Sweet Sixteen

The first 11 months of the 2009 recruiting cycle passed by for Colorado football fans like lava inching its way to the coast. The final month has seen an explosion of additions to the class, including the 16th commitment an offensive lineman from the Bay Area in California.

David Bakhtiari doesn't have much playing time under his belt, but the time he does have caught the attention of more than a few college coaches.

The 6-foot-4, 265-pound product of Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif., visited Colorado last week and needed only a few days back home before deciding to be Buff.

Bakhtiari said he made the decision while watching video on the Internet of the University of Washington with coaches from the school who were paying him a visit. He said he couldn't stop thinking about Colorado and that told him he needed to be a Buff.

Bakhtiari said the fact that Colorado doesn't currently have a permanent offensive line coach doesn't bother him because he is confident coach Dan Hawkins will find a quality man for the job. He said he has a good relationship with interim assistant coach Brad Bedell and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, both of whom will continue with the program regardless of which offensive line coach Hawkins hires.

Bakhtiari only began receiving interest from most programs after his senior season was over and coaches reviewed his film. He said he rarely earned playing time with his high school program prior to his senior year.

He said his main goal at the beginning of the year was to get a Division I-AA scholarship offer at the least so he could play with his older brother and the University of San Diego. He is thrilled to have exceeded his goal with offers from CU, Utah and Washington among others.

"If anyone were to tell me when I came into Serra as a freshman that I would have a scholarship to the Big 12, I would have told them, you're crazy," he said.

"I have the drive. I basically just started playing. I want to keep on playing. I think that's the one thing I'm going to have over everybody. I think I'm going to do so much more you know? I'm going to do the extra rep. I'm not going to take a play off. I'm just going to be constantly just giving it my all. I'm going to be going in there blazing, basically."

Bakhtiari is only a one-star prospect because coaches weren't the only ones who didn't know much about prior to this season. His high school ran the option so making the transition to Colorado will involve a lot of learning.

"We did a lot of passing as well this season, and I feel like that was one of my main strengths," Bakhtiari said. "The coaches tell me they love my feet and how flexible and mobile I can be."

Bakhtiari said he plans to work vigorously in the weight room and on his blocking ability in the coming months before arriving in Boulder in the summer. He said he made a lot of progress as a player in the past year through hard work. So it won't be anything new to him.

"In order for me to play at this next level," he said. "I'm great at the high school level, but no matter how good I am at the high school level, I need to improve and adapt to the college level."


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