28 Recruits Sign On To Play At Colorado

The Colorado Buffaloes end up signing 28 high school athletes and two junior college transfers to make up the biggest recruiting class for CU since 1978.<p> The Buffs signed 13 offensive players ( 6 OL, 3 WRs, 2 RBs, 1 QB, 1 TE) and 17 defensive players (7 DBs, 5 LBs, 5 DL).

After losing 29 lettermen and seven starters, Gary Barnett knew he had some holes to fill on both offense and defense.

Signing 30 players could help.

Although they didn't sign the "big name" players, they did get some athletes who will make an impact right away. One of those players is Clint Werth, a 6-6, 275 lb. transfer from Garden City Community College in Hayes, Kansas. Barnett believes that Werth will fit in nicely at the tackle position left open by the departure of Victor Rodgers.

Another player who could see playing time right away from GCCC is Gabe Nyenhuis, a 6-4, 260 lb. defensive lineman. Nyenhuis was at Northwestern before transfering to Garden City and will miss spring drills due to MCL surgery.

The Buffs got a late signing surprize when Blake Mackey committed to CU about 1 pm MT. The 6-3, 185 lb. WR from Bakersfield, CA. brings some much needed speed to the Buffs and received All-American honors from both SuperPrep and PrepStar.

Coach Barnett said that the theme of this years class was speed and that the Buffs really helped themselves at two key positions.

"We think we really impacted our receivers corp right now and our secondary, especially at the linebacker position," Barnett said.

"Again speed is the most important thing this class has and playmaking ability". The Buffs signed no wide receiver under 6-3 and believe that Anthony Wright (TX), Ty Littlehales (CO) and Cal.State-Northridge transfer D.J. Hackett are the type of receivers who can succeed in the west coast offense.

For the third year in a row, CU recruited very heavily in-state. The Buffs signed seven total players from Colorado and made it clear that he would continue this trend.

"We are always going to look in-state first, that is the first place we are going to focus on. We are going to fight hard for those guys and recruit them hard and then what needs we don't meet here, we will look elsewhere."

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