to Oregon sometime before Signing Day.
Barnes might not be rated on Scout yet, but he is one of the more intriguing prospects the Buffaloes have targeted this cycle. He has just one year of experience playing defensive back. So while he is raw, his size, athleticism and skill set are elite. Barnes had an early offer from USC before academic concerns made most power conference programs shy away. The Buffaloes put together an academic plan to get him qualified, which he reviewed on his official visit to Boulder in December. And now a host of other schools are after him. Barnes plans to visit UTSA on Jan. 13, Kansas State on the 20th and UCLA on the 27th.
Academics have also been a concern for Elliss, the son of former Utah great Luther Elliss. The younger Elliss narrowed his focus to Alabama, Colorado, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ole Miss and Utah back in November. Elliss has denied most interview requests throughout the process, and he has not been interviewed since trimming his list, so it is not known if he has been able to take any official visits yet. Sources have told BuffStampede.com that Colorado is still pursuing Elliss and hopes to get him on campus for a visit later this month so they can show him their academic plan for him. Elliss has the size and skill set to be an elite nose tackle if he can get it done in the classroom and show a willingness to work hard.
Harris is verbally committed to Arizona, where his father was an All-American linebacker in the early 1990s. He is still considering Colorado's offer, though. Harris visited Boulder last summer unofficially and he took an official trip to visit the Buffs in December. Harris called it “a great weekend” and said he was very impressed with Colorado's academic presentation. He also plans to visit Illinois on Jan. 20 and Washington recently began recruiting him hard. Harris needs to add strength but his pass rushing skills are elite.
Allen verbally committed to Alabama in late November and he has said the Crimson Tide offer everything he wants. “My recruiting process is pretty much closed,” Allen told the Alabama affiliate on Scout last week. “I am open and listening to what [others] have to say, but I don't think they are going to have anything to say that is going to sway me.” LSU and Colorado are two schools Allen has continued to listen to and he told NOLA.com that he is considering a trip to both programs. He stopped by Boulder for an unofficial visit previously.