High School Football

Ridge View defensive lineman headed west to play college football

Ridge View High school lineman Damion Daley
Ridge View High school lineman Damion Daley tdominick@thestate.com

For the second straight year, the Colorado State football program has landed a football player from Ridge View High School.

Ridge View senior defensive tackle Damion Daley verbally committed to Colorado State on Tuesday in a ceremony on WIS-TV. Daley joins Blazer teammate Cam Butler, who is finishing up his freshman season with the Rams.

“It helped that Cam was out there because I was comfortable with him,” Daley said. “The main thing was how close the players and coaches were. I spent most of the weekend with players out there. During my visit, I had the gut feeling that this was the place I needed to be.”

Daley had his official visit to Colorado State over the weekend and his in-home visit Monday with head coach Mike Bobo and assistant Joe Cox. He also considered Connecticut, Tulane and Coastal Carolina.

Daley will sign during the early period in December and then enroll in June. He said he will have a chance to play early and he gets to keep his No. 1, which is rare for a defensive lineman.

Daley is the second member from his family playing Division I football. Daley’s brother, Dennis, just finished his junior season at South Carolina.

Damion Daley is rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports and 36th ranked prospect in South Carolina.

Daley, 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, was a two-year starter for Ridge View and had his best season this year. He had 86 tackles, 21 for loss, five sacks and two interceptions.

Daley was selected and will play for the South Carolina squad in next week’s Shrine Bowl.