The Colorado football program is racking up wins on the field.

On Monday night, the Buffaloes picked up a win in recruiting.

Offensive lineman Xavier Newman from De Soto (Texas) High School, announced on Twitter that he has committed to CU for the class of 2017. The 6-foot-3, 272-pounder originally committed to Texas in May.

Newman, rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com and Rivals.com, was one of several top recruits to visit CU this past weekend. He was in attendance during the Buffs' 40-16 rout of Arizona State. On Sunday night, he announced he was de-committing from Texas. On Monday, he made the switch to CU.

"I would like to thank God, my parents, and coaches for supporting me," he tweeted. "I have prayed about this and took my time with this decision. For the next 4 years I will continue my academic and athletic career at the University of Colorado."

Newman, who figures to be an interior lineman, is the 20th player to pledge his commitment to CU for the 2017 class and the fourth offensive lineman to do so, joining William Sherman (6-foot-3, 294 pounds) from Allen, Texas; Grant Polley (6-foot-4, 285) from Denton, Texas; and Heston Paige (6-foot-5, 270) from ThunderRidge High School. All of them have three-star ratings by Scout.com.


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Newman is the second player from De Soto to commit, joining four-star receiver Laviska Shenault, Jr. Those two, along with De Soto teammate KD Nixon, a four-star receiver, took official visits to CU over the weekend.

CU was the first school to extend a scholarship offer to Newman, but others were quick to follow. Newman had 20 other offers, including from Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Mississippi State and Colorado State.

Brian Howell: howellb@dailycamera.com, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.