Colorado football coach Jon Embree passed his NCAA recruiting test Wednesday and immediately began contacting recruits.

Embree plans to visit in-state recruits this week and then expand his efforts outside the state next week after he hires more assistant coaches.

Physical players are at the top of Embree`s list, regardless of what position they play. Embree identified that characteristic as being important to him when he evaluates tape of players. But it doesn`t stop there. He wants players who value the chance to get an education and he also wants players who are competitive enough to harbor the dream of playing in the NFL.

"When I get with the kid, I want to know how important football is to him," Embree said. "I want to know if they are willing to work. You keep hearing me say it`s going to be hard to be a part of this program. It’s going to be demanding. There is going to be a standard, and like I told the players, you either do or you don’t. There is no gray. There is no in between.”

    Embree was still talking with about 10 coaches on Wednesday to fill the six remaining fulltime assistant coach openings left on his staff. He has hired Eric Bieniemy as his offensive coordinator, Brian Cabral as linebackers coach and Mike Tuiasosopo as defensive tackles coach.

    Embree said he knows what he is looking for in a coach.


    “I want guys who can teach on the grass,” Embree said. “There are a lot of coaches who can do it on the board but can’t do it on the grass. That was the first thing.

    “The next thing I wanted was guys with diverse backgrounds. I believe whether it’s recruiting or having validity with your players, you have to have been there. That’s just my philosophy. So there are going to be guys who have coached at a high-level D-I, coached in the NFL, played in the NFL. Done both. There is going to be a vast array of experiences on there.”

Embree knows the Buffs

    Fans might think Embree will have a lot to learn about the Buffs when spring football starts March 5. That is true to an extent. There are plenty of players on the team who haven’t seen much action on Saturdays because they are backups or redshirts, but he is generally familiar with much of the talent returning next fall.

    One of the benefits of working on an NFL coaching staff is having access to film of every college game. Embree said he watched every CU game over the past two years, in part, because he was evaluating players and also because he was interested in why his alma mater was struggling.

    “I feel like I have a good feel for them personally,” Embree said. 


    Embree was welcomed to Boulder with a rousing ovation during the first television timeout of the men’s basketball game against Colorado State at the Coors Events Center on Tuesday night. He thanked the crowd and asked the students to increase their level of support for the football team and to come early to football games next fall. ... Embree plans to return to the Washington D.C., area during the dead period around Christmas to begin the move west for his family. He said he will also have dinner with some of his former Washington Redskins players and say his official goodbyes with the organization at that point.