Malcolm Creer picked up a late offer from Washington but the Pacific Palisades (Calif.) Palisades running back already had his mind made up and he knew Colorado was the place for him.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound three-star running back signed with the Buffaloes on National Signing Day and he cited the coaching staff and his visit to Boulder as two of the biggest reasons why Colorado won out for his services.
"I felt like coach (Eric Bieniemy) will push me to my full potential," Creer said. "He's going to be hard on me. It's not going to be easy. Colorado is going to be the best place for me the next 4-5 years.
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"It was a good experience to go out there and put faces to names. I can get used to the cold and I just really like the coaching staff a lot and that's why I made the decision to go there."
Creer, who rushed for 1,270 yards and 19 touchdowns on 120 carries in his senior season, also had offers from Eastern Washington, Idaho State and South Dakota but once Colorado offered and he visited he knew the Buffaloes were in the lead.
Washington tried to get involved late - but it was too late - and Creer didn't want to rethink things because he already had his mind made up that Colorado was the best fit for him.
"When Washington offered me (Tuesday) night it gave me something to think about but I was already set for Colorado after my trip," Creer said. "I wasn't a fall back plan for Colorado. I was the main guy so that's why I went with Colorado."