Powell flips to Colorado

In somewhat of a surprise, talented fullback Christian Powell (Upland, Calif.) de-committed from UCLA just a day before signing day and will sign with Colorado.

Powell originally chose the Bruins over the Buffs and said location was a big reason for his decision.

"I decided Monday night," Powell said. "I like the way Colorado plans to use me. I just felt this is what I needed and what I wanted to do, and I'll have a great opportunity to make an impact there."

Powell will join two of his Upland teammates who also will sign with the Buffs. Running back Donta Abron and defensive back Marques Mosley.

"I think that may have played a role," Upland coach and recruiting coordinator Mike Esquival said. "He's close with those guys, and if you're going to go away, it's good to feel comfortable. I'm still surprised by it; none of us saw this coming."