Leader of the class

Cornerback Yuri Wright is the highest ranked recruit to join the Colorado program since defensive lineman turned tight end Nick Kasa signed as a five-star recruit in the 2009 class. Buffs fans can only hope Wright's career in Boulder is more successful than other recent star recruits who joined the program. Get inside for more.

Colorado hasn't had a lot of luck recently with four and five-star recruits who picked Boulder on national signing day.

The only four-star recruit in the 2011 class, offensive lineman Paulay Asiata, recently told coaches he was quitting the program for academic and personal reasons.

Wide receiver Paul Richardson is the only recent four or five-star player to sign with the Buffs and actually make an impact on the field, but even he has been inconsistent in the first two years of his career. It's also important to note that Richardson didn't originally sign with Colorado on national signing day. He chose UCLA and ended up in Boulder later that summer after an off-the-field incident ended his brief stint with the Bruins.

Huge expectations followed Kasa from Legacy High School in Broomfield to Boulder in 2009. After all, he had ultimately spurned an offer from Florida to be a Buff. Injuries played a part in setting him back early in his career but he wasn't making progress or earning much playing time and decided to move to tight end last fall. He will be a senior this year and needs to make an impact at his new position to have a chance to extend his career at the pro level.

Going even further back to the 2008 class, which featured two five-star recruits, if all recruiting services are included, in Darrell Scott and Lynn Katoa.

Katoa spent more time in Boulder County Court than he did on the practice field for the Buffs and washed out after a suspension and a year on the team.

Scott at least played during his first two seasons with the Buffs, but not enough and he didn't even make it all the way through his second fall before bolting for South Florida and a fresh start.

Three other four-star prospects signed with CU in the 2008 class. One is Jon Major, who has had a strong career, though it got off to a slow start because of a torn ACL. Another was junior college linebacker Shaun Mohler, who made steady contributions for two years and the third was offensive lineman Bryce Givens, who played early in his career and looked promising, but struggled academically and was kicked off the team last year following his second arrest in six months.

That brings us back to Wright, who is coming to Boulder with baggage attached. He was recently expelled from his high school following months of inappropriate Twitter postings. He has apologized and vowed not to make any more poor decisions.

Colorado fans will settle for a productive four years from their top recruit in 2012.


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