Calling it a "higher caliber class" than in his previous years at CSU, Lubick praised the efforts of his coaches and current players, who helped land more than a dozen players that were targets of top-25 schools nation wide.
If the class is thin anywhere, it's only in local, in-state products. While 60% of a normal CSU roster is made up of players from Colorado, this class contains only three in-state players, Offensive lineman Josh Day from Overland High School in Aurora, defensive back Lukas Davis from Eaglecrest (Aurora) and defensive lineman Wyatt Wilken from Thunder Ridge. It's nothing against the Colorado players, Lubick noted, just a matter of the number of top-quality in state players "being down a little bit" and the Rams uncanny success in southern California.
More than half of the Rams 25-player class - 14 players – hails from the state of California. Included in than list is highly sought quarterback prospect Marshall Tharpe, a 6'2" 185 lb'er from Santa Margarita High in Coto de Caza. It's the same school that produced current Florida State QB Chris Rix, former USC standout Carson Palmer and Illinois starter-to-be Matt Dlugecki. His high school coach, Jim Hartigan says Tharpe "is overall a more complete player that any of my previous QB's…"
Also among the Californians coming to Fort Collins, is RB Tristan Walker, who the Rams had to sweat out in the final days before signing him. Walker turned down and offer from Colorado, and was getting heavy pressure from Arizona and Texas A&M right up until the end, but stuck with his commitment to CSU. Lubick called the 6'1 225 lb. Walker "the best running back prospect we've ever brought in."
Lubick was particularly pleased with the number of top-quality offensive lineman –five – that CSU landed and in his group of three linebackers, all of whom are bigger than the current CSU starters. He noted that among the newcomers, the most likely to contribute in their first year in Fort Collins were the new defensive backs, and wide receivers, areas where CSU was hit hard by graduation.
Two junior college transfers, defensive lineman Lavell Mann and DB Travis Campbell, are already enrolled at CSU and will participate in spring practice with a shot at playing a lot next fall.
2002 Colorado State Football National Letter Of Intent Signees
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Birthdate Hometown/Last School
1. Anderson, David WR 5-11 190 Fr. 7/28/83 Westlake Village, Calif./Thousand Oaks HS
2. *Campbell, Travis DB 6-0 190 Jr. 7/7/81 Thousand Oaks, Calif./Cal State-Northridge
3. Cathy, Brandon DB 5-11 180 Fr. 8/11/83 Liberty, Mo./Liberty HS
4. Davis, Lukas DB 6-2 190 Fr. 12/24/83 Aurora, Colo./Eaglecrest
5. Day, Josh OL 6-5 275 Fr. 12/15/83 Aurora, Colo./Overland HS
6. Flores, Joey WR 6-3 195 Fr. 8/16/84 Anaheim, Calif./Fountain Valley HS
7. Foster, Daniel DB 5-11 175 Fr. 5/29/84 Corona, Calif./Centennial HS
8. Gales, Jeffrey RB 6-1 190 Fr. 12/20/83 Fort Worth, Tex./All Saints Episcopal
9. Garrison, Dana LB 6-0 220 Fr. 8/21/84 Los Angeles, Calif./Fairfax HS
10. Green, Jimmy RB 6-0 220 Jr. 2/11/83 San Diego, Calif./Mesa JC 11. Haskell, Jason OL 6-3 275 Fr. 2/24/84 Topeka, Kan./Topeka HS
12. Hayward, Adam LB/S 6-1 215 Fr. 6/23/84 Westminster, Calif./Marina HS
13. Jones, Courtney LB 6-1 230 Fr. 7/11/84 Arlington, Tex./Bowie HS
14. Leiter, Michael DE 6-4 235 Fr. 2/16/84 Mission Viejo, Calif./Santa Margarita
15. *Mann, Lavell DL 6-2 280 Jr. 9/8/82 Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach City College
16. Moore, Jonathan OL 6-4 300 Fr. 8/5/84 Houston, Tex./Clear Brook HS
17. Oldenburg, Clint TE 6-6 212 Fr. 9/9/83 Gillette, Wyo./Campbell County HS
18. Parks, Ryan OL 6-4 285 Fr. 10/30/83 Chino Hills, Calif./Chino HS
19. Petit, Julien WR 6-3 190 Fr. 8/17/84 Pasadena, Calif./Mater Dei HS
20. Redha, Jassem OL 6-3 295 Fr. 7/10/84 Chino, Calif./Chino HS
21. Stratton, Ben DB 6-2 200 Fr. 7/17/84 Cheyenne, Wyo./Cheyenne East HS
22. Tharpe, Marshall QB 6-2 185 Fr. 2/22/84 Coto de Caza, Calif./Santa Margarita HS
23. Walker, Tristan RB 6-1 225 Fr. 9/18/84 Claremont, Calif./Claremont HS
24. Wilken, Wyatt DL 6-2 275 Fr. 11/18/83 Highlands Ranch, Colo./ThunderRidge HS
25. Woods, Micah LB 6-1 242 Fr. 4/24/84 Houston, Tex./Sterling HS
*Currently enrolled in school at Colorado State.