There’s going to have to be two decisions made by Littleton (Colo.) Highlands Ranch lineman Kasey Studdard.
One will be which college he wants to attend, and the other will be which side of the ball he wants to play on when he gets there.
“Some want me for offense and some want me for defense,” Studdard said of the schools that are recruiting him.
While Rivals100 ranks him as the nation’s No. 8 offensive guard and as a four-star recruit, playing a certain position isn’t necessarily the biggest of Studdard’s concerns.
“It really doesn’t matter to me. I’ll play wherever they want me to. I’m a team player so I’ll do my best to help the team.”
Which team will that be?
Studdard says recruiting is getting harder for him, instead of getting easier.
“I keep getting more and more calls from different schools. I’ll think I’ve finally narrowed it down to five (schools) and then another new school will call me and I’ll like what they have to say. I guess that’s just part of recruiting.”
Texas, Colorado, Colorado State, Nebraska, UCLA, Cal, USC, Arizona, Arizona State and Missouri are among the schools that have offered him a scholarship that he says he is now considering.
Colorado and Texas have consistently been on Studdard’s list from the very beginning, but he says neither the Buffs nor the Longhorns have an advantage at this juncture. However, Studdard says he has competed against a couple of players on both teams’ rosters and there is the fact that his father Lee played for the Horns and then for the Denver Broncos.
“Bo Scaife (former Denver Mullen star who is now the starting tight end at Texas) is probably the best high school player I ever played against,” he said. “I played against him as a freshmen and he was just really dominating. I played against Drew Shader (Colorado freshman offensive lineman) and I really respect him as a player, too.”
Studdard, who is 6-foot-3, 270 pounds, says he has yet to schedule any official visits and says he will not take any visits until after football season is complete.
“I just think it’s right to wait until after football season to decide these things. I want to keep playing right now.”
The blue chip recruit that earned All-Colorado first team as a defensive lineman a year ago is off to a great start this season. In four games, he has made 45 tackles and three sacks and also forced one fumble.
Highlands Ranch is ranked No. 2 in the state in class 5A, the state’s largest classification, by one newspaper poll.