There was one happy Colorado head coach last Saturday at Folsom Field.

The atmosphere for the Buffs' first official Pac-12 football game, despite CU's fourth-quarter collapse in a loss to Washington State, was impressive enough for talented basketball prospect Chris Jenkins to give Tad Boyle a verbal commitment on a postcard afternoon under the Flatirons.

The 6-foot-7 Detroit (Mich.) Jesuit standout joins a promising 2012 class that already includes Colorado Springs standouts Josh Scott (Lewis-Palmer) and Wesley Gordon (Sierra).

"The coaches at Colorado are really truthful," Jenkins said when asked why he chose CU. "Tad Boyle is doing a great job there with the players he's recruiting. And I like the city of Boulder and how supportive they are of Colorado."

According to, the Buffs also received a verbal commitment from Xavier Johnson, a 6-6 forward from Santa Ana, Calif., on Monday. Johnson, a four-star recruit, is ranked as the No. 83 prospect nationally by

Boyle visited Jenkins' home last month. The CU staff also spent a lot of time talking to Detroit Jesuit coach Pat Donnelly about his versatile senior star.

"Chris shoots the ball real well, he shot 40 percent from three last year. He has a great mid-range game and he handles the ball well for someone his size. He's long and athletic," Donnelly said. "His best basketball is ahead of him. With the reputation coach Boyle has of developing players, I think Colorado got a real steal."


Detroit Jesuit, which also features Division I prospect Cameron Fowler, is the preseason No. 4 team in Michigan's highest classification.

Jenkins knows former Oregon guard Tajuan Porter and current USC guard Maurice Jones, who are both from the Detroit area.

"I really like the style of play Colorado has and I think it will fit well in that conference," Jenkins, who received some interest from Michigan and scholarship offers from Detroit, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan, said of heading west to play in the Pac-12.

Jenkins understands that he needs to add some muscle to his 185-pound frame. That's why he was in the weight room after school on Monday.

Still only 17, Jenkins plans to pursue an undergraduate degree in chemistry at CU and eventually wants to attend medical school.

Boyle, who isn't allowed to comment on the 2012 prospects until the commitments sign letters of intent on Nov. 9, will likely add another player to the class.

The 2011-12 Buffs will begin practices later this month without 6-7 freshman forward Damiene Cain, who decided to focus on academics and will not play basketball at CU.

Boyle's team opens the season Nov. 11 against Fort Lewis at the Coors Events Center.