Evaluation period arrives

Colorado football coaches recently completed five weeks of evaluating the current team through 15 practices in spring ball. Now the staff will hit the road to begin six weeks of recruiting evaluations that will serve as the backbone of its recruiting efforts for the 2012 class as well as getting early looks at future prospects.

Colorado coaches are expected to hit the West Coast and Texas hard this year during the spring evaluation period with fewer visits to other parts of the country than in recent years.

That doesn't mean CU is completely abandoning its efforts in recruiting elsewhere, but it does have a centralized focus on the recruiting hotbeds of California and Texas under head coach Jon Embree.

CU coaches and fans of the program are eager to upgrade the overall talent level and depth with the 2012 class, which should number around 25 players.

CU already has commitments from two defensive linemen in the class, though one of them could end playing linebacker in Boulder and a running back.

Embree wants to land a blue chip caliber quarterback. Tight end and wide receiver are positions of need and the Buffs will probably take at least four or five linemen on both sides of the ball and spread the remaining scholarships around the depth chart.

NCAA rules prohibit head coaches from participating in off-campus evaluations during the spring and no more than seven coaches can be on the road recruiting at one time.

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