Here They Come

The fax machines at the Dal Ward Center at Colorado have been busy. Inside, information on and quotes from each of the new Buffaloes. (UPDATED 10:20 a.m.)

Linebacker Lynn Katoa and placekicker Jameson Davis signed financial aid agreements with Colorado and enrolled in school in January. They are not part of the Signing Day fun, but are very much a part of the 2008 class.

Here are the rest of the guys:

Jon Major, LB, Ponderosa, Colo.
Scout Rating: ****
Scout Rank: #3 SLB
Size: 6-4, 225
Numbers: 4.58 40-yard dash, 315 bench, 520 squat.
Recruiting Competition: Major was one of the most highly recruited prospects in the country this past year. He received over 70 offers – including the top programs in the country — most of them coming in very early in the process. He took official visits to CU, Oklahoma and Wisconsin before choosing to stay and play in his home state.
Why Colorado?: "Brian Cabral is one of the best linebacker coaches in the country. (Having a good relationship with a position coach) is very important because that's the guy you're going to see six days a week. He's going to help to take you where you want to be. And I think they're on the rise, and it sounds like they have a good plan. They've got everything to get to where they want to be."

Stephen Hicks, DB, Whitehouse, Texas
Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: #53 S
Size: 6-1, 185
Numbers: 4.5 40-yard dash
Recruiting Competition: Hicks chose Colorado over a host of offers, including Kansas, Kansas State, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Tennessee and Texas A&M.
Why Colorado?: "The coaching staff is real good. And the academic program is really good. Plus, I felt like I was at home when I visited."

Patrick Mahnke, S, Highlands Ranch (Mountain Vista), Colo.
Scout Rating: **
Scout Rank:
Size: 6-2, 190
Numbers: 4.6 40-yard dash
Recruiting Competition: Mahnke chose Colorado early in the process over offers from Colorado State and Wyoming.
Why Colorado?: "I just loved the attitude and the atmosphere, and the way the coaches are up there. And then the brotherhood of the team. It was the right place for me. Dan Hawkins is rebuilding the program and I want to be a part of it. I really like the staff. Especially Coach (Greg) Brown and Coach Hawkins. The think I like about Coach Brown is that he is really positive."

Chance Blackmon, WR, Tatum, Texas
Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: #76 WR
Size: 6-3, 185
Numbers: 4.5 40-yard dash, 235 bench, 415 squat
Recruiting Competition: Blackmon originally gave a verbal pledge to Colorado in April, but then decided to investigate his options further. He firmed up his commitment in October, after an official visit to Boulder. Blackmon also had offers from Boise State, Colorado State, Houston (where his older brother plays), Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and UTEP.
Why Colorado?: "I loved the coaches and I loved the city. I just felt like it was a perfect fit for me. They were really the school that was showing me the most interest. I was one of the only receivers that they were really going after. The team is young and I feel it is the perfect situation for me. They see me as a playmaker," Blackmon began. "They see me as a guy that can run up and down the field and make big plays in their offense. I will be the ‘X' receiver in their offense. I will also get some chance to return some punts and kick-offs."

Will Pericak, Athlete, Boulder, Colo.
Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: #26 MLB
Size: 6-4, 240
Numbers: 4.8 40-yard dash
Recruiting Competition: One of the busiest and best players in the state of Colorado this past season, Pericak excelled at linebacker and tight end for Boulder High, and could play either position, or defensive end, at the next level. He had offers from instate schools Air Force and Colorado State, but chose Colorado in early October.
Why Colorado?: "I just kind of liked the feel. It feels right."

Bryce Givens, OT, Denver (Mullen), Colo.
Scout Rating: ****
Scout Rank: #12 OT
Size: 6-6, 245
Numbers: 5.2 40-yard dash, 350 bench, 450 squat
Recruiting Competition: Givens originally committed to Nebraska, but had a change of heart after NU coach Bill Callahan was fired in November. Playing for the high-profile Mullen program, Givens racked up lots of offers, and ultimately chose CU over Florida, Louisville, Michigan, Stanford and Texas.
Why Colorado?: "I am glad I am staying at home and representing Colorado, and try and win a national championship (for the state of Colorado)."

Paul Vigo, S, New Brunswick, N.J.
Scout Rating: **
Scout Rank: #83 WLB
Size: 6-2, 200
Recruiting Competition: Vigo, who played on both sides of the ball for NBHS, tripped to CU in September. He also received an offer from Western Michigan, and was being recruited by a handful of East Coast schools, including Buffalo, Temple, Boston College and Connecticut.
Why Colorado?: "I ate dinner with Head Coach Dan Hawkins (on my official trip) and I really believe that he will turn the program around and get them to more bowl games and eventually a National Championship. Colorado has good tradition and the fan support is outstanding because when they play the entire city comes to watch which is different then what I have seen elsewhere. Everything was just beautiful there, so I decided it was the right place for me."

Rodney Stewart, ATH, Columbus (Brookhaven), Ohio
Scout Rating: *
Scout Rank: n/a
Size: 5-7, 170
Recruiting Competition: Offer sheet includes Akron, Eastern Michigan and Toledo.
Why Colorado?: "I thought it was beautiful, and I fell in love with it," Stewart said of the visit. "I just liked the way it was calm and peaceful."

Ryan Wallace, TE, Bowling Green, Ky.
Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: #46 TE
Size: 6-5, 230
Numbers: 4.8 40-yard dash
Recruiting Competition: Wallace had offers from Duke, Louisville, Rutgers, Stanford and Wake Forest, as well as Colorado. He originally committed to Louisville in December, but changed his mind soon after. He tripped to Wake Forest in January before settling on CU.
Why Colorado?: "Every other visit I went on, I found myself comparing it to Colorado. I think that's the place that's going to allow me to have success in the future, both academically and athletically."

Ryan Dannewitz, OT, San Jacinto, Calif.
Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: #53 OT
Size: 6-6, 265
Numbers: 5.2 40-yard dash
Recruiting Competition: Dannewitz camped at Colorado in the summer of 2007, and went on unofficial visits to Arizona State, Fresno State and Notre Dame. He chose the Buffaloes over a host of offers, including Arizona, ASU, Fresno State, Louisville, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Oregon, San Diego State and Washington.
Why Colorado?: "I know the program's stepping up and the football team is getting better. It's a great school and campus. I know the coaches are going to bring it back up. I have a great relationship with the coaches, and I just felt like it was the right place."

Curtis Cunningham, DT, Littleton (Columbine), Colo.
Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: #42 DT
Size: 6-1 ½, 265
Numbers: 4.9 40-yard dash, 375 bench, 455 squat
Recruiting Competition: Cunningham chose Colorado over offers from several programs, including Air Force, Arizona State, Colorado State, Kansas, San Diego State, Stanford, Utah, Washington State and Wyoming.
Why Colorado?: "I really like the coaches, I really like the atmosphere, and I like the direction the program's moving in."

Ryan Deehan, TE, Poway, Calif.
Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: #34 TE
Size: 6-5, 230
Numbers: 4.75 40-yard dash, 295 bench, 370 squat
Recruiting Competition: Deehan took official visits to Arizona State, Oregon and Colorado before choosing the Buffs over the Sun Devils and Ducks. He also had offers from California, Texas A&M, UCLA and Washington.
Why Colorado?: "I just felt like Boulder was a good place for me to go play football, get a great education and grow up in."

Shaun Mohler, LB, Costa Mesa (Orange Coast College), Calif.
Scout Rating: ****
Scout Rank: #17 WLB
Size: 6-3, 225
Numbers: 4.6 40-yard dash
Recruiting Competition: Mohler was a highly sought-after junior college player who had offers from several schools, including California, Iowa, Louisville, Nebraska, Oregon and UCLA, in addition to the Buffs. He tripped to Nebraska last summer, and committed to the Cornhuskers shortly thereafter. But as the Nebraska coaching situation became unsettled, he opened things up and took official visits to Oregon and, in December, Colorado.
Why Colorado?: " I just felt real comfortable with the staff there and what they have going on there. They like their linebackers to attack and that's what I'm best at. I just felt like I could really be effective in their system and help bring them back to where Colorado used to be a few years ago."

Tyler Hansen, QB, Temecula (Chaparral), Calif.
Scout Rating: **
Scout Rank: #108 QB
Size: 6-1, 195
Numbers: 4.67 40-yard dash
Recruiting Competition: Hansen earned his offer from the Buffs after attending a passing camp in Boulder. He had an offer from Idaho State at the time he committed to CU, in June. Other schools called, but no other offers made as Hansen told all suitors he was a Buffalo.
Why Colorado?: "I love it, it's the perfect fit for me. I love the campus — it's right on the Rocky Mountains and like 20 minutes from Denver. "I love the coaching staff. I think Coach Hawkins does a good job. I thought it was a good quarterback situation there, with Cody (Hawkins) being the starter. I thought I could learn for a couple years under him."

Max Tuioti-Mariner, OL, Corona, Calif.
Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: #19 OG
Size: 6-3, 290
Numbers:
Recruiting Competition: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Tennessee. Tuioti-Mariner tripped to the first four on that list, and to Colorado in early November.
Why Colorado?: "I felt comfortable over there. Plus, my homeboy, Nate Vaiomounga goes there, and Sione Tau. And Coach Hawkins, he's a really good coach."

Vince Ewing, S, Carlsbad, Calif.
Scout Rating: **
Scout Rank: #135 S
Size: 6-2, 200
Numbers: 4.6 40-yard dash, 250 bench
Recruiting Competition: The Buffs were the first school to offer Ewing, who earned the scholarship promise last summer after Kent Riddle met him at Carlsbad during spring evaluation period in 2007. He was getting interest at that point from Boise State, Colorado State, Idaho, Nevada and UNLV, and later received an offer from Air Force.
Why Colorado?: "The Buffaloes are big time."

Doug Rippy, LB, Trotwood (Trotwood-Madison), Ohio
Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: #16 SLB
Size: 6-2, 217
Numbers: 4.5 40-yard dash
Recruiting Competition: Rippy originally verballed to Nebraska last June, but had a change of heart after visiting Colorado. He also tripped to Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, and held offers from Michigan State, West Virginia and Louisville, as well.
Why Colorado?: ?: "(Boulder is) a beautiful college town. I went to a couple other places, but nothing is like Colorado. I just think it's a good place to be – especially with the academics."

Darrell Scott, RB, Ventura (St. Bonaventure), Calif.
Scout Rating: *****
Scout Rank: #1 RB
Size: 6-2, 215
Numbers: 4.32 40-yard dash
Recruiting Competition: Certainly the most dramatic recruiting battle of a CU recruit since Marcus Houston — and possibly ever — Scott played his cards close to his vest the final month leading up until signing day. He could have gone anywhere in the country, but Scott narrowed his list from a who's who of suitors to CU, Florida, LSU and Texas last fall. UCLA tried to get in on him late, but to no avail. He ultimately chose the Buffaloes, where he'll play in an offense that also features his uncle, WR Josh Smith.
Why Colorado?: "Dan Hawkins has a vision and I want to be a part of that vision and hopefully we'll pull in a national championship."

Ray Polk, RB, Phoenix (Brophy Prep), Ariz.
Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: #44 RB
Size: 6-1, 190
Numbers: 4.47 40-yard dash
Recruiting Competition: Polk's offers included Washington, Michigan, Utah, Nebraska, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Oregon State, Nevada and Oklahoma State. His father played at Oklahoma State, and Polk took an official visit to Arizona State in January, but honored his pledge to the Buffs, which he made in October.
Why Colorado?: "There's just great people there. I think the program is growing and I think this class is going to be a really good recruiting class. I'm just excited to play there."


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