4-star hoops recruit Caruso visiting Buffs

Alex Caruso, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from College Station (Texas), will make his official visit to Colorado.

Luring Alex Caruso away from College Station, Texas, won't be easy.

The four-star basketball recruit, however, is giving Colorado a chance to do just that.

Caruso, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from A&M Consolidated High School, will make an official visit to Boulder this weekend. Two other basketball recruits -- Josh Scott from Colorado Springs and Christian Sanders from Houston - are also scheduled to make official visits this weekend. Scott has already given a verbal commitment to CU.

Caruso is one of the top players in the country for the Class of 2012. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 15 shooting guard and No. 72 overall in the class. He would be the highest-rated player in CU's class if he chose the Buffs.

"I really like how coach (Tad) Boyle conducts himself and liked me as player, but also as a person," Caruso said. "I just really like what they have going."

In August, Caruso listed Texas A&M -- located literally down the road from his high school -- as his top choice, followed, in order, by Colorado, Texas Tech, Nebraska and Arizona State (tied for fifth) and Richmond.

That list may actually be shorter now. Caruso told Scout.com on Thursday night that he might wind up taking just two official visits, to A&M and Colorado.

"I'm not 100 percent sure," he said. "I'm playing it by the day and seeing if I don't need to (make any more visits) after this. I'll probably decide that by Sunday or Monday."

Caruso made his official visit to Texas A&M last weekend. He arrives in Boulder today and will stay until Sunday. He said he's looking forward to seeing his first college football game that doesn't involved A&M.

"I think we're going to go watch Ralphie run, which should be exciting," he said.

Caruso said he was impressed with how Colorado played in Boyle's first season in 2010-11. Boyle led CU to a school-record 24 wins (24-14) and a trip to the NIT semifinals.

"It shows coach Boyle knows how to win and how to get the job done," he said.

Still, there's no question Caruso is learning toward his hometown Aggies.

"Probably," he said. "I don't want to make a definite (decision), but it probably would (be tough to be swayed against A&M)."

Caruso is leaving his options open, however.

"Yeah, I am, because ultimately it's about improving myself as a player and as a person," he said. "I'd like to just kind of find out the bigger picture of Colorado and find out the intangibles - how the players interact with other players, the academic side. I know what they're going to do on the court."

Following his visit to A&M last week, Caruso told Scout.com he would have to be "blown out of the water" by his Colorado to bypass the Aggies.

Scott hopes to help with that. Although he has given his verbal commitment to CU, he'll make his official visit, and it's no coincidence he's coming the same weekend Caruso will be here.

"It's one of the reasons I chose this date, to possibly try to convince him into coming," Scott said.

Scott, meanwhile, said his commitment to CU is solid. The 6-foot-9 Scott, from Lewis-Palmer High School, is ranked No. 19 at power forward and No. 91 overall.

"I am not looking elsewhere," he said. "I'm positive I'm going to be a Buff."

Scott said his visit is mainly to get more comfortable with his future home.

"I'm just going up there to enjoy my time and get to know the players better," he said.

Like Caruso, Scott will attend a CU football game for the first time.

"Hopefully they win," he said.