7 a.m. -- Let's roll

Good morning Buffs fans. Rise and shine Ralphie, it's Signing Day 2014. I've got the coffee going and will be blogging throughout the day. Check back often and join in the conversation in the comments below.

Signed and enrolled

When talking about the 2014 class, we'd be remiss if we didn't discuss the three young men who have already signed letters of intent and are enrolled at CU.

Lee Walker, WR, 6-foot, 180 pounds, San Diego Madison High School (2012)

Lee Walker committed to Arizona after his senior season, signed with the Wildcats this time last year, but failed to qualify. He got his tests scores up and ended up a Buffalo. It's a win-win. He gets to play Pac-12 football and CU gets a burner it desperately needed.

The speedy wide out with a 4.4 40-time will be looked upon to pile up receiving yards after Paul Richardson's departure to the NFL. Walker was credited with 1,824 all-purpose yards and 16 touchdowns during his senior season at Madison. Highlights.

Walker said: "We're getting fast receivers. That's going to change the offense. I think good things are ahead for this program." - Denver Post (story).


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Ahkello Witherspoon, DB, 6-3, 182, Sacramento City College

The junior college product was a late-bloomer. He played his prep ball at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento and later grew about seven inches in 16 months.

Witherspoon committed to CU following an official visit over the Dec. 6 weekend. He'll likely be a cornerback with the Buffs and we'll get our first look at the DB at CU's Spring Game. Highlights

Witherspoon said: "Coach Mac was the big difference. He's a great coach and even better human being. Like I said, just the confirmation of all his values and morals being expressed throughout the trip was huge." -- BuffZone (story)

Wyatt Tucker Smith, LS, 6-3, 230, Gulf Coast C.C. (Perkinston, Miss.)

Long-snapping specialist Wyatt Tucker Smith committed to the Buffs on Nov. 24 by way of the state Mississippi. He'll have three years to play two and could see the field early with the graduation of CU long snapper Ryan Iverson. Highlights.

Expert opinion: "Wyatt is just a flat out great Long Snapper. He has great size, moves well on his feet and is snapping with some solid confidence. His only weakness is that he sometimes and that makes his snap just great instead of perfect. Great attitude and he is always improving. Ball is like a rocket and he just keeps getting better." -- ChrisSailerKicking.com

Signed today

Grant Watanabe, LB, 5-11, 230, Brennan High School (San Antonio)

The first player with his letter in on this cold February day is Texas defender, tackling monster Grant Watanabe. The San Antonio area product helped Brennan get to the 4A championship game, where he took MVP honors despite playing on a broken foot. Watanabe could see time as a true freshman at the inside linebacker position. Run stopper who hits, Watanabe's nickname is "What A Boom." CU bio | CU highlights

Isaac Miller, OL, 6-7, 250, Silver Creek (Longmont)

Local product Isaac Miller played in multiple 3A title games on the Raptors' offensive line. Miller was the first player to commit to CU's 2014 class and he stayed true to his word. The Longmont lineman could take a year to redshirt, but should be a staple on the Buffs' line for years to come. CU bio| CU highlights

Miller said:"It was a pretty easy decision, honestly. It's close to home, I've grown up around Boulder my entire life, they have excellent coaches and I love their philosophy. I've been really impressed with them and I know they're going to turn it around. It's a great opportunity for me and I'm excited about it." -- BoCoPreps.com (Story)

Eddy Lopez, DT, 6-4, 300, Coronado (El Paso, Texas)

CU's big man from Texas is officially a Buff. Lopez recorded 69 total tackles and four sacks as a senior for the Thunderbirds. He'll clog up the middle for the Buffs' defensive line and could see early playing time. CU bio| CU highlights

Christian Shaver, DE, 6-3, 230, Jordan High School (Sandy, Utah)

Beetdigger to a Buff. Defensive lineman Christian Shaver recorded 59 total tackles and six and a half sacks as a senior. The Beetdiggers were definitely my favorite mascot from this recruiting cycle. Shaver comes to Boulder by way of the Beehive State and projects as a strong pass rusher. CU bio | CU highlights

Terran Hasselbach, DE, 6-1, 235, Regis Jesuit High School (Aurora)

Here's an in-stater with tons of potential. The Regis product committed to the Buffs following the decommitment by California defender Zach Brown. Hasselbach missed his sophomore and junior seasons following injuries, but came back in a monster way (78 total tackles with 11 sacks) as a senior. He was named to the Denver Post's All-Colorado team and is the son of former Bronco Harald Hasselbach. CU bio | CU highlights

8 a.m. -- West Coast letters are rolling in, Jay MacIntyre to the Buffs

It's your turn West Coast players. Back in the Mountain time zone, it appears son of Colorado football head coach Jay MacIntyre will play for the Buffs. Expect a full story from BoCoPreps.com reporter Paul Willis who is at Monarch High School this morning.

Rick Gamboa, ILB, 6-1, 225, Chaminade College Preparatory (West Hills, Calif.)

The Chaminade co-captain was a tank on defense for the Eagles. Gamboa was named to Maxpreps.com's CIF Division-2 all-state team following his team's run to a title. He had, get this, 170 total tackles, 170, and five sacks as a senior. He's the first of two Eagles expected to sign with CU, joining defensive back and offensive weapon Donovan Lee. CU bio | CU highlights

Chaminade coach Ed Croson said: "Rick's a great player too ... Rick is a complete player, such a smart football player. He just takes the right steps, goes and gets it and hits hard ... He's a good student and a good kid. Both those guys will do the right thing, stay out of trouble and eventually be leaders for that school." -- BuffZone (story).

Dylan Keeney, TE, 6-6, 215, Granite Bay (Calif.)

The Granite Bay tight end had an excellent senior season. Keeney pulled in 40 catches for 791 yards and 13 scores. He won a state title as a junior and fills a position of need for the Buffs. Keeney was named to Maxpreps' CIF Division-1 all-state team. CU bio | CU highlights

Hayden Jones, TE, 6-6, 245, Christian Brothers (Sacramento, Calif.)

Another tight end who is 6-6 and hails from California for the Buffs. Jones snagged 35 passes for 499 yards and two scores in his senior campaign. He's part of the Sacramento recruiting pipeline CU's staff has tapped into. CU bio | CU highlights

Michael Mathewes, DE, 6-5, 250, Mission Viejo (Calif.)

The first Mission Viejo player with his letter in today was defensive lineman Michael Mathewes. Mathewes was named to Maxpreps' CIF Division-1 all-state team following a senior season where he recorded 26 tackles and 14 sacks. Mathewes played for legendary high school coach Bob Johnson at Mission Viejo. CU bio | CU highlights

Coach Bob Johnson said: "Michael Mathewes has got a motor like nobody else. He's tall, strong and can really run and run forever ... he could run marathons. He's just a beautiful kid with a real high GPA, almost a 4.0, and just a team leader. I see him playing fairly early up there, I really do. It may take him a year, but it just depends on his position and who they have coming back." -- BuffZone (story).

Sullivan "Sully" Wiefels, OL, American River College (Sacramento)

Sullivan "Sully" Wiefels was a late addition to CU's 2014 class. The Eagle, Idaho, native picked up an offer from the Buffs following a decommitment by Elijah Rodriguez. Sully jumped at the chance to be a Buff. He played the past two seasons at American River College in Sacramento, lining up at both guard and tackle. He'll have three years to play two. CU bio | CU highlights

Wiefels said: "Being able to see the type of program that Coach Mac's built up there and the atmosphere that whole football program has is something really special. I just wanted to be a part of it." -- BuffZone (story)

Jay MacIntyre, QB/DB/KR, 5-10, 185, Monarch (Louisville)

Jay MacIntyre doesn't need much of an introduction around here, but let's make sure to point out he had 1,682 yards of total offense, played on defense and was especially quick as a kick returner. MacIntyre was named to the Denver Post's All-Colorado team as a senior. He led Monarch to the 4A semifinals where they lost to eventual champ Pine Creek. He also is a standout basketball players for the Coyotes. CU bio | CU highlights

MacIntyre said: "At first it was a tough decision of whether I should play with my dad or if I shouldn't. I just decided my heart's with the Buffs and I love the Colorado family they have going there." -- BoCoPreps.com (story)

9:45 a.m. update -- Running behind and Ballage?

Falling a bit behind on the updates, time for more coffee. Kyle Ringo pointed out an interesting tweet from the Denver Post's Joe Nguyen possibly alluding to Kalen Ballage landing with the Buffs. ... Either that or it was a template that was later taken down. We'll find out this afternoon as Ballage is set to pick his college at 3:30 p.m.

Josh Kaiser, OL, 6-5, 270, Mission Viejo (Calif.)

The second Mission Viejo product, offensive lineman Josh Kaiser, was also a late bloomer. He switched to offense after playing on defense as a junior for the Diablos. Mission Viejo's coach raved about Kaiser's potential in an interview with BuffZone. He could take some seasoning, but Kaiser looks like an under-the-radar gem that Mike MacIntyre and company found in California. CU bio | CU highlights

Coach Bob Johnson said: "He's a one-year starter, didn't play the year before," Johnson said. "He was behind Michael and another kid that was a D-I kid on defense. ... Then we moved him to offensive left tackle. He's a young kid with very little playing time, obviously just the whole year this year, but he's a real diamond in the rough. ... "I think (the Buffs) feel that he's one of their best recruits, you know, on the offensive line. They think that via film and stuff, and they do a great job of studying it. I knew they'd like him a lot. There's a lot to like, and his best is yet to come."

Cade Apsay, QB, 6-2, 190, Canyon Country (Canyon, Calif.)

The lone quarterback in the class, Cade Apsay had a big senior season, throwing for 3,103 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushing for 413 yards and four scores. David Fales 2.0? Time will tell. Apsay might need to gain weight, but he's MacIntyre staff's guy at QB. I wouldn't be surprised if he pushes starter Sefo Liufau when camp opens this fall. CU bio | CU highlights

Donovan Lee, RB/WR/DB, 5-10, 170, Chaminade

Donovan Lee did it all for Chaminade during its state title run. He rushed for 1,979 yards and 37 touchdowns as a senior and added 610 yards and four scores in the passing game. He was also a lock-down cornerback for the Eagles and a co-captain with Gamboa. Lee's height might have kept away some schools, but the Buffs will be more than happy to add him to their roster. CU bio | CU highlights

Chaminade coach Ed Croson said: "He's exciting, and he's tough. Yeah, he's a hard-nosed runner. ... It's hard to say where he'll be. For us, he's a running back, and he just has great field vision and makes guys miss. So, you know, he's exciting because he makes plays out of nothing a lot of times." -- BuffZone (story).

Evan White, S, 6-3, 195, Cherokee Trail (Aurora)

Evan White is a hitter. The Cherokee Trail safety was named to the Denver Post's All-Colorado team as a junior and senior. He had six interceptions in his senior campaign, two coming against 5A champs Valor Christian in the state semifinals. Envision a safety/linebacker hybrid who isn't afraid to come up to the line and hit someone. White is the first Cherokee Trail football player to sign with CU in the school's history. CU bio | CU highlights

Cherokee Trail coach Monte Thelen said:"Evan is a big, physical player who can run. And he's athletic, explosive. Evan's a good football player. ... To give you an idea about Evan, he had two picks in the game this year against Valor and played great a year ago. That's the type of player he is, he plays well in the big games, you like to see that in him." -- BuffZone (story)

Jase Franke, DL, 6-4, 260, St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.)

Jase Franke lined up at defensive tackle for the majority of his senior year and excelled, recording 75 total tackles and eight sacks for St. Bonaventure. Franke received reported interest from other Pac-12 schools (Cal/Washington) and Boise State after giving a commitment to the Buffs, but ultimately signed with CU. CU bio | CU highlights

Sam Bennion, DL, 6-4, 240, Logan (Utah)

It'll be awhile before Sam Bennion puts on the black and gold, as the Logan, Utah, product is currently on a two-year mission trip. Bennion signed his letter of intent today from Mexico City and will later head to Chile. Bennion had 63 total tackles with nine and a half sacks a senior. He'll be a freshman at CU starting in January of 2016. CU bio | CU highlights

Shay Fields, WR, 5-11, 165, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)

A possible gem in the 2014 CU class, St. John Bosco wide receiver Shay Fields is the lone player to sign with CU today (so far) rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals. Fields hauled in 82 passes for 1,617 yards and 18 touchdowns for 16-0 Bosco and he has the coveted 4.4 40-time. Bosco was arguably the best high school team in the nation and rolled to a CIF Division-1 title. Fields had a chaotic recruitment that included commitments to Boise State and Southern California. Today he's officially a Buff. Fields was also named to the Maxpreps' CIF Division-1 first team as a senior. CU bio | CU highlights

11 a.m. update

Still waiting for CU to officially announce the signing of Hawaii defensive back Jaisen Sanchez. He's already tweeted it's official, which should round up the class pending an announcement from Falcon High School standout Kalen Ballage. Ballage is set to make a call at 3:30 p.m. at the school. BoCoPreps.com has a story up on Jay MacIntyre signing with the Buffs.

Jaisen Sanchez, DB, 6-1, 185, St. Louis High School (Honolulu)

Sanchez comes to the Buffs by way of Hawaii where he was a standout defender at St. Louis High School. Sanchez had three interceptions as a senior. He committed to CU without ever visiting Boulder, but enjoyed the city and the school and will head East. CU bio | CU highlights

Done for the day?

As pointed out by BuffZone legend VKBERLIN, Kalen Ballage has pushed his decision back to tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. We'll have to wait and see if he lands with the Buffs or heads out of state. This should conclude CU's signings for the day minus any surprise prospects joining the herd.