Recruiting Class Update

A recruiting class always experiences some sort of fallout when the coaching staff is changed. The BSN takes a look at where Colorado stands for the players that had been, or still are committed with quotes and inside info.

Colorado has now lost three players that were previously committed. Ricky Brewer has opted for Colorado State. D'Aundre Reed is going to Arizona now after taking a visit there last weekend. Michael Clarke has also opened up his recruitment.

As a senior, Michael Clarke had 45 catches for 1,006 yards and 12 touchdowns. Clarke was named first team all-league and area. Scripps Ranch ended up 7-5 with a second round loss in the playoffs to Mira Mesa.

Clarke claims to have de-committed from Colorado with the coaching change. "I am going to keep my options open now. Kansas State and Nevada have offered me and I am going to visit K-State on January 14th. I also might scheduled Cal in."

Does that mean the Buffs are out of it? "They are still in it. Coach (Darian) Hagan believes that he will be kept and Coach (Dan) Hawkins seems like a real good guy and I am excited about that. I have not spoken with any of the coaches there in a bit so we'll have to see what happens."

Word out of Boulder is that Clarke was never committed to CU in the first place because he never spoke with Coach Barnett. Therefore, the CU staff never verbally accepted his commitment.

As a senior, Steven Fendry led his team to the state title (5A) and finished the year with 591 yards and nine touchdowns. Fendry was named first team all-Colorado.

He met with new Colorado head Coach Dan Hawkins on Saturday and still considers himself a solid commit to the Buffs. "Coach Hawkins is a nice guy and he seems like a good coach," Fendry said. "I still plan on going to school there."

Fendry says this his teammate, Eric Lawson, is also still committed to the Buffs after meeting with Hawkins.

There was some new interest for Fendry once the coaching change at CU was announced. "Once Eric and I committed to Colorado when other coaches would call the school our coach would tell them that we were committed and they didn't need to be calling. After Barnett was fired our coach let the schools talk to us. Washington has been calling and they should be offering me on Monday (today). But, I am still committed to Colorado."

As a senior, Nate Solder had six touchdowns on offense and was named first team all-state (2A) at linebacker.

He committed to Colorado after an official trip for the Nebraska weekend. Solder is still committed, but other schools are coming back in on him. "I am still committed to Colorado and if everything works out that would be great," Solder said. "I don't really know much about the new coach so I still need to speak with him and the new staff. I had scheduled a visit to Nebraska for last Monday but then the staff called and cancelled it on me because they said Coach Callahan would be out of town. I am not sure if I will be re-scheduling with them, or not. Kansas State has also offered me and Iowa State is coming back in on me, too."

Wes Simon was named first team all-district and area as a senior. The all-state teams have yet to be announced but he is expected to make that team after being a pre-season selection.

Simon is committed to Colorado but since the coaching change happened, he took a weekend visit to Kansas. "It was real nice there and the coaches were not to pushy trying to get me to commit," Simon explained. "They understood my situation with Colorado. I am still going to Colorado. I think I am going to head up there again in January for an unofficial visit. My girlfriend and I will be going, probably on the 14th. She is going to go to school wherever I do so I am excited about that."

Since the CU coaching change, Simon has been offered by Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Tennessee. "Kansas State just offered me on Thursday. I am just going to play it by ear right now. I need to speak with the new staff at Colorado. I like what I have seen from the new coach so I am excited about the potential."

Sean Estelle took a weekend visit to Iowa State and he is not speaking with the media right now. "He has nothing to say about his recruitment at this time," stated Estelle's father. "He has no comment on the coaching change at Colorado. We'll let everyone know what is happening as soon as a decision is made."

The BSN has not yet reached Jonathan Hawkins or Bill Boyer for comment. It has been learned that Hawkins played his entire senior season with a torn ACL unbeknownst to him. The injury was not discovered until he officially visited Colorado in October and was checked out by the CU doctors. It is not known whether he had surgery on the knee after the season.

Colorado's class now stands at seven commitments, including Estelle. Compton Community College running back Thomas Perez is expected to count towards last year's total since he will be in Boulder in the spring.

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