December 17, 2006

Celestine blown away

After rescheduling his official visit with the Buffaloes on four separate occasions, Kendrick Celestine finally made his way to Boulder this past weekend.

The 6-foot-0, 175-pound wide receiver from Mamou (La.) High committed to Colorado earlier this month before ever getting a chance to check out the campus.

"I just got back, I'm actually in the Baton Rouge Airport right now waiting to get our bags," he explained. "I loved everything about my trip [to Colorado]. I loved the atmosphere, the coaches and the players. They really impressed me. I feel a whole lot better about my commitment now.

"One of the things that really stood out to me was the confidence the team has looking ahead to next season. They are already starting to prepare hard in the weight room. They aren't letting their struggles this past season get them down."

Wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau and defensive line coach Romeo Bandison were both responsible for Celestine's recruitment from the Buffs' staff.

He was hosted by freshman quarterback Cody Hawkins and wide receiver Patrick Williams this past weekend.

"They want me to come out there next summer so I can workout with the team and take a few classes," he said. "That will help me adjust and get prepared for camp. They didn't come out and tell me I was going to start but they told me that I could make a big impact in their offense."

After playing quarterback as an underclassman, Celestine moved to receiver this fall. He caught 45 passes for 924 yards and 11 scores despite missing action early in the season due to a foot injury.

Celestine clocked in with the fourth fastest 40-yard dash time (4.40-laser timed) at the Baton Rouge NIKE Camp last April. He also tested out with a 32-inch vertical and did 22 reps on the bench press.

Celestine is ranked by as the No. 78 ranked receiver nationally from the Class of 2007.

CU hosted three other visitors this weekend: Chandler (Ariz.) defensive lineman Cameron Jordan, Oakland Park (Fla.) linebacker Josh Hartigan and a JC defensive tackle from Oakland.

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