Stoppin’ By for a Visit

(Program note: I will be supplementing this list with more information about each potential recruit over the next few days, but I wanted to get the list out early, as it is extensive)

December 2nd – One more out

The guest list now appears to be set, with one name taken off the list on Friday.

Briefly added to the list was Alex Cehchir, a junior college offensive tackle (who turns out to be Alexandru Ceachir by another name, info below). Dropped from the list was running back Keith Parker.

December 1st – Four more added to the official visit list

And then there were Fourteen

The list of players taking their official visits to Boulder this weekend continues to grow, with three more names (including two four-star players) added to the list on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the weather forecast continues to disappoint, with a 29-degree day and snow flurries predicted. Not bad, but not exactly show off the Flatirons kind of weather, either.

If you have checked in previously, the new additions (including another CU commit), are defensive end Morgan Breslin and linebacker Deaysean Rippy – both four star players, as well as three-star guard Steven Moore. The other official visitor added is Gerrad Kough, already a Buff commit.

One player who was on the list Wednesday who has been removed is three-star offensive lineman Nico Saragusa.

P.S. If you want to get amped up about Colorado football (and see a video which will likely be shown to the recruits this weekend), here is the “Colorado Football Experience – 2011“.

Here are the players reported to be on the official visit list for this weekend:

New – Morgan Breslin – DE – Just the facts … Breslin is a junior college defensive end from Diablo Valley Community College. Breslin is 6’3″, 245-pounds, and runs a 4.5 in the 40. Breslin is considered a four-star recruit by Rivals, and was the No. 13 player nationally in Rivals junior college preseason Top 50. Scout, however, only rates Breslin as a two-star player. Breslin will have three years to play two for his new team. Breslin has other offers from … a number of schools, including Utah, Oregon State and Arizona from the Pac-12, as well as Boise State, Purdue, and Nevada. Breslin committed to UCLA back in June, but has had second thoughts since Rick Neuheisel was fired earlier this week. While the new Bruin head coach may convince Breslin to stay with UCLA, he is obviously willing to look into other options. With Colorado in desperate need of immediate help along the defensive line, this is a recruit worth keeping an eye on this weekend. Rivals bio  Scout bio

New – Deaysean Rippy – LB – UCLA Commit – Just the facts … Rippy is a linebacker prospect from McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania. Rippy is 6’2″, 198-pounds, and is considered to be a four-star player by both Rivals and Scout. Rippy is rated as the No. 21 outside linebacker in the nation by Rivals, while Scout considers Rippy the No. 7 outside linebacker in the country. Rippy has other offers from … over a dozen BCS conference schools. Alabama, Auburn and Florida from the SEC are after Rippy, as are Michigan, Ohio State, and Nebraska from the Big Ten. From the Pac-12, Colorado is competing against USC and UCLA. The Buffs’ biggest competition for Rippy’s services, though, seems to be coming from home-state Pittsburgh (Scout is still listing that Rippy is taking an official visit to Pitt this weekend). Rivals bio Scout bio

New – Steven Moore – OL – De-Commit from Arizona – Just the facts … Moore is an offensive line prospect from Elk Grove, California. Moore is 6’6″, 265-pounds, and is considered to be a three-star player by both Rivals and Scout. According to Scout, Moore is the No. 54 offensive tackle in the country. Moore has other offers from … at least four Pac-12 schools, including Utah and UCLA. Moore has been an Arizona commit since June, but de-committed after Mike Stoops was fired. While Arizona is still in the running, Moore has already taken an official visit to UCLA, and will visit Utah next weekend. Rivals bio  Scout bio

Alexandru Ceachir – OL – Just the facts … Ceachir is a junior college offensive lineman from Santa Monica Junior College. Ceachir is 6’5″, 300-pounds. Ceachir is considered a three-star prospect by Rivals, but a two-star prospect by Scout. Ceachir has other offers from … several other schools, most notably Utah and Arkansas. After visiting Colorado this weekend, Ceachir will take an official visit to Utah next weekend, and then likely Arkansas the following weekend. “I know on December 2nd I am probably going to go to Colorado, then on the 9th I am probably going to Utah, and I definitely want to visit Arkansas,” Ceachir told HawgSports.com. “We are planning but it’s not sure yet. My semester ends on December 20, so after then I am going to be good to go. I want to sign as soon as possible because I want to start lifting and learning the playbook. I mean, there’s a lot of stuff to do.” Rivals bio  Scout bio

Kenneth Crawley – DB – Tennessee CommitJust the facts … Crawley is a cornerback prospect from H.D. Woodson high in Washington D.C. (the same high school as Colorado commit De’Jon Wilson, below. Both players were teammates with present Colorado freshman defensive back Sherrard Harrington). Crawley is 6’1″, 170-pounds. Crawley is considered a four-star prospect by Rivals; a three-star prospect by Scout. Crawley is considered the 22nd-best cornerback in the nation by Rivals, while Scout has Crawley at No. 50 at the cornerback position. Crawley has other offers from … well over two dozen BCS schools, including Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, UCLA, and Virginia Tech. Crawley committed, though, to Tennesse back in August. “I’m really excited about it,” Crawley told VolQuest.com in August after his commitment to Tennessee. “They had been on me since I camped down there and I didn’t want to rush things. Tennessee is the place that I couldn’t get out of my mind and I realized it’s where I want to be. The coaches were so excited. I think they were more excited than I was.” Sounds like a longshot for the Buffs, but Crawley is at least making the trip to Boulder …  Rivals bio Scout bio 

Out – Keith Parker – RB – Just the facts … Parker is a running back prospect from San Juan Capistrano, California. Parker is 6’1″, 215-pounds. Parker is not rated by Rivals, and does not even show up in the database on Scout. Parker has other offers from … no one. As a matter of fact, according to Rivals, Parker does not even have an offer from the Buffs. Parker may be in town to try and impress the Buffs into offering him a scholarship, or the Buffs may be asking Parker to attend the University of Colorado as a preferred walk on. Rivals bio

Out – Nico Siragusa – OL – Just the facts … Siragusa is an offensive line prospect from Chula Vista, California. Siragusa is 6’6″, 300-pounds. Siragusa is considered a three-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout. According to Scout, Siragusa is the 76th-best offensive tackle in the nation this fall. Siragusa has other offers from … over a dozen schools, including Oregon State and Washington State from the Pac-12, as well as schools like Fresno State, UNLV, and SMU. Siragusa has already taken an official visit to Fresno State, and will visit San Diego State next weekend. From what Siragusa has been telling the recruiting websites, it would appear that San Diego State is the leader for his services. Rivals bio Scout bio  Update – Has been taken off visit list for this weekend.

Leo Thomas – DB – Just the factsDe-commit from Arizona … Thomas is a defensive back prospect from San Antonio, Texas. Thomas is 6’3″, 185-pounds, and runs a 4.43 in the 40. Thomas is considered a three-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout. According to Scout’s ratings, Thomas is the 86th-best safety in the nation this fall. Thomas has other offers from … many schools, most notably Arizona. Thomas committed to the Wildcats in August, but de-committed after head coach Mike Stoops was fired in October. Now, a number of schools are after Thomas’ services, including Utah, Illinois, UTEP, Indiana, and the Buffs’ favorite rival for Texas players … Wake Forsest. “If somebody comes along that is a better fit than Arizona, then I’ll probably have to go there,” Thomas told GOAZCATS.com after he de-committed from Arizona. “I just feel really bad because I had a really close connection with coach (Ryan) Walters (the former Buff) and coach Stoops. I was trying to get down there for a visit but it didn’t happen, so I didn’t get a chance to meet the rest of the coaching staff.”  Rivals bio Scout bio

Jonavaughn Williams – ATH – Just the facts … Williams is a wide receiver/athlete prospect from San Juan Capistrano, California (as is Keith Parker, above). Williams is 6’0″, 195-pounds, and runs a 4.52 in the 40. Williams is not rated by Rivals, but is considered to be a three-star prospect by Scout. According to Scout, Williams is not only worthy of a rating, but is the 139th-best wide receiver prospect in the nation. Williams has other offers from …  a number of schools, including both Arizona schools, Washington, and Oregon State. After his official visit to Boulder this weekend, Williams has official visits planned for San Diego State (December 9th) and Oregon State (January 13th). Rivals bio Scout bio

And the Buff commits who will be taking their official visits

New – Gerrad Kough – OL – Colorado Commit – Committed July 1st … Kough is an offensive line prospect from Pomona, California. Kough is 6’4″, 265-pounds. Kough is considered a two-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout, though Scout does rank Kough as the 97th-best offensive guard prospect in the nation. Kough had other offers from … only Army, though there were some other schools, including UCLA, Washington, and Arizona State which expressed interest. Rivals bio  Scout bio YouTube highlights

Gerald Thomas – WR/KR – Colorado Commit –  Just the facts … Committed July 5th … Thomas is a wide receiver prospect from The Colony, Texas. Thomas is 5’10”, 175-pounds. Thomas reportedly runs a 4.37 in the 40. Thomas is considered to be a three-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout. Thomas had other offers from … at least ten other schools. From the Pac-12, there were offers from both of the Arizona schools. From the Big 12 came offers from Iowa State and Kansas. Iowa and Minnesota from the Big Ten had also extended offers Rivals bio Scout bio.

Jeffrey Thomas – WR – Colorado CommitJust the facts … Committed June 18th … Thomas is a wide receiver prospect from Duncanville, Texas. Thomas is 6’3″, 180-pounds, and runs a 4.66 in the 40. Thomas is considered by both Rivals and Scout to be a three-star prospect. Scout rates Thomas to be the 77th-best wide receiver in the nation. Thomas had other offers from … a number of schools, but only one other from a BCS conference team, Iowa State. Thomas did have offers from decent mid-majors, though, like Boise State and Tulsa.  Rivals bio Scout bio YouTube video highlights

Clay Norgard – DL/LB/FB – Colorado CommitJust the facts … Committed February 17th … Norgard is a defensive tackle who will likely be moved to linebacker or fullback in college. Norgard is from Mountain Vista high in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Norgard is 6’2″, 245-pounds, runs a 4.54 in the 40, and carries a 3.3 GPA. Both Rivals and Scout consider Norgard to be a three-star prospect, though Rivals has Norgard rated as the 4th-best fullback in the nation, while Scout has Norgard as the No. 102 defensive end. Norgard had other offers from … A number of schools. Despite just completing his junior year, there were a number of suitors for Norgard’s services. Arizona, Kansas State, Syracuse, Colorado State, Air Force and Wyoming had all been in touch with Norgard. Had he not committed so early, the number of offers would surely have increased. Rivals bio Scout bio 2010 YouTube highlight video

Tyler Hennington – DT – Colorado CommitJust the facts … Committed March 23rd – Henington is a defensive tackle prospect from Mullen high in Denver, Colorado. Henington is 6’3″, 260-pounds. Hennington is considered a three-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout. Rivals has Hennington as the 9th-best player in the State of Colorado this fall, while Scout has Hennington as the No. 64 defensive tackle in the nation. Despite his early commitment to Colorado, Hennington nonetheless had offers from other BCS schools, including UCLA and Syracuse, while attracting interest from schools like Michigan, Oregon, and Utah. Rivals bio Scout bio  

 De’Jon Wilson – DE – Colorado CommitJust the facts… Committed November 28th … Wilson is a defensive end prospect from H.D. Woodson high Washington, D.C. (the same school as Kenneth Crawley, the Tennessee commit, above, who the Buffs are trying to lure away from the Volunteers). Wilson is 6’3″, 240 pounds, and reportedly runs a 4.68 in the 40. Wilson is rated as a three-star player by both Scout and Rivals. Scout has Wilson ranked as the 123rd-best defensive end prospect in the nation. Wilson committed to Kansas in August, but decided to de-commit when Turner Gill was fired. Wilson had other offers from … at least ten other schools. Including Kansas, Wilson had offers from schools like Illinois, Michigan State, Rutgers and Pittsburgh. Woodson was a high school teammate of CU freshman cornerback Sherrard Harrington.  Rivals bio Scout bio

 

7 Replies to “Stoppin’ By for a Visit – Dec. 3rd”

  1. Are these not the same dudes?

    New – Alex Cehchir – OT – Just the facts … Cehchir is a junior college offensive tackle from Santa Monica Junior College. Chechir is 6’5″, 290-pounds, but little else is being reported. Cehchir has not been rated by Rivals, and does not even show up in the Scout database. Cehchir has other offers from … Utah, and that is about it. Cehchir has interest in Arkansas, but does not have an offer. Cehchir is taking an offiical visit to Colorado this weekend, then taking an official visit to Utah next weekend.

    Alexandru Ceachir – OL – Just the facts … Ceachir is a junior college offensive lineman from Santa Monica Junior College. Ceachir is 6’5″, 300-pounds. Ceachir is considered a three-star prospect by Rivals, but a two-star prospect by Scout. Ceachir has other offers from … several other schools, most notably Utah and Arkansas. After visiting Colorado this weekend, Ceachir will take an official visit to Utah next weekend, and then likely Arkansas the following weekend. “I know on December 2nd I am probably going to go to Colorado, then on the 9th I am probably going to Utah, and I definitely want to visit Arkansas,” Ceachir told HawgSports.com. “We are planning but it’s not sure yet. My semester ends on December 20, so after then I am going to be good to go. I want to sign as soon as possible because I want to start lifting and learning the playbook. I mean, there’s a lot of stuff to do.” Rivals bio Scout bio

    1. I believe you are correct. Rivals has the names listed separately, and has separate bios.
      A check of the Santa Monica Junior College roster, though, only shows Alexandru Ceachir, but doesn’t list an Alex Cehchir … so we’ll take him out.

  2. Guys do yourself a favor and watch the link to the video (Colorado football experience – 2011) that Stuart provided. Gave me goose bumps!!! Coach Embree has to get this thing on track……life is so much better when CU football is good!

    …..Shoulder to Shoulder……!!!!!!

  3. Pretty amazing the differences between the rivals and scout opinions on these players. I subscribed to scout for a while and I was not impressed with their work ethic. The average fan can probably make their own qualified opinion on the talent level of these recruits by the number and quality of schools that have offered.

    1. Couldn’t agree with you more, jw,

      I have long since given up on trying to figure out the differences in ratings between the services. It’s all very subjective when you are looking at 17- and 18-year olds.

      Which is why I rely upon the entire FBS to rate prospects for me. To me, the ratings should be more like this:

      ***** – Recruited by numerous BCS conference schools, including national powers
      **** – Recruited by BCS schools in the player’s state/region
      *** – Recruited by mid-major powers (e.g., Boise State, TCU) and lower division BCS schools (e.g., Utah, Washington State, Oregon State)
      ** – Recruited by mid-majors in the region (CSU, Wyoming, New Mexico)
      * – Preferred walk-on

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