Who's Left On The Board?

With just over a month to go until national signing day, Colorado has 17 known verbal commits in its 2008 class. With some room to play, there is space for a few more players. Inside, a look at some of the prospects still in play that Colorado has a chance to sign, and some ideas on when the players might make their final decisions.

Roderick Davis, DT, Houston (Eisenhower), Texas
The run-stuffing tackle from Texas verballed to TAMU early, but opened his commitment late in the fall. He tripped to Boulder (Dec. 8) and Florida (Dec. 15) last month and could still take another visit or two in the coming weeks. Davis has said he may not finalize his college choice until signing day.

Vaughn Dotsy, OG, Ventura (St. Bonaventure), Calif.
The big offensive lineman who blocked for running back Darrell Scott this past season will visit Arizona Jan. 18 and, possibly, Colorado Jan. 25. He's also interested in LSU – and all three of the aforementioned have offered. However, if new UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel comes calling, the Bruins would be the team to beat, Dotsy says. (UCLA has not offered yet). The Buffs have known verbals from three offensive lineman currently, but could take a fourth.

Tevita Finau, DE, Phoenix Community College
The athletic Juco player was in Boulder on an official visit for the Buffs' win over Nebraska in November. He also visited West Virginia earlier that month, and said he wanted to take one or two more visits (possibly to Florida, Oklahoma and USC) in January, as well. He's likely to wait until he's done with his tour to announce a decision.

Jerrell Harris, LB, Gadsden City, Ala.
Dan Hawkins paid a visit to the speedy linebacker in December. Harris played defensive end in high school, but projects as a linebacker in college and is Scout.com's No. 2-ranked WLB prospect. Most of the SEC and ACC powers have offered. He visited Alabama in December and will likely take more visits in January before making a decision. There's an outside chance Colorado could get one of his January visits.

Datone Jones, DE, Compton, Calif.
It appears the dynamic defensive end prospect will wait until signing day, or shortly before, to finalize his decision. He committed early to UCLA, but — like a handful of other Bruin commits — opened things up after the head coaching shuffle in Westwood. The former high school teammate of CU freshman Anthony Wright visited Colorado in December and came away impressed. Also on his travel itinerary are trips to Oregon, Arizona State and Notre Dame. Stay tuned.

Dion Jordan, TE, Chandler, Ariz.
The big target is ranked the No. 10 tight end prospect by Scout. He survived a terrible fire incident that left much of his body burned in October, and is now recovered and playing basketball. He visited Nebraska, CU (Sept. 21) and Oregon, and the Ducks may be the team to beat.

Kapron Lewis-Moore, DE, Weatherford, Texas
The rangy defensive end is another former TAMU verbal that began looking around after it became apparent Dennis Franchione's days were numbered. He visited Boulder in December, and has plans to trip some more in January, including to College Station.

Milton Knox, RB, Van Nuys (Birmingham), Calif.
The 4-star running back remains a soft verbal to UCLA (coaching change), and tripped to Gainesville in December, where he was impressed with the Florida school. He will likely visit UCLA, and possibly Arizona State, CU and Notre Dame before signing day.

Cameron Meredith, DE, Santa Ana (Mater Dei), Calif.
Meredith committed to Nebraska in September, but opened his search again after Bill Callahan's departure. He received a personal visit from Bo Pelini, and it appears that's where he'll go. But he said at one point in December he was still thinking about Colorado and Oregon.

Philip Pierre-Louis, WR, Fort Lauderdale (St. Thomas Aquinas), Fla.
The speedster picked up an offer from CU late in the fall. He's also been offered by Auburn (trip Jan. 11), Iowa State and Syracuse (Sept. 15). It looks like, though, Mississippi State, where he tripped in November, is the team to beat. With the late attention from some big programs, Pierre-Louis has said he's going to wait a while until he makes a final decision. There's a possibility he'll trip to Boulder in January.

Konrad Reuland, TE, Notre Dame
Reuland transferred from Notre Dame, and has spent the fall checking out schools where he may end up. Among schools of interest are Alabama, CU (he tripped to Boulder in October) and Stanford (his younger brother is headed to Stanford). He likely won't make a final decision until after signing day. Stanford could be tough to beat for his services.

Darrell Scott, RB, Ventura (St. Bonaventure), Calif.
Everybody's All-American is participating in the U.S. Army Bowl in San Antonio this week. Officially, Scott's held things close to the vest during the recruiting period, but many signs point to him having Colorado atop his list. He visited Boulder in November, and is close to CU receiver Josh Smith, his uncle. Scott visited Texas later that month. He is scheduled for a trip to Florida Jan. 11. Ranked by Scout.com as the top running back prospect in the country, Scott says he'll announce on signing day.

Ed Tinker, WR, Pittsburgh (Brasher), Pa.
Tinker is on record saying CU tops his list, but he plans a visit to Michigan State in January. He may also trip to Louisville and West Virginia before signing day. The 3-star prospect has yet to make a qualifying SAT score, and plans to retake the test in late January. This one will likely come down to the wire.

E.J. Woods, S, Encino (Crespi), Calif.
The 4-star safety prospect was originally committed to UCLA (five minutes from Woods' home), but opened his options after Karl Dorrell was fired. He tripped to Washington in October, but then seemed to fall off the Huskies' board for a while. He got back in contact with UW in December. Woods visited Boulder the weekend of Dec. 15. Woods is currently participating in the UnderArmour All-American game in Orlando. He says he'll announce his final commitment Jan. 8.

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