BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Mike MacIntyre's first recruiting class at the University of Colorado lacks star power and big names, and the Buffaloes' new coach insists that doesn't bother him.
After all, his classes at San Jose State were similarly nondescript and he turned that program around in three seasons, taking a team that went 1-12 in 2010 to 11-2 last year.
Nobody's expecting that quick of a turnaround at Colorado, where Jon Embree was fired following the worst season in school history, but MacIntyre's plan is to begin making steady progress right away.
His recruiting wish list included keeping the 10 players who had committed to Colorado upon his arrival — and he was successful — beefing up both lines, adding speed at wide receiver and bulk at linebacker with converted offensive backs.
MacIntyre said he called all of Colorado's commitments as soon as he was hired and was pleased that all signed their letters of intent with the Buffs on Wednesday,
The hallmark of this class is likely Sefo Liufau, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound quarterback from Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, Wash., who might be able to compete for playing time right away.
"I haven't been on the field with everybody yet, I'm excited about Sefo, but I don't want to put all that pressure on him and when he gets here we'll see how he's progressing," MacIntyre said. "But I think he has the body type, I think he has the intelligence. He played in a good program there. But we'll just have to wait and see how everything unfolds."
Liufau threw a lot in high school but MacIntyre said he's athletic enough to run, too.
"Yes, he can run. I've seen it on film and watched him play high school basketball and he can jump and he can 360-dunk it, I mean he's an athlete," McIntyre said.
He said he hopes Liufau will be "a bell cow for this class and our program as he grows in it."