Mission Viejo Teammates Go Buff

When legendary Colorado Head Coach Bill McCartney built CU into a national powerhouse in the late 80's, one of the things he did to get to that level was recruit players who came from winning programs. Taking a page from that book, Coach Hawkins' latest commits are from one of the best programs in the nation--Mission Viejo. Inside, an interview with the newest running back and offensive lineman.

Mission Viejo High School has recently become a national powerhouse under Head Coach, Bob Johnson. Johnson runs the annual Elite 11 camp for the top 12 Quarterbacks in the nation as chosen by him, and is regarded as one of the top signal caller gurus in the nation - at any level. Current CU freshman Quarterback Cody Hawkins went to the Elite 11 a couple summers ago and received high praise from Johnson. Coach Hawkins and Johnson are good friends and that friendship is starting to pay off in the form of Johnson sending some of his most prized possessions Colorado's way.

After returning from Boulder, Matt Bahr and Brian Lockridge sat down with Coach Johnson on Monday to speak about giving Colorado their commitments. "Brian and I talked with Coach Johnson for about a half an hour," Bahr explained. "He was completely positive about Coach Hawkins and his staff. He knew them well from their time at Boise State and thinks very highly of them. He was all for us going to Colorado. He knows we'll be in good hands there."

Both of the players recently hopped onto the Colorado radar as far as scholarship extensions are concerned. The CU staff likes what they have seen on film from the duo this fall and thought enough to recently offer. The two come in at need positions. Although Colorado had six O-line commits prior to Bahr's verbal, they only had one true tackle commit in Ryan Miller. Now they have two. "Colorado told me I will probably play tackle for them," Bahr, the 6-4 3/4, 270-pounder professed. "They told me that they still might take one more tackle--a Hawaiian kid."

Bahr played his sophomore and junior seasons at Santa Margarita High School before transferring to Mission Viejo. "I really just wanted to play for Coach Johnson. That was the only reason I made the switch."

The lineman is now ready to make the switch to the Big 12. "I loved my Colorado trip. It is beautiful there. I loved the campus, the University and the Rocky Mountains."

His current and future teammate echoed his sentiments. "I loved the campus there," Lockridge, the 5-7 1/2, 175-pounder stated emphatically. "I really liked the coaches. I really think they are going to turn things around. Coach Hawkins reminds me of Coach Johnson. I had a real 'at-home' feeling while I was there. The coaches there really believe in their plan and I believe in it too.

"I am going there with the plan of making Colorado into a championship team."

Colorado recruited Lockridge specifically as a running back. The main thing he brings to the table is legit 4.4 speed (4.43). He also has other strong intangibles. "I am energetic and determined. If my team is down in the game I take it upon myself to be the one to make a big play. I am a team player and I will do whatever I can to help and contribute."

Lockridge has over 1,000 yards rushing this fall with a nine yard per carry average and 10 touchdowns. He also has a couple receiving touchdowns.

As for Bahr, he is a self-proclaimed leader. "I show a lot of leadership. I have a mean streak. I get after it and I am relentless. I am a vocal person in the huddle--a leader."

Bahr has 23 pancake blocks through nine games. Mission Viejo has a 7-2 record going into their game against Aliso Niguel, this Thursday.

Lockridge had a written Boise State offer and Bahr had offers from Colorado State, San Diego State and Wyoming. He had taken a trip to SDSU a month ago.

The duo says they are the best of buddies and both now plan to recruit future Mission Viejo players to Boulder. Both would like to major in some sort of Business field with Lockridge aspiring to do a major in Business with a minor in Engineering, or vice versa.

Both are qualified.

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