Buffs Land Sacramento Athlete

Colorado has landed their first pure athlete of the class. With their ninth verbal commitment they picked up the services of <b>Charlie Sherman III</b> out of Foothill High in Sacramento, California. Charlie plays an option quarterback for his school but he has been recruited to CU as a wide receiver or a safety. He is a winner in every sense of the word. As a starter, he has a career record of 38-2 and takes his 10-0 team into the playoffs tomorrow. We spoke with Charlie and his coach.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 185
40 time: 4.5
Bench: 275
Squat: 365
From: Sacramento, California
High School: Foothill

"The kid is a winner, pure and simple," said his coach Frank Negri. "As a freshman on our junior varsity team he went 10-0. As a sophomore on our varsity team he went 9-1, where our only loss was a 7-6 game. As a junior he went 9-1 and this year he is 10-0 going into tomorrow night's game. He has been the one constant on our team - the constant force. Everything has been different every year he has been here. We have had different players, different lineman, different starters, and he has always won it for us. He just has that ability you can't measure. He knows how to win. We have played him on defense about five minutes his whole career and one game we put him in on a goal line stand and he intercepted the ball to preserve the win. That is the kind of stuff he does for us. There was another game with like 30 seconds left we were tied and he carried about two or three guys with him down to the two yard line from the 12. It was one of the most incredible runs I have ever seen. That is the kind of stuff he can do for you."

When asked how fast Charlie was Coach Negri responded,"I think his 40 time is around 4.5 but he is football fast. He can outrun anybody. We have never seen a guy catch him from behind; any shape, any size, any speed, and he will outrun them."

Now you would think that this is just a coach raving about his own player. But then you listen to what other coaches around his league say and you get a better sense of what the newest Buff is made of.

"He's by far the best player in our league," said Rio Linda coach Mike Morris, whose team has lost to Foothill the past three years. "If you take him out of the picture, we'd beat them."

Said Oakmont coach Bob Vukajlovich: "He's as fluid an athlete as there is out there. He can beat you by himself."

Coach Negri went on to say what he was going to do without his star pupil next year.

"I am already crying. I don't like to think about it."

Charlie has rushed for 1,005 yards on the year with 15 touchdowns and passed for 670 yards passing and eight touchdowns. Coach assured me that if he went to college as an option quarterback he could start for a team like Air Force as a true freshman.

He committed to Colorado last Thursday.

"I have loved them since I was a little kid," said Charlie. "I wanted to play big-time football and I love the teams they play and coaches they have. As soon as they offered me last Tueday I knew that was were I was going. I have always heard great things about Colorado."

Colorado began recruiting Charlie about two months ago. Many teams were starting to come in on him but he had no other offers. Schools that were after him include Cal-Poly, San Luis Obispo, UC-Davis, St. Mary's, Southern Miss, Nevada, and Boise State. He believes Nevada and Boise State were going to offer soon.

Coach Gilmore recruited him for the Buffs.

Sherman describes himself as a player with a lot of agility, spin moves, and quicks. He is scheduled to visit for the Nebraska game but that is only if his team loses in the first round of the playoffs tomorrow versus Bear River.

"I told him he had better now throw the game so he can go see them play Nebraska," joked Coach Negri.

"I owe it to my coach to get a win tomorrow," said Sherman.

This game could possibly be the last game Coach Negri coaches for Foothill. It would definitely be if it were not for the eight million dollar stadium the school is building, which will be done next year. It will be decision time for him after the playoffs.

Sherman prefers to play quarterback and CU has told him he will get a shot there.

"They said they will put me there first but then I will most likely be moved to wide receiver, and that is fine."

Charlie is referred to by his teammates as 'White Lightning' and 'Superman'.

Charlie owns a 2.8 GPA and scored a 930 on his SAT. He would like to major in Business Management.

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