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Former Colorado quarterback Mike Moschetti has coached high school football in California for the past two seasons and is sending a player who could be a real sleeper in the 2010 recruiting class to Boulder this weekend. He might be just what the program needs at running back. Get inside for more.

Justin Torres (he goes by J.T.) played an integral role in a 13-1 season at La Mirada High School in 2009 and was named CIF Co-Offensive Player of the Year rushing more than 100 times for more than 800 yards and 16 touchdowns.

He didn't receive a lot of recruiting attention until late in the process after Moschetti distributed senior film of a player he said reminds him of Stanford running back Toby Gerhardt.

When the film went out of the 6-foot-1, 225-pound player, it attracted the attention of Colorado, Arkansas, UCLA, Nebraska, Illinois, Wyoming, San Diego State and others. Moschetti confirmed Torres is visiting CU this weekend.

"He is an absolute stud," Moschetti said. "He grew a little between his junior and senior year and gained 15 pounds and he helped us go deep in the playoffs. So there was a lot of film of him.

"He just does everything right. You tell him one time and he's like a computer."

Moschetti said Torres visited UCLA unofficially last weekend. He said Torres doesn't have a scholarship offer from any of the major programs recruiting him, but the first to offer might get a commmitment.

Moschetti envisions Torres playing as a tailback in a power running game or maybe as a fullback or H-back. He said Torres has good hands and played tight end at times for La Mirada.

Torres would be valuable to a program that runs a pro style offense because he can be used in so many roles. Moschetti said Nebraska offensive coordinator Shawn Watson is very interested in Torres, too.

Colorado is loaded with small and speedy running backs who can run between the tackles but lack the power to run over tacklers. Torres could fill that need, but he also has the speed for big plays when he gets into the open field.

"He's perfect for what they need," Moschetti said.

Moschetti said Torres is a good student with a 3.5 GPA and shouldn't have any problems qualifying academically at CU.

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