"I had a good time," Joe Hemschoot said of his visit to Boulder. "It was fun. Everybody was really nice."
Hemschoot said he was hosted on his visit by CU linebacker Jon Major, who was the top recruit in the state just two years ago. He said he and Major got along well and answered all his questions.
Colorado is recruiting him to play the WILL linebacker spot. His primary contact with the program is longtime linebackers coach Brian Cabral, whom Hemschoot called "one of the best coaches in the country."
"I feel like if he was guiding me along in that process, I could really help CU," he said of learning to play at the college level.
Hemschoot, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound headhunter, said he probably gained four pounds over the weekend because he enjoyed the meals so much.
He has been to Boulder previously to visit a friend and to see the Buffs play. he watched CU lose to Missouri and beat Texas A&M in Folsom Field last fall.
Hemschoot attended a camp at CU last summer as well as a one-day camp at Colorado State. He came away from those experiences still hardly being recruited at all. That lasted into September and October. But when Lakewood assistant coach John Bacon helped him put together a highlight film and they began circulating it to college coaches, his stock rose quickly. He said the exposure the DVD brought made all the difference.
"I find it exciting," he said. "It's definitely a lot to think about, but I enjoy every second of it."
Prior to making the tape, Hemschoot said the program recruiting him the hardest was Colorado School of Mines. He said he also heard from several Division II schools earlier in the fall.
Hemschoot said he will visit USC next weekend, even though the Trojans don't currently have a head coach following the departure of Pete Carroll. He will visit Stanford and Oregon during the following week and then sit down with his parents and make a decision.
So what will his decision come down to?
"I'm thinking it's like if I'm comfortable with the whole feel of the campus," he said. "All the guys and coaches, just if I feel like I can live there for the next four years. I like stability. I'd like to win. I understand that CU is kind of on the up-slope now. And then good academics, but all the schools I'm interested in have that."
Hemschoot says he is interested in studying health sciences in college and would probably study integrated physiology in Boulder.