Buffs Offer Two Offensive Lineman

Offensive Tackles are not the only position CU is in desperate need of along the offensive line. Boosting the interior is also a priority along the offensive front. Showing their new recruiting plan to the fullest, the staff recently offered an O-lineman in California and Florida. This new CU staff is going coast-to-coast looking for future Buffs.

By: Mike Bakas

Mike Iltis was one of the top offensive line prospects at the recent Scout.com All-American Combine in South Florida.

"I had a real fun time there and I thought I did well," Iltis said. "I was checking out the overall results and I was in some of the top fives for people over 245 pounds."

At 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds, the Riverview, Fla. standout is a tremendous athlete. He talked about how that helps.

"Everyone's different in their own way on the field but my footwork and agility really help me a lot," he said. "At the same time, I know some out there are faster than me so I gotta keep working hard."

Iltis received good news on the recruiting front recently when he heard from a Big 12 head coach.

"Coach Hawkins from Colorado called me," he said. "They offered me a scholarship and me and my family are very excited. With the new coach, they got rid of some of the old turmoil there and it's a good program. They brought in a new strength and conditioning coach and I've been reading how much the kids love him already. I'm very excited about Colorado."

In addition to the Buffs, the talented lineman has spoken to several other coaches this month.

"I've also gotten calls from Florida, Florida Atlantic, Ohio STate, and Iowa State," he said. "I'm just waiting to see who else calls and offers and then I'll narrow it down sometime this summer."

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By: Allen Wallace

Offensive lineman Garth Gerhart (6-2, 304, 5.2) from Norco (Calif.) says he now has scholarship offers from Colorado, Utah, UNLV, Boise State along with previous offers from Colorado State, Baylor, Boston College and New Mexico State. "I was out in Boston as a kid and they have always stuck with me," Gerhart said. "I like the offensive line tradition. It's all about the O-line there. They have a great coach and they prepare you well for the NFL."

Gerhart favors the Eagles over Colorado, Colorado State, Boise State and Utah. "I need to take all my visits and see how I get along with all the other players. They are pretty much gonna be my family, so I want to make sure we're all close.

"I'll probably take all of my visits and make my decision after the football season.," Gerhart said. "My brother (Toby Gerhart, signed with Stanford in Feb '06) waited it out and it worked for him. I think that's smart."

So will Garth follow his brother to Palo Alto? "No," Gerhart said. "It's not for me. I don't really have the grades and I don't want to kill myself with school work."

Gerhart has several offers, but the Pac-10 schools don't seem to be in the mix. "I wouldn't mind staying in Calif, but the Pac-10 isn't really recruiting me," Gerhart said. "I haven't heard from Oregon in a while, but I've gotten a few letters from USC.

"I like the Colorado area a lot and that's why I like Colorado and Colorado State. Colorado has a good program that is gonna be improving. They have a new coach and I think it's a good opportunity to come and do well," Gerhart said.

He reports a 3.8 and will be taking the SAT on June 3.


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