It’s been another tough season for the Colorado football program as they enter their week nine game against Oregon at 1-6 (1-3 Pac 12). They are one of the youngest teams in the country with only eight seniors so it’s up to their recruiting staff to bring in more talented players to turn things around.
The current recruiting staff is a bit stretched at the moment, so the athletic department plans on boosting staff numbers to assist them. Colorado will add a number of people to its football recruiting staff in a support and evaluation capacity, possibly as early as next spring according to a report in the Denver Post.
Athletic director Mike Bohn will not replace any current members of the recruiting staff but he would hire new people to help identify and evaluate prospects and help in the transition to college. The new members would not count against the NCAA’s limit on coaches on the road but they will help ease the load that the current staffers are responsible for according to head coach Jon Embree.
“It’d be huge,” Embree said. “Right now, all the legwork and all that we’re doing now takes away from all the other stuff we should be doing from an X and O standpoint, or anything else. Things like transcripts, all that stuff.”
Embree hopes to add six members to his staff but Bohn did not specify the exact number of new hires. The new personnel would help the current staff with everything from research to developing sources. Bohn mentioned that in order to begin to turn around the struggling program it starts with recruiting and he wants to help out in every way possible.
“The recruiting process is not emphasized or invested in at the level it needs to be,” Bohn said. “We recognize across the board, with all of our coaches when we meet, that it’s about recruiting and about competing in this league of champions. We believe we have outstanding coaches who are recruiting and we want to further bolster their data, their research and their information for them to be better so they can attract (players) to what we believe is the premier college community in the country.”
Colorado can use all of the help that they can get at this point because their struggles are starting to negatively affect their recruiting. One of the highest rated recruits in their 2013 recruiting class, TE Mitch Parsons, recently decommitted from Colorado due to their rough 1-6 start but he’s still keeping the Buffaloes on his radar.
Without any assistance, players like Parsons will continue to fall by the wayside but hopefully with the bolstered support incidents like this won’t occur in the future. However, it all starts with winning more games and that’s the best solution for Colorado to have more success on the recruiting trails.