|01-21-2005, 02:05 PM||#1|
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CSU takes shot at CU
Lubick: Buffs lack integrity
By Natalie Meisler
Denver Post Staff Writer
Colorado State football coach Sonny Lubick launched a recruiting season verbal shot Thursday at rival Colorado, questioning the integrity of the Buffs coaches. Lubick was furious when he learned CU approached a prospect this week who had orally committed to the Rams last summer.
"It's a major lack of integrity when they try to do that," Lubick said. "All's fair in the recruiting game, but there comes a point where you don't go on (in) the last day. Either you're there all along or you're not."
NCAA rules prevent coaches from discussing specific recruits until the letters of intent are received on signing day, which this year is Feb. 2. ThunderRidge High School coach Joe Johnson identified the recruit in question as James Morehead, a 6-foot-6, 270-pound all-state offensive lineman.
Morehead said he intends to follow through on his commitment last summer to sign with CSU.
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"Absolutely. I have loyalty to the Rams. They were looking at me the longest of any school," Morehead said. "I have great respect for them taking me at such an early date."
Morehead said CU visited him at school Wednesday and offered him a scholarship.
"Yesterday in school (Johnson) told me CU would be down and asked if I would talk to them," Morehead said. "At the end of the day, I was offered a full ride but I basically told (Buffs assistant John Wristen) I had committed to CSU. I think they had already known that."
Morehead said he had no prior contact with CU through the recruiting process other than mass mailings.
Johnson said of CU's interest, "I think they felt they had not communicated to James their feeling and wanted to let him know they had a scholarship if he had a change of heart."
CU director of football operations David Hansburg said through CU spokesman Dave Plati, "We would never contact a kid who committed to another school unless we were contacted by that kid or a parent."
Gary Morehead, the prospect's father, said, "It wasn't us."
The Rams lost a commitment to CU on the eve of signing day five years ago when lineman Sam Wilder, an eventual standout, took an offer to Colorado. Wilder, however, had initiated contact by sending film to CU.
Johnson said other schools have pursued Morehead during the recruiting process.
"CU wasn't nearly as aggressive as some groups with kids who have verbally committed," Johnson said. "It seems more aggressive this year. CU wanted to let James know if he had second thoughts, they were there."
ThunderRidge's other Division I prospect, tight end Luke Walters, has committed to New Mexico. Johnson said other schools, not CU, also have come back to recruit Walters.
College coaches, after securing an oral commitment, which is not legally binding, usually make a recruit pledge to keep his commitment and not visit other schools while they fill their remaining scholarships.
CSU has one or two scholarships left out of an estimated 16 available. One target, cornerback Jairus Byrd of Clayton (Mo.) High School, is going to the wire. His coach, Mike Musick, said Byrd is taking his trips late and has offers from several Pac-10 schools.
Get over it sonny. It happens everywhere.