December 4, 2007

Buff commitment leads team to title game

Ryan Dannewitz couldn't be happier about the fact that he will not be able to take his scheduled official visit to Colorado this coming weekend.

The 6-foot-7, 280-pound lineman from San Jacinto (Calif.) High has something even more important on the schedule.

Dannewitz and his San Jacinto (Calif.) High School teammates defeated Notre Dame, 34-0, to advance to the East Valley Division championship game. They will play Citrus Hill on Saturday.

"Our team got closer and closer and we started to play more as a team as the season wore on," explained Dannewitz. "Coming into the playoffs, we wanted another chance to get a ring because last year we lost in the finals. Now we have that chance and hopefully we'll make the most of it."

Dannewitz will still take his official visit to Boulder before the recruiting dead period begins on December 17th. He will fly out to Colorado on Friday the 14th.

Dannewitz committed to Colorado late last month. He had been out to Boulder unofficially for the Buffaloes' Junior Day event in the spring and their summer camp, in which he was named offensive line MVP.

What sold Dannewitz on CU? "Everything, basically," he expressed. "I just found it to be the best place for me. I like the area a lot, the coaches, the school. The program is building up and it's definitely a good place to be for academics. And I know some people that live over there that I have been friends with for a while. It is a great place for me to be for four or five years.

"I was looking at the pros and cons of my top schools, and it's not like there was a lot of negative stuff with the other schools, I just decided that Colorado was the best fit overall for me."

Prior to his decision, Dannewitz also held scholarship offers from Oregon, Washington, San Diego State, Fresno State, Nevada, Louisville, Arizona State, Arizona and Michigan State.

"I haven't been getting recruited by any other schools since I committed to Colorado," he said. 'I called the coaches from the other schools that were recruiting me and told them, 'Thanks for everything. You guys have been great but I made my decision'. And they were all fine with that."

Linebackers coach Brian Cabral was responsible for his recruitment from the Buffaloes' staff.

"They said they liked my work ethic when they had me there for camp and they like my size, they said I can get bigger," Dannewitz said. "And when they saw my film, they liked how I can get low in my stance and how I am aggressive off the ball and the fact that I play until the whistle blows."

Dannewitz has started both ways for San Jacinto this season. He projects as an offensive tackle for the college level. Rivals.com has him ranked as the 52nd best prospect from California this cycle.

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