On one of college football’s biggest days, national signing day, there’s a lot made over recruiting class ranks and recruits with multiple star ratings by recruiting services. Those high profile recruits dominate the news of the day but it’s not always those big name guys that have the most success.
The majority of the All-Conference team members from the majority of the top conferences around the country are not populated with four and five star recruits, rather the less ballyhooed three star and two star recruits who come in with something to prove. For new Colorado head football coach, Mike MacIntyre, that’s exactly what he’s looking for in a recruit. He likes guys that come in with a desire to prove others wrong.
“I like guys with a chip on their shoulder with something to prove,” coach MacIntyre said during his signing day press conference. “I don’t like kids who feel entitled.”
Those kids that feel entitled are usually those with stars next to their name but those are also the kids that excite the alumni, donors and the fan base. Bringing in recruiting classes that lack the stars is what the media and fans focus on but it doesn’t always mean the same to the coaching staff.
For Colorado, bringing in a highly touted class was out of the question after a dismal 1-11 season that was followed by a coaching change. Former coach Jon Embree had ten commits before he was fired and all but one stuck with the program after MacIntyre honored those scholarship offers. After the dust settled on signing day Colorado received 18 national letter of intents, with a few surprises along the way.
Here are the 18 players that have signed NLI to attend Colorado in 2013:
RB Michael Adkins, 5-11, 195, La Mesa, Calif. (Helix HS) two stars
DB Chidobe Awuzie, 6-0, 190, San Jose, Calif. (Oak Grove) three stars
WR Bryce Bobo, 6-3, 175, Covina, Calif. (Charter Oak HS) three stars
DE Tim Coleman, 6-3, 243, Aurora, (Mullen HS) two stars
WR Elijah Dunston, 6-1, 180, West Hills, Calif. (Chaminade HS) three stars
LB George Frazier, 6-2, 230, Monrovia, Calif. (Monrovia HS) two stars
LB Jimmie Gilbert, 6-4, 205, College Station, Texas (A&M Consolidated HS) three stars
OL Gunnar Graham, 6-6, 280, Kentfield, Calif., (Marin Catholic HS) three stars
OL Jonathan Huckins, 6-4, 306, The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands HS) three stars
OL Sam Kronshage, 6-5, 290, The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands HS) three stars
RB Phillip Lindsay, 5-10, 173, Denver (Denver South HS) three stars
OL John Lisella, 6-4, 245, Littleton, (Columbine HS) two stars
QB Sefo Liufau, 6-4, 215, Tacoma, Wash. (Bellarmine Prep) three stars
ATH Kenneth Olugbode, 6-0, 180, San Jose, Calif. (Bellarmine Prep), two stars
WR Devin Ross, 5-9, 170, Mission Hills, Calif. (Bishop Alemany HS), three stars
ATH Ryan Severson, 5-11, 195, San Jose, Calif, (Valley Christian HS), two stars
OL Colin Sutton, 6-5, 290, Orange, Calif. (Lutheran HS) three stars
DB Tedric Thompson, 6-1, 200, Valencia, Calif. (Valencia HS) three stars.
The player that seems to be the highest regarded recruit in the class, and the player that has the potential to make the biggest impact as a freshman, is quarterback Sefo Liufau. MacIntyre is really high on Liufau and his athletic traits will be a perfect fit for the new pistol offense. Coach Mac said that Liufau will have the opportunity to come in and compete for the starting position, although he won’t get to start practicing and working out with the team til this Summer.
All of the freshman will be able to compete for playing time once they arrive on campus according to MacIntyre and, although the class lacks firepower, he’s excited about the future of the program. This is just a start for MacIntyre and with his connections in California, and his beginning efforts to gain notoriety in Colorado, he should see more success down the road.
Honestly though, what coach wouldn’t say he’s excited about a particular class? I guess it’s just their duty as coach and representative of the program. Keep the morale high even if a program is down in the dumps like Colorado.
For the Buffaloes there’s nowhere else to go but up.