Deehan has had a fall he's likely never to forget. Verbally committing to spend the next four or five years of his life in Boulder may be the least of it.
Deehan's Poway team went undefeated in the regular season in 2007. Friday, they defeated Mira Mesa in the second round of the playoffs, which propelled them into next week's matchup with Rancho Buena Vista for the Division I championship.
Off the field, Deehan's family didn't go unscathed though. They lost their home in one of the several fires that devastated parts of southern California in October.
"It's just stuff," Deehan told the San Diego Union-Tribune in October. "We'll rebuild and stay right here. There is no reason to be afraid. It's Mother Nature, and you have to respect it. But you move on."
Back to football and Deehan's future. The 6-5, 235-pounder had offers from several BCS programs, including California, Texas A&M, UCLA and Washington. He chose to take official visits to Arizona State, CU (Sept. 15) and Oregon.
Poway head coach Damian Gonzalez told BSN earlier this week Deehan had verballed to CU, but that the tight end wanted to inform the other schools he visited of his decision before going public with the news.
Saturday, Deehan told BSN: "I just felt like (CU) was a good place for me to go play football, get a great education and grow up in."