While some Colorado football fans are hemming and hawing that the new coaching staff has allowed too many in-state prospects to escape this spring and summer, they might be overlooking a development that could be much more significant to the long-term health of the program.
The Buffs secured a commitment Tuesday from defensive end Victor Irokansi of Pflugerville, Texas. It is the fourth oral commitment in the 2012 cycle from a high school player in Texas, the hottest of hotbeds when it comes to football recruiting.
Colorado hasn't recruited more than three players from Texas in any year since former coach Gary Barnett secured signatures from eight Texas prospects in 2003. The year before that Barnett landed 10 Texas players.
Those two years were an anomaly likely produced as a result of the Buffs beating Texas in the Big 12 Conference championship game in 2001. The program has successfully recruited more than five Texas recruits only two other times since it began tracking recruits by state in 1973, landing six in 1974 and eight in 1981.
CU has four assistant coaches with recruiting responsibilities in the Lone Star state and they seem to be doing well early in their tenure in Boulder. The Texas recruiting efforts are led by defensive ends coach Kanavis McGhee, who is the primary recruiter for Irokansi, and wide receivers coach Bobby Kennedy. But offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and tight ends and special teams coach J.D. Brookhart also have recruiting territory in Texas.
"It was just the right time," Irokansi said. "I got to thinking about it and I was like, 'What else am I looking for really?' You play in the Pac-12, have all the tradition in the world, they great facilities, it's a great place. It got to the point where I was like, 'What else am I waiting for?'"