The Colorado football program received its first commitment from a running back for the 2010 recruiting cycle this week when Tony Jones, a 5-foot-8 tailback from New Jersey, pledged to join the Buffs.

Jones was a surprise commitment for most Colorado fans because prior to making his decision, he wasn`t listed as a CU prospect by either of the two major Internet recruiting services.

Jones told he plans to visit CU next week and chose the Buffs because of his relationship with CU coaches. He said tight ends and special teams coach Kent Riddle has been his primary contact with the program.

"I`ve got a pretty good relationship with the coaches and that`s what made me feel good about it," Jones told Rivals. "I was talking to the head coach and he`s just someone that really loves his players. He wants guys to graduate and get their degree. He doesn`t just want to win championships. He wants you to be successful."

Jones rushed for more than 1,300 yards as a senior last fall playing for Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey. The program was awarded the mythical high school national championship for the first time in its history by USA Today after an undefeated season.

Jones is the 14th known commitment for the 2010 recruiting class. CU previously had another running back committed to the program, but Mister Jones, a product of Littleton High School, changed his commitment to Texas A&M.

CU is expected to sign another running back in this cycle.


Coach Dan Hawkins said he planned to sign 21 players to scholarships when he was asked about recruiting at the end of the 2009 season.

Two players in the recruiting class -- quarterback Nick Hirschman and offensive lineman Eric Richter -- reported to campus Wednesday to enroll in spring semester classes. Both will be eligible to participate in spring practices, which are expected to begin in mid-March.

Hirschman is a three-star prospect from Los Gatos, Calif., who had a stellar senior season, in which he threw 34 touchdown passes with just three interceptions. Richter is bull of an offensive lineman, at 6-4 and 315 pounds. He is expected to man one guard spot for the Buffs next season. He will be a junior after playing two seasons at Saddleback Community College in California.

One member of the 2009 recruiting class also finally made it to campus Wednesday. Quarterback Josh Moten, a product of Narbonne High School in Harbor City, Calif., signed with the Buffs last season but was ruled academically ineligible during the summer because of questions about his test scores on his college entrance exams. He took the test again in the fall and was approved to enroll.