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Recruiting The Class of 2015

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    By Stuart

    [h=2]Recruiting Prospects – Class of 2015[/h]–
    April 18th
    Colorado 64th in the early rankings for the Class of 2015
    Colorado has two verbal commitments from the Recruiting Class of 2015:*three-star linebacker N.J. Falo, from Sacramento, California; and unrated offensive lineman Dillon Middlemiss, from Westminster, Colorado.
    The two recruits have Colorado ranked 64th in the nation in the team rankings for the Class of 2015. The Buffs are 10th in the Pac-12, which is actually worse than it sounds, as the only teams CU is ranked above are Oregon State and California …*teams which have no recruits to date.
    Not surprisingly, the SEC has the most teams in the top ten in the national rankings in the race to sign talent next February. Alabama (No. 1); Texas A&M (No. 3); Tennessee (No. 5); LSU (No. 6); and South Carolina (No. 9) make up half of the top ten nationally. The highest rated Pac-12 team so far is*UCLA, in*at No.*10 with six recruits already in the fold.
    UCLA’s Jim Mora may*be trying to get*a good jump on the Class of 2015, as this will be the first Class in which cross-town rival USC can start rebuilding its roster. The Trojans will be back up to full strength in 2015, and will likely sign a blockbuster Class next February.
    The Pac-12 team rankings to date (Rivals rankings):
    No. 10. – UCLA … six recruits*- one five-star; two four-star; three three-star
    No. 24 – USC … three recruits – one five-star; two four-star
    No. 35 – Washington … three recruits – one four-star; two three-star
    No. 40 – Stanford – three recruits – one four-star; one three-star
    No. 43 – Arizona State – four recruits – two three-star
    No. 52 – Arizona – four recruits – two three-star
    No. 54 – Oregon – two recruits – one four-star
    No. 54 – Washington State – one recruit – one four-star
    No. 60 – Utah – seven recruits – one three-star
    No. 64 – Colorado – two recruits – one three-star
    Unranked – Oregon State / California – no recruits

    While it is still very early in the game, this is a list for Buff fans to keep an eye on as the spring turns into summer. Last season, Colorado picked up its first two recruits (offensive lineman Isaac Miller and linebacker Grant Watanabe) in the month of May, with two more in June (quarterback Cade Apsay and linebacker Rick Gamboa) and two more*in July (tight end Dylan Keeney and defensive back Evan White). Four others joined the Buffs in August, giving Colorado ten of its eventual 22 signees before the 2013 season even started. If Mike MacIntyre’s pattern holds, there will be news of new recruits throughout the summer, with Buff fans hoping that Colorado will once again be competitive for highly sought after high school talent.
    This will be the third recruiting Class for Mike MacIntyre and his staff,*yet it is*really the first one by which the recovery of the program can be measured. MacIntyre’s*first Class, the Class of 2013,*was largely recruited by Jon Embree and his staff, with Mac and Co. having only a little over a month to have an impact. The second Class, signed this February, had about half of its players in the fold before the Buffs ever took a snap with Mike MacIntyre on the sidelines in Folsom Field.
    The Recruiting Class of 2015, though, knows what it is getting from MacIntyre and the University of Colorado. They have seen the Buffs in action, and are familiar with the offensive and defensive schemes (not to mention the depth chart) they will be*facing if they come to Boulder. And now these recruits*also*have more than just renderings when it comes to upgrades in facilities at the University of Colorado. They will be recruited to CU with holes in the ground and cranes in the air, with the promise of new facilities ready for them when they arrive for Fall Camp in August, 2015.
    Coach MacIntyre has proven he can do more with less, taking a moribund San Jose State program from rags to riches in just three short years. The obstacles to success are greater, however, in competing in the Pac-12. For Colorado to become relevant on the national stage, it will take more than just good coaching. It will take good to great players.
    The CU coaching staff gets a pass for the first two recruiting Classes in terms of star power. Mac & Co. were fighting against a strong current of negativity surrounding the program and the University’s commitment to facilities.
    Now, however, with facilities improvements now a reality, its time for the CU program to take the next step.
    It should be an interesting recruiting season …

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