New Orleans area athlete CU bound
Ca'Ron Baham will no longer be taking an official visit to Tulane this weekend. The three-star athlete prospect from Marrero (La.) John Ehret decided to end his recruitment on Thursday during an in-home visit with Colorado's safeties coach.
"I had an in-home visit with Coach Tumpkin at six o'clock with the rest of my family. We discussed everything and I verbally committed to him and then I called [head] coach [Mike] MacIntyre on the phone. It was very exciting," said Ca'Ron Baham, who measured in at 5-foot-11.75, 195-pounds during his official visit to Colorado.
"I posted it on Twitter and everybody was going crazy, congratulating me," he added. "I feel relief. I felt like I had so much on my shoulders. Going from pee wee ball to middle school ball all the way through high school, it is something you work for. So once you accomplish it, it is quite a day."
A Missouri commit earlier in the recruiting cycle, Baham said he canceled his scheduled trip to Tulane this weekend, adding, "I am is done. I am solid with Colorado."
Arizona, Arkansas, Arkansas State, Georgia Tech, Memphis, Southern Miss and Troy are some of the other colleges that offered him earlier in the process. Baham took his official visit out to Colorado last weekend.
"Last Friday, I went up on my visit and everything was nice," he said. "From the community to the campus to the academics to the facilities, which are top of the line, it was amazing. They have the best facilities in the United States of America, everything is new.
"It was just a great fit for me and my family. I wanted to come home from my visit and just go over everything with my family before I committed. I feel it is the best situation for me, both in football and academically."
Baham is expected to play cornerback for the Buffaloes, and also be in the mix to return punts and kicks. He missed his senior season due to a torn ACL but is on track to be back to full health this summer.
“I am on schedule with my recovery,” Baham said. "It definitely makes you not take football for granted. I have to thank the man above for every opportunity that he gives me. It is a humbling experience but I am going to come back with a chip on my shoulder.”
Baham checked out Boulder with his John Ehret teammate Jarrius Wallace, who is pictured in the following tweet:
Wallace, a safety prospect, will be in Tucson on an official visit this weekend. He told BuffStampede.com his decision will come down to Colorado and Arizona.
"We are best friends so I have to recruit him hard in the hopes I get the job done," Baham said when asked if he will try to get Wallace to follow him to Boulder. "But at the end of the day, he has to make the best decision for him and his family, even though we are best friends."
It has been 21 years since Kordell Stewart last played in a game at Colorado, but his past with the Buffs is still on display at John Ehret, his old high school. Baham also plans to be a prominent representative for Colorado going forward.
"He comes back and he is tremendous," Baham said of Stewart. "He gives back with the helmets and uniforms. These past two years he has been on the sidelines during games. He was actually in the dome, in the locker room before the [state championship] game. He gave us a speech.
"When I first got to John Ehret as a freshman, I knew Kordell went to Colorado because of the pictures with him in his college uniform that are up in the athletic facilities. Back in the days when Colorado was at their best, in the '90s and the early 2000s, they had players from John Ehret on their team. You have to recruit where the talent is coming from so hopefully there is a pipeline with me going there and recruiting guys for the next couple years."