Much of the recruiting focus right now is on the 2017 class, and rightfully so. But now is also a time when schools begin to show heavy interest in the current crop of juniors after a few weeks of game film becomes available.
Colorado State got an early jump on in-state prospects in the 2018 class by offering Chad Muma (Legend), Ray Robinson (Highlands Ranch), Trey McBride (Fort Morgan), Ezekiel Creps (SkyView), and Adrian Jackson (Mullen) in the spring. The Rams are doing their best to get local targets in particular on campus for games this fall.
Such was the case on Saturday for Muma and McBride, who were on hand for CSU's win over Northern Colorado. Muma is a big, hard-hitting safety for Legend in Parker, and McBride is a two-way star for Fort Morgan.
Muma holds his lone offer from CSU. He attended CSU's junior day on campus in the spring, but Saturday gave him an opportunity to watch the Rams play in front of a lively crowd.
“Going up to CSU, I just really enjoyed it. I felt welcome there,” Muma told InsideTheRams.com. “Some of the highlights were they had (Assistant Director of Football Operations) Leah Knight there. She was talking to us and connecting to us. They also had some other college girls talking to us and connecting to us.
“Afterwards, a good moment was when we went to the locker room and listened to (Head) Coach (Mike) Bobo talk. I felt like that was super cool. They said a prayer and we joined in on that, then I talked to Coach Bobo as well as (Defensive Coordinator) Marty English.”
Bobo and English expressed their desire to get the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder up to Fort Collins more often.
“They were just excited for me to be up there. They were looking forward to me coming up to more games during the season. They wished me luck for my games.”
What impressed CSU regarding Muma's sophomore year film was his size, range, athleticism and hitting ability for his age. The Rams like him as a safety at the next level, depending on how he grows. If he continues to get bigger, he could end up at linebacker.
The 2015 All-Colorado selection trains at Six Zero Strength in Denver, where he continues to grow and rehab during the season. On the young season, Muma has recorded 12 tackles and fumble recovery.
Aside from CSU, Muma is hearing from Arizona, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Colorado, Navy, Purdue, and Utah. He is in no hurry to make a commitment, although he wants to have a decision made by the start of his senior season. Muma explained his interest in Colorado State is high.
“I want to say it's really high. I like the coaching staff there and the school. So I'd say it's high,” Muma said. “I like what they're doing. They're doing a fantastic job. I'm just waiting right now.”
Location will play a role in Muma's decision. He would like to play close to home, if possible.