Nonu Contemplating Colorado Commitment

Colorado has a rich linebacker tradition and that is because CU has arguably the best linebackers coach in the nation in Brian Cabral. Cabral has been the CU LB's coach for 16 years. Justin Nonu recognizes this which is why he may commit to CU after a visit in two weeks. Nonu was the San Diego County Defensive Player of the Year this fall and as a junior was one of only two linebackers picked first team all-state under-class.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 240
40 time: 4.75
Bench: 350
Squat: 450
Clean: 250
From: Oceanside, California
High School: Oceanside

Colorado seems to be going after quite a few players now that the new staff was going after when they were at Boise State. Justin Nonu is not one of these players. He has had offers from both staffs for quite some time and now everything seems to be falling into place regarding his recruitment. "I was being recruited by Coach (Kent) Riddle when he was at Boise State and Coach Cabral was recruiting me at Colorado so this is working out real well," Nonu explained. "Colorado is my top school now because of the new staff and I am excited to take my trip there on January 13th. I might commit soon after - maybe within a week. I don't have any other visits scheduled."

Nonu also has written offers from Colorado State and San Diego State. "I am a sideline-to-sideline player and I have good footwork."

The linebacker of Samoan descent is a vicious, relentless and high-energy player. Oceanside's Head Coach, John Carrol, referred to Nonu in a recent article from "SignonSanDiego" this way, "In high school that's where you put your best guy," Carroll said. "You ask a lot of the guy in the middle, be a run stopper, blitz the quarterback, basically just be an athlete. Justin is the spark that ignites us. He's a high-energy guy who plays with a fire in his belly. And as big as he is, he's all over the field."

Colorado is looking at Nonu as a middle linebacker. "Coach Cabral says he sees me in the middle and that is where I want to play."

Last year, in the CIF Division II finals, Nonu played through back spasms to record 15 tackles, including a vital quarterback sack. His play inspired his own teammates to fight back from an early deficit, "Justin Nonu led the way for us," Carrol went on, "He just put us on his shoulders and carried us. If he can play in pain like that, then so can we."

Nonu has also been a center in Volleyball for three years. "It helps me with my explosion."

He is fully eligible with a 2.67 core GPA and a qualifying test score.

The Buffalo Sports News will speak with Nonu after the Boulder trip for his thoughts.


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