All of the players I spoke with come from warmer weather, and none of them were bothered by the snow and cold. In fact, they enjoyed it.
"We needed to see that coming from down south," said Ca'ron Baham, who was in Boulder with John Ehret (La.) High School teammates Jarrius Wallace and Dejon Harris. "Last time it snowed down here, I think I was like in fifth grade."
Lorenzo Burns, from Linfield Christian in Temecula, Calif., said, "I haven't been in the snow in a while, so it was a little bit of a change, but it didn't bother me and affect my decision."
A few other recruiting notes
- Of the 13 players who visited, three are already verbally committed to CU. I'm told that none of the other 10 committed, but the coaching staff feels good about all of them.
- From what I hear, Texas Tech transfer quarterback Davis Webb really enjoyed his trip to Boulder, and CU likes its chances of getting Webb to Boulder this summer. Webb has other options, but has been close to the vest about other schools he is considering.
- CU coaches have spent a lot of time in Hawaii lately. Head coach Mike MacIntyre went to Honolulu for a recruiting trip last week, and Jim Leavitt and Klayton Adams flew there on Sunday.Several players from the 2016 class interest the Buffs, including linebacker Jordan Iosefa and lineman Nate Herbig from St. Louis High, and running back Wayne Taulapapa and athlete Ephraim Tuliloa from Punahou High. Iosefa is committed to USC and visited the Trojans this past weekend, but has not ruled out CU. Herbig decommitted from Stanford on Christmas Day, but visited the Cardinal over the weekend is still seriously considering Stanford.Advertisement
- Wallace and Baham will take one more official visit this next week - Wallace to Arizona, Baham to Tulane - but both expect to make a choice shortly after that. Wallace and Baham are close friends and would like to play together in college if possible. Arizona is not currently looking at Baham, but Wallace hopes to change that. "I'm trying to get them to consider him," he said.
- Wallace said he really loved the academic side of CU. "I like the education that they have available, the help you get," he said. "They put that first before football and that's the main purpose of going to school and getting my degree."
- Harris is currently committed to Arkansas, and will visit the Razorbacks this next weekend. He will visit Alabama the following weekend. CU remains in his top three, however. "It's an up and coming program," he said. "I would love to play with my (high school) teammates, but it's really my decision, what I feel comfortable with."
- Baham said he's not concerned about CU's struggles in recent years. In fact, he said it reminds him of high school, as John Ehret has a winning tradition, but had fallen on hard times before he arrived. John Ehret went 15-36 from 2008-12 (including 0-10 in 2012), but went 31-8 the past three years. "I've dealt with the adversity of rebuilding programs and people not wanting to come play for your team because of the record and things like that," he said. "That just taught me to take the opportunity to go somewhere and turn the program around and get it back where it needs to be."
- In addition to the Louisiana teammates, CU hosted good friends Jordyn Brooks and Ethan Davidson from Stratford High in Houston. Brooks is a three-star linebacker who committed to Texas Tech in the summer, but is now considering CU. Davidson, a possible slot receiver, does not have a scholarship offer from CU.
- According to Rivals.com, receiver Coye Fairman (Humble, Tex.), who visited this weekend, will go to junior college first because he doesn't have the academics to get into CU this year. Rivals also reported that lineman Colby Pursell would likely grayshirt if he signed with CU.
Contact staff writer Brian Howell at firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.