Sign On The Dotted Line

In what could be one of the strongest CU recruiting classes in years, the Buffs look to sign around 30 high school stars.<p> Many national recruiters, including, believe CU could finish with a top 15 recruiting class.<p> Barnett will do the introductions this afternoon and we will be there. After the class is announced, look for player profiles and stories throughout the week. BuffsInsider's Ron Kruck will talk about the class on am 950 The FAN tonight at 8:00 pm MT.

Although they might not land the "big name", the Colorado Buffaloes 2002 recruiting class is going to be one of their strongest in recent years. has the current class rated #6, just behind #3 UCLA, #4 Michigan and #5 Miami. As usual, Texas is rated the #1 recruiting class, followed by Ohio State.

The NCAA does not allow coaches to comment on recruits until the official letters of intent are collected, but from all signs Coach Barnett is extremely happy.

"This could be the best class I've ever recruited as a head coach", Barnett said.

Once again, Gary Barnett has concentrated on getting recruits from Texas and Californa, but unlike past CU coaches, he has also stated a tradition of keeping Colorado high schoolers in state.

The unofficial number of recruits shows nine of them from Texas, nine of them from Colorado and four from Californa. CU also grabbed three recruits from Louisiana and two transfers from Kansas Jr. colleges.

Two of the Buffs recruits that are getting a lot of praise are OL Clint Werth (Garden City JC, KS) and RB Brian Calhoun (Oak Creek, WI).

Werth is a 6-5, 280 pound monster that could fit in nicely on the CU offensive line with the loss of Andre Gurode and Victor Rodgers.

While many might wonder why the Buffs wanted another runningback, just look at how many times Johnson, Houston, Brown and Purify were fighting injuries. Calhoun was the most desired recruit out of the state of Wisconson and could add a nice change of pace from the bulldozing style of Purify and Brown.

Colorado did lose out in the running for two stars from Colorado though.

LB Zach Latimer from Gateway High School chose to go to conference rival Okalhoma and DL Kasey Studdard from Highlands Ranch is off to Texas.

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