Paul Thurston knows the Colorado program well and has talked with some of the new coaches so while the Buffaloes aren't necessarily his leader they're definitely one of his favorites as his recruitment heats up.
"I'm staying open right now," Thurston said. "CU is going to have a bigger pull because they're the hometown school.
"When I compare other schools to Colorado, Colorado has a little more edge over them just because I haven't been out to too many other places. I've been up there a couple times so I know CU and I've met with the coaches so that's a big advantage I'd say."
The Arvada (Colo.) Arvada West offensive tackle likes Colorado's new coaching staff and has been impressed with what they've accomplished so far. It's also important that Arvada West teammate Marc Mustoe, a 2011 prospect, signed with the Buffaloes last week.
"I really like the staff," Thurston said. "It's a great staff up there. It will be fun to have Marc up there. I can talk to him and see the inside scoop that most people won't be able to see. From what I've seen up there, they're definitely good guys."
Other programs are definitely in the mix for Thurston, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound prospect. Stanford has already offered and he said Notre Dame, UCLA, Arizona, Oregon and Nebraska have been sending more mail.
Thurston's recruitment has picked up since National Signing Day last week and he thinks things could get even busier in the coming months. Since Stanford has already offered, there's a good chance he could go out to Palo Alto to check out the place.
"It's picked up a little bit," Thurston said. "I got that new offer from Stanford and now I've started to get some letters from coaches telling me they're interested and that they're going to start talking to me a lot more now that they're done with the 2011 class.
"I haven't been able to talk to (Stanford's coaches) much. They just came down and offered me so I haven't been able to see what's been going on. I'm definitely interested in getting out there to see what's going on and to meet with the coaches."