Chase Newman, a three-star recruit from La Mirada (Calif.) High School, decided on Sunday to play his college football in Boulder.
"From my point of view, I believe that it's good place for me," he said. "I fit perfectly in with the school, the program and the football.
"I think it's a good fit because I think they'll be something special in the future and I really want to be a part of it."
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Newman is the seventh player to commit to the Buffs for the 2017 class. He is a defensive athlete who could play linebacker, safety or nickel at CU.
"I see myself more as an outside linebacker, but it's always a possibility of being a safety, like a strong safety," he said.
His head coach at La Mirada is former CU quarterback Mike Moschetti, and Newman said Moschetti's knowledge of the program helped him feel comfortable about the decision.
"It really takes a lot of stress off my back, knowing where I'm playing in college and just (focusing on) playing the best I can my senior year and hopefully win another state championship," Newman said.
Others who have committed to CU for 2017: defensive back Jalin Burrell (Moorpark College); running back Alex Fontenot (Richmond, Tex.); receivers Jaylon Jackson (Cedar Hill, Tex.) and Laviska Shenault (DeSoto, Tex.); tight end/defensive end Dante Sparaco (Cherry Creek High School) and linebacker Jonathan Van Diest (Cherry Creek).
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