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For the first time in eight years, it appears the Colorado football team will land the state's top prep prospect.

On Thursday night, Pomona offensive lineman Jake Moretti announced on Twitter that he plans to sign with the hometown Buffaloes and enroll at CU in January.

The 6-foot-5, 265-pound tackle had previously committed to Ohio State on July 4, 2015, but has decided to de-commit from the Buckeyes.

"After a great deal of thought and discussion with my family and (Pomona head coach Jay Madden), I have made the decision to attend University of Colorado in January 2017," Moretti tweeted. "I'm grateful for my experience with Ohio State and a sincere thank you to Urban Meyer and the Ohio State staff. I am looking forward to representing my home state as a Buff! A sincere thanks to Coach MacIntyre, Coach Adams, and the CU staff for this opportunity."

CU offensive line coach Klayton Adams and head coach Mike MacIntyre were two coaches who helped recruit Moretti.

Moretti, who missed his senior season with a torn ACL, is rated a four-star prospect by ESPN.com, Scout.com and Rivals.com. Scout.com ranks Moretti as the top prospect in the state. Rivals and ESPN give the nod to Valor Christian quarterback Dylan McCaffrey, with Moretti at No. 2.

Regardless of where Moretti ranks, this is huge for the Buffs, who have not landed the top in-state prospect since Legacy's Nick Kasa in 2009. Like Moretti, Kasa had originally committed out of state (Florida) before going to CU.


The Buffs also landed the top in-state players in 2008 (Jon Major) and 2007 (Ryan Miller).

Moretti is the 22nd player to commit to CU for the 2017 class and the fifth offensive lineman. Three-star linemen Xavier Newman, William Sherman, Grant Polley and Heston Paige have previously committed. It stands to be the most highly-regarded group of linemen CU has signed in several years.

Moretti's addition gives CU five commitments from the ESPN Top 300. Moretti ranks No. 167, followed by linebacker Jon Van Diest (No. 239), Newman (246), Polley (249) and quarterback Tyler Lytle (300).

The Buffs did not sign an ESPN Top 300 player in any of the previous four classes.


Buffstampede.com reported that Javier Edwards, a 6-foot-3, 350-pound defensive tackle from Blinn College, is planning to take an official visit to CU this weekend. Edwards is currently committed to Florida. ... Lytle, from Servite High School in Anaheim, Calif., confirmed to Buffzone.com that he will graduate high school in December and enroll at CU in January. ... This week, Polley was voted into the Under Armour All-America game.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.