7 a.m. -- Let's roll
Good morning Buffs fans. Rise and shine Ralphie, it's Signing Day 2014. I've got the coffee going and will be blogging throughout the day. Check back often and join in the conversation in the comments below.
Signed and enrolled
When talking about the 2014 class, we'd be remiss if we didn't discuss the three young men who have already signed letters of intent and are enrolled at CU.
Lee Walker, WR, 6-foot, 180 pounds, San Diego Madison High School (2012)
Lee Walker committed to Arizona after his senior season, signed with the Wildcats this time last year, but failed to qualify. He got his tests scores up and ended up a Buffalo. It's a win-win. He gets to play Pac-12 football and CU gets a burner it desperately needed.
The speedy wide out with a 4.4 40-time will be looked upon to pile up receiving yards after Paul Richardson's departure to the NFL. Walker was credited with 1,824 all-purpose yards and 16 touchdowns during his senior season at Madison. Highlights.
Walker said: "We're getting fast receivers. That's going to change the offense. I think good things are ahead for this program." - Denver Post (story).
Ahkello Witherspoon, DB, 6-3, 182, Sacramento City College
The junior college product was a late-bloomer. He played his prep ball at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento and later grew about seven inches in 16 months.
Witherspoon committed to CU following an official visit over the Dec. 6 weekend. He'll likely be a cornerback with the Buffs and we'll get our first look at the DB at CU's Spring Game. Highlights
Witherspoon said: "Coach Mac was the big difference. He's a great coach and even better human being. Like I said, just the confirmation of all his values and morals being expressed throughout the trip was huge." -- BuffZone (story)
Wyatt Tucker Smith, LS, 6-3, 230, Gulf Coast C.C. (Perkinston, Miss.)
Long-snapping specialist Wyatt Tucker Smith committed to the Buffs on Nov. 24 by way of the state Mississippi. He'll have three years to play two and could see the field early with the graduation of CU long snapper Ryan Iverson. Highlights.
Expert opinion: "Wyatt is just a flat out great Long Snapper. He has great size, moves well on his feet and is snapping with some solid confidence. His only weakness is that he sometimes and that makes his snap just great instead of perfect. Great attitude and he is always improving. Ball is like a rocket and he just keeps getting better." -- ChrisSailerKicking.com
Grant Watanabe, LB, 5-11, 230, Brennan High School (San Antonio)
The first player with his letter in on this cold February day is Texas defender, tackling monster Grant Watanabe. The San Antonio area product helped Brennan get to the 4A championship game, where he took MVP honors despite playing on a broken foot. Watanabe could see time as a true freshman at the inside linebacker position. Run stopper who hits, Watanabe's nickname is "What A Boom." CU bio | CU highlights
First NLI just came across that of Grant Watanabe. Great day to be a Buff— Coach Mike MacIntyre (@CoachMikeMac) February 5, 2014
Welcome Grant Watanabe to the Buff Football Family! Excellent playmaker in the middle.— Troy Walters (@CoachWalters1) February 5, 2014
Isaac Miller, OL, 6-7, 250, Silver Creek (Longmont)
Local product Isaac Miller played in multiple 3A title games on the Raptors' offensive line. Miller was the first player to commit to CU's 2014 class and he stayed true to his word. The Longmont lineman could take a year to redshirt, but should be a staple on the Buffs' line for years to come. CU bio| CU highlights
Miller said:"It was a pretty easy decision, honestly. It's close to home, I've grown up around Boulder my entire life, they have excellent coaches and I love their philosophy. I've been really impressed with them and I know they're going to turn it around. It's a great opportunity for me and I'm excited about it." -- BoCoPreps.com (Story)
Welcome Isaac Miller to the Buff Family! Big fella that is going to protect the edge http://t.co/969a26AJHI— Troy Walters (@CoachWalters1) February 5, 2014
Eddy Lopez, DT, 6-4, 300, Coronado (El Paso, Texas)
CU's big man from Texas is officially a Buff. Lopez recorded 69 total tackles and four sacks as a senior for the Thunderbirds. He'll clog up the middle for the Buffs' defensive line and could see early playing time. CU bio| CU highlights
Christian Shaver, DE, 6-3, 230, Jordan High School (Sandy, Utah)
Beetdigger to a Buff. Defensive lineman Christian Shaver recorded 59 total tackles and six and a half sacks as a senior. The Beetdiggers were definitely my favorite mascot from this recruiting cycle. Shaver comes to Boulder by way of the Beehive State and projects as a strong pass rusher. CU bio | CU highlights
Terran Hasselbach, DE, 6-1, 235, Regis Jesuit High School (Aurora)
Here's an in-stater with tons of potential. The Regis product committed to the Buffs following the decommitment by California defender Zach Brown. Hasselbach missed his sophomore and junior seasons following injuries, but came back in a monster way (78 total tackles with 11 sacks) as a senior. He was named to the Denver Post's All-Colorado team and is the son of former Bronco Harald Hasselbach. CU bio | CU highlights
Proud to say that it is official! I can't wait to begin a legacy at the University of Colorado with the class of 2018 #Signed— Terran Hasselbach (@TerranOtto14) February 5, 2014
8 a.m. -- West Coast letters are rolling in, Jay MacIntyre to the Buffs
It's your turn West Coast players. Back in the Mountain time zone, it appears son of Colorado football head coach Jay MacIntyre will play for the Buffs. Expect a full story from BoCoPreps.com reporter Paul Willis who is at Monarch High School this morning.
Rick Gamboa, ILB, 6-1, 225, Chaminade College Preparatory (West Hills, Calif.)
The Chaminade co-captain was a tank on defense for the Eagles. Gamboa was named to Maxpreps.com's CIF Division-2 all-state team following his team's run to a title. He had, get this, 170 total tackles, 170, and five sacks as a senior. He's the first of two Eagles expected to sign with CU, joining defensive back and offensive weapon Donovan Lee. CU bio | CU highlights
Chaminade coach Ed Croson said: "Rick's a great player too ... Rick is a complete player, such a smart football player. He just takes the right steps, goes and gets it and hits hard ... He's a good student and a good kid. Both those guys will do the right thing, stay out of trouble and eventually be leaders for that school." -- BuffZone (story).
Dylan Keeney, TE, 6-6, 215, Granite Bay (Calif.)
The Granite Bay tight end had an excellent senior season. Keeney pulled in 40 catches for 791 yards and 13 scores. He won a state title as a junior and fills a position of need for the Buffs. Keeney was named to Maxpreps' CIF Division-1 all-state team. CU bio | CU highlights
Hayden Jones, TE, 6-6, 245, Christian Brothers (Sacramento, Calif.)
Another tight end who is 6-6 and hails from California for the Buffs. Jones snagged 35 passes for 499 yards and two scores in his senior campaign. He's part of the Sacramento recruiting pipeline CU's staff has tapped into. CU bio | CU highlights
Michael Mathewes, DE, 6-5, 250, Mission Viejo (Calif.)
The first Mission Viejo player with his letter in today was defensive lineman Michael Mathewes. Mathewes was named to Maxpreps' CIF Division-1 all-state team following a senior season where he recorded 26 tackles and 14 sacks. Mathewes played for legendary high school coach Bob Johnson at Mission Viejo. CU bio | CU highlights
Coach Bob Johnson said: "Michael Mathewes has got a motor like nobody else. He's tall, strong and can really run and run forever ... he could run marathons. He's just a beautiful kid with a real high GPA, almost a 4.0, and just a team leader. I see him playing fairly early up there, I really do. It may take him a year, but it just depends on his position and who they have coming back." -- BuffZone (story).
Sullivan "Sully" Wiefels, OL, American River College (Sacramento)
Sullivan "Sully" Wiefels was a late addition to CU's 2014 class. The Eagle, Idaho, native picked up an offer from the Buffs following a decommitment by Elijah Rodriguez. Sully jumped at the chance to be a Buff. He played the past two seasons at American River College i