Over the past few seasons the Colorado Buffaloes have endured criticism as the majority of Power 5 recruits in the state have opted to take their games beyond Colorado borders. This weekend the University of Colorado worked to change that by gaining two strong, early in state commits, as well as offering one of the best prospects in the Colorado class of 2018.
First, Cherry Creek defender Jon Van Diest, today made his verbal to the Buffs. Van Diest, of late, has become one of the hottest recruits in the mountain region picking up offers from Nebraska and Louisville. The DE/OLB is a great get for the Buffs. A starter since his freshman year for one of Colorado’s top programs, Van Diest is a productive, high motor defender that brings all the skills necessary for the next level. Further, Van Diest has honed his toughness playing primarily with his hand on the ground. For the Buffs, Van Diest will have the chance to show his front versatility playing with his hand up as an outside backer.
Joining Van Diest with a verbal to the Buffs today is fellow Cherry Creek athlete Dante Sparaco. Sparaco is one of Colorado’s most intriguing prospects standing 6-4 and weighing 265 pounds. During his high school career, Sparaco has played quarterback and tight end and is being recruited potentially as a tight end or defensive end/ outside backer. Due to his unique skill set of size and athleticism Sparaco has seen his recruitment explode over the past few weeks. A very strong student, Sparaco has picked up multiple Ivy offers and yesterday he gained an offer from the University of Nevada.
Beyond the verbals of Van Diest and Sparaco, Colorado also made an offer to 2018 Highlands Ranch prospect Ray Robinson. The long safety is a physical beast, with great on field instincts. Further, due to his frame, Robinson is a potential outside backer prospect.
Today’s in state coup, gaining commits from Van Diest and Sparaco, two potential starters, is big! Also, gaining two players from a Cherry Creek school never short on talent helps re-establish an important recruiting pipeline. The early Robinson offer serves notice that Colorado wants to work to keep top talent in state.