Colorado football: How the Buffaloes fare after Signing Day

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Mike MacIntyre’s first National Signing Day as the Colorado football head football coach was successful. MacIntyre wanted to make a big splash with the program with his first Signing Day as coach, and he was able to do just that.

MacIntyre has not had enough time to recruit and sign players that would fit his scheme last offseason. Last, year Macintyre inherited many of Jon Embree’s recruits and players. The Buffs had a re-emergence after a year of pure misery that saw them win only one game. The Buffs quadrupled their previous record this year by winning 4 games and losing 8.

Signing Day is one of the most important days in college football because it is where programs build for the future. Much of the time, teams that win in the living room, will win on Saturdays.

This was Mike MacIntyre’s first year with the Buffs. He won as many games in one year as the former coach, Jon Embree, did in his two years with the team. They still had only one win in the Pac-12, which was not an improvement from last year. This year is where Macintyre can build HIS team, not one that he inherited.

The Buffs recruiting class was not nationally ranked in 2014. They have 20 verbal commitments. Rising sophomore quarterback Sefo Liufau acquired some targets with this recruiting class, such as Shay Fields, Donovan Lee, and, according to Rivals.com., Fields is the highest rated out of the four wideouts in the class. He is a four star wide-receiver from Bellflower, California.

They also signed tight end Dylan Keeney, who has lots of potential with a 6-foot-6 frame. These are very timely signings because of the loss of star receiver Paul Richardson, who declared for the NFL Draft. Richardson had a breakout year, posting 83 receptions for 1,343 yards while catching 10 touchdowns. All of this was after returning from a ACL injury in 2012. This production will be very difficult to replace, but the Buffs got off to a good start with the signing of Fields and company.

11 out of the 20 recruits are from the state of California, which is the home of MacIntyre’s former school, San Jose State University. MacIntyre clearly has a lot of connections and roots in California, specifically Northern California. California is a battleground state where MacIntyre needs to continue to succeed in recruiting.

The one thing past coaches have failed to do, in regards to recruiting, is sign in-state talent. Many of the top recruits in Colorado have left the state because of the lack of recent success by the Buffs. The Buffs only have three recruits from the state of Colorado this year. The school is becoming more attractive with the recent upturn in success and the increased investment in the program. The CU Board of Regents has approved a $143 million project of additions and improvements to Dal Ward, Folsom Field and a new indoor practice facility.

This year’s recruiting class could jumpstart the Buffs’ rise back into the national spotlight. If this class proves to be strong this year, it will help MacIntyre establish the program as a real contender in the Pac-12.