Spond leads off 2010 class

Colorado coach Dan Hawkins slapped his desk and gave a standing ovation to Danny Spond today when the quarterback from Columbine High School came to his office and told him he wanted to be a Buff. Get inside for more.

The Colorado football program has a nice little pipeline going between one of the premier prep programs in the state and Boulder. Spond became the third Columbine star to choose the Buffs in the most recent four recruiting cycles joining Ryan Miller and Curtis Cunningham before him.

Spond thought at times that it would be tough to decide between Colorado and Stanford when choosing where to play football at the college level. Ultimately, the decision wasn't so tough.

Spond has grown up a Buff fan and has envisioned himself running behind Ralphie the Buffalo mascot on game days for years now. His older sister attended CU and graduated in 2005 and he is very familiar with the campus.

As he spent time in recent weeks thinking and praying about his decision he began to realize CU was the clear choice. It became even more obvious when his father asked him a key question.

"My dad asked me the question. ‘What other school would change your mind if they came asking,'" Spond said. "To be honest, no other school could. Colorado is the place I want to be and the football team I want to play for."

The 6-foot-3 playmaker became the first commitment in the Buffs' 2010 recruiting class today when he drove to Boulder this afternoon to tell coach Dan Hawkins the news in person. Spond said he attended a quarterbacks meeting before the Buffs practice and then met with Hawkins and his father in the head coach's office.

Spond said he has a lot of respect for the job Hawkins has done in turning things around at CU and he believes the program is one the way up. He also held scholarship offers from Stanford, Wyoming and Duke as well as serious interest from numerous other schools. He said it was important that CU wanted him as a quarterback while others recruited him as an athlete or linebacker.

He called the chance to play quarterback in Boulder "the icing on the cake."

"Playing quarterback in college has been my dream and just something where I feel I have the most to contribute on the football field," Spond said. "So any school that was going to look at me as a quarterback was something that was definitely going to bring my interest."

Spond said the fact that his good friend and former Columbine star Curtis Cunningham now plays for the Buffs was another factor in his decision. Spond is a family guy and the opportunity to play just an hour from home was something he couldn't turn down.

"I'm glad I got the recruiting thing out of the way so I can focus on my senior season and after that I know where I'm going," Spond said. "I don't have to have my head in two different places."

Columbine coach Andy Lowry said that while Spond plays in a run-heavy system at Columbine and doesn't throw the ball much, he believes Spond has all the tools to become a solid all-around quarterback at the college level.

"He could play a ton of different positions, but he loves to play quarterback and I think he will be a great one," Lowry said.

There are some who believe Spond, a three-star player according to Scout.com, is the best prospect in the state for the 2010 class. He is definitely among the top five.

Since Hawkins' arrival in 2006, the program has picked up commitments from many of the top prospects each year. Regardless of where he is ranked, Spond picking the Buffs is a good start for in-state recruiting in this cycle.

"Just meeting the coaches and seeing the players' morale was something that I could see was very special and something that I wanted to be a part of," Spond said.

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