Linda Lappe`s first full recruiting class as the Colorado Buffaloes women`s basketball coach was a solid one headlined by a Parade All-American post player and featuring three other prep standouts who had received plenty of college overtures.

One thing it didn`t have was a player from in state. But the coach changed that in a big way with Class No. 2 last week.

Heritage High School head coach Ron McClurg confirmed Tuesday that Eagles shooting guard Lauren Huggins has verbally committed to play for CU.

The 6-foot-2 Huggins is the first player to commit to CU`s 2012 recruiting class. And she is one of three in-state players ranked among the top 100 recruits in the nation by along with Monarch forward Alexus Johnson (No. 49) and Regis forward Katie Heckman (No. 56). Huggins is ranked No. 98.

"Watching what Linda does up there, I think that`s a really good fit for Lauren," McClurg said. "I`m excited that she`s close. We`ll get to watch her."

NCAA rules prohibit college coaches from speaking about recruits until they`ve signed national letters of intent during either the early period in November or the regular period in the spring.

But McClurg said the Buffs are getting a "very pure shooter" who can also handle the ball well. Huggins led the Eagles with 12.2 points per game last winter and also paced the team in rebounding as Heritage made a run to the Class 5A sweet 16 before falling to state champ Highlands Ranch.


McClurg said Huggins was receiving interest from the likes of Arizona State, Colorado State, Pitt and Cal, and had eight or nine scholarship offers on the table.

"She had more coming and she just said she wanted to be done," McClurg said.

Assuming she signs an NLI with the Buffs, Huggins will technically be the second in-state player to join Lappe at CU as a freshman.

Shae Kelley went through camp with the Buffs last fall before leaving the team on the eve of the season opener. But Kelley had signed with CU a year earlier, before former coach Kathy McConnell-Miller was fired and Lappe was hired. Lappe`s only addition to last year`s freshman class was 6-4 center Rachel Hargis out of Robinson, Texas.

Lappe`s first full recruiting class, this year`s incoming freshmen, consisted of four out-of-state players: All-American 6-2 center Jen Reese (Clackamas, Ore.), highly-touted 5-11 guard Lexy Kresl (Paradise Valley, Ariz.), versatile 6-1 forward Arielle Roberson (San Antonio) and wing Jasmine Sborov (Round Rock, Texas).