The Colorado defensive line is getting a massive makeover with the 2012 recruiting class.
CU coaches received a sixth commitment from a defensive lineman over the weekend when Josh Tupou, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound product of Buena Park High School in California pledged to be a Buff during his official visit to Boulder.
Tupou played only one season at Buena Park after transferring from Orange High School. Buena Park coach Ollie Lynch said the Buffs are getting a steal in Tupou and a lot of programs didn't know about Tupou because he had no film of his previous high school seasons.
"I've had a lot of guys go on to play D-I and this guy is the top of the line," Lynch said. "He's the best one I've had. I had two guys starting at Utah this past year. This guy will be a big time player for CU. No question about it."
Tupou chose CU over offers from schools such as Hawaii, Nevada and UNLV. Lynch said Utah was recruiting him as an offensive lineman.
Colorado is very thin at defensive line heading into spring football with just eight defensive linemen on the roster. That number includes three walk-ons.
Coach Jon Embree said during his final press conference of the 2011 season that defensive linemen, tight end and cornerbacks would be the three primary areas of emphasis in this class.
CU recruit injured
Peyton Williams, a standout wide receiver for Southlake Carroll High School in Texas and a CU recruit, suffered a knee injury in the first half of a state semifinal playoff game over the weekend and watched the rest of the game from the sideline in wheelchair.
The severity of Williams' injury isn't expected to be known until today or Tuesday. If the injury is significant, Williams would be the second 2012 CU commitment to suffer a serious injury this season.
Running back Terrence Crowder of Galena Park, Texas, suffered a season-ending knee injury in late August during his team's season opener. Crowder tore the anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees and has been rehabilitating for several months now.
Williams and Crowder are both three-star recruits who committed to CU during the summer. Williams team won its game despite his absence and will play for the state championship in the largest classification in Texas this weekend.