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Depth Chart & Recruiting Needs

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    [h=3]CU Depth Chart and Recruiting Needs[/h] The Colorado Recruiting Class of 2014 is largely in place.
    There may be some defections, as several CU commits are being courted by other schools. If this proves to be the case, Mike MacIntyre and Co. will
    There may be more attrition, although with the start of the spring semester imminent, that becomes less and less likely with each*passing day.
    And there are certainly a few scholarships which remain open, and the coaching staff remains hard at work trying to lure just a few more prize recruits to the fold in Boulder.
    Assuming, though, that the Recruiting Class will largely hold in place, how does the 2014 depth chart shape up?
    Let’s take a look …
    [h=3]Quarterback[/h] 2013 Post-Spring Depth Chart … Jordan Webb, Sr.; Connor Wood, Jr.; Stevie Joe Dorman; So.; John Schrock, So.; Shane Dillon, R-Fr.; Jordan Gehrke (incoming transfer); Sefo Liufau (incoming freshman)
    2014 Pre-Spring Depth Chart … Connor Wood, Sr.; Sefo Liufau, So.: Jordan Gehrke, So.
    Class of 2014 verbal commitCade Apsay,*a 6’2″, 176-pound prospect from Canyon Country, California.
    Apsay is considered by both services to be a three-star prospect. Apsay is ranked by Rivals to be the No. 25 pro-style quarterback nationally, and the No. 75 prospect overall out of the state of California this fall. Scout rates Apsay as the No. 69 quarterback overall nationally. MaxPreps.com rates Apsay as the No. 49 player out of the state of California, and the No. 420 player nationally overall.
    Senior season … Apsay was the Foothills League Offensive Player-of-the-Year as a junior, and upped that to overall league MVP his senior season. Though his team did not make it past the first round of the league playoffs, Apsay had a great season. Apsay threw for 3,103 yards (after throwing for a school-record 3,333 yards as a junior), completing 207 passes (a new school record) in 321 attempts (.645), with 28 touchdowns and only six interceptions.
    Comments … Apsay is considered a solid verbal. Apsay took his official visit on December 13th, and has no other official visits scheduled … Colorado entered last spring with too many quarterbacks, and will enter the fall with arguably too few. Still, the staff apparently feels comfortable with four quarterbacks on the roster for the 2014 campaign, as the other four quarterbacks the Buffs offered this fall have already committed to other schools.

    [h=3]Running Back[/h] 2013 Post-Spring Depth Chart … Josh Ford, Sr.; Tony Jones, Jr.; Malcolm Creer, Jr.; Christian Powell, So.; Donta Abron, So.; Davien Payne, R-Fr.; Terrence Crowder, R-Fr.; Michael Adkins (incoming freshman); Phillip Lindsay (incoming freshman); Ryan Moeller (incoming walk-on)
    2014 Pre-Spring Depth Chart … Josh Ford, Sr. (appealing for sixth year of eligibility); Tony Jones, Sr.; Malcolm Creer, Sr.; Christian Powell, Jr.; Donta Abron, Jr.: Michael Adkins, So.; Terrence Crowder, So.; Phillip Lindsay, R-Fr.; Ryan Moeller, R-Fr. (walk-on)
    Class of 2014 verbal commitJomon Dotson, 6’0″, 178-pound prospect from American Canyon, California.
    Dotson is considered by both services to be a three-star prospect. Dotson is ranked by Rivals to be the No. 46 running back nationally, and the No. 67 prospect overall out of the state of California this fall. Scout rates Dotson as the No. 63 running back nationally. MaxPreps rates Dotson as the No. 205 player out of California, and the No. 2399 player nationally.
    Senior season … For a 10-2 team, Dotson had a very good season, though (like Apsay) his numbers were slightly down from 2012. Dotson had 2,004 yards on 189 carries this fall, after a 2,148-yard rushing season as a junior. Overall, Dotson finished just short of 5,000 yards rushing in high school. In his career, Dotson averaged over ten yards per carry, averaged over 150 rushing yards per game, and scored 60 rushing touchdowns.
    Comments … Dotson is considered to be a solid verbal, though he*is one of the CU recruits who is being actively courted by other schools. Dotson has offers from over a dozen other schools, and Washington entered the picture when Boise State’s Chris Petersen became the new head coach. Dotson took his official visit during the Cal game, and told Adam at BuffStampede.com that chances were “high … probably 99.9%” that he would sign with Colorado.
    There are still three running backs out there with CU offers who have yet to declare their intentions: Demario Richard, a four-star prospect from Palmdale, California (and a soft verbal to Arizona State); Kalen Ballage, a three-star prospect from Falcon, Colorado (also a soft verbal to Arizona State); and J.T. Gray, a three-star prospect from Clarksdale, Mississippi (who favors Mississippi State, and – wait for it – Arizona State). Colorado has good quality and good depth at running back, but, if Dotson changes his mind, look for CU to try and convince an Arizona State soft verbal to try and come to Boulder instead.

    [h=3]Fullback[/h] 2013 Post-Spring Depth Chart … Alex Wood, Sr.; Jordan Murphy, So.; Clay Jones, So.; George Frazier (incoming freshman)
    2014 Pre-Spring Depth Chart … Jordan Murphy, Jr.; Clay Jones, Jr.; Jesse Hiss, So. (walk-on); George Frazier, R-Fr.
    Class of 2014 verbal commit … None.
    Comments … The fullback position was a more prominent position in the offense for Mike MacIntyre at San Jose State. This past season, none of the fullbacks on the roster had a single carry, and Colorado did not actively pursue a replacement for Alex Wood amongst the high school ranks this fall. George Frazier was recruited to CU as a linebacker, but was moved to fullback halfway through his red-shirt freshman season.

    Still to come this weekend … Wide receivers; tight ends; and offensive lineman
    Next weekend … Defensive units and special teams



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