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Recruiting Prospects – 2014

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  1. RSSBot

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    By Stuart

    [h=2]Recruiting Prospects – Class of 2014[/h] March 29th
    In-state prospects a priority for new coaching staff
    When Jon Embree, himself a product of Cherry Creek high school in Denver, was hired as the new head coach at Colorado, the thought was that the University of Colorado would shut down the border from out of state schools when it came to recruiting in-state talent.
    After all, wasn’t it Bill McCartney’s ability to convince talented in-state players like Embree, players who had multiple offers from out-of-state programs, to stay home which led to a turnaround of the CU football program?
    That was the blueprint, but it didn’t work out that way.
    Embree’s first recruiting Class, the Class of 2011, had only two players from Rivals list of top ten in-state talent, offensive lineman Marc Mustoe, ranked No. 5, and linebacker Brady Daigh, ranked No. 10. The top four players out of Colorado that cycle signed with Stanford, UCF, Kansas, and Colorado State.
    Okay, Buff fans thought, Embree didn’t have much chance at the Class of 2011, coming in as the new head coach in December, 2010. He’ll do much better with the Recruiting Class of 2012.
    Once again, not so much.
    CU again only signed two of Rivals top ten players from the state of Colorado, fullback/linebacker Clay Norgard (No. 7) and defensive tackle Tyler Henington (No. 8). The top five from that class signed with, in order, Washington, Ohio State (now with Colorado State), Nebraska, and two with Auburn.
    This February, Mike MacIntyre signed the Class of 2013, which was largely recruited by Jon Embree and his staff.
    The results? Only running back Phillip Lindsay (No. 5 in the rankings) signed with Colorado.
    So, from the last three signing Classes, Colorado has signed all of five players out of the top 30 in-state prospects … and none of them ranked higher than the No. 5 player in the state.
    Little brother Colorado State, if you count offensive lineman Joey O’Connor, who signed with Ohio State but has since transferred to Colorado State, has signed six in-state top ten players over that same three year period.
    When he was hired, Mike MacIntyre stated that recruiting in-state talent would be a priority. He pointed to the numerous camps he conducted in the state of California when he was the head coach at San Jose State, and how his coaching staff had a working relationship with every high school coach in the state.
    Coach MacIntyre has tried to get off on the right foot with in-state coaches and players, hosting his first Junior Day the first weekend of spring practices. Reportedly, over 60 high school coaches were in attendance, with more expected for the second Junior Day, to*be conducted in conjunction with the Spring game on April 13th.
    Now, as for the recruits …
    Rivals has yet to post its list of top 15 in-state prospects for the Class of 2014, but that does not mean that some of those players are not already known … and carrying offers from the University of Colorado.
    Here are some of the in-state players who CU fans will be keeping an eye on between now and February, 2014 (complete offer sheet can be found at the Rivals website):
    - Christian McCaffrey (Highlands Ranch), all-purpose back … the ship may have already sailed on this son of a former Denver Bronco. A partial list of schools McCaffrey has interest in includes: Stanford; Washington; Oregon; UCLA; Nebraska; Wisconsin; Florida; and Florida State. CU does not appear to be in the mix for McCaffrey’s services.
    - Sam Jones (Highlands Ranch), offensive lineman … the three-star prospect was offered by the Buffs in February, and attended the first Junior Day in Boulder. Jones also has*offers from a number of other schools including Colorado State, both Oregon schools, and Arizona State.
    - Kalen Ballage (Falcon), athlete … presently only listed as a three-star prospect, Ballage will likely have his rating revised upward, and may wind up as the top prospect out of the state of Colorado this fall. Ballage plays both running back and linebacker, and is being recruited by different schools for different positions. Ballage currently holds about a dozen offers – from schools like Arizona State, Michigan, Nebraska, Kansas State, Oregon State and Utah – and that number is likely to increase.
    - Dalton Risner (Wiggins), offensive lineman …*a three-star prospect with multiple offers, who has already pulled the trigger on his commitment. Risner gave a verbal commitment to Kansas State when he attended the Wildcats’ Junior Day March 7th.
    - Isaiah Holland (Highlands Ranch), offensive lineman … as yet unrated, Holland is still attracting attention from schools like Colorado State, Wyoming, and Michigan. Holland attended the Buffs’ first junior day, and the school might have an in … Holland is the son of former Buff great Darius Holland (DT, 1991-94).
    - Isaac Miller (Silver Creek), offensive lineman … also unrated, Miller picked up an offer from CU during the Junior Day festivities. Miller has already visited Wyoming, has an offer from Washington State, is planning on attending Purdue’s Junior Day. If Miller doesn’t*choose a BCS conference school, he may be off to the Ivy League.
    - Sam Martin (Boulder), wide receiver … another son of a former Buff (Scott Martin, 1983), Sam Martin led the state in receptions (76) and receiving yards (1,289) last season. Despite a three-star rating, Martin does not yet have any scholarship offers from any school, including Colorado.
    There will certainly be more names added to the list as time goes on, and while it is true that some of the players ranked in the top ten in the state do not fit into CU’s plans, and there are some players that, regardless of how well the coaches recruit, will want to go out of state for school.
    But CU’s track record on signing in-state talent has to improve. Missing out of the top four in-state prospects in each of the last three recruiting classes is not what Buff fans are looking for from the CU program.
    We’ll see if Mac and Co. can turn things around, both on and off the field …

    Originally posted by CU At the Game
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