MacIntyre keeps Buffs commitments

Mike MacIntyre’s first recruiting class at the University of

Colorado lacks star power and big names, and the Buffaloes’ new

coach insists that doesn’t bother him.

After all, his classes at San Jose State were similarly

nondescript and he turned that program around in three seasons,

taking a team that went 1-12 in 2010 to 11-2 last year.

Nobody’s expecting that quick of a turnaround at Colorado, where

Jon Embree was fired following the worst season in school history,

but MacIntyre’s plan is to begin making steady progress right

away.

His recruiting wish list included keeping the 10 players who had

committed to Colorado upon his arrival – and he was successful –

beefing up both lines, adding speed at wide receiver and bulk at

linebacker with converted offensive backs.

MacIntyre said he called all of Colorado’s commitments as soon

as he was hired and was pleased that all signed their letters of

intent with the Buffs on Wednesday,

The hallmark of this class is likely Sefo Liufau, a 6-foot-4,

215-pound quarterback from Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, Wash., who

might be able to compete for playing time right away.

”I haven’t been on the field with everybody yet, I’m excited

about Sefo, but I don’t want to put all that pressure on him and

when he gets here we’ll see how he’s progressing,” MacIntyre said.

”But I think he has the body type, I think he has the

intelligence. He played in a good program there. But we’ll just

have to wait and see how everything unfolds.”

Liufau threw a lot in high school but MacIntyre said he’s

athletic enough to run, too.

”Yes, he can run. I’ve seen it on film and watched him play

high school basketball and he can jump and he can 360-dunk it, I

mean he’s an athlete,” McIntyre said.

He said he hopes Liufau will be ”a bell cow for this class and

our program as he grows in it.”

So far, MacIntyre has only seen his current QBs – Nick

Hirschman, Connor Wood, John Schrock, and Jordan Webb, who’s

recovering from an injury to his right (throwing) hand – on

tape.

”I’ve seen flashes in all of them,” MacIntyre said. ”We’ll

have to see how they fit into what we do and how we do it. You look

at different quarterbacks … if you look at the NFL you look at

different quarterbacks in different systems. Some guys are really

good in one system and some guys are really good in another. As we

get out there and look at our guys and see how it fits, there will

be somebody who will rise to the top. I don’t know who it is but

somebody rises.”

In addition to his 19 high school recruits, MacIntyre signed

linebacker Addison Gillam, who signed with San Jose State a year

ago but grayshirted and decided to follow MacIntyre to Colorado,

enrolling this semester. Also enrolled is Markeis Reed a 6-foot-4,

220-pound linebacker from Napa, Calif., who graduated in

December.

MacIntyre said keeping the 10 Colorado recruits who had

committed to play for the former coaching staff ”was the right

thing to do and I watched the film at the same time and I felt like

these were good football players and I knew we were behind the

8-ball and we needed to keep these guys and we did.”

MacIntyre signed three in-state recruits – Mullen defensive end

Timothy Coleman Jr., Denver South running back/defensive back

Phillip Lindsay and Columbine offensive lineman John Lisella II –

but pledged future classes would include more Colorado kids.

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