Favors chooses Buffs

Four tight ends are slated to graduate from the Colorado football program this year, making recruiting players at the position a priority for the 2010 class. CU coaches landed a big commitment over the weekend from a tight end from Ohio. Get the details about his commitment inside.

Justin Favors, a 6-foot-3, 228-pound tight end from Trotwood-Madison High School outside Dayton, Ohio, visited Colorado last weekend for the Texas A&M game and decided to commit.

"To be honest, the reason why I wanted to commit is when I went up there, they showed me love, I like the campus and they told me there is a chance for me to play," Favors said.

Favors was hosted on his visit by CU linebacker Doug Rippy, who attended the same high school as Favors. The two did not play together because Favors transferred in the year after Rippy graduated, but they knew each other before Favors' visit.

"It seems like they took real good care of him and I just liked the campus," Favors said. "So I went home and talked to my parents about it and I just liked everything about it."

Favors said he recently received a scholarship offer from Louisville and has been being recruited by Syracuse for a long time. He said he plans to visit both of those programs, despite his CU commitment. His Syracuse visit is set for Dec. 13. The trip to Louisville hasn't been finalized.

"Right now I'm really focusing on I like Colorado, but I might take some more visits and still see what's going on," Favors said. "So far, I like Colorado. I like the campus, all the coaches was cool and I got a chance to play, I like it but I'll probably take some more visits."

Favors has played tight end for two years now and seems to be developing nicely at the position. He has 27 catches for more than 400 yards and two touchdowns this season as his team has gone 10-1 into the second round of the state playoffs. His primary role in the offense this year has been helping to block for a running back with more than 2,000 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns.

Favors said CU coaches told him they like his speed and believe he can help the Buffs' offense right away. CU will have three returning tight ends next season in Ryan Deehan, who will be a junior and freshmen DaVaughn Thornton, who is redshirting this season. Also, walk-on freshman Alex Woods is redshirting this season as well. Running backs coach Darian Hagan recruited Favors.

"Last year was my first year playing tight end and I couldn't block that good," Favors said. "This year all during summer they worked with me blocking inside-out, hooking a guy and I got better playing tight end this year. I can go to the next level and play tight end or a slot receiver."

Favors is the second tight end to give CU his pledge this year. Kyle Slavin, a local prospect from Chatifeld High School in Littleton committed to CU during the summer. The Buffs also are continuing to recruit Harold Mobley a two-star tight end prospect from Corona, Calif., who says his two favorites are CU and Nebraska. The Buffs are recruiting him as a tight end, his preferred position, while the Huskers are recruiting him as an athlete with the idea of using him as a defensive end.

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