December 1, 2007

Four-star tight end announces his decision

One of the top prospects in San Diego this recruiting cycle has made his college decision.

Ryan Deehan, a 6-foot-4, 228-pound tight end from Poway (Calif.) High, held scholarship offers from more than 14 Division-1 programs back in June before he began narrowing it down.

Deehan decided to take official visits to Arizona State, Colorado and Oregon. He was then set to make his college decision, but tragedy stuck. Deehan and his family lost their home in the fires that disrupted life in San Diego in late October.

Needless to say, recruiting was put on the back burner.

But this past week, during an in-home visit with tight ends coach Kent Riddle, Deehan verbally committed to the Buffaloes.

A Poway coach informed of his decision to commit to Colorado on Thursday but Deehan needed some time to inform the coaches at Arizona State and Oregon.

Prior to his team's playoff game on Friday night, Deehan went public with his decision.

"I thought Colorado was the best fit for me," Deehan told the North County Times. "It gives me an opportunity to grow as a football player while getting a good education at the same time.

"The campus was great and the coaches were awesome. I'm really happy with how it all worked out."

Deehan hauled in 51 passes for 828 yards and five touchdowns as a junior in 2006.

This fall, he has helped Poway to an 11-0 record. The Titans defeated Mira Mesa, 16-0, in the CIF Division 1 semifinals on Friday night. They will play Rancho Buena Vista for the title in Qualcomm Stadium next weekend.

Deehan is San Diego's second ranked prospect from the Class of 2008. The Buffaloes also signed the second rated recruit in the area last recruiting cycle in Markques Simas, who was also the top ranked wide receiver in the Golden State.

Deehan becomes CU's 12th commitment from the 2008 class. They are expected to sign around 18.

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