December 6, 2007

What sold Deehan on the Buffaloes?

The Buffaloes have done a great job addressing their two biggest needs with the Class of 2008: tight end and linebacker.

The loss of Tyson DeVree and Joe Sanders to graduation leaves Colorado with just three scholarshiped tight ends looking ahead to spring ball.

The possibility for early playing time was one of the factors that led to Ryan Deehan's decision to choose the Buffaloes over offers from more than 14 other Division-1 programs.

"I just felt that Colorado was the best place for me to go play football, get a great education and grow up and evolve as a person," said Deehan, who is ranked by Rivals.com as the 11th best tight end prospect from the Class of 2008. "The Sunday before my in-home visit with Coach Kent Riddle is when I knew I wanted to commit. So I committed during the in-home.

"Coach Riddle expects me to be able to contribute early on because they won't have that many tight ends back. I am just going to try to work my way in and play as much as I can."

Deehan had also taken official visits to Arizona State and Oregon.

"The other coaches that I called after I committed were real polite, they weren't jerks about the fact I didn't choose them," he said. "They weren't pissed off, they just respected my decision."

Deehan has helped Poway to an 11-0 record this season. They will play Rancho Buena Vista for the Division I championship this Friday at Qualcomm Stadium.

"Our team's overall toughness and willingness to hit somebody has helped us get this far [in the playoffs]," Deehan said. "We watched some film [on Rancho Buena Vista] today (Tuesday) and they are a big team but I think if they play their best and we play our best, we'll win."

Poway made it to the title game last year, but they lost to Carlsbad by 37 points.

"I think last year we were just happy to be in the title game and we were in awe of where we were," Deehan said. "But now most of us have been to the title game so we know what to expect."

Deehan was known more as a pass catching tight end last year. He hauled in 51 receptions for 840 yards and five touchdowns as a junior. This season, as a senior, Deehan has improved as a blocker.

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