Nelson Spruce wasn't scared away at all by Colorado's new coaching staff. In fact, the Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake wide receiver has been talking a lot with new coach Jon Embree and decided to commit to the Buffaloes on Saturday.
Colorado had been recruiting Spruce since the early summer and even after the Buffaloes made a coaching change he was still high on their list. Spruce, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound three-star prospect, said he is convinced Embree can turn the program around and that's why he decided to end things.
Spruce was offered just over a week ago and it didn't take him long to commit.
"I started talking to a coach there in the middle of summer, in June, and just keeping in touch," Spruce said. "Right after they made the coaching change, that coach came to my school and that's when it really picked up.
"I've been talking to coach Embree a lot and he seems like he's got the program heading in the right direction so I wanted to be a part of it."
Air Force, San Diego State, San Jose State, Washington State, UC Davis and Sacramento State had also offered but Spruce, who finished with about 70 receptions for 1,300 yards and 18 touchdowns this past season, said Colorado was the perfect fit.
What also made his decision a little bit easier is that the Buffaloes are moving to the Pac-12 next season so he won't be isolated away from home and he will come back to California to play in a few games.
That was a crucial part but more importantly was that he believes good things are about to happen to Colorado's program.
"That's one of the many things that attracted me just because they're going to be playing that high competition and I'll be able to come back to California so that was a big part of it," Spruce said.
The Westlake standout has scheduled an official visit for Jan. 14 to Colorado.
Spruce's team finished 12-2 this season highlighted by wins over perennial powerhouses Westlake Village Oaks Christian and Ventura St. Bonaventure. Westlake also lost to both of those teams and the defeat to Oaks Christian in the playoffs ended the Warriors' season.