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CU football: Coaches hustle to put finishing touches on recruiting class

Colorad head coach Mike MacIntyre was in Los Angeles on Monday night to meet with highly regarded defensive lineman Keanu Saleapaga.
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Colorad head coach Mike MacIntyre was in Los Angeles on Monday night to meet with highly regarded defensive lineman Keanu Saleapaga.

Class of 2016


WR – Kabion Ento, 6-3, 180 (Decatur, Miss./East Central C.C.)

Verbal commits

CB – Ca’Ron Baham, 5-11, 180 (Marrero, La.)

ATH – Ronnie Blackmon, 5-10, 174 (Atlanta)

WR – Johnny Huntley, 6-3, 190 (Plantation, Fla.)

LB – Akil Jones, 6-1, 213 (San Jose, Calif.)

ATH – Anthony Julmisse, 6-0, 180 (Plantation, Fla.)

OL – Chance Lytle, 6-7, 291 (San Antonio)

QB – Sam Noyer, 6-3, 193 (Beaverton, Ore.)

OL – Colby Pursell, 6-4, 289 (Newhall, Calif.)

WR – Derrion Rakestraw, 6-3, 175 (Woodstock, Ga.)

OL – Terriek Roberts, 6-6, 255 (Denver)

ATH – Patrick Taylor Jr., 6-3, 211 (Humble, Texas)

ATH – Trey Udoffia, 6-0, 175 (Loomis, Calif.)

OL – Hunter Vaughn, 6-8, 260 (Parker)

National signing day is just around the corner and the Colorado football coaches are frantically trying to wrap up what they hope is a good recruiting class.

As of Monday, CU had 13 verbal commitments from players expected to sign letters of intent on Feb. 3, and the coaches are trying to add several more to that list.

With only about 10 scholarships to give, the Buffaloes are planning to over-sign, as most schools do. Somehow through attrition, the Buffs will get to the 85-scholarship limit by the start of fall camp in August.

For now, the push is on to get the best players possible to sign on the dotted line next week.

Head coach Mike MacIntyre and co-offensive coordinators Darrin Chiaverini and Brian Lindgren were in Los Angeles on Monday night to meet with highly regarded defensive lineman Keanu Saleapaga. The 6-foot-6 Saleapaga took an official visit to CU over the weekend, but the Buffs are trying to persuade him to join their ranks before he visits Brigham Young this coming weekend.

Saleapaga isn’t the only recruit the Buffs are trying to snag in the final days.

Linebacker Drew Lewis and receiver Juwann Winfree of Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College were on campus this past weekend and the Buffs are confident they can land one or both.

The Buffs are also hoping to get quarterback Davis Webb, who is transferring from Texas Tech; linebacker Dejon Harris of John Ehret (La.) High School; athletes Lorenzo Burns of Temecula, Calif., and Tayler Hawkins of Palm Springs, Calif.; and others.

Linebacker Jordyn Brooks and running back Rakeem Boyd from Houston’s Stratford High have been on campus during the past two weeks. Brooks has been committed to Texas Tech and Boyd to Texas A&M, but the Buffs are hoping to flip them in the coming days.

CU also hasn’t given up on landing linebacker JoJo Domann from Pine Creek High School. Domann is committed to Nebraska.

In all, 17 players have taken official visits to CU in the past two weeks and 12 have yet to commit to the Buffs. Two more players — Cottonwood (Utah) Senior High teammates Pookie Maka and Fua Pututau — are scheduled to visit this coming weekend.

While pushing to add to their list, the Buffs are also hoping to keep the 13 they already have committed.

In recent weeks, most of those players have expressed their firm commitment to CU and there doesn’t appear to be much concern about any of those 13 flipping to another school.

Defensive back Ca’Ron Baham, a teammate of Harris, committed last week, as did offensive lineman Colby Pursell from Newhall, Calif.

Receiver Johnny Huntley and athlete Anthony Julmisse from South Plantation (Fla.) have both made their intentions clear on Twitter that they will be in Boulder next year.

Brian Howell:, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.

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