This year the State of Colorado pumped out approx 23 Division 1 football players and approx another 30+ to FBS schools. Not all those 23 kids went to BCS schools as well. On the other hand, the State of California has SJSU, SDSU, USC, UCLA, Stanford, and Fresno State at the Division 1 school level with a pick of hundreds of Division 1 level players and they can, for the most part, focus on those top level kids. It is easier to keep those top level players in state. CU then has to come in and make a compelling case to pull kids across three state lines. This is the same for recruiting in Texas. They have a lot to offer up there in Boulder, but sometimes, kids just don’t want to leave home. Another example: The University of Virginia. They hire Mike London whom is a HS coaching god in the Virginia Beach area. Thus, they keep a lot of the high level talent in the Virginia/DC area (of which a lot of the top 100 talent is located) and they don’t have to venture out of state lines much to get guys. This year, they had a 2-10 record. This current recruiting cycle? Top 25. Year before 4-8 and a overall 4 year record of 16-21. So what has recruiting all these 4* - 5* level guys have gotten London? On the hot seat because he just isn’t a good coach and have assembled a pretty poor staff (Steve Fairchild anyone?). Proof that being an ace recruiter means nada if you can’t coach. The approach I have seen Coach Mac take is to take kids whom are athletic, smart, and not without a small chip on their shoulder (and whom are actually good football players). He is taking guys who he knows will, in all likely hood, stay for 4 years. Thus, after two-three classes, he has depth to take a chance on a guy whom might have a red flag and may burn out after a year or two. If they do, he has depth to back it up. At this moment, we are paper thin. Where Mike excels is in coaching up IMHO. Where is this all going you may be asking? CU has several recruiting obstacles that need to be overcome. Yes, the reputation of the program is a big one. Location is another. A HS population that is full of transient kids from other states. Recruiting against some closer geographical schools. Being in an area where there just isn’t as many highest level HS football players (including CO, WY, NM). Mac needs to show kids that he can coach them to be better players. That CU is a desirable place to be. Good facilities are on the way. Tough, close games against the Pac 12 teams will help out a lot. Win against teams they should beat and sneak in a few wins where they were not is the key to turning the ship around up in Boulder. Go Buffs!