The Rams are firmly in the mix for a talented Sunshine State playmaker.

CSU is joined in the top three by Cincinnati and Marshall.

A recurring comment from recruits being courted by Colorado State this cycle is how hard the Rams are recruiting them. That effort on the recruiting trail has netted the Rams favor from top targets all over the country.

Lakeland (Fla.) wide receiver/safety prospect Larenz Deshazor is among the recruits who have expressed that sentiment. It's a big reason the 6-foot-1, 185-pound two-way playmaker, who boasts eight offers, has the Rams in his top three.

“I've got three schools right now I'm thinking about. It's Colorado State, Cincinnati and Marshall,” Deshazor said. “Marshall made me feel at home when I visited there and I've been keeping up with them. Cincinnati, they've been keeping up with me and we talk a lot and we're making plans for a visit. All three have been making me feel good and I like the coaches.”

CSU tight ends coach Joe Cox has formed a tight bond with Deshazor. It's a big reason Deshazor lists the Rams in his top group and why he will officially visit CSU the weekend of December 9.

“He's been telling me how good the program looks and how the environment's been so far, and just stuff like that,” Deshazor said. “He's just been getting to know me and how we're doing. We've got a good relationship. He's been updating me on games and stuff like that. He's just shared how he likes my love for the game. I like being on the field; it makes me feel good.”

Deshazor has not set a date to visit Cincinnati, but that will also be after his senior season. He anticipates making a commitment following his visits in December.

The Bearcats have shared their desire for Deshazor to play safety, while the Rams have focused their attention on Deshazor playing receiver should he commit to CSU. He admits he would enjoy playing either position.

With CSU being so far from Florida, Deshazor clarified that distance from home will not factor into his decision.

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