Buffs Land 'Da Beast'

CU has a Southern flair going in this year's defensive line recruiting class. The Buffs have three high school commits, all from the South. One from Georgia and two from Tennessee with the commitment of Eugene Goree earlier today. The BSN caught up with the newest Buff to get the lowdown on what kind of player CU fans can look forward to watching in the future.

Height: 6-3
Weight: 280
40 time: 4.9
Bench: 380
Squat: 550
Clean: 325
From: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
High School: Riverdale

As a senior, Eugene Goree (pronounced Gor-ay) had 58 tackles and five sacks. He was one of three finalists for the 'Mr Football' award given to lineman in the 5A classification. Goree was first team all-state.

Goree helped lead his team into the quarterfinals of the playoffs this fall. That has been a very common theme in this CU recruiting class. 75 percent of the players in this group went to the playoffs. It is all part of Coach Hawkins' philosophy that if you want to win you should recruit players from winning teams.

The newest Buff did not start receiving interest from Colorado until a couple weeks ago. "Coach Bandison flew into town and came and saw me at Riverdale," Goree explained. "At that time we scheduled a trip for me. I went there this weekend and really liked it. My host was Alonzo Barrett. The trip went well and I like the depth chart situation at CU. After the trip, I came home and spoke with my family and then called earlier today to commit. Coach Bandison was really excited and he said he may be here on Friday for an in-home visit."

Goree, however, may not be in Boulder next fall. "The coaches told me that since they came in on me late their class is pretty full. They have to see if some of their current players don't qualify. So I might have to grey-shirt and I'm okay with that."

The defensive tackle had written offers from Austin Peay, Murray State, Tennessee Tech, and UT-Martin before deciding on CU. "I might still visit Arkansas State but we'll see."

CU was Goree's first visit.

Goree's nickname is 'Da Beast' and it is one he received at the beginning of his senior year. "My coaches and teammates gave it to me. It just kind of stuck."

He did not even start playing football until his freshman year at Riverdale. "My background was in basketball. I never even had any desire to play football until a few years ago."

Goree says his grades are fine with a 2.3 core GPA and a score of 19 on the ACT. He would like to major in Business Management.


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