Rouson signed letter of intent but won't attend CU

Updated: May 18, 2006, 3:55 PM ET
Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. -- Running back Jaslee Rouson said he will not attend Colorado this fall, despite signing a national letter of intent in February and being recruited to the school by now-departed coach Gary Barnett.

Rouson, the son of former CU running back Lee Rouson, did not provide details when asked why he wouldn't be coming to CU.

"They told me certain reasons why I couldn't go there, reasons I am not free to discuss," Rouson told the Daily Camera newspaper on Wednesday. "I would have loved to play for coach [Dan] Hawkins and Colorado. That was my dream school."

Rouson attended The Hun School in Princeton, N.J. where he played running back and cornerback. He was an honorable mention all-conference player as a senior.

Rouson said his father was initially disappointed by the news, but now wants him to find a good school for him.

"I haven't really asked him how he feels about it," he said. "I think he feels Colorado was not in the cards."

Rouson said he is considering attending New Mexico State, Temple University and Towson.

The loss leaves Hawkins with 22 recruits in the 2006 class. Hawkins replaced Barnett in December. Barnett was let go after a 7-6 season that included four season-ending losses by a cumulative 149-32.

The Buffaloes open their season Sept. 2 against Montana State, followed a week later by the renewal of their rivalry with Colorado State in Denver. A home game against Arizona State and a trip to Georgia round out their non-conference schedule.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press