December 26, 2007

Dannewitz recaps his recent official visit

Because of his team's deep run in the playoffs, Ryan Dannewitz was not able to take his official visit to Colorado until the weekend of December 14th. The 6-foot-7, 280-pound offensive tackle from San Jacinto (Calif.) High had verbally committed to the Buffaloes back in late October.

"It went great, I loved every aspect of it," Dannewitz said of his recent official visit to Boulder. "It was real fun. We did a bunch of different stuff. We went to the ESPN Zone in Denver and we got a chance to talk with the coaches more, got a chance to see everything in the winter time. So it was pretty cool.

"I had been there for their Junior Day and their summer camp but I didn't have much of a chance to hang out with the players until my official visit. I also got to tour the campus, which I hadn't done before.

"What I saw on my official visit was just assuring that I made the right decision."

Freshmen offensive linemen Shawn Daniels and Matt Bahr served as his player hosts for the weekend.

"They had three practices while we were there so I got a chance to see how [offensive line] Coach [Jeff] Grimes coaches his guys," added Dannewitz. "It really wasn't that much different than the way he coached us at the summer camp."

Dannewitz is ranked by as the sixth best offensive tackle prospect from the talent rich Garden State this recruiting cycle. Louisville, Oregon, San Diego State, Washington, Fresno State, Arizona and Arizona State were among the other colleges that had offered him a scholarship.

Dannewitz helped lead San Jacinto to an appearance in the East Valley Division championship game this season as a senior. They lost to Citrus Hill, 28-6, in the championship game.

"We were very happy with the season," Dannewitz said. "We lost a lot of our skill players from last year so a lot of people were doubting that we could make it far in the playoffs. We wanted to win a championship and that didn't happen, but we were happy to get into that championship game."

Dannewitz plans to compete in track and field in the spring, throwing the shot put and discus.

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