Crabb chooses Buffs

Kaiwi Crabb was thought to be headed to Colorado for several months. He made it official over the weekend but admitted rumors of a possible coaching change at the end of the 2009 season had him rethinking things. Get inside for more.

Kaiwi Crabb, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound offensive lineman from Ponahou High School in Honolulu, said he chose Colorado because of his relationships with CU coaches and his familiarity with the area.

"That's basically what did it for me was the coaching staff," Crabb said. "I really like Dan Hawkins. I really like my o-line coach Denver Johnson. He's a great guy, great coach. The linebackers coach is Brian Cabral and he's from Hawaii, and so I just felt really comfortable with the coaching staff. I felt like I was really going to fit in there.

"On top of that, it's a great school, great place, really beautiful and it kind of just all seemed to work for me."

Crabb's older brother, Kaione, lives in Golden and he has been making regular trips to the area to visit him for several years. He participated in several CU summer football camps during those trips and fell in love with the Boulder campus and the CU football program.

Crabb is the 13th known commitment in the 2010 Colorado recruiting class. He is the third offensive linemen to pledge to the Buffs, which might mean the Buffs are now full there.

Crabb said he had offers from Arizona, Washington and Hawaii, but he knew for awhile that he really wanted to come to Boulder. He said he was nervous toward the end of the Buffs' season that the coaching staff wouldn't be retained and how that might affect his relationship with the program.

"I kind of got me thinking, did I have enough time to get to know and like the new coaching staff?" he said. "So I was a little worried and a little anxious to see what was going to happen, but when the news came out that the coaching staff was going to be there, it was a big relief for me. I was really thrilled to hear that."

Crabb said the uncertainty had him attempting to set up a visit to Washington, but now that he is committed to CU, he has no plans to make any more official visits.

Kaiwi Crabb

Crabb played in a passing oriented offense at the high school level and says he believes his strength is in pass blocking as he moves to the next level. He said he is excited about learning to run block and refining every part of his game with college coaching.

He said he plans to redshirt as a true freshmen next fall and add weight. He hopes to earn playing time beginning in 2011 when the Buffs will make the first or two trips to Hawaii over the next four seasons. Crabb said he is excited the Buffs will be playing his home-state team during the next four seasons.

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