Where are the wideouts?

Where are the wideouts?

Colorado football coaches entered the 2009 recruiting cycle hoping to land a healthy crop of wide receivers who can elevate an offense lacking the ability to truly stretch and test defenses consistently. With signing day barely more than a week away, the uncertainty and indecision surrounding most of Colorado's recruits at the position is unsettling. Get inside for more.

Colorado has three commitments from wide receivers at this point, but two of those players might not end up sending faxes to the CU coaching offices in the Dal Ward Center on signing day.

Four-star prospect Diante Jackson has told Scout.com reporters he would like to attend CU, but his parents and high school coach are pushing him to sign with Oregon next week. If he follows their suggestions, he will leave a sizable hole in this CU recruiting class, not only because he is such a highly rated prospect, but because he fills a big need for the Buffs.

Another wide receiver who says he is committed to CU is Andre Simmons from Independence Community College. Simmons told Scout.com on Sunday he remains committed to CU but plans to visit Kansas State this weekend because he is concerned that he might not qualify academically in Boulder.

If Simmons decides his chances for success are better and more easily attained in Manhattan, Kan., it could leave Colorado another body short at wide receiver, arguably it biggest need position in recruiting this year.

It's curious that given these circumstances, Colorado hasn't over-signed by a player or two at the position. Instead, the Buffs recently pulled an offer off the table for one prospect and the program is waiting for several other wide receivers to decide.

It's still possible CU could produce one of the best groups of wide receivers to join the program in recent years if players such as Emory Blake, Terdema Ussery and Markish Jones choose to be Buffs, and several others stick, but until that happens, coaches and fans will have their fingers crossed.

Blake is supposed to decide this week between CU, Texas Tech and Auburn. Ussery will choose between Colorado and Stanford and Jones is another junior college prospect, which always seems to raise a red flag when it comes to being admitted to Colorado.

The only sure thing at the position so far is Jarrod Darden, the 6-foot-5 prospect from the Dallas area, who became the first player to commit to the program in this recruiting cycle last June.

Darden is running again after spending the fall recovering from a broken leg. He brings the sort of height and athleticism that has been lacking in recent seasons in Boulder. But the program still needs more of it.

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