Crazy question. How long does a walk-on have to be with the program before getting a scholly without counting against the recruiting class. Seems to me it is only one sememster.
There seem to be a couple of guys who might want to be Buffs who we don't have room for in this class that may PWO with a solid hope of getting a later scholly.
Let's say you had a 2012 recruiting class with 24 scholarships attached to it. Among the walk ons who came in at the same time, you would only be able to put one of them on scholarship within the next 2 years. After those 2 years are up, they don't count back to a class number and are only counted against the overall scholarship limit of 85.
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Updated for the class that just signed.
We're at 83 scholarships with 2 available (one of which can count to the 2012 class).
I expect to see some attrition and position switches in the spring.
Jermane Clark and Will Harlos should be moving to linebacker. DaVaughn Thornton should become a wide receiver. Sherrard Harrington is the most likely of the young cornerbacks to become a safety. Parker Orms is hoping someone wins a starting cornerback job so he can start at safety opposite Ray Polk.
O'neill has been placed on scholarship per YungC.
CU punter Darragh O'Neill was placed on scholarship today.
With Cordary Allen leaving the program, we're down to 80 scholarship players and have 8 seniors graduating.
That would only allow for a 2013 recruiting class of 13 guys if everyone stays (12 once we add Webb at QB). Expect another 4-8 non-seniors to be gone from this roster.
So it is entirely possible for the next recruiting class to be around 20. A few months ago I didn't think there was any chance that could happen.
We should have listened to Colorado fans.
So which walk-ons get scholly's this year?
If Jagne ends up not qualifying, we're going to be hurting on DE depth.
Hopefully we might be able to sell a 4 star type DE on playing time for 2013?
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I would really like to see us get in on a few 4 star kids to finish up our commitment list. I am very underwhelmed right now with who we have brought in at the skilled positions. I really think a high 4 star WR/ATH would have a chance at starting next year as a true freshman and I can't believe we can't sell playing time.
I don't mind the idea of taking a bunch of OL and having them battle it out to see who makes the team, RS, or potentially even a GS in the bunch. I think the staff will coach up the OL up nicely. So I do like what we have done there. A 4 star lineman would have also been nice but I am happy with the depth we have pulled in this cycle.
Thoughts on who are most likely targets are to finish up this cycle? How many schollies do we have left in theory?
Also I am a big fan of bringing in Webb. I have a feeling he and Wood are really going to battle it out for the starting spot.
Unfortunately EVERYONE wants the 4 star and up offensive athletes. And just about ALL of them can pitch early playing time.
Those elite offense weapons will be deterred from CU when they look at our lack of offensive production for years now. They want to get into a system and a team who will help them light up the highlight reel and put them on the fast track to the NFL.
CU has to get the guys who can block for the talent before they'll get the talent. Not the other way around.
Given just ONE year of average to above average blocking and offensive production and EB will be able to sell a 4 star RB and Kennedy will get us a 4 star WR. That is likely to be a couple of years off with our develping OLine, young talent and young QB's.