The Buffs' herd for the 2014 recruiting class just got stronger. The recruiting networks Scout and Rivals report that Rick Gamboa out of Chaminade College Preparatory School in West Hills, Calif., has verbally committed to the University of Colorado.
The 6-foot, 217-pound, three-star inside linebacker had reported offers from Idaho and UTEP and was receiving interest from Nebraska, Oregon, UCLA, Utah and Washington.
Gamboa was named the L.A. Daily News Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 as a junior. His blurb reads: "Gamboa had a huge season with 159 tackles, twice recording 20 or more in a game, in addition to seven sacks and an interception. Gamboa, the Mission League Defensive Player of the Year, was a key defending in helping Chaminade advance to the Western Division final at Serra, where Gamboa had nine tackles and a sack in a 30-28 championship loss. Gamboa was a dominant player for the second year on a row after posting 113 tackles as a sophomore. "
The linebacker is the second Chaminade player to commit to the Buffs in the past two recruiting cycles after CU landed wide receiver Elijah Dunston in the 2013 class. Gamboa is ranked by Rivals as the 94th prospect out of California for 2014.
Gamboa is the fifth verbal commitment Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre and staff has received for 2014. He joins quarterback Cade Apsay, offensive lineman Isaac Miller, linebacker Grant Watanabe and defensive back Chance Waz. Gamboa took to Twitter on Saturday night to announce his commitment.