September 15, 2010

Ameen-Moore sets up Colorado State visit

It's not always easy being the best running back in the state, which is something Denver (Colo.) Mullen's Adonis Ameen-Moore has found out the hard way after playing the first two games of his senior season.

While the Mullen Mustangs are 2-0, shutting out both Chaparral and Grandview, Ameen-Moore has been the focal point of opposing defense, as he has been held to 159 yards and one touchdown in the two games.

Though he did start off hot with 111 yards on the ground against Chaparral in Week 1, it was the Grandview Wolves that really tripped him up.

"In our second game, it was really clear that [Grandview's] plan was to stop me and attack our offensive line all game," said Ameen-Moore, who's ranked as the No. 8 overall playing in Colorado from the class of 2011. "They had a good scheme and really executed it well, but thankfully they left our wide receivers open to make plays."

Even though averaging just below 80 yards per game might not have been the personal start that the Mullen running back had hoped for, it was enough to land him his sixth scholarship offer, as Utah extended one on Friday.

Growing up in Colorado, a state that houses two Mountain West Conference schools, Ameen-Moore has become familiar with the Utes. He also said that Utah's upcoming jump to the Pacific 10 makes the offer even more appealing.

"The Mountain West is a good fit, but the Pac-10-or Pac-12, I guess-is a good conference and makes it a little more special."

With the Utah offer, five of six of Ameen-Moore's scholarship invitations come from BCS conference universities.

The non-BCS conference offer comes from Colorado State, a program that he's very fond of, despite the Rams' 11-game losing streak.

Ameen-Moore had a chance to watch both of CSU's games this season, including the Cinch Jeans Rocky Mountain Showdown in Week 1 in which he was attending.

"I was shocked, to be honest with you," he said. "I went to both Colorado's and CSU's practice earlier that week and to see CU just blow CSU out like that was a real surprise. I felt like they were evenly match, but CSU just couldn't get the running game going and that's a lot to handle for a freshman quarterback."

CU defeated CSU 24-3 in that game.

The Rams would go on to lose 51-6 to Nevada the next week in Reno, Nev., but even with the apparent downward spiral CSU is falling into, don't count them out in Ameen-Moore's recruiting process.

"The losing streak doesn't turn me off, because I really like that coaching staff at Colorado State," Ameen-Moore said. "I mean I really, really like this coaching staff and they know what they're doing. Plus, I love Fort Collins."

Ameen-Moore has setup his second of five allowed official visits to Fort Collins, when he will watch CSU play No. 4 TCU at Hughes Stadium on Oct. 2.

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