Nuckols is one big Buff

The Colorado defensive line could be a nasty challenge for opponents in the next four years after the news Sunday that two highly skilled defenders have decided to become Buffs. Get inside for more on the latest commitments for an area on the depth chart badly in need of reinforcements.

Edward Nuckols, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound defensive tackle from Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, Calif., sent out text messages Sunday evening informing interested followers of his recruitment that he has decided to attend Colorado.

"I committed to Colorado," Nuckols said via text as he recuperates from having his wisdom teeth removed.

The three-star prospect has been high on the wish lists of many CU fans and followers of coach Dan Hawkins' recruiting, and his announcement added to the excitement from earlier in the day when Nick Kasa changed his pledge from the national champion Florida Gators to CU.

Nuckols visited CU in October and chose the Buffs over myriad offers including many of the teams in the Pac-10 conference. He is the No. 32 ranked defensive tackle in the nation, according to

Back in OCtober following his visit, Nuckols raved about parts of the weekend in Boulder including a trip to a mountain overlook of Boulder and the CU campus.

"And it was the most amazing thing I'd ever seen in my life. I thought the school was great, but it blew my mind," he said at the time.

Landing Nuckols and Kasa on the same day is huge for a Colorado program that seemed to be taking steps backward at times in recruiting recently. It also is a big step for the program in shoring up the defensive line.

Colorado figures to take four or five defensive linemen in the 2009 class and now has three, including Nate Bonsu of Allen, Texas.

We'll have more with Nuckols in a future update.

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