Last Wednesday morning, Terrance Lang got ready for school with every intention to officially end his recruitment that day. He was planning to further his football career at education at USC.
"But throughout the day, I got news that was different than I thought it was going to be," Lang said, referring to the fact the Trojans wanted him to delay his enrollment by grayshirting. "So that kind of changed my mind a little bit and it caused me to push my decision date back a little bit."
He stayed in contact with Buffaloes running backs coach Darian Hagan throughout the day, but Lang wanted to keep thinking about his options.
"It was actually the next day, on my way home from [basketball] practice that it just kind of clicked for me and I knew I wanted to go to Colorado," said Lang, who signed his letter of intent with the Buffaloes last Friday and was announced as a signee on Saturday morning. "It was definitely a big relief. I was going through a lot of stress for a couple days so when I signed, I was just happy it was all over with."
A majority of the Pac-12's programs had offered him throughout the recruiting process. Lang credits his relationship with Hagan, defensive line Jim Jeffcoat and head coach Mike MacIntyre for making him feel comfortable signing with Colorado.
"They are all great coaches, real down-to-earth people," Lang said. "When I was out there on my official visit, I loved the family-like environment that is created by those coaches. That is pretty much what set them apart. Everyone was real friendly.
"When I left [for my official visit to Colorado], there wasn't a great chance I was going to switch [from my commitment to USC]. But I did definitely go in with an open mind, that is kind of how I looked at it. And it was a very good visit. It is beautiful out there."
Lang also mentioned the academic support, defensive lineman Leo Jackson, and the strength and conditioning staff at Colorado as reasons for his late change of plans. The Buffaloes' staff came up with a plan to get him qualified and keep him qualified once he gets to campus.
"[Director of football recruiting] Adam [Toyama] has been helping me along the way. He has been great," Lang said. "And I got to meet with Katie Bason on my official visit and she is great. They have both been working with me."
"Leo served as my player host and he talked about Drew Wilson and his staff a lot, and talked about how they do everything in their power to get your body right and make sure you are ready to perform," he continued. "He was also telling me about how Coach Jeffcoat runs his defensive line with the different stunts they do. He was filling me in on what it is like to play there, which I appreciated."
After excelling on both sides of the ball at the prep level, Lang said he is anxious to focus strictly on being a defensive lineman when he gets to Boulder.
"I definitely feel like my athletic ability as a defensive lineman is something that I can come in and help Colorado with," he said.
Lang spent more time on the basketball court than the gridiron growing up, a big reason why he is considered raw at this young stage of his football career.
He is finishing up his final season of organized hoops right now. Lang and his Maranatha teammates will play for a share of the league title on Thursday night before beginning the playoffs.
"When basketball season ends, I'll be focused on basketball workouts and getting ready for Colorado," he said.