Potential recruits not deterred by scandal

Updated: March 16, 2004, 2:17 PM ET
Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. -- Possible future recruits and their coaches say the intense scrutiny on the University of Colorado because of a recruiting scandal should make the school's program stronger.

Patrick Farrell, a star defensive lineman and fullback for Moeller High School in Cincinnati, said his grandmother has expressed reservations about him going to Colorado but he likely would accept a scholarship if offered.

"I actually think, and I was talking to my dad about this, that Colorado is going to get a little stronger because of this," Farrell said. "I think stuff like that probably happens everywhere, it's just not as visible right now. Everything that I saw last year was good."

Farrell attended a Colorado summer football camp last year and plans on returning this year. Some of Farrell's options include Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Ohio University, Washington and Maryland. He also attended a summer camp in 2003 at Notre Dame.

The news of the scandal took offensive lineman Devin Head of Centennial High in Corona, Calif., by surprise. Head lists Colorado, Oregon and California as the leading candidates among schools to attend.

"It did make me look at things a little more," Head said. "But with the parents supporting the coach and stuff, all I've heard is positive things."

Head also said the changes in the recruiting process would have no bearing on whether he will choose Colorado.

"That's not really what's important about going to a college anyway," Head said. "In my eyes, the most important pieces are the program there and the academics at the school. I'm still planning on taking a trip eventually."

Coach M.G. Shapiro at Seaholm High School in Birmingham, Mich., said one of his star players, fullback Ian Brown, has Colorado on a long list of schools he is considering. Shapiro expressed no worries in sending him to the Buffs.

"I've got to be honest with you," Shapiro said, "I think Colorado is probably being made to be the scapegoat for things that are going on everywhere at every school and university. I don't condone anything that's going on at Colorado, but I don't believe the situation they are having right now is reflective of the whole program.

"That's how I look at it. And Ian's a smart kid. If he goes out there and sees a bad situation, I don't think he would ever jeopardize his career or his character to something like that."

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