Persistence pays of as the Colorado Buffaloes landed a verbal commitment from Regis Jesuit High School's Terran Hasselbach.
The 2014 recruit originally committed to Western Michigan on Dec. 6, but with Thursday's decommitment from CU by Patrick Henry High School (San Diego) defender Zach Brown, the Buffs have filled the linebacker/defensive line opening with an in-state player. The Scout recruiting network site BuffPlaybook.com was the first to report Hasselbach's commitment.
The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Hasselbach was named to the Denver Post's All-Colorado team after a senior season where he recorded 57 solo tackles with 21 assists and 11 sacks, according to Maxpreps.
"I have been given an incredible opportunity to play football in my home state at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Needless to say this was an offer I could not pass up although I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that Western Michigan and their incredible coaching staff has given me. I have so much respect for Coach Fleck, he is truly one of a kind and I know they are going to do great things! I am now committed to play football at the University of Colorado and this is a dream come true. Again thank you," Hasselbach posted in a thread on the AllBuffs.com forums.
"I was in a serious car accident that almost killed myself and my father my freshman year and doctors placed me out of sports for 2 years. I trained hard and came back to play my junior year and during practice my shoulder popped out and took the cartilage with it. I had to undergo surgery and 6 months out of football. I have continued to train with Loren Landow and my father and my coach at Regis Jesuit," he also posted earlier in the recruiting process.
The two-star (Rivals and Scout) Hasselbach's other reported offers were from Western Michigan, Arkansas Pine Bluff, Eastern Washington, Florida International, Idaho State, Montana, New Mexico State, Northern Colorado, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Valparaiso.
Terran's father, Harald, played seven seasons in the NFL with the Denver Broncos and was a starter in Super Bowl XXXIII after playing his college ball for Washington.
Terran's Hudl highlights are available here.
Breaking News: Buffs receive commitment from Regis Jesuit DE Terran Hasselbach from the state of Colorado has committed to the Buffs— BuffPlayBook (@BuffPlayBook) January 11, 2014