The search begins anew

Colorado football coaches will have much of the next week off after completing the 2009 recruiting class this week by signing 19 players. Before taking some time off, they met Thursday morning to discuss plans for the 2010 class. Get inside for more.

As it stands now, the program will have no more than 15 scholarships to offer to 2010 signees. There are 13 scholarship seniors on the roster next fall and two unused scholarships.

Those numbers always seem to change over the course of the year, but it's unlikely they will grow dramatically, meaning fans should plan for another small class.

With Dan Hawkins always wanting to aim high for the best players, Colorado fans can also expect to wait deep into the process again to really get a clear picture of who will be in that group.

Hey, it's just the nature of recruiting. Many of the best players take all of their visits and wait until late January, early February or signing day to make the call.

Here is an early list of some 2010 prospects who claim to have offers or interest from the Colorado coaching staff.

2010 Recruits

QB/Athlete Danny Spond, Columbine QB/Athlete Kain Colter, Cherry Creek QB Austin Hinder, Steamboat Springs QB Jake Johnson, Longmont QB Jake Heaps, Sammamish, Wash. (Skyline High School) QB Robert Bolden, Orchard Lake, Mich. (St. Mary's HS) QB Matt Brown, Allen, Texas (Allen HS) QB Colby Kirkegaard, Phoenix, Ariz. (Arcadia HS)

RB Corey Brown, Springfield, Pa. (Cardinal O'Hara HS) RB Deontae Cooper, Perris, Calif (Citrus Hill HS) RB Mister Jones, Littleton RB Malcolm Jones, Westlake Village, Calif. (Oaks Christian HS) RB Jordan James, Corona, Calif. (Corona HS) RB Stephen Nixon, Las Vegas, NV (Cimarron HS)

WR Dyjuan Lewis, Indianapolis, (Pike HS) WR Justin McCay, Shawnee Mission, Kan., (Bishop Miege HS) WR Kenny Stills, Calif. (La Costa Canyon HS) WR Robert Woods, Gardena, Calif. (Serra HS)

OL Dylan Heitsmith, Lakewood (Bear Creek HS) OL Adam Shead, Cedar Hill, Texas, (Cedar Hill HS) OL Zak Tait, Knoxville, Tenn., (Catholic HS) OL Lexington Smith, Denver East

DL Dylan Klare, Refugio, Texas, (Refugio HS) DL Kona Schwenke, Kahuku, Hawaii, (Kahuku HS) DL Reggie Wilson, Haltom City, Texas, (Haltom HS) DL/FB Alex Benemann, Aurora, (Regis HS)

LB Evan Palelei, Las Vegas, NV (Bishop Gorman HS) LB V.J. Fehoko, Honolulu, (Farrington HS) LB Cody Galea, Elk Grove, Calif. (Franklin HS) LB Chris Martin, Oakland, Calif. (Bishop O'Dowd HS) LB Jake Sullivan, Chippewa Falls, Wis., (Chippewa Falls HS) LB Billy Sprague, Denver (Thomas Jefferson HS)

CB Blake Johnson, Silverdale, Wash., (Olympic HS) DB Devon Carrington, Chandler, Ariz., (Hamilton HS) DB Sean Parker, Harbor City, Calif. (Narbonne HS) DB Tre Sayles, Corona , Calif. (Santiago HS)

ATHLETE Cecil Whiteside, Newport Beach, Calif. (Newport Harbor HS)

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