Bear Hunt
Chris Guarnero
Chris Guarnero
National Recruiting Editor
Posted Jul 29, 2005
Allen Wallace, National Recruiting Director and

Denver (Colo.) offensive lineman Chris Guarnero (6-3, 266, 5.5) was once committed to Buffaloes. They still have a chance, but California, where the youngster will officially visit on December 9, has now moved into a dominant position according to his father, Gary Guarnero.

Denver (Colo.) offensive lineman Chris Guarnero (6-3, 266, 5.5) is leaning heavily towards California, according to his father, Gary.

"He likes everything about Cal," said Mr. Guarnero. "Chris feels good about the staff there and the time he has been able to spend with the players. He likes the temperature out there too and it's not too far away from home. We have relatives in the San Francisco area and it's just a good school. We've set an official visit to see Cal for December 9."

"Chris had initially made a commitment to Colorado back in November, but he pulled it back in early April," he said. "When he originally made the commitment, we thought Gary Barnett would get a contract extension and that they had turned the corner on that stuff that had happened. But the scandal seemed to start up again and we just weren't sure about the environment there.

"Colorado is still under consideration though because they are nearby, he has friends on the team and he really likes offensive line coach Dave Borbely. Borbely's just a great guy and is one of the best coaches.

"I would say Oregon, Colorado and Cal are his top three schools, but right now it looks like there's a 95% chance he'll choose Cal. We'd love it if he went there, but Colorado or Oregon would be fine too. We'd like to officially visit Oregon on September 23.

"Chris is up to about 266 pounds and he's still pretty lean," said Mr. Guarnero. "He like to come in at 275-280 pounds next year. Most schools say that he could play any of the five offensive line positions. He's got the strength and speed and he moves his feet really well. He can take on speed rushers. He's very aggressive and just has a passion for the game.

"Other schools that have offered Chris are Iowa State, Wyoming, Kansas State, Colorado State, Arizona, ASU and LSU," he said.

3.0 GPA/20 ACT--retest undecided--"I think I'm already qualified, but I just might take it again--it all depends."

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