Erich Wilson, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound prospect from Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif., visited Boulder earlier this week and loved the campus and community.
Wilson returned home to give his options some thought for a few days before calling CU assistant coach Bobby Kennedy on Friday night to tell him the news.
"I went to Colorado and I liked the whole Boulder scene, the whole coaching staff and I enjoyed it a lot," Wilson said. "I think it will be the place for me to be."
Wilson said he decided to make a decision because he didn't want to have it hanging over his head during his high school season. He said he expects his high school team to be very good this fall. The season begins for him the same day the Buffs kickoff the Embree era in Hawaii on Sept. 3.
Wilson is a speedster who ran a 10.81 100-meters in track during his sophomore season two years ago. He says he is faster now.
Wilson chose the Buffs over Arizona State and other schools. Some of the schools recruiting him were looking at him as a running back and cornerback. He said he had his heart set on playing defense.
Wilson was able to spend some time around the team in the early stages of fall camp during his visit. He said he liked what he saw. He plans to return to Boulder on an official visit in December.
"It was intense," he said. "I liked it."
Wilson will be coached by defensive coordinator Greg Brown at CU. He said he is excited by Brown's track record of producing NFL caliber defensive backs.
"I had a talk with him and the other coaches were telling me about him and how he was an NFL coach and has put people in the draft," Wilson said. "I was excited about that."