Coach's Corner: Larry Herm of Foley

The BSN caught up with Paul Backowski's head coach, <b>Larry Herm</b>, to get more of an idea of what kind of player CU is getting in the all-state offensive tackle prospect. The following is our interview with Coach Herm.

Colorado was recently the recipient of some very good news when offensive tackle Paul Backowski de-committed from Indiana and verbally committed to be a Buff. He was an all-state selection in Minnesota the last two years. Despite his success at the high school level, his coach believes Backowski's best playing days are ahead of him.

BSN: What kind of player is Colorado getting in Paul Backowski?

Coach Herm: Paul is the kind of player that does not stop until the whistle blows. We have an offensive line coach here that preaches that and Paul has really taken to it. He has a tall frame and great leverage. He has long arms and really locks out well. He moves his feet well and has good hips.

BSN: What kind of person is he outside of football?

Coach Herm: Paul is the whole package. He has great character. He is a competitive person. He plays three sports for us here; football, track, and basketball. He competed in the shotput for the first time as a sophomore and finished 12th in the state. Last year he finished 6th and this year he might go for it all.

BSN: What is your guess on how soon he could contribute at Colorado?

Coach Herm: Paul has never completely focused on football because he has played other sports. I think once he puts in full off-seasons in the weight room he will be a big-time player. I could imagine him being 300 pounds with no fat. He has a ton of upside.

BSN: Who else recruited Paul?

Coach Herm: He had written offers from Indiana, Wyoming, and Minnesota. Iowa State also said they would offer him if he had any interest.

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