Veteran Colorado linebackers coach Brian Cabral made a big impression on Lakewood linebacker Joe Hemschoot.

The coveted recruit went as far as saying Cabral was his favorite coach he met during the recruiting process he ended Thursday when he gave an oral commitment to Stanford.

So what gives?

More often than not when a recruit and coach bond, as Hemschoot and Cabral apparently did, the prospect ends up playing for the man. Hemschoot said that isn't the case this time around for a variety of reasons.

"It was a combination of things," Hemschoot said. "First of all, there was just a really good feeling around the (Stanford) campus from people on my visit. I experienced something I didn't quite get at my two other options. There is definite support from my parents and obviously the football program is on the rise and I can't go wrong with a degree from there."

Hemschoot, a three-star linebacker from Lakewood High School, was ranked the third best player in Colorado for the 2010 recruiting class by