Recruiting is the name of the game, and the game is college football. For the Colorado State Rams, the game has not been kind of late. New head coach Jim McElwain guided CSU to a 4-8 record in year one. However, the big wins are coming off the field for McElwain.
Just this week, the Rams secured a verbal commitment from junior college transfer LaRyan King of City College of San Francisco. While the name might not be on the top of most recruiting services lists, King represents what could be a very productive addition in a place the Rams could use the help. King is rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports.
The Rams averaged over 200 yards against on the ground and King, a defensive tackle, could be valuable in helping to shore up the interior from day one. Joining King on the line is fellow 2013 classmate Austin Berk a defensive end from Grand Junction, Colorado.
So far McElwain is doing a stellar job of recruiting when compared to fellow Mountain West programs. As of today the Rams have three three-star commits plus six two-stars as rated by Rivals. Further consider that Rivals has the Rams 2013 class as the third best so far in the conference. The two programs ahead of CSU? The Boise State Broncos and the San Diego State Aztecs; both non factors next season as they are gone for the Big East.
King chose Colorado State over three other BCS level programs. McElwain’s story has yet to be written. If the coach can keep gaining ground in-state as he is on the recruiting trail, his future in Ft. Collins looks bright.
Half of the current 2013 class is made up of verbal commitments from the state of Colorado. While the school in Boulder is mired in uncertainty, Colorado State has a chance to capitalize.
A step in the right direction for a team that has a chance to make some noise in the Mountain West next season.