BOULDER, Colo. (AP/CBS4) – Mike MacIntyre’s first recruiting class at the University of Colorado lacks star power and big names, and the Buffaloes’ new coach insists that doesn’t bother him at all.
After all, his classes at San Jose State were similarly nondescript and he turned that program around in three seasons, taking a team that went 1-12 in 2010 to 11-2 last year.
Nobody’s expecting that quick of a turnaround at Colorado, where Jon Embree was fired following the worst season in school history, but MacIntyre’s plan is to begin making steady progress right away.
His recruiting wish list included keeping the 10 players who had committed to Colorado upon his arrival – and he was successful – beefing up both lines, adding speed at the skill positions and bulk at tight end.
McIntyre told CBS4’s Gary Miller he’s excited about signing quarterback Sefo Liufau.
“He’s a really good football player, can really run, really athletic,” McIntyre said. “He averages a double-double in basketball. But most of all he’s just a phenomenal young man, had no ego and is just a tremendous leader. We’re just really excited about getting him here.”
Only three of CU’s recruits are from Colorado, but McIntyre looks to change that.
“We’ve already started. We’ve already been to 52 high schools in Colorado these last three weeks while we were working on everything else,” he said. “We’ve already offered five juniors in Colorado and we’re going to basically go to every single school in May.”
– By Arnie Stapleton, AP Sports Writer
CBS4 staff contributed to this report.
University of Colorado Recruits
Michael Adkins II, rb, 5-10, 190, Helix (San Diego) HS
Chidobe Awuzie, db, 6-0, 190, Oak Grove (San Jose, Calif.) HS
Bryce Bobo, wr, 6-3, 190, Charter Oak (Covina, Calif.) HS
Timothy Coleman Jr., dl, 6-3, 245, Mullen (Denver) HS
Elijah Dunston, wr, 6-0, 180, Chaminade Prep (Reseda, Calif.) HS
George Frazier, lb, 6-2, 255, Monrovia (Calif.) HS
Jimmie Gilbert, dl, 6-5, 230 A&M Consolidated (College Station, Texas) HS
Gunnar Graham, ol, 6-5, 305, Marian Catholic (Belvedere, Calif.) HS
Jonathan Huckins, ol, 6-3, 310, The Woodlands (Texas) HS
Sam Kronshage, ol, 6-5, 275, The Woodlands (Texas) HS
Phillip Lindsay, rb/db, 5-7, 170, Denver South (Aurora, Colo.) HS
John Lisella II, ol, 6-4, 240, Columbine (Littleton, Colo.) HS
Sefo Liufau, qb, 6-4, 215, Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma, Wash.) HS
Kenneth Olugbode, lb, 6-1, 205, Bellarmine Prep (San Jose, Calif.) HS
Markeis Reed, lb, 6-4, 220, Vintage (Napa, Calif.) HS
Devin Ross, wr, 5-10, 180, Bishop Alemany (Altadena, Calif.) HS
Ryan Severson, ilb, 5-11, 195, Valley Christian (San Jose, Calif.) HS
Colin Sutton, ol, 6-5, 295, Orange Lutheran (Foothill Ranch, Calif.) HS
Tedric Thompson, db, 6-1, 200, Valencia (Calif.) HS
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