Guidugli to Decide this Week

Ben Guidugli was one of two visitors from Kentucky over the weekend. He was committed to Cincinnati, where his brother Gino was a star quarterback, but now he is deciding between the Buffs and Bearcats, this week. Coach Hawkins says he would be a perfect fit in the new offense in Boulder. We get his full visit recap and more on his final decision. Plus, his father weighs in on the situation.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 224
40 time: 4.75
Bench: 360
Squat: 350
From: Fort Thomas, Kentucky
High School: Highlands

I challenge any Buff fan to remember the last time Colorado landed a recruit from Kentucky? Well, the Buffs landed one this weekend with Quintin Borders and they may get their second commitment from a Bluegrass State representative when Ben Guidugli makes his final decision later this week.

The fullback/tight end/wide receiver had a great weekend visit to Boulder with his father, Dave. "Colorado was very nice," Guidugli said. "It was beautiful out there and they have some great coaches. I also think they have a fantastic strength program. They also ran the Buffalo for us which was very cool."

Since Guidugli is a new name in the CU recruiting circle, the Buffalo Sports News asked him how the interest between him and CU came about. "I knew Coach Hawkins and the staff from Boise State because they were recruiting me there. So Coach Hawkins called me a couple weeks ago and said that he thinks I would be a perfect fit in his offense and he wanted me to make a trip."

The versatile offensive player has been committed to Cincinnati since October and that has scared some schools away in his recruitment. "I think that is the main reason I am not getting more attention. I have visited West Virginia, Louisville, Notre Dame, and Tennessee, unofficially, and some of them have stayed in contact. But, Cincinatti and Colorado are my only two offers."

It is said that CU's new head coach looks for very athletic tight ends and fullbacks and he likes to move them around quite a bit. "Colorado is recruiting me as a receiver, tight end and a fullback. They said that they will rotate me all over the place and I am the perfect fit for what they are trying to do."

As a senior, Guidugli had 45 receptions for 1,050 yards. He averaged 25 yards a catch. Guidugli was named first team all-state in the 3A classification. Kentucky goes up to 4A.

Coaches Hawkins and Riddle will be in his home tomorrow night and a final decision will be made soon after. "We will see what happens tomorrow night. I am very excited about Colorado but I also like Cincinnati, a lot, and I really like the coaches there. After I visit with the CU coaches, I will probably have my final decision on Thursday or Friday."

Does the fact that his brother played at Cincy have any effect on his decision? "Not really, not at all."

"We want what is best for him," his father, Dave Guidugli weighs in. "Both schools offer great opportunities and we really like both the coaching staffs. We are leaving the decision up to Ben and we know he'll make the right choice. We like that both schools play against good competition. Cincinnati plays some big schools next year and Colorado always does. He can't go wrong either way."

It should also be noted that Ben has a younger, brother who is a sophomore, Tony, that is said to be a pretty good up-and-coming quarterback.

Guidugli carries a 3.5 core GPA and scored a 20 on the ACT. He would like to major in Communications.

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