At some point, Beau Bisharat can envision himself being a key player for the Colorado football team.
Right now, however, he's trying to get used to the idea of leaving his home in Sacramento.
"I'm really excited to get out (to Boulder) and start working, but at the same time I don't want to leave my family and friends," said Bisharat, a 6-foot-2, 217-pound running back. "I'm back and forth every day.
"I think it's just something that every kid goes through, the whole leaving home and leaving the girlfriend and leaving your friends and so early. I leave two months before any of my friends and my girlfriend. It's going to be difficult, but I think I'll be fine."
No question that when Bisharat arrives in late June, the Buffaloes will do their best to make him feel right at home.
Rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Bisharat was one of the marquee players in CU's 2016 class.
During his career at Jesuit High School, he rushed for 4,130 yards and 43 touchdowns, averaging 10.1 yards per carry. He also caught 57 passes for 834 yards and six touchdowns.
Bisharat is quite a bit different from CU's talented, but smaller, running backs — juniors Michael Adkins II (5-10, 205), Donovan Lee (5-9, 175) and Phillip Lindsay (5-8, 180) and sophomore Patrick Carr (5-8, 195) — but he's not just a change-of-pace bruiser.
"Everybody that recruited me always told me that I'm an every-down type of back," he said. "I'd love to be that for Colorado.
"I am probably more of a short-yardage back, but I can also go the distance, too."
There were seven games during Bisharat's high school career in which he had at least one run of 70 yards or more. In one game as a senior, he had 22 carries for 361 yards and four touchdowns, with one of them being an 86-yard run.
Bisharat, who hopes to get up to 225 pounds by the start of the season, would love to have a few plays like that this season, but he isn't sure what to expect as he enters his first season of college football.
"I'm going to come in and just try my best," he said. "I'd love to play as a true freshman and be a go-to guy for us, but if that's not my role as a freshman, it's not my role right now. I'm just going to put my head down and work."
He was already thrown one curveball when shortly after national signing day the Buffs moved running backs coach Klayton Adams to offensive line coach and promoted Darian Hagan to running backs coach. Adams was the CU assistant who recruited Bisharat to Boulder.
"I was thinking I was going to come in and play under coach Adams, and obviously they switched them," Bisharat said. "I'm still getting to know coach Hagan a little bit.
"I was looking forward to working with coach Adams, because we've already had such a great relationship, but coach Hagan is a legend in Boulder. It's kind of an honor to be able to work with him, too."
Despite the change in coaches, and despite knowing he'll miss his family and friends, Bisharat said he is excited about becoming a Buff.
"I'm really excited to be on a Pac-12 football team," he said. "A lot of people wish they could do that and it's something I'm able to do. Aside from the whole homesick part, I can't wait."
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