An already impressive 2017 recruiting class for the Colorado football program continues to grow.

Friday morning, ThunderRidge offensive lineman Heston Paige announced his verbal commitment to the Buffs via a Twitter post. Paige's statement read:

"First I would like to thank everyone who has helped me get to where I am today. My family, friends, coaches and trainers. I wouldn't be where I am today without them. I want to give a special shout out to my dad and mom for all the faith and support they have in me. With that said, I am officially committed to the University of Colorado! Go Buffs!"

A 6-foot-5, 270-pound tackle at ThunderRidge, Paige is projected as either a tackle or guard at the next level. He anchored an offensive line that helped the Grizzlies reach the quarterfinals of the Colorado Class 5A state tournament last fall.

Paige is the 10th recruit to pledge his allegiance to the Buffs' 2017 recruiting class and the third in-state player to make a verbal commitment, joining the Cherry Creek duo of Jonathan Van Diest and Dante Sparaco. Paige's announcement continues a prosperous run for the CU coaching staff, as he is fourth student-athlete to commit to the Buffs this week and the sixth in the past 10 days. lists Paige as a two-star recruit, making him the first player in the 2017 recruiting class who doesn't boast at least a three-star ranking.

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