CU football recruiting

A look at Colorado's 2016 football recruiting class as of Wednesday. National signing day is Feb. 3:


WR — Kabion Ento, 6-3, 180 (Decatur, Miss./East Central C.C.)

Verbal commits

ATH — Ronnie Blackmon, 5-10, 174 (Atlanta.)

WR — Johnny Huntley, 6-3, 190 (Plantation, Fla.)

LB — Akil Jones, 6-1, 213 (San Jose, Calif.)

ATH — Anthony Julmisse, 6-0, 180 (Plantation, Fla.)

OL — Chance Lytle, 6-7, 291 (San Antonio)

QB — Sam Noyer, 6-3, 193 (Beaverton, Ore.)

WR — Derrion Rakestraw, 6-3, 175 (Woodstock, Ga.)

OL — Terriek Roberts, 6-6, 255 (Denver)

ATH — Patrick Taylor Jr., 6-3, 211 (Humble, Tex.)

ATH — Trey Udoffia, 6-0, 175 (Loomis, Calif.)

OL — Hunter Vaughn, 6-8, 260 (Parker)

With national signing day quickly approaching, Akil Jones is still drawing attention from college recruiters.

The San Jose product has no doubt about where he's playing next year, though.

"I just let them know I'm very solid with Colorado and I'm not planning on changing my mind any time soon," Jones said this week.

A 6-foot-1, 215-pound linebacker from Valley Christian High School, Jones can't wait to sign his letter of intent on Feb. 3 and make his choice official.


"The coaching staff is amazing and I met some of the players and they have a lot going for them right now," said Jones, who has picked CU over Oregon State, Texas and others.

Planning to arrive in Boulder in June, Jones hopes he can make an impact on the Buffs right away.

"They said I'll have potential to actually come in and play as a freshman," he said. "There was no talk about redshirting. They're going to need me to come in and play for them."

Exactly where he plays remains to be seen.

Jones played outside linebacker at Valley Christian, where he racked up 13 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss this past season for the Warriors. He said CU wants to try him at inside linebacker.

Either way, Jones is excited. He's played some offense during his career, too, but said his passion is on defense, regardless of his position.

"On the defensive side of the ball, I just feel more comfortable and it feels more natural than the offensive side," he said.

Jones said pass rushing and stopping the run are strengths of his, but he knows he'll have to do something new at CU by dropping back into pass coverage.

"That's one thing I've been working on ... and I've been getting better with that, but I still need more work with it," he said.

Jones has yet to make his official visit to CU, but will do so on Jan. 15. He's already familiar with several of the players. Buffs cornerback Chidobe Awuzie is from San Jose and the two have made a connection already.

Jones is also familiar with head coach Mike MacIntyre's son, Jay, and Ryan Severson, who both played at Valley Christian. Severson was a senior when Jones was a freshman and Jones said, "I got to see him play and I just loved the way he played."

Now, Jones is hoping to team with Severson and others to get the Buffs on the winning track. He's been told he could be a key piece to the puzzle, and he's eager to see how he fits.

"I'm really excited about that," he said.


On Wednesday morning, receiver Johnny Huntley, from South Plantation (Fla.) High School, reaffirmed his commitment to CU on Twitter. He tweeted a message, directed at other schools, that he is "solidly committed" to CU and that he is canceling future official visits. Huntley reportedly had visits lined up with Syracuse and Washington. ... reported Wednesday that Huntley's teammate, Anthony Julmisse, has also canceled a visit to Syracuse, which is a good sign he's fully committed to the Buffs, too.

Brian Howell:, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.