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California big men sticking with Colorado

11/25/2012

The total recruiting fallout of Colorado's decision to fire head coach Jon Embree won't be felt for several months, but in the immediate aftermath Sunday evening, the Buffs' 2013 recruiting class appeared to be in good shape, specifially with the two California three-star offensive linemen in the class.

Offensive tackle Gunnar Graham (Kentfield, Calif./Marin Catholic) said he had been thinking for a while about what he might do if Embree were let go, and Sunday night he was firm in his response.

"Personally, if I'm able to when the new coach comes in, I would love to stay with Colorado," Graham said. "What made my decision was, if I were to go to any school, where would I feel the most comfortable? Colorado felt the best for me."

Graham said he is in contact with several of Colorado's committed players and hopes to keep the class together, but he is accepting of the fact that things could play out differently for other recruits.

That won't be the case for offensive guard Colin Sutton (Orange, Calif./Luthearn), who echoed Graham's commitment to Colorado.

"I'm still with Colorado," he said. "I love the school. If anything changes, then I'll change, but I love the school."

Both linemen, as well as several other committed players, have official visits set for Colorado on Dec. 7. They said they plan to take the visits at that time, unless something on Colorado's end forces them to reschedule.