Greetings, Buff fans, from CU at the Game!
Seventeen down (make that eighteen. Center Shaun Simon, a 6'2" center from Tulsa, committed during his visit this weekend). Four, five, or six to go? The Colorado coaching staff is in its final push to finalize the 2009 CU recruiting class. Between now and February 4, the coaches must try and fill out the class with the best available players—while not losing any of the verbal commitments already in the fold.
Today’s update takes an in-depth look at the wide receiver recruits for 2009. A clear area of need, the Buffs have three known commitments. Two of those recruits, however, may go elsewhere, and the third commit suffered a season-ending injury before the 2008 season started, and may not be available for 2009.
"Colorado Wide Receiver Recruits: Cause for Celebration or Concern?" takes a look at the commitments in hand, as well as those additional wide receiver prospects are still on the board.
This week’s essay may help take the edge off of your recruiting stress. "Stuart’s ‘Guide to Understanding Evaluation Scores and Systems’, better known as ‘G.U.E.S.S.’ ", may get through these last ten days, when player ratings and team rankings are at the forefront of every recruiting discussion.
Plus, with the Recruiting season in full swing, there are two additional posts at www.cuatthegame.com. First, there is a look back at the CU recruiting class from five years ago, just to see how those projected stars and sleepers turned out. (In order to not burden you with too much material all at once, though, I will post the record of the 2004 class next Sunday, February 1. If you are so inclined, I have put up "A look back at the CU Recruiting Class of 2003" from last year’s recruiting review).
Second, on Sunday, February 8, there will be a review of the recruiting classes of the remainder of the Big 12. Again, for your amusement, on the website now is a look back at "Rating the Buffs’ Recruiting Class v. the rest of the Big 12" —the 2008 edition.
Okay, I know this email update has gone on long enough, but since you are kind enough to be on the update list, I want to give you a bonus that is not on the website:
It appears that the loss of offensive line coach Jeff Grimes to Auburn will have no effect on this year’s recruiting class. Jack Harris, the four-star offensive tackle from Parker, remains committed. Harris told DuckSportsAuthority.com this week (Oregon was one of the schools which had been actively pursuing Harris), "I’m pretty solid ..... I trust Coach Hawk 100 percent, so I’m sure whoever he brings in whether it’s coach (Brad) Bedell or someone else—will be perfect for it."
Gus Handler, the two-star offensive guard commit, told BuffStampede.com, "I really liked Coach Grimes, but I committed to Colorado because of Colorado. I have full confidence Coach Hawkins will hire the right guy." The third o-line recruit, David Bakhtiari, committed after the announcement that Grimes was leaving.
Enough for now. Enjoy the new postings (BTW, if you missed the discussion yesterday about the remaining CU wish list, or the information about the Friday commit by linebacker Liloa Nobriga—it hasn’t gone away, it has just been moved to the Archives. Go to the "Archived Seasons", click on "2008", and scroll down to "Postseason - 2008". It’s all still there!).