Hart grad Colby Pursell is excelling at Colorado – Santa Clarita Valley Signal – California News

Hart grad Colby Pursell is excelling at Colorado – Santa Clarita Valley Signal – California News

When it comes to selecting a major at the University of Colorado, Colby Pursell hasn’t yet reached a decision.

“I’m still undecided,” the Hart High graduate said Monday. “I’m going to poke my head around a little more – open up some doors, look down some alleys.”

For now, he’ll aim to open alleys for Buffalo running backs. The freshman grayshirted during the fall of 2016 before joining the Pac-12 program this winter and immediately grabbing the attention of head coach Mike MacIntyre.

MacIntyre elected to grayshirt Pursell (which just means he postponed Pursell’s enrollment) because the offensive lineman would’ve arrived on campus as a 17-year-old.

It’d be an understatement to say the coach is pleased with choosing to wait.

“Colby had a phenomenal winter (and) spring,” MacIntyre said last month at Pac-12 Media Days in Hollywood. “He’s further ahead than I thought he would be. He’s 298 pounds now.”

That’s because Pursell, who turned 18 last October, hit the weight room over the fall. He filled the rest of his time by taking two classes at College of the Canyons and coaching at Hart, where he helped with the offensive and defensive linemen on junior varsity and provided an extra set of eyes in the booth during varsity games.

Pursell at a photo shoot before his senior football season at Hart High in 2015. Dan Watson/The Signal

Asked if it was hard to watch Colorado go 10-4 and play in the Pac-12 title game knowing he could have been there, Pursell pointed out the positives.

“It was nice to have that extra time at home,” said Pursell, who was listed at 260 pounds as a senior in 2015. “I’m not sure I was quite ready…

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