Huskers in pursuit of Colorado lineman

There aren't a lot of decommit stories this year, yet. This one however has it's reasons where when you read it you know that it was well thought out and the door is still not shut to his "old team". This is making things interesting though for the other nine schools that have made offers.

Although he received his Colorado offer in his junior year and committed to them that fall, Chris Guarnero of Denver (Colo.) Mullen is wide-open now. The 6-foot-4 and 280 pound lineman made a very early decision to commit to Colorado

"Yeah I was committed to Colorado. I committed to them in November," Guarnero said. "They offered me verbally that summer. They offered me in writing as soon as they could and I accepted. I guess it was more like I knew that I wanted to play college football more than anything."

So is this a decommitment or just a cracking of the door so to speak back into the recruiting process?

"Yeah I am totally decommitted from Colorado."

There are the obvious public struggles of Colorado and for Guarnero it was a combination of those public items and an action that the university has not made toward Coach Gary Barnett that he was made to believe would happen.

"It was a combination of things from the on-going struggles there with the program and that Coach Barnett said that he was going to be at Colorado for a long time once he got an extension he was expecting and then didn't get that extension. They got a new A.D. there now and I believe that he is going to do some good."

Looking outside of the offer that he is still holding from Colorado he has some others to consider. "I am up to 10 offers. They're from LSU, Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Kansas State and Nebraska off of the top of my head."

As far as getting his name out there to the public and for the schools to see Guarnero has already attended one combine and has two other camp plans as of right now. He has taken unofficial visits to just the in-state schools as well.

"I went out to UCLA for the Scout combine, but I am not really interested in them. I have gone to Colorado and Colorado State so far. I will go to LSU for their camp on June 4. I am also going to Oregon for their camp."

As for distance and playing a factor in his decision, Guarnero doesn't think that it is an issue, but isn't totally sure. What this will come down to over distance will be a comfort with the school.

"Distance isn't a big thing I don't think. I guess it really comes down to where I am happy. I am looking for good academics. I am looking at the feel of it and connecting with the coaches. I will also consider the football program and if it's going up or down, rebuilding or stuff like that."

As of right now there is a lot of effort being put forth by at least one team in an effort to get to Guarnero. "I would probably say Iowa State. I talk to them three to five times a week over text message. Then I would say Colorado and Oregon."

Official visits are becoming just as popular of topic as camps and unofficials. There are only five of them to go around and Guarnero is looking at making at least one trip right now with a tentative date/opponent for that school.

"Not really, I just want to look at my schedule first for the football season. We have talked about going to LSU for when they play Tennessee."

Nebraska has recently entered the picture for Guarnero's services. Chris has been a virtual unknown up to this point despite having 10 offers.

"Coach Ted Gilmore is recruiting me from Nebraska. He has tried to call me, but I haven't been around. We didn't get to talk. I really don't know a lot about them. I know that they have a great tradition there."

Guarnero is apparently open to all of the schools that have offered, but isn't claiming any leaders.

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