It's been 10 days since national signing day and Colorado coach Jon Embree is actively looking for more additions to the 2011 recruiting class.
Embree has two wide receiver prospects tentatively scheduled for official visits next week and could add one or both to the class. During his signing day press conference when asked if he felt like the class of 19 recruits he announced was missing anything, Embree said he would have liked to add another wide receiver or two to the roster.
One of the two prospects is considered a four-star recruit. CU had only one four-star player among the recruits it announced last week.
Rivals.com ranks Mike Thomas the 36th best wide receiver in the nation in the 2011 class and the 30th overall prospect from the state of California.
Thomas, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound product of Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif., has purposely delayed choosing a college because of the recent death of his grandmother, according to an article by Rivals. He holds offers from the Buffs, Oregon State, Colorado State, Houston and Wyoming and is hoping more late offers will come his way.
The other prospect is Tyler McCulloch, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound prospect from Eldorado High School in Albuquerque, N.M.
McCulloch is a bit of a mystery. As of Friday evening, he did not have a profile on Rivals.com. An article on Scout.com about "under the radar" prospects from the Land of Enchantment had this to say about McCulloch: "Huge target with decent speed and great ball skills. Has the talent to compete at the D-I level and provides a big match-up issue for any CB."
Embree is not happy with the depth chart at wide receiver. Going into next season, the Buffs have senior Toney Clemons, junior Will Jefferson and sophomore Paul Richardson as the only players with significant playing experience. Sophomore Jarrod Darden, redshirt freshman Keenan Canty, true freshman Nelson Spruce and walk-ons such as Kyle Cefalo, Dustin Ebner and Jason Espinoza also will be in the mix.
Obviously an injury or two to the main contributors in that group could seriously hamper the offense, which has the coaching staff wanting to add depth.
So from where do the additional scholarships come?
At this point, the CU program appears to be at or over the 85 scholarship limit for next year's team.
All scholarships are offered on a one-year basis. So a player who currently has a scholarship could become a walk-on next year.
Perhaps the more likely answer would be players choosing to remove themselves from the equation. Some could decide the tougher brand of football Embree and his staff plan to play in Boulder isn't for them and leave on their own. Others who aren't getting the job done in the classroom or have other off-the-field problems could find themselves in the position of needing to find another program to finish their careers.
Cal game reportedly finalized
A blogger covering the California athletic department for SBNation reported this week that Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour has confirmed that the Bears will play a nonconference game in Boulder on Sept.10 against the Buffs. The blogs attributes comments to Barbour saying that the deal was finalized on Tuesday.
CU officials said last week that they expected to announce some kind of resolution on the Sept. 10 game this week, but they did not issue a statement or press release Friday.
The Cal game will be the Buffs' only nonconference game in Folsom Field and one of only five games in Boulder next season. CU is playing 13 games, including one at Hawaii, in its first year in the Pac-12 Conference and will have only four conference home games.
Both athletic departments have funding problems and don't want to add to their budgets with a late change to the schedule. The original game contract called for each team to be paid $200,000 for playing at the other team's stadium. CU lost last season at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley.
The Bears don't want to cancel the game with the Buffs and add a home game because Memorial Stadium is being remodeled this year and the Bears are playing all their home games at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Colorado has finalized plans for pro timing day March 9. Approximately 40 representatives from just about every NFL franchise will be in Boulder to watch former Buffs such as Nate Solder, Jimmy Smith and Jalil Brown workout. All three players are expected to be drafted in April.
Solder is expected to be a first-round pick, and could be taken among the top 15 selections. Smith is expected to be taken in the first or second round and Brown could go anywhere from the second to the seventh round.