When Will They Visit?

While he's busy coaching his team in the second week of fall camp, recruiting is never far from Dan Hawkins' mind.

The coach of the Colorado Buffaloes has received three oral commitments from prospects for the 2009 recruiting class and figures to nail down more over the next six weeks as the season gets underway and recruits are able to make official visits to campus

The thing is, the Buffs' schedule this fall might lead to only a few visits in September followed by a big October and November push leading into crunch time in December and January.

CU begins its season against Colorado State in Denver away from campus where coaches generally like to host prospects. The second game of the year comes against Eastern Washington, not a real sexy opponent.

The second true home game will be played on a Thursday night on national television against West Virginia. It's a popular game among fans and ticket buyers, but it comes at a difficult time to host recruits, who will likely have school the following morning.

The first big recruiting weekend might have to wait until homecoming and the start of the Big 12 Conference slate when Texas comes to town. It will be the first time the Buffs have faced the Longhorns since the 70-3 nightmare in Houston in the 2005 conference championship game. The game is already nearing a sellout and should lead to an exciting environment.

"There will be a lot of guys in here," Hawkins said. "A lot of times it just works out on how their high school schedule works out. We actually do have some guys coming in for West Virginia who have byes on that Friday night.

"Usually they want to go to certain games but because of their schedule it ends up being different."

CU coaches generally host 50 or more recruits on official visits each year. Those players come to campus when they can during weekends from September until nearly the end of January. Hawkins has 18-20 scholarships to award in the 2009 class.