Jonathan Huckins received an offer from Colorado defensive line and outside linebackers coach Kanavis McGhee in late March and he was finally able to visit CU and get to know the rest of the coaching staff this week, including offensive line coach Steve Marshall.
How did the 6-foot-4 guard from The Woodlands, Texas, like Marshall and CU?
"It was amazing," Huckins said. "From the football program to visiting the business school and talking to one of the professors and all the scenery and everything. It was just really great."
Huckins, who is being recruited to play guard, said he likes Steve Marshall after getting to know him this week.
"I feel like he's going to be a good coach," Huckins said. "He has great experience. I know he was in the NFL for a long time and all that stuff. I think he would be a great coach."
Huckins said he plans to make a decision before his senior season begins at Class 5A The Woodlands, a school with 4,000 students north of Houston.
One of Huckins' final stops during his visit was the office of head coach Jon Embree.
"I feel like he has everything going in the right direction," Huckins said. "I feel like because it's just his second year, he is getting all the new recruits in, all the ones he wants in and he can really start the new beginning of the program. I think he has it going in the right direction."
With the Buffs expecting to sign six or seven offensive linemen in the 2013 class, at least one or two of them figure to be able to earn early playing time in their careers. Huckins said that is definitely a positive factor for the Buffs.
"I always want to be a big contributor to wherever I go," Huckins said. "I don't want to be sitting on the sidelines watching everybody. I'd rather be at Colorado playing then Alabama sitting on the sidelines. I'd rather be a contributor."
Was Huckins tempted to commit to CU during his visit?
"I'm still undecided, but taking a visit definitely opened my eyes to Colorado. It showed me how much they have to offer."