Rams Strong in Colorado

Despite a late coaching change the Colorado State Rams managed to bring in some of the state's best.

Some of the most interesting action in this year’s recruiting cycle took place as Colorado State made the transition from Jim McElwain to Mike Bobo.  Bobo, who was hired right before Christmas, had to keep recruits coming into Fort Collins, excited about the momentum of the Rams’ 2014 season. 


Keeping it Close

the Rams held on to Rocky Mountain High School prospect Salofi Gaoa.  Gaoa, who committed in July, has a giant frame and good athleticism.  He can run block and get to the next level and looks to cherish getting his hands on defenders.  Like many young linemen Gaoa needs to learn how to pass block.  Late in the process the Bobo regime made an offer to Gaoa’s teammate Max McDonald.  McDonald had significant FCS interest but jumped at the chance to play in his hometown.  McDonald was a playmaker every year during his high school career making plays as a pass rusher, in coverage and against the run.  McDonald’s greatest asset is the potential to be an every down inside backer.  At the very least McDonald will contribute early as a special teamer.


Upside

On film Bear Creek’s Olabisi Johnson had the most noticiable speed of any player in Colorado.  More impressive is how Johnson went from a speedster to a football player during his senior season.  At 6-2 and with his quicks, Johnson’s best football is in front of him. 

Rangeview’s Richard King, like Johnson, has tremendous athletic upside.  King’s frame is unreal at a long and lean 6-5 250 pounds.  King can run and is fluid, if he puts in the work the sky is the limit. 


Transfers

During their senior seasons Deshon Mayes and Mitch Parsons were two of my favorite players in their classes.  Mays could always run, but most impressive was his physical play. At Glendale Community College in Arizona Mays got after the passer a two point stance, a skill that will transfer to the Mountain West.  

Parsons a transfer from Vanderbilt by way of Chaparral High School is a very good receiving tight end.  In high school Parsons was one of the best redzone in traffic receivers in Colorado.  Hopefully getting closer to home helps Parsons produce. 


Talented Walk Ons

Of the two walk on running backs Milo Hall may have the most impact early.  Hall is so versatile in that he can work as not only a runner but also a receiver and returner.  Hall could see time early as a third down back. I feel getting Hall as a walk on is steal for the Rams.  Chuk Obinnah is a big framed young man who can add weight and become a between the tackles one cut runner. 


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