Adam Muema has run for more than 1,900 yards in each of the past two seasons at Charter Oak High School in Covina, Calif. At 5-foot-9, he isn't the ideal size for a running back in the Big 12 Conference, but plenty of players in the league over the years have proven you don't need to be a big bruiser to find success. Current Buff Rodney Stewart is a prime example.
"I think I run hard," Muema said. "I'm physical. I don't stop moving my legs. I've got a quick burst."
Muema visited CU in mid-December along with three of his teammates, but he's still waiting on a written scholarship offer from the Buffs.
"I had a good experience," Muema said. "It was cold, but I made a connection with the coaches and the players. I liked the weight room and facilities and the Thunder Chute room."
Muema said he deals primarily with CU running backs coach Darian Hagan in the recruiting process. He said his relationship with Hagan is improving all the time and Hagan is supposed to visit him on Friday.
He said Colorado coaches have told him he has a scholarship offer from the program, but he's hoping for a written offer so he can feel more confident about the situation. Until then, he's staying patient and continuing to talk to other programs that he says have offered him. They include Washington State, San Diego State and Colorado State.
Muema said he is scheduled to visit Washington State on Jan. 15 and San Diego State on Jan. 22. He said he will have a much better idea of where he will attend college after completing those trips.
Muema said he should know by then what the Colorado coaching staff has decided about him and his teammates, and that will play a big part in his decision. He said Colorado coaches have told him they are recruiting two other running backs as well.
"I guess it's just who really commits first will get the job," he said.
Muema and teammates Keith Smith, Brandon Golden and A.J. Powell have talked about trying to attend the same college and play for the same program. They don't know if it will be possible, but it's pretty clear any program that offered all four a scholarship would increase its chances of landing them.
Athletically, Muema now turns his attention to running track this spring. He participates on several sprint relay teams for his high school team and competes in the 100-meters as an individual. His personal best time came last year when he ran a 10.85-second 100.