Anthony Beard, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound middle linebacker from Lumberton, Texas, said he enjoyed every moment of his visit to Boulder.
Beard said he is trying not to commit too quickly, but the Buffs are definitely at the top of his list at this point.
You don't often hear visitors to Boulder rave about the food, but Beard said he loved the food, the atmosphere and the scenery.
"The people are real nice up there, and they made me feel at home," Beard said.
Walk-on linebacker Guy Sergent served as his player host. Beard said one of the highlights of his trip was being in the CU locker room prior to the win over the Jayhawks.
"I loved it," Beard said. "I just wanted to go put some pads on and go out there with them. They were pumped up. It was great.
"When I walked in there, you could feel the intensity. All the players were walking around, talking to each other. It was just intense in there. Coach Hawkins started talking and got them all up. I mean, they were just pumped to play."
Beard talked in the past about playing close to home in college, but he hasn't had a lot of offers from Texas teams. He grew up a Texas Tech fan and was being recruited by the Red Raiders, but he said he hasn't talked with Texas Tech in awhile.
The trip to Boulder was his first official visit. Beard said he is planning a visit to Arizona, but he doesn't have any other officials visits scheduled. He said he could decide to visit several schools that have recently started recruiting him. He said Arkansas and Texas Christian are among those programs.
"I've been keeping in touch with Colorado pretty much every week consistently," Beard said. "So, I mean, when my other visits come up, I'll check them out, but Colorado is going to be tough to beat."
Later he added, "It's hard to make a decision when you don't know what other schools are going to do," Beard said. "But I'm not going to wait around too much longer for them. ...If I do get an offer close to home, it's not going to change my outlook on Colorado. I loved it up there."
Beard said he is being recruited by CU defensive line coach Romeo Bandison and linebackers coach Brian Cabral. He is the 58th rated middle linebacker in this recruiting cycle according to Scout.com experts.
"I don't want to commit too early even though I loved it up there," Beard said. "I want to check out my other schools when they up and for official visits and stuff. But, I mean, Colorado is going to be hard to beat."