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Colorado football recruiting: Marcus Loud decommits from Buffs

On Friday, Colorado lost its first recruit since the firing of Jon Embree, seeing DE Marcus Loud switch from the Buffs to Missouri.

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Marcus Loud, a defensive end from Wheatley High School in Houston, Texas, has decommitted from Colorado and will head to Missouri instead, according to Adam Gorney of Rivals.com.

Loud originally committed to Missouri earlier in the year, but changed his mind in late September, verbally agreeing to attend Colorado. However, the school's firing of head coach Jon Embree struck a cord with Loud, who told ESPN.com's Damon Sayles that the situation was "heartbreaking." At the time of the statement, Loud was still fully committed to Colorado, but hinted that he would still make other visits.

Loud, a 6'4, 235-pound senior, is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com. He is ranked by the site as the No. 23 high school defensive end in the country, and the 69th-best player overall in the state of Texas.

In addition to Colorado and Missouri, Loud had been recruited by Michigan State, TCU, Texas Tech, Iowa State and others.