February 6, 2007

Mission Viejo duo ready to make it official

Even though Brian Lockridge and Matt Bahr have been committed to Colorado since early October, the Mission Viejo (Calif.) High teammates are still anxious to sign their letter of intent.

"It will be a big relief once I sign on Wednesday," explained Lockridge, a 5-foot-8, 178-pound running back. "Its closure; the end of the whole [recruiting] process."

"I'm super excited," added Bahr, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive lineman. "My dad flew out from Florida to be here for signing day. It will be cool when Brian and myself put our decision in writing.

"I think [Mission Viejo] Coach [Bob] Johnson is going to have us send in our letters of intent early in the morning, as soon as we can. And then we are going to have a ceremony where we sign the letter that we FedEx in that day."

Colorado was not the only school after Bahr's signature. He also had offers from San Diego State, Colorado State and Wyoming. Washington, Washington State and Arizona were other programs close to extending an offer prior to his decision.

"Coach Johnson does a good job of screening recruiters once we make a solid commitment but the University of Missouri called me right after I committed to Colorado," Bahr explained. "They wanted me to take a visit out there but I decided to pass on that.

"I knew I was set on Colorado. Coach Dan Hawkins is a great coach. You saw what happened with Boise State this year. Obviously you have to credit their head coach but Coach Hawkins recruited all those guys. Coach Chris Strausser was also a big factor in my decision. Again watching Boise State, you can see the offensive linemen that he recruits can compete with Big 12 Champion Oklahoma type players. That is something that really helped sell me on Colorado."

Because he shared carries with other backs at Mission Viejo, Lockridge did not put on monster statistics. But he did average 9.4 yards per carry as a junior and 10.5 yards per attempt as a senior.

What sold him on the Buffaloes? "Colorado was just a totally different experience," Lockridge said. "Being from California at first I didn't think Colorado was going to be all that interesting. But when I got there, I loved it. They didn't have a good season last year but Coach Hawkins has a plan and they have a bright future. I loved the team and just fell in love with everything while I was on my visit."

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