CU lands another blue-chip receiver
Less than 24 hours after telling BuffStampede.com he would make his decision “soon,” DeSoto (Texas) High's Laviska Shenault verbally committed to Colorado.
Laviska Shenault, a four-star receiver prospect, admits he did not know much about Colorado going into his unofficial visit to Boulder earlier this month. He fell in love with "the surrounds and environment" as he toured the facilities and checked out the town.
"I like the coaches, they are great," Shenault added in regards to his decision to pick CU. "It just feels good. I want to do something new, see new things and do new things."
"When I was out there, [Buffaloes co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers] coach [Darrin] Chiaverini showed me where I would be and what I would be doing in their offense as a wide out," he added. "He is really excited about me and what I can bring to their program. I am excited, too, and relieved [to have my college decision made]."
Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, LSU, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, SMU and UTSA were among the other programs that offered him.
Shenault is the third blue-chip receiver Chiaverini has helped the Buffaloes land since he returned to coach at his alma mater in January. Juwann Winfree signed with CU in February and Jaylon Jackson verbally committed to the Buffs earlier this month. Shenault is ranked as the 23rd best overall prospect in Texas from the Class of 2017, while Jackson comes in just behind him at 27th on the Lone Star State rankings.
Shenault prides himself on his ability to get in-and-out of his breaks. He has shown his versatility at the prep level by playing outside receiver, slot receiver, tight end and H-back for DeSoto. He averaged more than 17 yards per reception during his junior season.