1. ThunderRidge's standout lineman
Colorado football is still in the mix to land 2014 ThunderRidge prospect Sam Jones, who is arguably the state's top offensive lineman for this recruiting cycle.
A recent interview with the Denver Post's Neil Devlin reveals that the 6-foot-5, 285-pound Highlands Ranch product who benches 375 pounds and squats 500 is considering the Buffs as his recruiting process rolls into the fall.
The three-star recruit isn't rushing things, telling the Post, "You just kind of go with it. When all of this started getting crazy four to five months ago, I kind of wanted to commit before the season. I got two to three offers, then a couple more, then a couple more and I ran out of time. The time to take unofficial visits crept up on me. I'm asked all the time where I'm leaning. To tell you the truth, I don't think about it."
The article states that Jones, who was born in Amarillo, Texas, "has 10 scholarships offers and has pared that list "unofficially" to Oregon, Kansas State, Arizona, Colorado and Colorado State, while also maintaining interest in California and Washington State."
Jones is heading to Oregon this weekend for an official visit and took a trip to Kansas State this summer. Both Colorado schools are in pursuit of his signature.
The ThunderRidge lineman kicks off his prep season tonight against Dakota Ridge. If CU were to land Jones, it would go a long way for head coach Mike MacIntyre in closing recruiting borders.
2. It's college football season!
Even if we're pushing record temperatures in Boulder, the fall college football season is still under way. South Carolina and ( in-state rival?) North Carolina are squaring off right now on ESPN. The full lineup for tonight includes 17 contests with highlights of Utah State at Utah, Mississippi at Vanderbilt, Rutgers at Fresno State and USC at Hawaii. The Buffs get Utah, USC and Fresno State this season,
3. Grayson dated a Buff
There are all kinds of juicy story lines for the Rocky Mountain Showdown, many of which you've read about here on Buffzone. Add to that: Potential Colorado State starting quarterback Garrett Grayson was dating University of Colorado student Keiley Montera last season. She's since left CU for the green and gold hills of Larimer County after receiving a hard time from her boyfriend's teammates.
"Honestly, I was kind of sick of Boulder, so it works out well," Montera told the Coloradoan. "Boulder kind of wears on you. Don't get me wrong, it's a beautiful place but people are nicer in Fort Collins. It was time to get out of Boulder."
Well now, that's a matter of opinion.
4. Starter Wood
Tom Kensler blogs for the Post about kind words Colorado State coach Jim McElwain shared about CU starting quarterback Connor Wood, who only has one start in his college career.
"We consider him a veteran (even with the lack of experience), he's been in that hunt," McElwain said. "On the spring stuff, we see that he's got a whip (for an arm) and he knows where to go with it. It isn't like he's a first-time starter."
5. Fresno's Carr had a stressful summer
The New York Times' David White writes about a quarterback the Buffs will be facing soon in Fresno State's Derek Carr. The Heisman hopeful welcomed a son on Aug. 6. Dallas Carr was born with intestinal problems and has since been through two surgeries. The newest Carr will reportedly be OK, but it's been hard on his father as he prepares for his senior season.
"Football is important, but it's not the most important thing anymore," Derek Carr says in the story. "I just want to be someone who loves his family more than he loves to drink. I think it's more important to pray for my son than go out with my friends drinking at a bar until midnight while he waits for me to come home."
Fresno State battles Colorado in Boulder at noon on Sept. 14.