"Coach Barnett and really the whole staff told me that the guy they have at fullback now is more suited to play tailback and that if I came there I would be playing next year," said Arlich of Mahtomedi, Minnesota.
Of all the things that impressed Arlich about his trip it seemed to us that this was the thing that caught his attention the most. The chance of coming in and being the man right off the bat at fullback for one of the nation's most dominant rushing attacks of the last few years seems to be very appealing. Arlich boasts offers right now from Navy, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Minnesota, and the Buffs.
It is currently a three-horse race between the Golphers, Wildcats, and CU according to Arlich but from what we gather it could be cut to two with Minnesota and the Buffs being the front-runners. He still plans on visiting Northwestern, Wisconsin, and possibly Navy so things could change but as for now those are the two to beat. At this point you would have to give the edge to the home school as Arlich has many family and friends hoping to see him stay and play for Minnesota. But you can never downplay the opportunity of starting right off the bat at a major University so CU has a better than average shot.
Even though he had a fantastic visit, it is hard to gauge just how good CU's chances are with Greg Newman. This is because it is not known who CU's main competition for Greg is. He says he has around six offers but he won't reveal them per his coach's wishes. All we can gather from him is that his top five are 'SC, CU, UCLA, Washington, and ASU. The Buffs, Trojans, and Bruins are his top three after his visit to Boulder. But we have no clue if any of his top five have offered. All we know is that the Buffs have and are in good position.
In a case like Newman's you have to once again resort to the fact that he is listing his home-state schools along with CU and being that they are closer to his friends and family, you give them the edge. That comes with a catch-22 though because if they haven't offered then CU ought to be the front-runner. Newman has no other visits scheduled at this time. His trip to Boulder marked the second time he was in town in just the last few months as he also came for a CU camp over the summer.
"Colorado is number one followed by Iowa State."
These are the only two that have offered Maurice so it is no surprise they are his top choices. He believes that Iowa may offer him within the next week but went on to say that the Hawkeyes already have three linebacker commits, including one from one of the top players in the nation, Kyle Williams. Cantrell told Buff Country that chances were he did not want to go in with so many other players at his position so Iowa was currently an unattractive choice.
Maurice also said that the CU coaches stressed to him how much they could use his speed on defense and Coach Cabral guaranteed him a chance to play if he showed up ready.
What he decides to do depends on how well his visit goes to Iowa State in December and if teams like Purdue and Nebraska come after him harder and offer. Before his visit to Boulder, ISU was his leader and now the Buffs are. Will it shift back in the favor of the Cyclones after he trips to Ames? It is a major possibility but right now we think CU holds a pretty good advantage for Cantrell.