January 8, 2007

Getting to know CU commit Lagrone Shields

The Buffaloes put a full court press on Lagrone Shields in October and it paid off when the Volunteer State defensive lineman changed his pledge from Texas Tech to Colorado. While the Red Raiders have continued to recruit him, Shields said the plan is still to sign a letter of intent with CU.

Shields recorded roughly 30 sacks as a junior and senior at Ridgeway High in Memphis. The 6-foot-3, 260-pounder earned all-region and all-Chevy Metro honors this past season. He was also named to the Liberty Bowl All-Star team.

Shields talked with BuffStampede.com about his decision to commit to Colorado along with a variety of other topics:

I know I have asked you this before, but what was it that really made Colorado stand out in your recruiting process?

Lagrone Shields: "The coaches. Coach Hawk is a wonderful coach and I like the way he coaches. I know Colorado is going to be back on top pretty soon. And I like the atmosphere of Boulder, it's a real college town. And plus, the recruiting class that they have put together is a real good recruiting class. I believe we can do some things next year."

After you switched your commitment from Texas Tech to Colorado, did the Red Raiders continue to recruit you? Are you still being recruited by them?

"They are still recruiting me, hoping that I will change my mind on signing day. But at this point right now, it's still Colorado [that I plan to sign with]."

What is your favorite part or aspect of Boulder?

"The mountains; being from down south I never got a chance to see something like that before. It's just a beautiful place to live. I can see myself being there for the next three, four, five years."

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