Originally written on CU at the Game  |  Last updated 11/27/11

BOULDER, CO - SEPTEMBER 19: Back up quarterbacks Clark Evans #4 (L) and Tyler Hansen #9 (R) of the Colorado Buffaloes signal plays into the offensive huddle against the Wyoming Cowboys at Folsom Field on September 19, 2009 in Boulder, Colorado. The Buffaloes defeated the Cowboys 24-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Recruiting Notebook

Quarterbacks

Player Lost – Senior Tyler Hansen. In his up-and-down career at Colorado, Hansen played in 33 games, starting 28. Hansen’s numbers, which will have to be replaced next fall: 872 pass attempts (3rd on the CU all-time list); 505 completions (3rd); 5,705 passing yards (4th); 36 touchdown passes (4th), and 6,183 yards of total offense (4th).

Players Returning – Nick Hirschman (So.*), John Schrock (R-Fr.*), and Connor Wood (So.*) – Of the three, only Nick Hirschman saw any action in 2011. Hirschman saw action in five games, earning the first start of his career against Arizona State. Hirschman’s stats for 2011: 18-for-35 passing, for 192 yards, no touchdowns or interceptions.   *denotes status for the 2012 season.

Commitments for the Class of 2012

While technically not a member of the recruiting Class of 2012, transfer Connor Wood still deserves mention here. Wood was a member of the high school recruiting Class of 2010, committing to play for Texas. Wood did not play for the Longhorns, opting to transfer instead. Wood enrolled in school in Boulder in late August, and will be eligible (three seasons remaining) come the start of the 2012 season. While Wood has not thrown a pass in competition in two years, there are many in the Buff Nation who believe that Wood is the answer to many of the Buffs’ offensive issues. True, Hirschman and Schrock will give Wood a run for his money during spring ball – and perhaps into fall camp – but Wood appears to be the player most likely to take the field against Colorado State next September.

So, what do we know about Wood?

CONNOR WOOD – QB

Just the facts … Committed August 30th … Wood is a quarterback from Second Baptist high school in Houston. Wood is 6’4, 209-pounds, and reportedly runs a 4.6 in the 40. Rivals bio Scout bio  

What others say about Wood … Wood was considered by both Rivals and Scout to be a four-star player out of the Class of 2010. Rivals ranked Wood as the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the nation, and the 113th-best player in the 2010 Class overall. Scout ranked Wood as the No. 9 overall quarterback prospect in the country.

Bart Simmons, a recruiting analyst for Rivals.com, had this to say about Wood coming out of high school:

On the Hoof: Physically, Wood has a great quarterback body. He has broad shoulders, is strong through the chest, has a sturdy base and should have the strength to take a college pounding. Wood is similar in size and build to current Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
Needs Improvement: At times, Wood doesn’t consistently get good spin on his football, particularly on vertical routes. He has a tendency to hang the football in the air too long. He will need an adjustment period to deal with the speed of the college game after playing at a low level of football in high school.
Most Impressive: Wood has very good arm-strength, but what really makes him special is his athleticism. His high release combined with good size benefit him as a passer. Though he is a big, physical prospect, Wood can really run, is mobile in the pocket and is very comfortable throwing on the run and outside of the pocket. As far as the physical tools that you look for in a quarterback, there is very little that Wood is lacking.

Wood had other offers from … almost everywhere. In addition to Texas, Wood had offers from Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Alabama, Notre Dame, Stanford, Missouri, Arizona … you name the school, and Wood probably could have gone there if he had wanted to. Which makes Wood’s current status all the more exciting. Buff fans don’t have to wait until February to know if Wood will be wearing black-and-gold next fall … Wood is already a Buff, and spent this past fall running the scout team for the Buffs.

Also committed to be in uniform for Colorado next fall, as a part of the Class of 2012 …

SHANE DILLON – QB

Just the facts … Committed May 12th … Dillon is a quarterback from El Cajon, California. Dillon is 6’5″, 185-pounds, and can run a 4.6 in the 40. Rivals bio Scout bio  You Tube highlights from Dillon’s junior year

What others say about Dillon … Dillon is considered a three-star quarterback prospect by Scout, is listed as a member of the Scout 300 nationally, and is rated as the No. 27 pro-style quarterback prospect in the country. Rivals earlier this summer rated Dillon as a four-star prospect, and has Dillon listed amongst its Top 250 nationally (No. 227). Dillon has since slipped out of the Top 250, and has been dropped to a three-star candidate. Rivals had Dillon as its 8th-highest rated pro-style quarterback, and its 11th-rated quarterback overall, but now sees Dillon as the 13th-best quarterback.

In 2010, Dillon threw for 2,978 yards and 19 touchdowns with 14 interceptions. This year, in leading his team to an 8-3 record, Dillon posted 2,510 yards passing yards, with 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions. A Scout.com player evaluation by Scott Kennedy notes that Dillon is tall and still thin, but has a quick release and a live arm. Despite his lack of overall size, Dillon shows toughness and the ability to stand tall in the pocket. “He’s not a zone-read guy. He’s a drop-back, sling it guy,” Christian offensive coordinator and athletic director David Beezer recently told AztecSportsReport.com, which is part of the Rivals.com network. “He manages games well, he’s excellent in the two-minute drill and he’s a team leader.”

Dillon had other offers from … a good number of schools, including Arizona, Cincinnati, Florida State, Ohio State, and Vanderbilt. Dillon made the rounds this spring, including a trip to Boulder in April. “It was my first trip to Colorado and I loved it. It was cool,” Dillon told BuffStampede.com on April 22nd. “[Colorado quarterbacks] coach [Rip] Scherer told me I was definitely a guy they would offer straight up just from watching my film, but they wanted to get me out there to talk to me in person. I took the trip out there with my dad and my brother and they offered. I loved the campus at Colorado. I love that it is a compact campus right by the mountains. It is beautiful. And [Buffs head] coach [Jon] Embree is way cool. He gave us a great tour. He made us feel like we were part of the family. So that was really great.”

Despite the Buffs’ overall record in 2011 – and the signing of Connor Wood – Dillon has indicated on several occasions that he is firmly committed to the Buffs. Dillon took an unofficial visit to Boulder for the Oregon game, and plans an official visit in December.

Players still being courted by Colorado

Quite frankly, Colorado is done recruiting quarterbacks for this cycle. Connor Wood is already in the fold, and Shane Dillon remains firmly committed to becoming a Buff. While the Buffs still have other offers out there, the only quarterback who has not committed at this point is the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the nation, Gunner Kiel out of Columbus, Indiana. The Buffs are not really on Kiel’s radar, so it is highly unlikely that the Colorado quarterback roster is going to change between now and February 1st.

If Shane Dillon were to de-commit … the Buffs might still take a run at Cyler Miles out of Mullen high in Denver. Miles, though, has committed to Washington, and both Miles and the Buffs seem content with that arrangement at this time.

Still to come this Sunday … the running backs …

 

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