CU Targets: Recruiting Stretch Run

A look at the Buffaloes' remaining recruiting targets as signing day for the Class of 2017 nears...

http://www.scout.com/college/colorado/player/202196-k-lavon-chaisson

Recruiting: Chaisson's official visit to Colorado earlier this week vastly exceeded his expectations. LSU and Texas have been rumored to be his front-runners for a while now, though. Chaisson will take a final trip to Florida this weekend before announcing on signing day.

Analysis: Arguably the nation's best pass rusher in the 2017 class, Chaisson is also strong enough to hold his ground and play tough against the run. He was bumped up to five-star status after turning heads in Orlando for the Under Armour All-American game.

http://www.scout.com/player/198545-casey-roddick

Recruiting: Roddick de-committed from Cal after the Golden Bears fired Sonny Dykes. Cal remains in his final four with Colorado, Utah and San Diego State. Roddick will be in Boulder on an official visit this weekend and he plans to announce on signing day. He previously visited Colorado with his mother for the Buffaloes' BBQ event back in late July.

Analysis: Although Roddick will need to shed some weight before hitting the field at the FBS level, he moves well for his size. A starter at left tackle for St. Bonaventure, Roddick will factor in as an offensive guard at the next level.

http://www.scout.com/player/206461-terrance-lang

Recruiting: Lang says he is solid with USC but he will be out in Colorado on an official visit this weekend so the Buffs have a chance to make the last pitch before signing day.

Analysis: A big athlete, Lang could end up playing offensive tackle, tight end or as a defensive lineman in college depending how his body develops. His rare combination of size, speed and athleticism makes him one of the more intriguing prospects in California this cycle.

http://www.scout.com/player/200197-jared-poplawski

Recruiting: Poplawski has been verbally committed to Arizona State since June with two of his Saguaro teammates, and K.J. Jarrell joined the Sun Devils' commitment list this week as well. Arizona State does not currently have an offensive coordinator or tight ends coach, though, so Poplawski has decided to see what the Buffs have to offer by taking an official visit to Boulder this weekend. Oregon also made a late run at Poplawski.

Analysis: A fairy versatile 6-foot-4 tight end, with 10 touchdown grabs to his credit as a prep upperclassman, Poplawski will need to add some weight to play in-line at the Pac-12 level. But he plays with good footwork and appears to have the frame to comfortably add weight.

http://www.scout.com/player/204852-chris-miller

Recruiting: Miller has been on the Buffs' commit list since June but he took a trip to Ole Miss last weekend, and according to Scout recruiting analyst Greg Powers, he quietly checked out Baylor the weekend prior.

Analysis: A true two-way standout at Denton, Miller is being projected by his finalists as a cornerback for the next level. He is skilled enough offensively that Texas offered him as a slot receiver earlier this month. Miller is an elite athlete that just needs to gain strength when he gets to college.

http://www.scout.com/player/206960-nate-landman

Recruiting: Cal has made a late run at Landman and he is expected to take an official visit to Berkeley this weekend. Landman is a quiet recruit and it is unknown at this point exactly how interested he is in the Golden Bears.

Analysis: The NorCal and Bay Area Defensive Player of the Year in 2016, Landman had a stellar senior season with 32 tackles for a loss, helping Monte Vista to a CIF title. He has good length, moves well in space and is known as a sure tackler. Landman is expected to play Jack linebacker, the position Kenneth Olugbode manned for the Buffs recently, if he signs with Colorado.

http://www.scout.com/player/204934-trajon-cotton

Recruiting: Cotton recently narrowed his focus to Oregon State and Colorado. He recently indicated he will likely make an announcement between the two on Sunday or Monday.

Analysis: Cotton was a two-way starter, and a dynamic playmaker at quarterback, during his prep career. He is expected to play on the defensive side of the ball in college, most likely at safety. His pure athleticism is his best attribute.

http://www.scout.com/player/213496-emmanuel-flowers

Recruiting: Flowers hosted an in-home visit with Mike MacIntyre on Wednesday evening after picking up a late offer from the Buffs but he has decided to visit San Diego State this weekend because the Aztecs have been recruiting him much longer. Flowers took trips to Michigan State and San Jose State earlier this month. UCLA was also looking at him before filling up at defensive back.

Analysis: A physical player between the lines with good instincts, Flowers is listed as a cornerback prospect but could develop into a safety down the line.

http://www.scout.com/player/192281-josh-falo

Recruiting: Falo will announce on Jan. 30 between Colorado, USC, Oregon, Ohio State and Alabama. At this point it looks like a two-team race between the Trojans and Buffs. USC wowed him on his official visit, while Colorado of course has the family connection with his older brother N.J. being a linebacker for the Buffs.

Analysis: An athletic tight end who can really run and make plays downfield, Falo can also catch the ball in traffic with his soft hands and ability to control his body. He is a willing blocker but is known more for his ability as a pass catcher.

http://www.scout.com/player/196525-damion-daniels

Recruiting: Daniels plans to wait until signing day to announce between Colorado, Nebraska and UTSA. After his official visit to Colorado in December, it looked like the Buffs might be his pick, but it appears the Huskers recently jumped back to the top of his list.

Analysis: A true nose tackle prospect, Daniels has a big, wide, thickly-built frame that allows him to control his gap and anchor against the run when needed. He dominated private school football in Dallas, finishing his senior season with 26 tackles for a loss.

http://www.scout.com/player/196185-noah-elliss

Recruiting: Elliss recently told Scout at the All-Polynesian Bowl that he has a final three of Colorado, Mississippi State and Nebraska. Even if he signs with a college this Wednesday, though, he will likely have to go the Junior College route due to academics.

Analysis: Elliss has the size and potential of a blue-chip nose tackle prospect, but the work ethic component has not been there throughout his time at Valor. He has good bloodlines as his father Luther Elliss was a consensus All-American defensive tackle at Utah, a first-round draft pick and a two-time Pro Bowler.

http://www.scout.com/player/209111-nick-ford

Recruiting: Ford will be in Boulder this weekend for his final official visit and then he plans to announce between the Colorado, Utah, Cal and Washington on signing day at 2:10 pm (MT) at his school's “flagpole.”

Analysis: Listed as an offensive tackle prospect, Ford is being recruited by the Buffaloes as a defensive lineman. He has run the 100-meter dash in 11.2-seconds so his combination of size and speed is at an elite level. His father played receiver at Cal.

http://www.scout.com/player/204334-jalen-harris

Recruiting: Harris has been verbally committed to Arizona, his father's alma mater, since early August. He decided to start looking around again after the Wildcats' struggles this past season. Harris took an official visit to Colorado in December, he visited Illinois earlier this month, and he will check out Notre Dame this weekend. There has not been much buzz about Harris and the Buffs recently.

Analysis: Harris made plays as a receiver at the prep level but it is his natural ability as a pass rusher on defense that prompted a dozen power conference programs to offer him a scholarship. He gets off the ball quickly and plays with a good motor.

http://www.scout.com/player/211191-sam-barnes

Recruiting: Barnes plans to make a decision on Sunday after taking a final official visit to Kansas State. He previously visited Colorado, Texas Tech and UTSA. Oregon also offered Barnes but he did not end up taking a trip to Eugene.

Analysis: Barnes has limited experience playing defensive back, so he is raw at this stage, but he has good length and top-level athleticism. He could end up playing either cornerback or safety in college.

http://www.scout.com/player/210701-morris-joseph

Recruiting: A UTSA pledge since September, Joseph took an official visit to Colorado last weekend and he liked what he saw. The Buffs have not offered him yet, though. Houston has, and is bringing him out for a visit this weekend.

Analysis: Joseph had a stellar senior campaign with 156 tackles, 27 for a loss and nine sacks, earning him district MVP honors. At 6-foot-1.5, he is on the short end for an FBS defensive line prospect.

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