Chidera Uzo-Direbe attended camps at Colorado and UCLA this summer along with participating in the Inland Empire combine. The scholarship offer from the Buffs remains the only one to come his way to this point, but he's hoping to turn heads this season and build a larger list from which to choose.
While Colorado remains his only scholarship offer, Uzo-Diribe said he is in contact with and is interested in UCLA, Nebraska, Fresno State, Arizona and San Jose State. He said he plans to take all his official visits this fall before making his decision. His tentative plan is to visit Boulder for Halloween, when the Buffs play host to the Missouri Tigers.
Uzo-Diribe, 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, said CU defensive line coach Romeo Bandison is recruiting him. He said he has a good relationship with Bandison, who will be in his fourth season coaching the defensive line in Boulder this fall.
"He's a really nice guy, and really funny," Uzo-Diribe said. "He knows a lot about defensive line and what he's doing up there."
Uzo-Diribe will play this fall on a team loaded with talent. Running back Jordon James and cornerback Demetrius Wright are two of the most sought after recruits at their positions on the West Coast. DeVonte Wilson, a junior linebacker this fall, also camped in Boulder this summer and has received a scholarship offer from CU coaches, Uzo-Diribe said.
"I really enjoyed the campus, and the coaches are real good to me," he said.
Uzo-Diribe and his teammates being recruited by Colorado have a friend already on the team in offensive lineman Max Tuioti-Mariner, who attended Corona two years ago. Having a friend in Boulder to give a true perspective about the inner working of the program gives Uzo-Diribe comfort with CU.
"He really enjoys the atmosphere there, and it's a real big plus to know that it's a good school for him," Uzo-Diribe said.
Uzo-Diribe is a first generation American in his family. His parents are from Nigeria and came to U.S. years ago to start a new life. They named their son Chidera, which means "God has overcome."