Coach's Corner: Fred Petito of Millard North

Millard North (Omaha) football coach Fred Petito talks about Colorado verbal commit <A HREF=[PlayerNode:1286523]>Jake Behrens</A>.

When Behrens signs a letter of intent to play at Colorado in February, he will be the first player from the state of Nebraska to do so since John Parella in 1988. Parella, a tight end, failed to get into CU academically and wound up on the Curnhuskers' roster, where he lettered from 1990-92.

At this point, Behrens, a 6-foot, 230-pound fullback, is one of the CU recruits who looks to have a good chance of competing for a spot on the two-deep in the fall. At Millard North, he ran for 1,280 yards as a senior, and word is he's a good blocker and can catch the ball coming out of the backfield.

Behrens was being recruited heavily by Stanford and Notre Dame, as well, but committed to CU in early January.

Here's what his high school coach, Fred Petitio, had to say about Behrens.

Petito: He started three years and been a part of the success we've had as a team. We've been to the state finals three years in a row and won a championship when he was a junior.

He started at fullback as a sophomore, D-end as a junior, and then both ways as a senior.

He's a pretty good sized kid and he's real explosive. From a defensive standpoint, he out-athleted some of the bigger kids. He's about 230. And he's a great runner with the ball. We're an option-based offense. The fullback gets involved in the channels there quite a bit. The runs he's making are not in space. He's creating his own space at times. He's got good balance, and he's really good on the front end with a block. Our quarterbacks ran for a lot of yardage off the loaded option.

On why Behrens chose CU
Petito:
You go to Boulder and it's a real impressive place. I think he was real comfortable with Coach Barnett and his staff there. Tim Ridder's up there, and Tim's an old Creighton prep guy. They had some kind of connection there.

They got on him pretty early. They offered him last spring. Plus, the other places that were recruiting him, they had some unrest there. Notre Dame and Stanford were in coaching dilemmas. I bet this word hasn't been used in a while, but Colorado had more stability than those places.

On the transition to college ball
Petito:
I think it will go real well. He's an International Baccalaureate student out here. He's real bright and is a good student on the field. I've been around him for quite a while. He doesn't fear any situations out there. He's a big, powerful guy. In high school, you don't see many guys clean 365. And he's done that.


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