Big 12: Byron Moore

Colorado recruiting capsule

February, 5, 2009

Posted by's Tim Griffin

Here's the first of a look at the North Division teams' recruiting lists. Others will appear throughout the day.

My first team will be Colorado.

Colorado Buffaloes 

Signing day class recruits -- 19

Breakdown -- 18 high school, one junior college.

Positions -- 4 OL, 3 WR, 3 CB, 2 DT, 2 DE, 1 QB, 1 TE, 1 S, 1 K, 1 ATH.

Where they came from -- Colorado 5, California 4, Texas 3, Connecticut 1, Illinois 1, Nevada 1, Ohio 1, Oklahoma 1, South Carolina 1, Tennessee 1.

The stud -- DE Nick Kasa, Thornton, Colo. (Legacy High School). Becomes third straight No. 1 recruit from Colorado attracted by Buffaloes.

Recruiting-class sleeper -- LB Derrick Webb, Memphis, Tenn. (Whitehaven). Productive tackling machine who is a cousin of former Nebraska and San Francisco 49ers standout Roger Craig.

The one who got away -- DB Byron Moore of Harbor City, Calif., was a late commitment to USC. He would have been an ideal playmaker in the Buffaloes' secondary, providing an immediate talent upgrade.

Needs addressed -- Defensive line, wide receivers, linebackers, cornerback, offensive line.

Didn't need much help -- Running backs.

Scouts Inc. grade -- C (eighth in the Big 12, third in North Division).

My take -- Doesn't have the sizzle of some of Hawkins' earlier Colorado classes, but still should be a solid, productive class.

Hawkins impressed with Buffs' underrated group

February, 4, 2009

Posted by's Tim Griffin

Colorado's recruiting haul might not wow many national analysts, but Dan Hawkins is attracting exactly the players he is aiming for.

Hawkins said the class he announced Wednesday is coming close to matching his recruiting model.

"Since I first arrived here, I've been trying to build a culture," Hawkins said. "We're trying to get guys who fit our profile. You're never going to be 100 percent at that. But in this class, it represents our philosophy of a quality balance of life. We've been in homes with strong values in how they view their kids. And I've been fired up about that."

That goal could be stated in a prospect like wide receiver Terdema Ussery of St. Mark's High School in Dallas. Ussery's father, Terdema L. Ussery II, is president and CEO of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks.

The Buffaloes added the top player from Colorado for the third straight year by attracting Nick Kasa of Legacy High School in Broomfield. Kasa decided on Colorado's offer after earlier considering Florida. 

Also added in the recruiting class was 290-pound defensive tackle Edward Nuckols of San Marcos, Calif., who was ranked by Scouts Inc. as the nation's No. 14 defensive tackle.

Hawkins had a couple of late misses as wide receiver Diante Johnson of Walnut Hills, Calif., picked Oregon over the Buffs. Defensive back Byron Moore, a high school teammate of Johnson's, decided on USC. And wide receiver Emory Blake of Austin, Texas, the son of former NFL quarterback Jeff Blake, picked Auburn over Colorado and Texas Tech.

But Hawkins still was pleased with what he saw in his incoming class.

"I think it's a very athletic class," Hawkins said. "Three quarters of them were on playoff teams. There are a lot of guys who can play a lot of positions. I like these guys and their pedigrees."

Colorado misses out on USC commitment Byron Moore

February, 4, 2009

Posted by's Tim Griffin

Colorado coach Dan Hawkins missed out on his biggest remaining recruiting target when defensive back Byron Moore of Harbor City, Calif., announced he will attend USC.

Moore had been an early commitment for the Trojans but had considered several other schools in recent weeks, most notably Colorado and Notre Dame. The Buffaloes had been considered among the favorites as Moore had taken his final recruiting trip to Boulder last week.

Scouts love his playmaking abilities and project him as a safety in college football. He would have been ideally suited to play in the Big 12 because of those skills.

Instead, the lure of staying close to home and playing for Pete Carroll and the Trojans proved too hard for him to resist.

Late signing day stories to track around the Big 12

February, 4, 2009

Posted by's Tim Griffin

National signing day will provide its usual flurry of last-minute surprises and drama as most top players will make their commitments and finally agree to scholarship offers from their respective schools.

But today's events will provide special interest for Big 12 schools for a variety of reasons.

Here are some of the late trends to watch from around the conference:

  • Will Baylor coach Art Briles find some receiving talent to surround scintillating sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin in what appears to be the Bears' top recruiting class of the Big 12 era?
  • Can Colorado coach Dan Hawkins continue his recent upturn with a late victory in the heated recruiting battle for Byron Moore?
  • What will the return of Paul Rhoads as the Iowa State's new coach mean for the Cyclones -- and will his familiarity throughout the state result in a fast finish after his late start after his hiring?
  • Will Mark Mangino have his typical understated recruiting success that has resulted in the Jayhawks' recent North Division ascension?
  • Will the return of Bill Snyder at Kansas State enable the Wildcats to land a huge statement-making recruit like Bryce Brown or Denard Robinson?
  • Can Missouri hold onto the commitment of heralded defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson as the foundation for the development of a defense that matches the Tigers' recent offensive success?
  • Will Nebraska's late surge last season, capped by the Cornhuskers' Gator Bowl victory, result in a couple of late surprises in Bo Pelini's largely settled recruiting class?
  • Can Oklahoma pluck a late commitment from wide receiver Rueben Randle, the top remaining national commitment, at the Sooners' biggest position of need?
  • Will Oklahoma State's recent development be marked with similar success recruiting Oklahoma players as it initially appears?
  • Can Mack Brown pluck a couple of late recruits from heralded signees like Dre Kirkpatrick and Jarvis Jones that would enable the Longhorns to challenge for the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation?
  • Will the arrival of key recruits like Christine Michael help Mike Sherman cobble together what should be the best recruiting class at Texas A&M in several seasons?
  • Is the offer of playing Michael Crabtree's old position enough of a lure to attract top recruit Emory Blake to Texas Tech and finish Mike Leach's recruiting class with a flourish?

All of those questions and more will be revealed in the few hours.

Stay tuned.

Big 12 recruiting nuggets: Looking at future classes

January, 28, 2009

Posted by's Tim Griffin

Here are a few of the recruiting stories making news across the Big 12 this morning.

  • Forget about the recruiting class of 2009. The Houston Chronicle's Brent Zwerneman opines about the interest percolating in Texas A&M's future classes after most key commitments already have been wrapped up.
  • Wide receiver Cobi Hamilton of Texarkana, Texas, selected Arkansas over offers from Texas and Oklahoma State, ESPNU reports. Hamilton, the nation's 49th ranked wide receiver, produced 64 receptions and 14 touchdown grabs last season.
  • Colorado is in the hunt for top prospect Byron Moore, a safety from Harbor City, Calif., who recently de-committed from an earlier agreement with USC, according to the Boulder Camera's Kyle Ringo.
  • Brian Grummell of details how recent recruiting slumps have devastated the Colorado and Texas A&M programs.
  • Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports why getting celebrated defensive end Devon Kennard is big for USC. Texas was among Kennard's three finalists.
  • The Pelini brothers -- Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini -- were intrigued with Corona (Calif.) Centennial quarterback/safety Taylor Martinez potentially playing both ways for the Cornhuskers, according to Los Angeles Times reporter Ben Bolch. And Lincoln Journal Star reporter Brian Christopherson writes about how Martinez's love of contact marked his high school career.