Within the matter of two hours this past Wednesday, Sean Dollars saw his scholarship offer list double in size.
"Recruiting is going great," he said. "A lot of colleges are stopping by my school right now. I am waiting on a couple more colleges to offer but I just got offered by Utah and Colorado so I am feeling good right now."
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound ball carrier had previously received an offer from Arizona State and Oregon, two schools he plans to check out in June. What were Dollars' thoughts on his two new offers?
"Colorado looks really good right now," he said. "I like how they pulled the trigger and have faith in me by offering. I am going to do great things with it. It honestly caught me off guard. They also offered my guy Jeremiah Criddell. [Buffs running backs] coach [Darian] Hagan said he likes my speed and my catching abilities out of the backfield. I am going to talk to him more about how the school works and how Colorado is all-around with their facilities and academics.
"I like Utah a lot. I like [cornerbacks] coach [Sharrieff] Shah, he is a very good person, and [running backs] coach Kiel [McDonald]. Like with Colorado, I am going to keep talking to them about the school and the education. My friend Darren Hall was recruited by Utah and he told me about it, so I am going to see how it is for myself."
Dollars plans to wait until after his junior season to begin narrowing his focus with recruiting. He will take on an even bigger role for Rancho Cucamonga this fall now that Hall is set to join the Aztecs' backfield.
"I am trying to build my top-end speed," Dollars said. "I have a great burst of speed when I get the ball but I am trying to maintain that excellent speed until I get into the end zone."
Dollars considers his "heart and determination" to be his best attributes between the lines.
"Even if we are down in a game, I am never going to give up," he said. "My speed and my catching abilities also give me an advantage because you can't teach speed and I have better hands than most running backs."