40 time: 5.1
From: San Diego, California
High School: Serra
"At first I was going to Colorado to just enjoy my trip because they had given me a verbal offer, but then I really enjoyed myself," said Ahmu. "I went to the game and it was amazing - I was overwhelmed. It was a full house and the team played real good.
"Later on, we went to a barbeque at Coach Cabral's house and I got to talk to some of the players to see how they liked it there and what they thought about the coaches. They all really seemed to like the coaches. The atmosphere is just great there. The coaches really seem to care about the players. They all loved being around each other."
On the trip, Ahmu finally received his written offer from CU. "I was talking to Coach Barnett and he asked me where Colorado was with me and I told him they would probably be at the top, but that I didn't have a written offer. He told me he would take care of that. So he went in the back real quick and came back with one, and gave it to me on the spot. That was pretty cool getting it straight from the head coach."
So has Colorado supplanted Arizona as his number one team? "Colorado definitely has a lot of the stuff I am looking for. They have great fans, a great weight program, and I think I could play early there. I really enjoyed meeting their strength coach from the Jaguars. (Greg Finnegan) He was a cool guy. With Arizona, they are a program that is just turning the corner and starting to come up and I really like Coach (defensive line coach Mike) Tui. Colorado is a program that is already in place. I took both those visits and Colorado had the better showing out of the two. I like the Pac Ten, but the Big 12 is just as good, or even better. Now I just need to take my other trips and see how things go."
Ahmu will be going to Washington State this weekend, Oregon next weekend, and San Diego State the weekend of December 3rd. "My family and I think that all of the universities we are looking at have the same education, or similar. My number one goal is to graduate as a football player."
This was another area he felt Colorado could help him excel in. "I really liked the academic coach I met at Colorado. Their academic office is right next to their football office so they keep a close eye on you there. Their graduation rate (for football players) is going up and they are like the Harvard of the Rockies."
Playing time is something that is important to Ahmu, but maybe even more important to his father. "My dad wants to see if I can start somewhere but I really just want a chance to play as a freshman and I think I could do that at Colorado. They are graduating three defensive tackles and the coaches say that I probably wouldn't start, but that I could get in the rotation. Whatever is better for the program is what I'll do."
One school that hasn't offered that is still a little bit in the mix is UCLA. "They have given me a verbal offer, along with Oregon. Hopefully Oregon will pull the same thing Colorado did and give me an offer when I visit."
Serra is 5-5 on the year and plays their first playoff game tonight. "We are playing San Marcos and our former head coach is the defensive coordinator there so it is a little bit personal," he explains. "The North County teams always think they can handle the city teams so we'll see what they're made of."
Serra finished as Western League champs.