Canes Offer Colorado Lineman

Good coaching, especially on the offensive line, goes a long way. Chris Guarnero says that's what has made the biggest difference for him in recent years.

"I've been playing since I was 8 or 9 (years old)," Guarnero said. "This is my third year starting on varsity and the thing that helps me most is my technique. I think I have good footwork, a great punch, and I've just had good coaching.

The Denver (Colo.) Mullen standout has emerged as one of the top overall prospects in the state of Colorado.

"Recruiting's going good so far," he said. "I've been to a few games. I went on an official visit to Oregon when they played USC and had a lot of fun. I really enjoyed my time there. It was a great atmosphere, I liked the coaches, and they played USC pretty tough."

At 6-foot-3 and 270 pounds, Chris Guarnero has a few other programs in mind. He has one other visit set.

"I'm going to Cal for a visit sometime in December and I may be going to Miami sometime in December," he said. "Arizona State, I may go down there but I dont know yet. Right now, Cal is probably No. 1 and Oregon is slightly behind them."

Guarnero, a full academic qualifier, has already been to both of those places and he's looking forward to checking out Miami.

"You know, that's a great program," he said. "They always send players to the pros. The ACC is a real good conference. I know it's a lot different there with the humidity and stuff so I want to check it out to see what it's like."

The talented lineman, who could play guard or center at the college level, said the Canes began recruiting him about a month ago.

"I got a few letters and stuff over the summer and then they started calling me when the phone calls started (Sept 1)," he said. "They offered me about a month ago."

Guarnero said he had a chance to watch the Miami/Florida State game last month.

"That's the only game I saw," he said. "It was a good one. The field goal at the end could have sent it into overtime. It was a good game between two good teams. Florida State has a great defense."

While the Bears and Ducks hold the upperhand right now, Guarnero said he's going to consider several factors before making a final decision.

"I'm looking at academics, the coaching staff, and I guess wherever I feel most comfortable," he said. "And I'm looking for a place where I can go in and compete for a job."

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