247Sports.com National Rank: 78
Total No. of Recruits: 21
Star Recruit: Shay Fields, 3-star wide receiver from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Some services rank Shay Fields as a 4-star prospect, which makes him the first such recruit in MacIntyre's coaching history as Kyle Ringo of BuffZone.com tweeted.
Fields was a star for Southern California powerhouse St. John Bosco, catching 82 passes for 1,617 yards and 17 touchdowns per MaxPreps.com.
Fields could be a threat in much the same vein as departing Buff standout Paul Richardson.
Underrated Player: Lee Walker, 3-star athlete from San Diego James Madison
Lee Walker was an Arizona commit in 2013, but failed to qualify. He'll get his shot in the Pac-12 at Colorado, and he has plenty to offer.
Walker was a two-way standout for San Diego James Madison's Sectional championship in 2012.
Head coach Mike MacIntyre's uphill climb in reestablishing Colorado on the college football scene starts on the recruiting trail. The Buffs are in the same tenuous position in the Pac-12 as the Big 12, trying to broach the talent pools local to conference counterparts.
In the Big 12, it was Texas; in the Pac-12, it's California.
Twelve of the 21 new Buffs signed from high schools and junior colleges in the Golden State. Breaking into an area already so competitively recruited by the rest of the conference means mining for hidden gems.
MacIntyre has a history of unlocking under-the-radar talent's potential.
San Jose State quarterback David Fales wasn't a Div. I prospect out of high school and is now headed to the NFL. Linebacker Addison Gillam originally committed to MacIntyre at San Jose State, and became a Freshman All-American at Colorado.
MacIntyre will need to polish the hidden gems in this class to make Colorado competitive in the deep Pac-12.