Finally Boulder bound

Finally Boulder bound

One of three members of the 2009 Colorado recruiting class who did not initially qualify academically has been cleared to join the program. Get inside for more.

Josh Moten told Scout.com he will enroll in classes in Boulder in January. Moten said he recently received his acceptance letter from CU after retaking his college entrance exams and scoring well.

Moten came to Boulder last summer from Narbonne High School in Harbor City, Calif., and was planning to begin practices and classes in August with the rest of his teammates.

Then he learned he would not be allowed to enroll because officials believed he had cheated on his entrance exams because of a big jump in his score.

Moten said retaking the test and earning a similar score proved he had done nothing wrong, and led to being accepted to CU. A source within the football program independently confirmed those facts for Scout.com.

"I'm really excited," he said. "I'm happy it's over and I can get up there and help my teammates."

Moten has been promised an opportunity to play quarterback in Boulder. It is one of the reasons he chose the Buffs in recruiting. He said he still wants to play under center at the college level and intends to begin spring practices at the position.

It appears Colorado coaches will have to disappoint someone. CU already has five quarterbacks (three scholarship) on the roster slated to return next season. They also have recruited three other players in the 2010 recruiting class who, like Moten, say they are coming to Boulder to play quarterback. That gives the program nine signal-callers for the 2010 season.

Coach Dan Hawkins has said in the past he is a proponent of having five quarterbacks on scholarship every season. The Buffs would have six next year with one player at the position slated to graduate at the end of each of the next two seasons.

It's possible Hawkins and his staff won't be in Boulder to coach Moten or any of those other quarterbacks. A decision about retaining Hawkins and his staff is expected after the season.

Moten said he is aware the coaching staff in Boulder is on the hot seat. He said he plans to be a Buff regardless of who the coach is, but he hopes it is Hawkins and the men who recruited him.

"I don't know how that will affect me playing quarterback," Moten said of a possible coaching change. "What I'm focused on is getting up there and doing whatever I can do to help my team win."

Moten said he has been working out this fall in what amounts to a grayshirt period. He said he plans to be in Boulder in mid-January for the start of the spring semester.

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