January 11, 2009

Texas back gives verbal to CSU

Colorado State's offensive backfield has gone from vacant-to-crowded in the past couple weeks. Colorado State scored its second commitment in two weeks on Friday night as Houston-area running back Lou Greenwood committed to a CSU program that is set to graduate its top three runners in May.

During the regular season, the 5-foot-11, 174-pound ran for 717 yards and 11 touchdowns on a Conroe Tiger team that ran for over 2,000 yards. As a junior Greenwood ran for 812 yards and 13 touchdowns, collecting seven yards per carry. He made the rivals.com top 100 for the state of Texas this season, coming in at number 78 and was amongst the top 50 ballcarriers in the Lone Star State.

Greenwood said Colorado State defensive line coach Scott Brown was in Conroe last week to get his grades and for what ended up being a commitment to play for the Rams.

"We discussed some stuff and I told him I wanted to go there (to CSU)," Greenwood said. "He said I should take a day to think about it and we would talk tomorrow to make sure this is what I wanted. The next day we talked and he asked me if this is what I wanted to do and I told him I wanted to commit. After that he got excited."

Greenwood chose Colorado State over offers from the University of Houston and Syracuse. Greenwood said he had planned on visiting Syracuse, but decided to cancel the visit since he had committed to Colorado State. Greenwood said he enjoyed his visit to Colorado State in December, especially the people and his future teammates. The commitment came after Brown visited Greenwood and his father this weekend.

"Coach Brown is a real nice man - he was a real cool dude," Greenwood said. "He came down and he was real with me. He told me what was up. He talked to my daddy and my daddy was impressed with him. My daddy wanted to know if he would take care of me for the next 4-5 years and Coach Brown said he would."

Greenwood said Coach Brown took a very laid-back approach to his recruitment and seemed to have his best interest at heart. He said that was a big factor in his decision to come to Fort Collins.

"In the beginning (of his recruitment), Coach Brown said whether he gets me or not, he was interested in how I ended up and he wanted me to be happy. He said if you want to go to CSU, I want you to be happy. If you go somewhere else, I want you to be happy if that is where you want to be," Greenwood said.

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