Player sticks to commitment to CSU

Updated: January 21, 2005, 6:31 PM ET
Associated Press

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Colorado State coach Sonny Lubick accused coaches at rival Colorado of displaying "a major lack of integrity" for approaching a high school prospect who had already orally committed to CSU.

"All's fair in the recruiting game, but there comes a point where you don't go [in] on the last day," Lubick said Thursday. "Either you're there all along or you're not."

Colorado spokesman Dave Plati said CU doesn't speak with high school players who have committed to another school unless the player or his parent initiated the contact.

The player, James Morehead, said he believes the Colorado recruiter knew he had committed to Colorado State when he spoke to him on Wednesday.

Morehead's father, Gary, said neither he nor James initiated the contact.

James Morehead said he still plans to attend CSU and had turned down an offer of a full scholarship at Colorado.

"I have loyalty to the Rams," said Morehead, a 6-foot-6, 270-pound offensive lineman at ThunderRidge High School in south suburban Denver. "They were looking at me the longest of any school. I have great respect for them taking me at such an early date."

ThunderRidge coach Joe Johnson said the CU recruiter wanted to make sure Morehead knew Colorado was interested him.

"I think they felt they had not communicated to James their feeling and wanted to let him know they had a scholarship if he had a change of heart," Johnson said.

An oral commitment is not binding, but college coaches usually ask recruits who have made one to refrain from visiting other schools.

Coaches are barred by the NCAA from discussing specific recruits until they receive letters of intent on signing day, which is Feb. 2.

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