Brace Comments on Colorado Commitment

Colorado has not landed a player in Washington for a long time. The Buffs put an end to that yesterday by grabbing, what many experts say is the top defensive end prospect in the Northwest, Jason Brace. Brace is originally from the Centennial State so this is a coming home as far as he's concerned. His future may be at the defensive tackle position which is a spot CU needs serious help at.

Height: 6-3 3/4
Weight: 250
40 time: 4.9
Bench: 350
Squat: 500
Clean: 315
Vertical: 32"
From: Spanaway, Washington
High School: Spanaway Lake

As a senior, Jason Brace was named first team all-area. He played on both sides of the ball, but his future is on defense. "I played guard and tackle on offense this year," Brace explained, "But, in college I will start out at end and depending on how big I get, I will play defensive tackle. I don't have a preferred position - I just want to play."

The defensive lineman was not being recruited by the former staff at CU but the new staff was recruiting him hard while at Boise State so they were all over him upon accepting jobs in Boulder. "They contacted me a couple of weeks ago and invited me out for a trip. I went up there this weekend and had a great time. When I met with Coach Hawk yesterday morning I committed right away. I told him that Colorado is where I want to be. I am from Colorado Springs and it is great to be going back to the state."

The Brace family moved to Spanaway when he was in fourth grade. "Our family has been looking to move back there for a long time because we don't have any ties here. So now that I am going there, the whole family is coming. I want to get to Boulder as fast as I can and get to work."

What kind of player can Buff fans expect? "I go all out on every play. There is no off-season for me. I train hard year round. I am a good run-stopper. I could improve on everything, especially my pass rush."

Brace says if he didn't end up at Colorado, he likely would have went to Oregon or Oregon State. He had written offers from UCLA, Boise State, Idaho, Eastern Washington, and Portland State. He had visited Oregon and Boise. "The biggest schools after me were Oregon and UCLA. UCLA offered me and tried to get me to commit before I even visited. It was around the fourth game of the season. I liked them, but I did not want to go to a big city. As far as Oregon goes, they had a tentative offer to me. They were waiting on one other guy to see what he did and if he went somewhere besides Oregon, they would have offered me. That player ended up going somewhere else but it doesn't matter, Eugene doesn't compare to Boulder."

The latest commit really likes his new position coach, Romeo Bandison. "He is an awesome guy. We talked a little bit about what I can do up there. We didn't really talk about playing time so I am not sure if I will red-shirt, or not."

Jason Brace is the first commit from the new regime that had absolutely no ties to the last staff.

Brace carries a 2.8 core GPA and scored a 1390 on the new version of the SAT. He is fully qualified.


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