Highs and lows on signing day

The Colorado football program addressed some key needs in signing at least 19 prospects today to national letters of intent. Talented players who are likely to contribute immediately joined the program at wide receiver, defensive line and linebacker as well as other areas. CU also landed its quarterback of the future. Get inside for more.

The day began with as many as six wide receivers still undecided but with Colorado in the mix for their signatures. Three of those players had joined the program by mid-morning and coaches were waiting for at least one more as of this writing.

The three confirmed signees are Terdema Ussery and Jarrod Darden from the Dallas area and Andre Simmons from Independence Community College in Kansas. They all bring height, speed and athleticism that has been present only in small doses at the position in recent years in the program.

CU lost out on Diante Jackson, a four-star recruit who went to Oregon, and Emory Blake, a three-star prospect, who chose Auburn.

CU didn't figure to land all of them. All indications are Jackson wanted to sign with Colorado but was forced to sign with Oregon by his parents whose signatures are required on letters of intent. Losing Jackson qualified as teh biggest surprise of the day.

CU landed three solid prospects on the defensive line, including Nick Kasa, the most highly rated player in this year's class. Kasa is a five-star defensive end from Legacy High School in Broomfield. He is ranked the No. 4 player at his position in the nation.

The program also welcomes Nate Bonsu, a beefy defensive tackle from Allen, Texas, and Edward Nuckols, a highly regarded defensive tackle from San marcos, Calif.

Colorado received a letter of intent from Los Alamitos High School quarterback Clark Evans as expected. Evans reminds some of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and was one of the first players to commit to the program last summer.

Evans is a three-year starter who is physically mature enough already to play at the college level. If he picks up the CU offense quickly, he could challenge for playing time as soon as next season.

The program also added two sturdy linebackers in Derrick Webb from the Memphis area and Liloa Nobriga, a product of Las Vegas.

A total of five in-state prospects had signed with the Buffs by noon today, including Kasa, Parker Orms of Wheat Ridge, Jack Harris of Parker, and Zach Grossnickle and DaVaughn Thornton from Denver East.

The class will fall short of last year's top-30 national ranking, but it is a solid group with plenty of potential.

Coach Dan Hawkins is slated to speak about the class with the media at the Dal Ward Center today at 3:30 p.m.. We will have more on CU recruiting tonight and we will begin looking ahead to 2010 in the days ahead.


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