Buffs Earn Two Verbal Commitments

Colorado received verbal commitments from two in-state prospects this afternoon. Offensive lineman Eric Lawson, and his teammate at Douglas County High School, tight end Steve Fendry, called the CU coaches' office and said they wanted to be Buffs. Inside, a story from interviews with both Fendry and Lawson.

Name: Eric Lawson
Height: 6-4
Weight: 265
40 time: 4.9
Bench: 355
Squat: 525
Clean: 335
From: Castle Rock, Colorado
High School: Douglas County

Eric Lawson had scholarship offers from Colorado State, Wyoming and Colorado. Asked what prompted him to call the CU coaches' office this afternoon and give his verbal pledge to play for the Buffs, Lawson said: "(CU football) is one of the best college football experiences there is."

He plays both ways at Douglas County, but said Colorado coaches want him to play on the offensive line. He said he'd play wherever coaches want — tackle, guard or center. He said coaches hadn't yet told him which position they project him to play.

"I have no preference," Lawson said. "Wherever I can play the earliest."

Lawson said he is considering studying education at CU, and said academics played a role in his decision.

Growing up in Colorado, Lawson followed the Buffs. He has been to a handful of Colorado football games in his life. His best memory is of CU's win over the Colorado State Rams in 2003 at Mile High Stadium. But he was a fan before that.

"I've always been a fan of Kordell Stewart, and I was a big fan of (Koy) Detmer," he said.

He attended CU's one-day camp June 19th. He also said his parents are glad he'll be playing in the area.

"They're super happy about it," he said.

Coach John Wristen recruited both Lawson and Fendry for Colorado.

Of his teammate at Douglas County, Lawson said: "He's a great tight end. He's real big, and he's great at catching the ball."

Douglas County was 6-4 and came within one game of making the playoffs last season. Lawson thinks his team can do better in 2005.

"We're going to be a real good team," he said. "Our chemistry's real good this year."

Steven Fendry
Height: 6-5
Weight: 235
40 time: 4.87
Bench: 275
Squat: 440
Clean: 315
From: Castle Rock, Colorado
High School: Douglas County

Steven Fendry called the CU coaches this afternoon and committed to the Buffaloes. Like his high school teammate Eric Lawson, Fendry had offers from CSU, Wyoming and the Buffaloes.

"It was about where I could compete at the highest level," Fendry, a Colorado native, said about why he chose CU. "Living in the state for a while, I've always watched CU play in the Big 12, which is definitely the highest level."

Fendry will be a senior at Douglas County this fall, but has been a starter for the team since his sophomore season. As a junior, Steven Fendry was named second team all-conference.

"(As a sophomore) I started working out with some of the seniors who were at my school; hanging out with them," Fendry said. "Guys like (CSU's)Kevin McPeek and Ross Diehl, who just committed to Kansas State, their good work ethic kind of rubbed off on me."

At 6-foot-5, comparisons to current CU tight end Joe Klopfenstein are easy to make. Asked if anyone had made that comparison, Fendry said, "Coach Wristen has."

Fendry watched Klopfenstein in some spring practices earlier this year.

"It's amazing how well he moves his body around for how big he is," Fendry said. "I watched a little bit of spring ball, and I was watching him outrun some of the skill-position players. It was pretty inspiring."

Fendry said he and Lawson came to their decision to verbal to CU independently. But he's glad he'll be lining up with Lawson for years to come.

"We make our own decisions, but it was definitely a big bonus for us to go together to a school," he said.

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