Boyer Verbals to Buffs

Overall, the level of talent gathered at the CU elite camp Saturday was less impressive than in recent summers. Still, some solid prospects showed their abilities — including Aubrey Quarles and Andrew Davis (pictured) — and the Buffs received a verbal commitment from offensive lineman Bill Boyer.

Approximately 55 players were in attendance as Colorado held its annual elite camp Saturday afternoon. Overall, the talent level at the camp was noticeably lower than in previous years.

But the big news was the verbal commitment by Lakewood (Green Mountain) offensive lineman Bill Boyer, who was at the camp, but didn't participate in the workouts. After receiving a written offer from Colorado weeks earlier, the 6-5, 295-pound Boyer pledged to the Buffs' coaches Saturday.

According to Boyer, the CU staff hasn't determined exactly where they'd like him to play.

"I am not sure where I will play, they have just recruited me as an offensive lineman," Boyer said.

Boyer had the following to say about his commitment:

"I wanted to commit to CU because I was born and raised here and I love it here," he said. "The staff is real nice. Coach (Gary) Barnett is a real funny guy and Coach Dave (Borbely) is one of the funniest guys I have ever met. The whole staff is real nice and the players say that they are like a family at CU."

The two most impressive performances at the camp were turned in by a pair of Colorado wide receivers. Grandview Senior Aubrey Quarles was by far the most polished of the camp participants. Showing exceptional hands and breakaway speed, Quarles was no match for the competition on the CU practice fields.

Quarles possesses tremendous natural ability, speed and strength. A number of times defensive backs tried to jam him at the line only to be overpowered by Quarles. If Quarles is able to get his grades in line, he could draw interest from across the country.

We had a chance to talk with Quarles at the conclusion of the camp.

"I have an offer from Colorado," he said. "I'm hearing from a few other schools, but right now they're my only official offer. I like CU, but I'm still trying to figure some things out."

Another player who turned heads was junior wide receiver Andrew Davis from Denver's Montbello High. Davis has tremendous size, strength and speed. Davis ran disciplined routes and showed great agility during the sideline drills. While Davis' hands are still in need of some work, he displayed great potential. Andrew Davis is likely a name we'll be hearing quite frequently in future recruiting battles.

Among the linemen at the camp, the most impressive performance was turned in by Oklahoma City (Westmoore) prospect Curt Hornback. Hornback, 6-4 1/2, 295 pounds, has tremendous strength and agility to match. The guy is simply a great physical specimen. He showed intensity that was otherwise lacking during the camp. Hornback was willing to mix it up with anyone he lined up against. He needs to work on technique, but overall Hornback had an solid outing, and is a definite D1 talent.

Plano (West), Texas, lineman Wes Simon participated in a limited workout at the camp. However, that was enough as the 6-1, 280-pound Simon was offered a scholarship by the coaching staff over the weekend, he said.

Overall, however, the biggest surprise were the in-state players missing from the attendance list, such as Butch Lewis (Regis) and Lamarr Houston Jr. (Doherty), among others. As one observer noted, "I think this was an elite camp in name only."

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