Faatagi Ready to be a Buffalo

Colorado needed help from the JC ranks on both sides of the line. After striking out on a couple targets, The CU staff finally had something to rejoice about as Thursday night they received a commitment from a player that could immediately figure into the mix at CU. Erick Faatagi is ready to be a Buff and we get the complete lowdown on the latest commitment.

Height: 6-3
Weight: 340
40 time: 5.5
Bench: 500
Squat: 500
Vertical: 30"
From: El Camino College in Torrance, California
High School: Dorsey HS in Los Angeles.

Erick Faatagi is an offensive guard that will have three years to play two after arriving in Boulder this summer. He was an honorable mention all-league selection as a sophomore. "I am a physical player that uses my hands well," Faatagi says. "I do what I am supposed to do on the field and I am equally good at running and pass blocking."

The lineman visited CU last weekend with 14 other recruits. "I really liked it up there on my trip. I could really see myself being there."

Faatagi knew he wanted to commit to CU after the trip, but he wanted his parents to speak with the coaches Thursday night on an in-home visit, before deciding. "Coach (Chris) Strausser and Hawkins were at my house and they spoke with me and my parents. After they left I sat down with my parents and we had a one-on-one conversation and then I called the coaches 15 minutes later and told them I was ready to be a Buffalo. They told me that they need big, physical guards and that is what they want me to be there."

The lineman does have a red-shirt year available to him, but he would rather not use it. "I want to come in there and produce right off the bat. The coaches want me to drop some pounds and be ready to go."

Faatagi chose the Buffs over UNLV, where he was going to visit this weekend. "That is not going to happen now. I am going to Colorado."

The big man is originally from Dorsey High School in Los Angeles and was a full qualifier. "I tore my ACL my junior year and it healed before my senior season but the colleges were still not sure about me. So I went the JC route and I have played the last three years after the surgery and my knee is fine."

Faatagi is one of an amazing 13 players from El Camino this year that will sign with division one colleges. El Camino head coach John Featherstone says of Faatagi, "We were blessed with a great offensive line and Eric was a major part of that unit. He has been a two year starter for us. He is a very physical player that has had to fight through a couple injuries. His best years are still ahead of him."

He will sign with CU next Wednesday.

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