The Colorado football program is back in the market for a quarterback in the 2011 recruiting cycle after Valor Christian High School signal-caller Brock Berglund switched his commitment over the weekend to Kansas.
Berglund is a dual-threat quarterback who wants to play in a system at the college level that complements all his skills. He did not believe the pro-style offense new coach Jon Embree plans to use in Boulder would be a good fit.
“I believe that coach Embree and his staff are working hard instituting the required changes and laying the foundation for some very positive things to come for the CU football program,” Berglund said in a statement issued through his parents. “However, some of the changes in scheme and personnel are clearly different from my recruitment, and even though they may be in the best interest of the program, they do not represent the best fit for me personally.
“Accordingly, I called coach Embree and explained my thoughts and feelings. I have decided to rescind my verbal commitment to CU and at this time I have decided to verbally commit to the University of Kansas, where I am a better fit. Since my early childhood I have dreamed of being a Colorado Buffalo and will continue to be a Buffalo at heart. I wish the CU Buffalo program the very best in the future.”
Berglund's decision leaves CU without a quarterback commitment with just six weeks left in the recruiting cycle. CU has only two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster heading into spring ball and next season, along with a recruited walk-on.
Senior Tyler Hansen is the only player in the group with any college playing experience. His 2010 season ended prematurely when he suffered a ruptured spleen in an October loss to Texas Tech.
Redshirt freshman Nick Hirschman was part of the 2010 recruiting class but did not get into game this fall. Redshirt freshman Justin Gorman was an invited walk-on who spent most of the year practicing with the scout team.
However, Josh Moten, a redshirt freshman next fall, has asked to switch from cornerback to quarterback. Moten played quarterback in high school and came to CU hoping to get a chance at the position. If he is successful, it would help the depth problem.
Former coach Dan Hawkins had received oral commitments from two quarterbacks in the 2011 class before he was fired last month. Embree decided not to honor the scholarship offer to one of those players, Nick Sherry of Petaluma, Calif., and now has no quarterback committed to the program following Berglund's decision.
When Embree took over the program two weeks ago, there were five recruits committed for the 2011 class along with two players who were recruited last year but delayed their enrollment to January 2011. Only three of those players remain committed to the program now, two recruits and one grayshirt. Embree has added two recruits of his own to bring the total number of prospects committed to the program to five.
A recruiting dead period began Monday and runs through Jan. 3. College coaches are prohibited from initiating contact with recruits during that period. When contact resumes in the new year, Embree and his staff will have a month to earn commitments from seven to 10 prospects before national signing day.
The program is expected to sign between 12 and 15 players in this cycle.