Matt Farris had a standout senior season at middle linebacker for Northern Guilford High School in Greensboro, N.C. this fall, finishing with 145 total tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.
His high school team finished 12-2 with a conference championship. The 6-foot, 220-pound prospect describes himself as a coachable player who studies the game.
"I react very well, and I think I'm a big hitter," he said. "I love to come up and lay the wood."
Farris has talked with a lot of programs around the country but is still waiting for his first scholarship offer. It could come this weekend when he takes his first official visit to check out the Buffs.
"I'm expecting it to be cold and a little snowy, but we're actually expecting it to be real fun," Farris said. "We heard nothing but positives about it."
He said he is being recruited by Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Oregon State, California, Vanderbilt and Duke. Farris said he speaks with all of those programs regularly and is hoping several of them offer scholarships down the stretch of the 2010 recruiting cycle. His father played running back at Illinois State years ago.
"I'm looking for a place where I can get a good education and also a good atmosphere to play football and have the best competition," Farris said.
Farris said he is a good student with a 3.5 GPA and an 18 on his ACT, making him fully qualified by NCAA standards.
Farris is one of a handful of prospects expected to visit this weekend. CU has had big recruiting weekends in mid-December in past years, but it appears coaches have opted to wait until January for any large postseason recruiting weekends in this cycle.
Former CU tight end Paul Creighton, who now serves as a graduate assistant coach, has been the primary recruiting contact for Farris. He said he Creighton have developed a solid relationship and are eager to meet face to face.
Farris said he has no reservations about attending college so far from home.
"No sir, wherever I can get the best education and play the best football," Farris said.