December 15, 2006

Behrens talks about his official visit to CU

Blake Behrens knew plenty about Boulder going into his official visit last weekend. His mother grew up in the area, he had attended summer camp at CU and he visited unofficially early this fall.

Still, the 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive lineman from Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy was blown away.

"I loved it," Behrens said of his official visit. "It was everything I expected it to be and more. I had already seen the campus and the facilities but what I was really looking forward to doing was hanging out with the players. That was a really good experience.

"I went out on Thursday because I had to be back on Saturday. I got picked up by Coach Nolan then I met with Coach Strausser and we talked about the season and what to expect when I get up there. I went out to dinner with Coach Nolan, Coach Tucker, Coach Strausser and my host Devin Head. After that, I hung out with my host and got a chance to kick it with the players. On Friday, I met all the coaches and talked with them a little bit.

"One thing that really stood out to me during my trip was getting a chance to go down to Denver. They took myself and the other recruits to the Nuggets game against the Heat. It was cool to see the bigger side of Colorado, the big city with all the restaurants and sports arenas. The weather was also great for my trip."

Behrens already had an in-home visit with linebackers coach Brian Cabral, but head coach Dan Hawkins and Coach Strausser are also expected to stop by in early January.

"I'm working out real hard because I want to come in there and maybe even get some playing time next year as a true freshman," Behrens expressed. "That is my goal. Coach Strausser has said they see me as a center or guard. They are just going to work me out and see where I best fit in."

Ryan Miller has gotten most of the press as the Buffs' five-star commitment from the Class of 2007. Behrens is also held in high regard. He was selected by Rivals.com to play in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, which is played in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on January 4th.

"It's kind of ironic that he's going to be heading to Miami to play in the All-American game," said his high school coach at Brophy Prep, Scooter Molander. "He was down at Miami's summer camp and was selected as the top offensive lineman at the camp. He turned down an offer from Miami."

"I'm psyched to play in the All-American Bowl," added Behrens. "It's definitely something I wanted to do and was real thankful that I was nominated and chosen to play in it. It was a really big honor.

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