Tempe (Az.) Marcos de Niza safety Ramon Abreu is a pure athlete who has played four sports at the high school level. He's also a young man with maturity beyond his years.
He plays basketball, baseball and runs track in addition to football, and he's a solid student, who registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center as a freshman.
Abreu said he can graduate in December but he is choosing to remain in school so he can participate in all four sports again this year. He participated in the triple jump at the state meet last spring, earning a qualifying mark in his fourth attempt ever. He is an outfielder in baseball.
Abreu credits his mother for encouraging him to try anything that interested him growing up.
"She's my No. 1 fan and always has been," Abreu said. "She goes to every single game I have no matter where it is. She is thankful that she doesn't have to pay for college, but she is also really happy and really excited for me."
Abreu said CU, San Diego State, CSU and ASU are his top four at this point. Abreu said he hasn't set up any official visits for this fall at this point.
"They were the first school to offer me. So that kind of stands out to me," Abreu said of the Buffs. "I've had a chance to talk to the coaches and it's a pretty well-rounded school and it's nice that they look promising."
Abreu is 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds. He plays outside linebacker for his high school team but Colorado is recruiting him as a cornerback. CU coaches like to give most of their defensive backs a look on the island. Some stay there and others move to safety. Abreu said he would like to play safety in college.
"It would be a little bit less of a major transition from linebacker to safety," he said. "Corner would be something new, but I would just have to learn it. It would be something that would be fun to do. It would be something I would have to work at and get better at."
Secondary coach Greg Brown is the primary recruiter from CU working with Abreu.
Abreu said he also wouldn't mind playing a slot receiver on the offensive side of the ball at the college level.
Abreu is an only child in a single-parent home. He has a large extended family most of which lives in New Mexico, where he was born. He has been to Colorado before and does have an aunt and uncle and two cousins who live in Morrison.
So when it comes to making a decision, what is Abreu really looking for?
"Ultimately, it's going to be how the school is going to prepare me for being successful with football and without football," Abreu said. "I mean, everyone's dream is to go to the NFL. Of course you want to play at the next level. Of course you want to play at the highest level. That always doesn't happen. Sometimes you get hurt. Sometimes you don't make the cut. Then football is over for you and what are you going to do after that?
"I want to have a school that is going to prepare me for life after football."
Abreu said he wants to major in business and also dabble in kinesiology.