For one Texas High School prospect his senior season on the football field begins this upcoming Monday.
Colorado commitment Grant Watanabe has made the trip to Boulder before, but he and his father wanted to catch a Buff's practice before their season starts so they decided to fly out to his future school for one last look before his Brennan team season gets underway.
"I wanted to get a chance to see how the coaches interact with their players and how they coach on the field," Watanabe told BuffPlayBook.com Saturday before boarding his plane back home. "I really got the opportunity to get to know my future teammates a lot better. I hung out with a lot of the linebackers, got to see what they go through before a practice. I get a really family feel around this program."
Watanabe's unofficial visit to CU this weekend was all about building relationships.
"I really love this coaching staff," Watanabe said. "They really care about you as young men and not just as football players. I talked to a lot of the current team members, they all love Coach (Mike) MacIntyre, not one person has anything bad to say about him."
Watanabe fell in love with the Colorado area on his last visit, while he didn't really learn anything new about the campus, you can tell he excited about a few things.
"I love the weather here," Watanabe said. "It's so much better than it is in San Antonio. I love the mountains, Boulder is a great college town and you just get a great feeling about the University of Colorado."
Watanabe is a 5-foot-11, 225-pound athlete that is expected to play middle linebacker at Colorado.
He was second in the state of Texas in his classification in tackles his junior season.