The idea of playing with his older brother nearly led La'Vontae Shenault to somewhere other than Colorado.
In the end, however, the opportunity to play with his older brother is what attracted him to Boulder.
"You can't go wrong with playing with family," said Shenault, a DeSoto (Texas) High School star who was one of nine players to sign national letters of intent with CU on Wednesday.
The younger brother of CU receiver Laviska Shenault, La'Vontae had originally committed to Texas Tech and wasn't sure he wanted the pressure of playing where Laviska has become one of the nation's best players.
"I thought about that, but I'm just going to do what I have to do on the field and make plays and make a name for myself," La'Vontae said. "Wherever I would have went, it still would have been the same thing."
The Shenaults grew up with another CU receiver, KD Nixon, and La'Vontae is excited about the trio playing together in the fall.
"I've been together with them, and being able to play with them at a high level and being on the field at the same time with them is something I really wanted," he said. "I couldn't turn it down."
Rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, La'Vontae caught 73 passes for 953 yards and six touchdowns as a senior. He also had 497 yards in returns, with one touchdown. Still, he believes he's got a lot to prove.
"I'm really excited," he said. "I didn't have the senior year I wanted, so I'm ready to get back on the field and get stronger and faster throughout this summer and going into the season so I can be ready and show my talent."
While Laviska proved to be a versatile weapon who played in the backfield and ran for five touchdowns, La'Vontae has a different set of skills.
"I could see myself anywhere, inside or outside," he said. "I'm not really a backfield type of guy like he is, but I can do anything I put my mind to."
That includes trying to become a two-sport athlete at CU.
"I plan on trying to play basketball, too, at Colorado," he said. "(CU head football coach Mel Tucker) basically said if I can do it, I can do it."
La'Vontae added that basketball is his favorite sport and he plans on sending highlights to CU head coach Tad Boyle.
His main focus, of course, is football, and after taking his decision down to the wire, La'Vontae is excited to be a Buff.
"I was real happy that I was able to make the decision," he said. "It took a lot of stress off."