Colorado Commit Updates

With the month of November under way, many of Colorado's verbally committed players are beginning playoff runs. Inside, notes on each of CU's 10 verbals, including Josh Berard, who leads the Mission Conference with 7.5 sacks this fall.

Josh Berard, DE, 6-2, 225, Torrance (El Camino College), Calif.
Berard's El Camino College team is tied atop the Mission Conference with a 6-1 record heading into this weekend's game with Orange Coast. A Nov. 10 contest with Fullerton rounds out the regular season, and ElCo will suit up for playoff competition later in November.

Through seven games, Berard leads the Mission Conference with 7.5 sacks. He also has 11 tackles for loss and 23 total tackles.

Chance Blackmon, WR, 6-2, 175, Tatum, Texas
Blackmon was an early CU commit who decided to rethink his decision over the summer. After taking an official visit to Boulder two weeks ago, though, Blackmon is back on board with the Buffs.

Tatum is currently ranked No. 6 in its classification in Texas and is the two-time defending state champs. The team's high-powered offense has outscored opponents 346 points to 159 points this season. Tatum is 7-1 will play at No. 3-ranked Elysian Fields Friday night.

Curtis Cunningham, DT, 6-2, 264, Littleton (Columbine), Colo.
Defending champs and No. 1-ranked Columbine hosts Montbello in the first round of the 5A state playoffs Friday evening. Columbine is 9-0 this season. (That makes 22 consecutive wins and counting for head coach Andy Lowry's Rebels).

As a junior, Cunningham was The Denver Post Defensive Player of the Year in 5A. This fall, he has 35 tackles and a sack from his defensive tackle position. He anchors a Columbine defense that's given up just 9 points a game.

Ryan Dannewitz, OT, 6-6, 275, San Jacinto, Calif.
The latest known verbal commit for the Buffaloes suits up for his 6-2 San Jacinto team Friday night vs. Twentynine Palms. San Jacinto averages 21 points a game. San Jacinto will finish out its regular season Nov. 9 with a game at Notre Dame (Riverside, not the high-powered ND team from Sherman Oaks).

Vince Ewing, S, 6-2, 200, Carlsbad, Calif.
Two-time defending Division I state champs Carlsbad takes on Avocado League foe Rancho Bueno Vista Friday night at home. Ewing's Carlsbad team is 6-1 and has allowed just 99 points heading into the contest, but RBV averages over 32 points a game. Ewing was a first-team all-league pick as a junior and preseason all-CIF pick by the San Diego Sports Museum. He's amassed 59 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries through seven games. He also caught a pass for 40 yards.

Tyler Hansen, QB, 6-1, 195, Temecula (Chaparral), Calif.
Hansen suffered a foot injury when he was sacked in a game in mid-September. He returned to the lineup the following game, though.

This past Tuesday, Hansen led a furious Chaparral comeback, which fell short vs. undefeated Vista Murrieta. (The game was played mid-week because it was postponed last week due to the SoCal fires). Hansen threw for 118 yards and matched that with 118 yards rushing in the loss. The quarterback scored on touchdown runs of 42 and 38 yards.

Next up for Chaparral, who is 5-3 on the season, is a game vs. Temescal Canyon on Saturday. Hansen has thrown for 987 yards and rushed for 300 this fall.

Patrick Mahnke, S, 6-2, 190, Highlands Ranch (Mountain Vista), Colo.
After starting off the season with seven straight wins, Mountain Vista dropped its two most recent games. They hope to get back on the winning track Saturday in the opening round of the 5A state playoffs as they host Fort Collins.

Mahnke has shown a knack for blocking punts this fall, and has earned his team's Special Teams Player of the Week award four times this season.

Jon Major, LB, 6-4, 225, Parker (Ponderosa), Colo.
Ponderosa is 5-4 heading into its first-round 5A playoff matchup at Cherry Creek Friday night. Major has played on both sides of the ball for his Ponderosa team this season. While the Mustangs' offense has been sluggish at times, they've allowed less than 10 points a game, led by the hard-hitting Major at linebacker. In Creek, Major and his teammates will face ASU-bound quarterback Jack Elway, who's thrown for over 1,400 yards this year.

Will Pericak, TE, 6-4, 240, Boulder, Colo.
Pericak has played both ways for Boulder this season, a team that's struggled to a 2-7 record this fall. The Panthers travel to play Thomas Jefferson in the first round of the 5A playoffs Saturday. Pericak has been one of the most active defenders in the state this fall, and averages 11.6 tackles a game. He's also sacked the quarterback six times. On offense, Pericak has rushed for 105 yards, caught 29 passes and scored six touchdowns.

Ray Polk, RB, 6-1, 190, Phoenix (Brophy Prep), Ariz. Polk's Brophy Prep team is ranked ninth in the state of Arizona heading into Friday night's league game with Mountain Ridge. Brophy is 7-2. Polk is averaging 107 rushing yards per game this season, and has scored 10 touchdowns. He's also caught seven passes and averages 18 yards on kickoff returns.

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