Mike MacIntyre hasn't fared as well as he would have liked recruiting in the state in his first year as coach of the Colorado Buffaloes.
CU has just two commitments from in-state prospects, but he's hoping to land a few more locals before national signing day in early February.
"It always seems like at the last minute there's one or two kids that look at mom and dad the last couple nights and go 'I'm not going that far away. I'm staying right here,'" MacIntyre said this week. "So, we'll keep working on that and hopefully that will work out. We'll keep working at it as hard as we can. We'll keep pushing."
MacIntyre's assistant coaches fanned out across the state, as well as California and Texas, this week now that the season is over. The program is planning to host more than 30 recruits on official visits the next two weekends.
A good portion of those slated to visit in the next 10 days are already committed to CU but more than half are not. Only a handful are from Colorado and at least six are from junior colleges.
The biggest in-state target in the class is four-star running back Kalen Ballage, a 6-foot-2, 216-pound athlete from Falcon High School. He is on CU's visit list next weekend, though he has told recruiting sites that he plans to use his official visits on Arizona State, Boise State, Michigan State, Nebraska and Washington.
CU has signed an average of six in-state recruits to the roster each year since 1973 when the program first began tracking its recruiting in-depth.
There have been some extremes in all those years. The program signed a high of 12 in-state prospects twice in that time and a low of one in 1987 and 1998 under former coaches Bill McCartney and Rick Neuheisel, respectively.
MacIntyre said when he was hired a year ago one of his goals in recruiting would be to eventually keep all or most of the best local talent. At this point safety Evan White of Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora and offensive lineman Isaac Miller from Silver Creek High School in Longmont are the only in-state prospects who have committed to wear black, silver and gold.
MacIntyre and the rest of CU's coaches in all sports received some good news this week when the Board of Regents approved a new $143 million plan for facilities upgrades in and around Folsom Field, including a new permanent indoor practice facility. CU hopes to have the construction completed by the fall of 2015, but it's contingent on funding.
Being able to promise an indoor practice facility to recruits this weekend will be big with frigid temperatures expected.
While new facilities are always a boon to recruiting, nothing pushes recruiting over the top like winning more games. MacIntyre can sell a three-game improvement to this year's class and he also still has early playing time to dangle in front of most of the young men he's pursuing.
"They're being told a million different things by other coaches and while those kids have grown up, Colorado hasn't been very good," MacIntyre said. "Since they've been in first grade they've never seen Colorado be good. So, it's hard for them to relish but, some of them are getting it. I think as we keep showing more and more progress and keep working at it and keep getting to know them that it will happen. It's just that you can't fret over the ones you lose, you have to make sure you get the right ones that you do get."