SAN JOSE -- Oak Grove defensive back Chidobe Awuzie was supposed to announce at a school ceremony late Wednesday morning where he would play college football.
Colorado spoiled the suspense.
The school announced that "Chidobe Awuzie is the newest member of the Buff family" in a tweet shortly before 8 a.m.
Awuzie was one of three San Jose high school football players to sign with Colorado, joining Bellarmine College Prep linebacker Kenneth Olugbode and Valley Christian defensive back Ryan Severson.
The trio will play for former San Jose State coach Mike MacIntyre, who had received oral commitments from Olugbode and Severson to play for SJSU. The two West Catholic Athletic League standouts later decided to follow MacIntyre to Colorado.
The ceremony still went off at Oak Grove, and Awuzie slipped on a black Colorado cap as some of his high school teammates watched. He said he chose Colorado over San Jose State because he felt comfortable with the coaching staff and that playing in the Pacific-12 Conference gives him a better chance to fulfill his NFL dream.
Awuzie said he orally committed to another Pac-12 school, Washington State, last month but withdrew the commitment the next morning.
"Washington State is a great a school," Awuzie said. "Those are great coaches and those are great players, but I just feel like I was pressed into making the decision -- and I couldn't make the decision at that point. I respect their coaching
As for Colorado, Awuzie said MacIntyre's "formula worked at San Jose State, so I don't see why it can't work at Colorado. I'm right behind him, and I am willing to do anything for that guy."
Wearing a Colorado sweatshirt, Olugbode made his commitment official at 7 a.m. Wednesday.
Flanked by his sister, Maria, and dad, Kenny, at the family's dining room table in San Jose, the Mercury News football player of the year signed several pages of papers and then handed them to his mother, Josephine, who faxed them to Colorado.
Moments later, Olugbode was on the phone with MacIntyre, who called to congratulate him.
Olugbode said his decision to flip from San Jose State "was a little difficult. But the fact that Colorado was Pac-12 kind of overruled all that."
Kyle Olugbode, Kenneth's older brother, plays at Stanford. When Colorado plays the Cardinal, Kenneth Olugbode said, "it'll be fun and exciting, because I've never actually got to step on the same field as my oldest brother."
Olugbode plans to major in mechanical engineering at Colorado.
Valley Christian honored Severson and three non-football, college-bound athletes at a lunchtime ceremony.
"To play for Coach Mac and to play in the Pac-12, it doesn't get much bigger and better than that," Severson said. "It's a big stage and every week you're playing a tough team, so I'm going to be ready for the challenge."
Severson said he thought deeply about the decision to choose Colorado over SJSU.
"It was tough," Severson said. "But then I had to just sit by myself and think about it today. Stay home and be close to family, which I really wanted, or did I want to be able to explore new options and live my life by myself? I decided I wanted to go to Colorado."
St. Francis defensive end Shane Artim said he couldn't wait to wake up and "put pen to paper." Artim, another first-team All-Mercury News player, signed with Navy.
"It was awesome," Artim said.
Los Gatos defensive tackle Nico Aimonetti and The King's Academy's Nate Velichko, an offensive and defensive lineman, signed with San Jose State.
Bellarmine wide receiver Jared Vallner said on Twitter that he has committed to Army, which did not announce its recruiting class Wednesday, citing academy policy.
"Due to the U.S. Military Academy appointment process, names of recruited cadet-athletes are not available until they arrive for Reception Day (R-Day) this summer," Army noted on its website.