CU's 2017 class

A list of players that have verbally committed to Colorado for the 2017 class:

High school seniors

WR - Maurice Bell, 6-0, 175; Murrieta, Calif. (Murrieta Valley H.S.)

RB - Alex Fontenot, 5-11, 185; Richmond, Tex. (George Ranch H.S.)

WR - Jaylon Jackson, 5-10, 150; Cedar Hill, Tex. (Cedar Hill H.S.)

QB - Tyler Lytle, 6-5, 205; Anaheim, Calif. (Servite H.S.)

CB - Chris Miller, 6-0, 175; Denton, Tex. (Denton H.S.)

LB - Chase Newman, 6-1, 205; La Mirada, Calif. (La Mirada H.S.)

OL - Heston Paige, 6-5, 270; Highlands Ranch (ThunderRidge H.S.)

WR - Laviska Shenault, 6-2, 205; DeSoto, Tex. (DeSoto H.S.)

ATH - Dante Sparaco, 6-4, 265; Englewood (Cherry Creek H.S.)

LB - Jonathan Van Diest, 6-2, 235; Englewood (Cherry Creek H.S.)

Junior college

DB - Jalin Burrell, 6-2, 192, Moorpark, Calif. (Moorpark College)


Maurice Bell has yet to catch a pass from Tyler Lytle, but the two are already building a connection.

On Monday, Bell gave a verbal commitment to play for Colorado in 2017, less than a week after Lytle, a quarterback from Anaheim, Calif., gave his pledge to CU.

"I don't know him really well, but I'm getting to know him a lot more," said Bell, a 6-foot, 175-pound receiver from Murrieta Valley (Calif.) High School. "Ever since he committed, we've been talking every day. Me and him are establishing a good connection.

"Colorado has been there since Day 1, so I have kind of always been thinking Colorado, but once he committed, it pushed me towards Colorado a little bit more."

Bell is the 11th player to commit to CU for the 2017 class, and the seventh in the last two weeks.

"We're building a really good class and that excites me a lot," Bell said. "It makes me really excited seeing the class coming together. As more guys started committing, I just started looking at the class and was like, 'They're building a real strong class and I would love to be a part of this class.'"

Bell, who has 10 other offers, including Arizona, Arizona State, Iowa and Nebraska, said recruits are talking a lot about Colorado these days.

"Every time I talk to somebody that has offers, (Colorado) always comes up," he said. "I'll ask if they're considering them, and they say, 'I'm most definitely considering Colorado.'

"Once I'm talking to people more, I can start kind of recruiting them, too."

Bell visited the CU campus in May and said he plans to take an official visit to Boulder this fall. Bell said he has no intention of visiting any other schools.

"I'm excited," he said of his decision. "It's a bit of a relief. I love the program, so I'm excited to be a Buff. I just knew I could fit into Colorado's program - the environment, the coaching staff and the relationships that we have is great.

"The other schools are great but I thought I fit in best at Colorado, because of the offense they are running and also the impact I think I can make on their program," he said.

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