1. Top 250
The recruiting network Rivals released an updated Top 250 today for 2014 and it includes three football players from Colorado.
Falcon High School standout Kalen Ballage leads the Centennial State brigade coming in at No. 133. Listed at 6-foot-2, the 216-pound Ballage is set for a huge senior season on both sides of the ball as a linebacker and running back.
Colorado has offered the Falcon product, but his list of suitors includes the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska and the first team to recruit him was Boise State. It'll be an uphill battle for Colorado to sign the state's top prospect.
Cherry Creek's Nathan Starks is No. 151. The 5-10, 200-pound running back is working on gaining eligibility at Colorado's largest high school for his senior season, but by state rules should may have to sit out 180 days. Starks was dismissed from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas in April for violating school rules. He's attempting to play for Dave Logan's Bruins this fall, as reported by the Denver Post's Neil Devlin.
After his dismissal, Starks tweeted: "I screwed up. But that doesn't change the player I am or the person I've put myself out there to be. I just need another chance to prove it."
The 2014 running back has offers from Alabama, Nebraska, Note Dame, Oklahoma, Texas and USC, but Colorado does not have a reported scholarship waiting for Starks.
Last but not least for Colorado preps on the list is Valor Christian standout Christian McCaffrey. The 6-foot, 193-pound offensive weapon is pegged at No. 209 and was the Denver Post's offensive player of the years last season as a junior after going for "1,390 yards and 23 touchdowns rushing; 675 yards and 14 scores receiving - and four more scores on defense or via the return game."
No luck for Buffs fans as the RB/WR with a football pedigree gave his verbal commitment to Stanford in May. At least we'll get to see him play in the Pac-12. You can catch McCaffrey and his Valor Christian teammates on ESPN2 this Saturday at 8 p.m. Mountain. The defending 5A state champs host Central High School of Fresno, Calif., to kick off the 2013 prep season.
2. Deaysean Rippy
Transfer linebacker Deaysean Rippy has arrived. The former Pittsburgh Panther has made his way to Boulder and posted a photo today where he's wearing a Colorado football jersey. He's taken to the No. 3, the same number his cousin Doug Rippy wore in his black-and-gold days.
It was reported in July that Deaysean would leave Pittsburgh to join the Buffs and he's finally made his way from Pennsylvania to Colorado. Rippy will sit out the 2013 season and play for CU in 2014 with three years of eligibility.
3. George on the radio
Colorado's athletic director Rick George joined The War Room with John Harris on Yahoo Sports Radio to discuss his new job. "You have to run it like a business and you know you have to make tough business decisions. And you have to use your resources wisely and I think that'll help me here," George says in the six-minute interview regarding what he'll bring from the Texas Rangers to CU.
CU athletics leader discusses raising funds, the importance of Buffs football and connecting with donors. He also thinks coach Mike MacIntyre is the guy to rebuild. Check out the interview here.
4. Rumble in the Rockies
The SB Nation site "Block U" breaks down CU and Utah today with an article titled: "Expectations for 2013: The Colorado game." "Jazzyute" writes, "Look, I've said it a million times over the last couple years and it still holds - if Utah is going to be taken seriously in the PAC, they need to win these games. There just isn't enough 'should-wins' out there to make up for a staggering loss to Colorado. Especially with how difficult the schedule looks this season."
A poll accompanying the story was initially in favor of Colorado to win the Rumble in the Rockies, but the Buffs now trail the Utes. Feel free to vote for CU if you haven't already.
5. Snoop Lion, recruiter
In his new book "Fourth and Long" author John Bacon details four programs in the Big 10 and follows the aftermath of the Penn State scandal. Notably for Pac-12 fans, Bacon writes about USC senior running back Silas Redd and a trip Redd took to Los Angeles where he was flown out in a private jet and greeted at the airport by Snoop Dogg, no, Snoop Lion. Snoop's son Cordell Broadus, a wide receiver out of Diamond Bar, Calif., is a rising 2015 wide receiver prospect with offers from LSU, USC and a lot of Pac-12 schools.