FORT COLLINS — Players weren't the only announced commitments for Colorado State on Wednesday, as head coach Mike Bobo landed a cornerbacks coach to fill an important gap.
Former Colorado player Anthony Perkins, who played at Northglenn in high school, has joined the Rams as the new cornerbacks coach, just eight days before the start of spring camp.
Perkins replaces Eric Lewis, who left the program in January to go to Boston College. He still needs to replace wide receivers coach Alvis Whitted, who departed for an NFL job with the Green Bay Packers.
Perkins is a coach who has been under consideration by Bobo in the past.
"We started interviewing some defensive back coaches, and Anthony was a guy I considered the last cycle. He worked with Coach (Dave) Johnson at Ohio, came highly, highly recommended," Bobo said. "We ended up going with Coach Lewis because some connections (defensive coordinator) Coach (John) Jancek had and some references he had.
"I talked to (Perkins) on the phone, and talked to people who knew him and had coached with him."
After a brief playing career with the Denver Broncos, Perkins went back to Boulder and served as a defensive quality control assistant in 2012. He spent the next two years as the secondary coach at Indiana State, then two more years as the cornerbacks coach at Ohio.
He spent the past two seasons as an assistant to the head coach for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Perkins will arrive in town this weekend. The first day of practice is Feb. 14.
Bobo said he has started talking to people about the wide receiver position, but is not in a rush to fill the post. The plan for spring camp is to have quarterbacks coach Ronnie Letson coach that position while Bobo works with the quarterbacks.
As for the strength and conditioning coach, Bobo said Joey Guarascio (the associate head strength and conditioning coach) has run the offseason program in the interim the past two weeks. Bobo said a decision for the spot will be made shortly.
"I think it is an important hire," he said. "It's something if you've heard me talk that I've stressed this offseason, we've got to get stronger. I feel the first two weeks we've been doing a really good job. Kids have been over here nonstop in the weight room, not just for the mandatory stuff, but for extra voluntary stuff. Today is an off day, and I kept looking down in the weight room and there's close to 50-60 guys down there stretching, getting on the bike, getting loose and getting ready for tomorrow's run at 6 a.m."
Bobo also announced the departure of two more players from the program, defensive end Arjay Jean and offensive lineman Salofi Gaoa. He said Gaoa will graduate in the spring.
He said they will start camp with good depth, with only three players scheduled to miss because of injuries — defensive back Anthony Hawkins, guard Jeff Taylor and linebacker Anthony Giusti, all due to off-season surgeries.