December 22, 2006

Hartigan relieved; commitment is official

Although Josh Hartigan did not sign a letter of intent this week, he did sign a financial aid agreement with Colorado making his commitment to the Buffs official.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound outside linebacker will enroll at CU next month and join the Buffaloes' for spring practices.

"It's definitely a relief to know where I am going to college," said Hartigan, who thought he would sign with NC State earlier in his recruiting process.

"I tried to commit to Colorado on Tuesday but I couldn't reach Coach [Greg] Brown," he recalled. "But I got a call back from Coach Hawkins and they were very happy [about my decision]. Coach Cabral text messaged me and then I talked to Coach Brown and Coach Hawkins again.

"I feel like Colorado presents a great opportunity to me. It's a good place with a nice environment. I just think it was a good decision overall for me. I weighed out my options and it became pretty clear that Colorado was the best situation. They showed me how I would fit into the defense and I saw their depth chart. They have some good linebackers but there is going to be an opportunity to get on the field early if I go there and do the things I need to do. I believe they are getting a good player that can help them win."

Linebackers coach Brian Cabral's resume also played into Hartigan's decision. "I've seen everything Coach Cabral has done and all the great players he has coached," he said. "That really made my decision easier because I feel like I'll have a chance to go to the NFL [under his tutelage]."

Hartigan's father, Starling Palmer, played college football at Florida State and was a first-round NFL draft pick by the Washington Redskins in 1993. "Everybody would talk about my dad and how great a football player he was," said Hartigan. "It definitely gave me motivation growing up to try and become the player he was; the type of player that everybody around here would talk about."

A second-team all-Broward County selection as a senior at Northeast High in Oakland Park, Fla., Hartigan recorded roughly 100 tackles including 10 for a loss, one sack and seven pass break ups.

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