Rams Load up as Signing Day Looms

Sonny Lubick has been around long enough to know that if something works, stick with it. The 26 players who make up the 2004 Colorado State recruiting class continue recent CSU trends. As in the past few years, the class is heavy with players from California (11) and Colorado (8) as well as bringing in more siblings of current and former Rams.

California once again proved to be the land of opportunity for the Rams. The 'Golden State' is providing five new high school recruits, led by RB Jammal Floyd of Claremont; WR Anthony Celestine of Ridgecrest; twin WR/DB's Damon and Dion Morton of Riverside; RB/DB Mike Myers of Riverside and Defensive lineman Matt Rupp of Santa Margarita.

Among Colorado high school standouts, the Rams will land at least eight players considered among the top two dozen in the state. That list will include RB Kyle Bell from Weld Central; TE's Kory Sperry from Pueblo County and Kevin McPeek from Douglas County; WR Chauncey Duckett of Colorado Springs Wasson; WR Alex Square of Poudre; Offensive Lineman Dan Gury from Monarch; D-Lineman Tommy Hill from Arapahoe; LB Chris Kawulok of Monarch and DB Ciarre Campbell from Denver South.

Lubick and his staff also ventured across state lines to garner commitments from Offensive Lineman Richie Plunkett of Las Vegas, Quarterback Caleb Haney of Forney, Texas, RB Tramel McGill of Chandler, Arizona, and defensive back Chase Weber from Euless, Texas. In addition, two out of state players with CSU ties have committed to the Rams - Offensive Lineman Dane Stratton of Cheyenne, whose brother Ben is a Rams defensive back and Linebacker Jeff Horinek of Atwood, Kansas, who brother Deone is a former Rams all-conference punter.

One difference this year is the presence of more junior college signees. CSU has gone unusually heavy in this area, bringing in five players from the California Juco ranks. That group is led by a pair of linebackers who have already enrolled in school, Chris Davis and John Morris. Davis played Moorpark JC, while Morris played at Fullerton JC last season. Defensive back Robert Clark, a teammate of Morris at Fullerton, will also sign with CSU, as will DB Robert Herbert from Compton Community College, and his juco teammate, defensive lineman Cleodis Floyd.

With just 24 scholarships available for the 26 commitments, it appears likely that at least two players will delay their enrollment at CSU until January of 2005. One of them will be Square, the Fort Collins resident who will delay his enrollment until next year. Two members of the incoming class - DB's Campbell and Weber - were in a similar situation a year ago. They become part of the 2004 class.

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