There is little doubt the departure of Jim McElwain from Colorado State to Florida has created shifts regarding in state Colorado recruiting. Prior to McElewain’s departure the Rams were making a nice haul of in state talent. Linemen Salofi Gaoa (Rocky Mountain) and Frank Umu (Heritage) had made commits. Umu, this week, shifted his commit to the Colorado Buffaloes. Bear Creek speedster Olabisi Johnson was a Ram commit and Cherry Creek running back Milo Hall was taking a hard look at Colorado State.
Beyond McElwain’s time as Bama’s offensive coordinator and his success moving Colorado State to a 10 win program, his work with quarterbacks is cited as a reason for the Gators making the hire. While the coach at Colorado State McElwain fostered quarterback Garrett Grayson into an NFL prospect. With an eye toward quarterback talent, McElwain, while still the Head coach for the Rams, extended an early offer to 2016 Legacy High quarterback Matt Lynch. As a quarterback prospect there is much to like about Lynch. The 6-5 200 pounder has the arm to make all the throws and is a very good runner. This past season Lynch guided his Legacy squad to the playoffs on the strength of nearly 2,000 yards of combined offense and 22 touchdowns.
Regarding Lynch and his current situation Legacy Head Coach Wayne Vorhees weighed in saying, “He (Lynch) is a little nervous. He is in a wait and see mode to see who is hired and if they will still honor the commitment. He is going to keep his ears open to see what other options he may have because he is in an interesting spot right now.” Vorhees reports on other colleges and Lynch stating that, “Nothing is really going as of yet, a lot of schools don’t talk to QBs after they commit.”
Many of the early names emerging as potential Colorado State coaching candidates; Oregon’s Scott Frost, Mississippi State’s Billy Gonzales, Colorado State OC Dave Baldwin, Notre Dame’s Tony Alford all are offensive minds and would do well working with Lynch. Whatever happens with Colorado State, Lynch is a talent who has the skill set to transfer his game to the DI level.