"Kansas was the right place for me."

Growing up bleeding black-and-gold and surrounded by Colorado fans, Brock Berglund's decision to part ways with the Buffaloes wasn't an easy one. But a re-evaluation of the recruitment process led him to Lawrence, Kan., where with the Jayhawks he believes he has now found the best fit.

Brock Berglund grew up a Colorado fan.

His room features plenty of black and gold memorabilia. His family? All die-hard Buffalo.

But Berglund isn't the average fan. He's one of the top dual-threat quarterback prospects in the Class of 2011, with offers from a gaggle of Division One college football programs – including Colorado.

And for top-flight recruits, it isn't always as simple as playing for the childhood favorite. One has to look at the decision from all possible angles in order to find the best fit, and when Dan Hawkins sported the headset on the sidelines in Boulder the best fit was Colorado. It's why Berglund committed to the Buffaloes in the summer.

It's also what led him to reconsider his decision when Hawkins was fired in November, and former Colorado standout Jon Embree was hired to replace him a month later.

What type of offensive system would they run? Would it fit Berglund's talents?

All the information had to be evaluated anew.

"When it comes down to making a decision, you can't let that become an attachment," he said. "I've got to make the decision that's right for me and my future, and Kansas was the right place for me."

Kansas head coach Turner Gill and his coaching staff made Berglund a priority almost as soon as recruiting for the Class of 2011 got underway, identifying him as one of their top targets at the quarterback position.

Though he first settled on Colorado over offers from Kansas, UCLA, Utah and others, Berglund always thought highly of the Jayhawks. So when he decided to open things up in recent weeks, it was only natural his gaze immediately turned to Lawrence, Kan.

A quiet official visit to get a closer look at the program took place last week, during which things began to line up in his mind. Not only has he maintained a great relationship with his lead recruiters on the staff – offensive coordinator Chuck Long and defensive backs coach Vic Shealy – but the Kansas offense bore many similarities to the one in which he has thrived at Highlands Ranch (CO) Valor Christian High School.

"Schematically, they run a lot of the same concepts," Berglund said. "Things like full-field reads that I'm used to, which is a big transition for a lot of high school kids. We've been doing a lot of that in high school at Valor, reading the full field and not breaking it in half."

Returning home with his questions answered and a tentative plan in place, he began the process of informing family and the Colorado coaching staff about his decision to make the switch – a decision he made official Monday.

Berglund emphasized that the choice to don Crimson and Blue instead of Black and Gold had nothing to do with the Colorado coaching staff, for whom he maintains the utmost respect. As long as they're not playing Kansas, he said, he'll always root for the Buffaloes.

But the combination of factors in Lawrence, from the town and the school to the coaching staff and the system, ultimately proved to be the perfect fit.

Now, the only remaining question is when he will arrive on campus to begin his collegiate career. The possibility appears to exist for early enrollment, which would make him eligible for spring football.

Regardless of whether or not he's a student yet, however, he plans to make the Anderson Family Football Complex a home away from home in the months ahead.

"To throw and actually practice I'd have to be in school," Berglund said. "Whether that's going to happen, I'm not sure. I believe it's going to be an option."


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