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Recruiting the Class of 2016

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    By Stuart


    [h=2]Recruiting the Class of 2016[/h]—
    March 26th
    Colorado fans know that the Recruiting Class of 2016 will be very small. The Buffs only have nine scholarship seniors, and, even with normal attrition, the Class is likely to stay under 15 come Signing Day, February 3, 2016.
    That being said, there has been very little movement concerning CU recruits. The Buffs did host a number of juniors during Spring practices and the Spring Game, but no commitments were forthcoming.
    Colorado is one of only two schools in the Pac-12 without a verbal commitment for the Class of 2016 (Washington State being the other). Arizona State has one commit to date, with the other ten schools each collecting at least two commits (UCLA leads with six).
    Cause for concern?
    Not really.
    As noted, the CU coaching staff has very little room to maneuver when it comes to this Class, so some selectively is mandatory. Plus, when it comes to timing, the Buffs are not all that far behind previous Classes.
    Through the end of March last year, Colorado had only one verbal commitment, that being linebacker N.J. Falo.
    The first verbal commit to Colorado from the Class of 2014 didn’t come until May 24th, when offensive lineman*Isaac Miller committed.
    The Class of 2013? Only Phillip Lindsay, who gave his commitment on March 23rd,*had joined on*with the Buffs*prior to the end of March.
    While we’ll use this heading to check up on CU recruits throughout the fall and into the new year, we can at least kickoff this banner with news about the competition.
    According to Rivals, a total of 31 players have given their verbal commitments to schools in the Pac-12. Two of the 31, defensive end Breland Brandt from Los Angeles (UCLA) and linebacker Daelin Hayes from Ann Arbor, Michigan (USC) are the only five-star players to commit to the conference. Eleven of the remaining 29 players are considered four star commits; 14 are three-stars; and four players are ranked as two-star prospects*or are unrated (including two of Utah’s four commits).
    Here is a breakdown of the Pac-12, including Rivals’ national rankings:
    No. 9 … UCLA … six commits … one five-star … three-four star … one three-star
    No. 19 … Oregon … five commits … three four-star … two three-star
    No. 21 … USC … three commits … one five-star … two four-star
    No. 30 … Arizona … four commits … four three-star
    No. 36 … Stanford … two commits … one four-star … one three-star
    No. 41 … Washington … two commits … one four-star … one three-star
    No. 42 … Utah … four commits … two three-star
    No. 44 … Cal … two commits … one four-star … one three-star
    No. 56 … Oregon State … two commits … one three-star
    No. 61 … Arizona State … one commit … one three-star

    Only USC can put together a Class with only 12-15 members and still be nationally ranked, so charting CU and the national rankings this year will be a lost cause. Hopefully, the Buffs will be able to pick up some quality recruits this fall to make up for the lack of quantity in the Class.
    The CU Class of 2017 will be a full Class, with at least 25 signees … Here’s hoping the Buffs’ progress on the field this fall will help attract not only a full Class, but a nationally competitive one as well.


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