Colorado place-kickers have made 16 of 35 field goal attempts over the past two seasons combined. So it figured coach Dan Hawkins would eventually get around to signing a kicker in this recruiting cycle.

Hawkins finally received a pledge on Sunday from Justin Castor, a 6-foot-5 prospect from Arvada West High School, who was committed to Kansas until that school made a coaching change last month.

Castor is known for a big leg. He has made field goals of 50 yards or more in games and his highlight reel includes footage of a 65-yard kick in practice during his junior season.

"The recruiting process has definitely been a roller coaster ride in terms of emotions but everything worked out for the best," Castor told Buffs Head Coach Dan Hawkins answers questions from the media after the University of Colorado game against Nebraska on Friday on Folsom Field in Boulder November 27, 2009. Photo by Paul Aiken / The Camera