Given thatJon Embree was hired as CU Buffs' head football coach
in December, most fans were willing to grade his first recruiting class on the curve.
But that may not be necessary, even though he and his staff only had thirteen days to get their players in a row.
Of course, judging incoming talent in the hours following National Letter of Intent Day is notoriously difficult, since it often takes years to learn if a high schooler with tremendously potential will realize it on the collegiate level. But even now, Embree's recruiting acumen is plain. As noted in the CUBuffs.com piece linked above, Embree says eight of the school's nineteen signees were originally committed to other schools, with more than half of those who flipped having previously pledged to attend colleges with whom the Buffs will compete in the new Pac-12.
Cuckolded schools included Arizona State, UCLA and Washington.
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Such poaching is hardly unknown in major college athletics. In fact, it's one way to measure a program's strength -- and considering CU's pigskin mediocrity of late, Embree's ability to lure any players wanted by more successful football schools has got to be considered a coup.
Want to see some of the newbies in action? Get a glimpse of them in the following CUBuffs.com video compilation:
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