Analysts Talk About CU's Class (Free Content)

The Buffalo Sports News spoke with Scout.com National Analysts Allen Wallace and Jamie Newberg to get their thoughts on Colorado's recruiting haul this year. They like the crop of offensive lineman, the running backs, and also think there are a few defensive standouts.

Colorado currently has 20 commits, including Michael Sipili who will announce for the Buffs tomorrow and is already committed. The class did not develop until very late in the cycle with the coaching staff change, but according to Scout.com National Analysts Allen Wallace and Jamie Newberg, the class still turned out solid.

Jamie Newberg is regarded as one of the top authorities on college football recruiting. He has been covering college football recruiting since 1992. In 1996, he launched the web-site and publication called BorderWars, which covered Southeastern football recruiting and the web-site quickly became the most popular of it's kind. He also serves as analyst and co-host on Fox Sports South's college football recruiting show "Countdown to Signing Day" since 1997. Newberg has also done color commentary on high school football games in Georgia on TV 33 (now Comcast) since 1999. He appears on radio shows from coast to coast and has worked for the Atlanta-Journal and Constitution and 790 The Zone in Atlanta. In 2002, Newberg became the National College Football Analyst for Scout.com and is now in-charge of the recruiting operations for Scout.com.

Allen Wallace is the nationally respected publisher of SuperPrep magazine. In print since 1985, it represents the absolute finest in recruiting information. Trusted... CNN, USA Today, ESPN, Lindy's, Sports Illustrated and the most renowned newspapers in the country are just some of the media which routinely utilize the expertise of SuperPrep in their coverage of college football recruiting. Over 60 of the nation's finest universities purchase 10 copies of every issue in order to supplement their recruiting efforts. Wallace, who resides in Laguna Beach, California, is also in charge of recruiting operations for Scout.com as the National Recruiting Editor.

"Colorado won't be signing a top 20 recruiting class in the nation this year, but Dan Hawkins has assembled a staff which has demonstrated an ability to convince some very promising prospects that Boulder is the place to hang their hats for their college playing days," Allen Wallace said.

Wallace is impressed with the commits CU was able to sway from other schools. "They got Florida wide receiver Sherman Lang and defensive end Marquez Herrod. Lang was originally committed to West Virginia and Herrod had initially promised Oregon State's Mike Riley that he would be playing in Corvallis. They are very good pick-ups for the Buffs."

He is also impressed with the commitment of Demetrius Sumler. "Sumler is a promising future Buffalo. He is a record-breaking running back in San Diego which is no easy feat."

Like Wallace, Newberg also likes a CU running back commit. "Running back Jaslee Rouson from New Jersey was another prospect that preferred Boulder over some other places like Maryland and Rutgers. You don't usually see Colorado going into New Jersey but there was a family connection there and the CU staff took advatage of it."

Both analysts are impressed with the offensive line class. "If someone asks Colorado 'where's the beef' they can just point to the offensive line," Jamie Newberg exclaimed. "The Buffaloes signed seven offensive linemen (inclusind long snapper Justin Drescher) led by center Wes Simon, who signed with Colorado over Tennessee, Texas A&M, Kansas, K-State and Oklahoma State. Simon is not the tallest guy around but he is a player."

"This new Buffalo staff is also emphasizing building up the offensive line," Wallace chimed in. "Seven new prospects could end up signing with Hawkins to fortify strength in the offensive trenches."

Newberg points to the key signees from the defensive class. "Defensive Lineman Jason Brace, linebacker Marquez Herrod and safety Jimmy Smith are the standouts of their defensive class. Those three should make plenty of noise in Boulder."

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