Colorado Commit List Grows

January 11th may go down as the biggest day in Colorado's 2005 recruiting cycle. That's the day news broke of a handful of verbal commitments CU has received from excellent prospects. Inside, news on <A HREF=[PlayerNode:1169194]>Marcus Burton</A>, <A HREF=[PlayerNode:1164714]>Maurice Greer</A>, <A HREF=[PlayerNode:1286523]>Jake Behrens</A> and Jarrell Yates. Also, a note on <A HREF=[PlayerNode:1223517]>Chris Russell</A>.

Marcus Burton
Height: 6-1
Weight: 220
40 time: 4.56
Bench: 330
Squat: 515
From: Channelview, Texas
High School: Channelview

Marcus Burton was committed to Washington State, but has decided to go elsewhere.

"I am going to Colorado," Burton said Tuesday. "There are various reasons why I am doing it, but the main one is that my family can see me play. My coach played there and I have spoken with some of the players. I just think it would be a good all-around fit."

Burton will be visiting CU this weekend for the first time.

"My parents have been there and they really like it, but I have never been," he said.

He was a first team all-district selection as a senior, and was a pre-season all-Greater Houston selection. CU defensive line coach Chris Wilson was the primary recruiter for Burton, but the Buffs got a little help with Burton from a familiar face.

"Cedric Cormier teaches the receivers at our school and he has told me a lot about it," Burton said. "He tells me it would be a good place to go."

Burton is a very active defensive player that's quick off the edge, has excellent speed and is a big-time hitter. He had 21 sacks as a sophomore. He's versatile too because you'll see him coming after the quarterback in one play and dropping in coverage on the next. He could be a good fit at CU's Buff Linebacker position.

As a senior, the three-star prospect was named first team all-district. He bench presses 340 and power cleans 285. Burton carries a 3.0 and 900 SAT, and had written offers from WSU, Duke, TCU, SMU, Oklahoma State, and Missouri.

Jake Behrens
Ht: 6-0.5
Wt: 225
40 time: 4.6
Bench: 300
Squat: 600
Clean: 375
Position: FB
Projected as: FB
High School: Millard North (Omaha, Neb.)

Behrens is the fullback Colorado wanted in this class. After receiving offers from CU and Stanford, Behrens wanted to wait until the Cardinal coaching situation settled down before making a commitment. However, the player who ran for over 1,280 yards during his senior year at Millard North, pulled the trigger in recent weeks, and plans to wear the black and gold.

"I committed to Colorado over the Holidays," Behrens said. "I called up and spoke with Coaches Barnett and Simms and told them I was going there. They were real excited."

Though Colorado has been in on a number of Cornhusker state players in recent years, including Cortney Grixby and David Horne, Behrens is the first from the bordering state to the east to commit to CU in years.

"That doesn't bother me much," Behrens said about leaving Nebraska for the Rocky Mountain state. "I think Colorado will stay on top and I want to be a part of it."

Though Stanford hired former Pittsburgh head man Walt Harris recently, Behrens said he was "done with recruiting."

"I am going to Colorado," he said. "It is the best place for me."

If Behrens stays true to his pledge and comes to Boulder, he can expect to compete for a spot in the two-deep at fullback, where the Buffs return just two scholarship players who played the position last season — Lawrence Vickers and Paul Creighton. Creighton could be moved back to tight end this spring due to lack of depth at the position, giving Behrens even more opportunity.

Jarell Yates
Height: 6-1
Weight: 185
40 time: 4.4
Bench: 225
Squat: 375
From: Denver, Colorado
High School: Montbello

After first verbally committing to Colorado, then switching his pledge to Kansas, Montbello (Denver) speedster Jerrell Yates has had another change of heart. He's back with the Buffs.

"I just think I am better off at home," Yates said. "I had a meeting with the CU coaches and I am done now."

The first-team all-Colorado team player had 998 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns this season. He took an official visit in December, but attended most of the CU home games this season.

Yates later took an official visit to Lawrence, was impressed, and gave a verbal pledge to the Jayhawks. However, a recent personal visit by three CU coaches helped Yates to once again want to play in Boulder. He said he spoke with the KU coaches about his decision.

"I am going to Colorado and the Kansas coaches understood my decision," he said.

Yates may be the fastest player in the current crop of verbal commits, though cornerback Terry Washington and fellow receiver Alvin Barnett may have something to say about that label.

Maurice Greer
Height: 5-11
Weight: 187
40 time: 4.5
Bench: 255
Squat: 415
From: Denver
High School: Mullen

One of the top prospects in the state of Colorado, and one of the top running backs in the region, has verbally committed to the Buffs. Though Maurice Greer could not be reached for comment, sources close to the situation said the explosive back from Mullen High School in Denver will play for Colorado.

Greer rushed for nearly 2,100 yards as a senior last season, leading Mullen to the 5A state championship. He also scored an amazing 31 touchdowns for head coach Dave Logan's team.

Greer tripped to CU in December, and said the visit went well. He said he before Christmas that he still planned to take official visits to Michigan State and Kansas State. It is unclear at this point if Greer still plans to take those visits, and it's also unclear if Greer has the test score, GPA and core classes to get into CU. Stay tuned.

Chris Russell To Transfer …Then Return?
Colorado redshirt-freshman defensive back Chris Russell has left school and plans to transfer to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas, where he will participate in spring football. According to a school official, Russell wants to come back to Colorado and play football either in spring or fall 2006.

Russell, from Nashville, Tenn., will be a sophomore in eligibility in fall 2005. He was a highly rated recruit and was expected to come in and find a spot in the rotation at either cornerback or safety. However, Russell has languished on the bench, only seeing spot duty on special teams this past season.

According to a CU football program official, Russell wants to go to the junior college for a span in order to see more playing time at defensive back, and then return to the Buffs.

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