Palmer Ridge star Kaden Dudley re-opens recruitment

Rising senior was first player to commit to Colorado for the 2021 class

Palmer Ridge football player Kaden Dudley.

In October, Palmer Ridge High School star Kaden Dudley became the first player to commit to the Colorado football team for the 2021 class.

On Monday, he announced he is reopening is recruiting.

In a post on Twitter, Dudley wrote, “Due to recent developments and circumstances beyond my control, I have decided to open up my recruitment at this time. The current situation with COVID-19 and the recruiting dead period has unfortunately delayed my ability to get on campus and meet with the new coaching staff at CU. I still look forward to getting to know the new coaches and staff at CU and reestablishing a relationship, but I also need to pursue and explore all possible options in order to make the best decision for myself and my family.

“I am thankful for the coaches and staff that gave me this opportunity and for the fans that have supported me and made Boulder feel like home. CU remains high on my list of schools and will always be special to me as my first offer to play football at the next level.”

Dudley committed to CU when previous head coach Mel Tucker and his staff were leading the Buffaloes. Tucker left CU in February to take the head coaching job at Michigan State.

Karl Dorrell was hired Feb. 23 to replace Tucker.

Dudley, who plays receiver and defensive back, has recently received offers from Kansas and Washington State. He also visited Cal earlier this month.

CU now has two players committed for 2021: Vista Peak lineman Braylen Nelson and Cherry Creek receiver Chase Penry.

Dudley’s close friend and Palmer Ridge teammate, Anthony Costanzo, is committed to CU for the 2022 class.