So you're saying there's a chance

The Colorado football program needs help at no position quite as bad as wide receiver, and it might still have an chance to land a major talent thought to be firmly committed to another program. Get inside to find out more.

Walnut Creek (Calif.) Las Lomas receiver Diante Jackson committed to Oregon earlier this season but still has strong feelings about Colorado after taking an unofficial visit to Boulder in the spring.

Jackson told BuffaloSportsNews today he is flying to Colorado on Saturday morning and is looking forward to seeing the Buffs take on the Cyclones.

"I'm juiced," he said. "Since the first time I went to Colorado on my unofficial trip, I've always just wanted to come back. I mean, I just love the atmosphere out there. It's a good place.

"It makes me feel comfortable. Last time I was there, I felt at home and everything. I've got to go back out there and see how it is on game day and everything, and, I mean, just see if I made my decision too early."

Jackson is among a group of at least seven prospects known to have scheduled visits to Boulder this weekend.

Defensive end Nick Kasa, linebacker/safety Michael Clay, defensive tackle Latu Heimuli, offensive lineman Nik Abele and two others should be in town in time for the 11:30 a.m. kickoff at Folsom Field on Saturday. Several players in that group were playing in high school games tonight, including Jadckson.

Jackson said he had 43 catches for more than 750 yards and seven touchdowns going into tonight's game. He said he missed most of one game recently after suffering a sprained ankle. The injury was not serious. Jackson also has two interceptions in the past two games.

Jackson (6-2.5, 205) said there are multiple reasons he likes Colorado, but one of the most intriguing parts of possibly becoming a Buff is the chance to play right away. Jackson is a four-star recruit and one of the elite prospects from the Bay Area. He could probably contribute for the Buffs beleaguered offense in this weekend's game if only he could suit up.

"That's something I'd like about any place where I could come in a play early," he said. "I would love to come in anywhere and make a big impact."

The biggest draw pulling Jackson back for an official look at the Buffs is probably his relationship with wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator Eric Kiesau, who is recruiting him for the CU program.

"I've just got a strong bond with coach Kiesau," Jackson said. "I feel that besides my high school coach, I bond with him more than any other coach in the country.

Jackson said he remains committed to Oregon and also has strong feelings about that program and the coaches there, but he didn't want to have any questions unanswered in his mind when he does sign a national letter of intent in February. He believes this weekend's trip to Boulder will go along way toward providing answers.

"Colorado is the first place I've been besides California in my life," Jackson said. "I want to see if I really, really in my heart liked being there, or if it wasn't just like, 'Oh, well, I'm just happy to be out of California for the first time in my life.' I just want to see when I go back up there, do I still feel comfortable and do I still have the same feelings I did before?

"If I do, there might be same drama."


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