Nothing scares alumni football fans as much as a coaching change, especially when the coach being replaced is a long time fixture such as former Ram boss Sonny Lubick. Lubick's replacement Steve Fairchild did not falter, stayed the course and used his strong Colorado roots to bring in a very talented group of in state players to help the Rams get back to winning.
Justin Becker DL 6-5 250 ThunderRidge
Great frame to gain size as well as solid athleticism as evidenced by his play for the ThunderRidge basketball team. Becker gained All-League honors this year in the rugged Mountain Plains League.
Davis Burl DB 6-2 205 Grandview
With great size and 10.7 speed Burl is the epitome of a prospect. The upside for this member of the Grandview state championship squad borders on immeasurable.
Joe Caprioglio OT 6-5 250 Highlands Ranch
This late get became available to the Rams after Kansas State asked Caprioglio to greyshirt, with a great frame and solid play in the run and pass game, Caprioglio could be a contributor in a couple of years.
Andy Clements DB 6-1 185 Chatfield
This speedy backer has been a tackling machine the last two years and could make the move to DB soon.
Ben DeLine K 5-10 170 Steamboat Springs
Son of former CSU kicker Steve DeLine, Ben is very accurate, but has the ability to hit from long as seen by his fifty-one yarder this past season.
Jonathan Gaye RB 6-0 195 Mullen
Mullen back has breakaway speed and is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. A redshirt year could help him gain size to go with his impressive speed.
Alex Kelly QB 6-2 205 Rocky Mountain
Another late pickup for coach Fairchild, Kelly decommitted from Montana State to play for his hometown school. This past season, Kelly passed for over 2,300 yards and twenty-seven TDs against only five picks on the way to an All-State campaign.
Jake Landers DT 6-4 270 Durango
Big defensive tackle could become a monster in the middle of the Colorado State defense. Jake is the younger brother of current Ram defensive lineman, senior Wade Landers.
Ben Tedford DE 6-6 225 Columbine
This long Columbine defender has very good closing speed and could become a force as he gains weight and strength.
Zach Tiedgen DE 6-4 225 ThunderRidge
This athletic defensive end has been a mainstay for the ThunderRidge defense throughout his career as he has brought home All-League and All-State honors.
Matt Weems DE 6-3 220 Arapahoe
Weems has great quickness and may convert to backer at the college level.
Few if any on this list will have immediate impact and look for many to redshirt their first year, but head coach Steve Fairchild was savvy for bringing these Coloradoans in, due to their tremendous upside. Remember this group two of three years down the road as they gain size, speed and experience.
They may not have immediate impact, but this group of new Rams should prove their worth a few years down the line.