Just in case the brand new facilities, up-tempo offense and picturesque Flatirons aren't enough to lure blue-chip quarterbacks to Boulder, the Colorado football team plans to offer something else those elite throwers: talented targets.

On Thursday night, four-star receiver recruit Laviska Shenault of DeSoto, Texas, announced on Twitter that he has verbally committed to CU for the class of 2017.

"... now that I've prayed and talked deeply with my family I have decided to commit to the University of Colorado!!" Shenault tweeted.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Shenault was one of several DeSoto High players to take an unofficial visit to CU earlier this month.

Rivals.com ranks Shenault as the No. 26 receiver recruit nationally for 2017, and rates him as the No. 170 overall prospect. He has eight other Power Five conference offers, including from national champion Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, LSU and Oklahoma State.

Shenault is the fourth player to give CU a verbal commitment for 2017, and he's the second four-star receiver to do so. Earlier this month, Jaylon Jackson of Cedar Hill, Texas, committed to the Buffs.

Cherry Creek High School teammates Dante Sparaco and Jonathan Van Diest were the first to commit for 2017, pledging on Feb. 28.


CU is stockpiling receiver talent, with four-star Juwann Winfree highlighting a group of five to sign letters of intent in early February. A transfer from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, Winfree will arrive in Boulder this summer along with the others who signed.

According to Rivals.com, from 2003-2015, CU signed a total of four four-star receivers, including Paul Richardson and current junior Shay Fields.

If Jackson and Shenault keep their commitment and sign with CU next February, the Buffs could potentially have at least four four-star receivers on the 2017 roster.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.