When Houston (Texas) Wheatley defensive end Marcus Loud committed to Colorado in late September after his official visit, he was quick to point out how much he liked the team chemistry and the atmosphere of the program.
Sunday night after receiving word of Jon Embree being fired as head coach of the Colorado program, he was saddened but not surprised. Regardless, he is still committed.
"It does not affect me at all," Loud said. "No matter where I go I'm going to do the same thing and if I want to go to the next level, like my coaches tell me now, 'If they want you they will find you.' So it really doesn't matter where I go."
After visiting Boulder in September, he has not wavered from his commitment and the overall feel played a huge part.
"It's a good school and I really liked that when I went down there," Loud said.
While he maintains his commitment, Loud is open to the possibility of taking other visits. He is currently playing basketball and has not scheduled any visits, but does have a few schools in mind.
"I really don't know at the moment, but I would have to say Baylor, Arizona, and Iowa State," Loud said.
Loud is a three-star prospect currently ranked No. 69 in the Rivals.com Texas Top 100. In addition to Colorado he also holds offers from Arizona, Houston, Iowa State, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri, TCU, Texas Tech, and Wake Forest. Colorado defensive ends/outside linebackers coach Kanavis McGhee.