Kasa turns to Buffs

The top-ranked prep football player in the state of Colorado has had a stunning change of heart and will stay in-state to play his college football Scout.com confirmed today. He is the first five-star in the 2009 class. Get inside for more.

Legacy High School defensive end Nick Kasa called Florida coach Urban Meyer this weekend to inform him he had a change of heart and followed that call with a call to Colorado coach Dan Hawkins to give him his pledge to be a Buff, Legacy High School coach Wayne Voorhees said today.

"He actually told me about it at the Army All-America game," Voorhees said. "He said, 'You will probably be surprised by this but I'm going to go to Colorado.' He wanted to wait until after the national championship game to call coach Meyer because he didn't think it would be fair to be a distraction to him."

Kasa is the top rated player in Colorado and the No. 4 ranked defensive end in the country according to Scout.com. He becomes the third consecutive No. 1 in-state recruit to choose to join coach Dan Hawkins' program, along with Ryan Miller in the 2007 class and Jon Major in the 2008 cycle.

Kasa had committed to Florida in the fall after a long deliberation between the Gators and the Buffs. Voorhees told Scout.com the change of heart came down to Kasa just being extremely comfortable with CU and his relationship with coach Hawkins.

Kasa's commitment could be the jolt of momentum in recruiting for which the Colorado program and its fans have been waiting. Coaches still have plenty of work remaining before national signing day, but with Kasa on board more players could be swayed toward Boulder.

We'll have more on Kasa in the coming days.

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