Chino Hills, Calif., junior Trent Goens received his first Pac-12 offer on Monday. It's one of many to come for the 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end from Southern California.
"I got an offer from Colorado today. I talked to the head coach. They're excited to have me ... I'm excited to have them offer. I'm in high regard with them. I've been talking to coach [Andy] LaRussa. He's recruiting me, he's from the area," Goens said in an interview with BuffZone.
The 2015 CU target is coming off a junior campaign where he recorded 35 solo tackles, 27 assists and seven and a half sacks. He also played on the varsity team his sophomore season, turning in 60 total tackles and 10 and half sacks.
"I started sophomore year. I was on varsity freshman year, but I started sophomore year and junior year," Goens said.
"It [junior year] went pretty good. We had a whole new coaching staff, we did pretty well. We had an early exit in the playoffs, but other than that it was a pretty successful season. I'm looking forward to senior year and working hard and what not."
Goens sees himself as a defensive end at the next level, but plays tight end for the Huskies.
"Defensive end ... I played tight end, but that's just for high school. I'm a defensive end at the next level," he said.
Recruiting is picking up for the Chino Hills product.
"I have an offer from Northwestern and Boise State. Colorado is the first Pac-12 and Arizona is really right around the corner, they should offer so we'll see. So that's that, and I've been talking to Washington a little bit here and there. ... I kind of notice they come in stages. There'll be one little pack and we'll see what happens then another little pack comes," Goens said.
Goens likes what Colorado has to offer and he's looking to play in the Pac-12.
"I like Colorado, like I said; I want to stay in the Pac-12. I've heard good things about Colorado. As of right now I don't know too much about too many schools so I've got to do my research myself and figure it out," Goens said.
Goens' goal is to dominate the defensive line in his senior campaign and put on a little muscle.
"Senior season I really want to improve on my hands, use of hands. Just getting off the ball, first step off the ball, especially. I want to be a dominant force in every game I play in. Make sure people know who I am, especially after this season," Goens said.
"I'm actually 6-3, 245 right now. I want to stay right here for now for senior season. Maybe put like five pounds on for college. Once I get there, they'll do with me what they want, if they want me to gain weight, lose weight. So, right now for high school I'm pretty happy where I'm at."
The 2015 prospect loves playing on the defensive side of the ball.
"To be honest, I just try to do me right now. As I get in college I'll probably have to pick up some things here and there from everyone else. As of right now I'm playing the way I like to play.
"Honestly, my favorite part of football is defense. I know it's kind of vague for my favorite part, but I love defense, getting after it. Totally different mindset than offense, but I love it," Goens said.
Goens plans to keep up with the Buffs and hopes to visit Boulder in the future.
"I talked to LaRussa, he said we might see, something to look out. I'll definitely keep in contact with them to discus future visits and stuff as of right now I'm not too sure," Goens said.
"I'm open for anywhere. There are pluses and minuses for each one. I'm willing to go anywhere whether it be in state, out of state or across the country. Especially for the best education there is. I'm open to anything right now."
Check out Goens' Hudl highlights here.