June 3, 2011

Vaden is a man on a mission

Brighton (Colo.) wide receiver Jordon Vaden will be in Eugene, Oregon this weekend with a very specific task.

"Sunday I am headed to the NIke Training Camp in Oregon," Vaden said. "I want to catch some people's attention, prove I am a BCS-caliber player. The last couple weeks I have been doing research on other prospects and I think I can play with the top prospects in the nation. It is time for me to prove that."

Currently Vaden holds scholarship offers from Colorado State, Boise State, New Mexico and Wyoming. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound athlete from Prairie View High School averaged 8.3 yards per rushing attempt, 14.2 yards per catch and 36.0 yards per kick return as a junior. He also excelled as a defensive back.

The Colorado State Rams have made a good impression on Vaden.

"CSU will always have a spot in my heart being that they are the first school to offer," Vaden said. "I love the way they treat prospects like family. They really seem to care about the prospects and treat them well. That is what is drawing me to CSU."

In addition to Colorado State, Vaden likes three other schools in the MWC, led by Boise State.

"(Boise State) have a great program, with limitless wins," Vaden said. "I can't remember the last time they had two losses in a season. It is a great chance to play against the best teams in the nation. They are moving into the Mountain West so I would be able to come home and play in front of my family again too.

"(New Mexico) has been a new one. I have done some research on them. I like the Albuquerque area. I like laid-back cities and that looks like a good place to live. They have a program that is up-and-coming, but they have some talent and new coaches coming in. They have a lot of potential and are very intriguing.

The University of Wyoming also gets a shot with Vaden due to some family connections.

"My brother's best friend is (former Wyoming cornerback) Derrick Martin and he went to Wyoming," Vaden said. "He has always said how great of a school and how they treat you well. They are in the list for me to look at further."

Vaden said moving forward he plans to take in the offers he can get and take his time making a decision. While he hopes to turn the heads of Mountain West Conference schools, he said he has been thrilled with the offers he has received already.

"My biggest problem is proving I am a more than a sub BCS-level player," he said. "I want to prove I can play with anyone across the nation. Right now it has been kind of slow, but it has been good. I am getting offers from really good schools, who I am really interested in."

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