Feb 042004
 
Authors: Joelle Milholm

CSU head football coach Sonny Lubick and all of his assistant

coaches can finally sit back, take a deep breath and relax because

the long and grueling recruiting process is over – at least for

this year.

The 2004 CSU Football National Letter of Intent and Financial

Aid Award Signees List was announced at a press conference on

Wednesday. The list includes 27 soon-to-be Rams.

“We got a good class to present,” Lubick said. “We want this

program to keep moving forward all the time and we think this class

could be something special.”

According to Lubick, around 23 of the signees had already

committed prior to CSU’s appearance in the Diamond Walnut San

Francisco Bowl game on Dec. 31, 2003. With 27 players signed and

ready to go, the 2004 class is one of the biggest recruiting

classes in Ram history.

“I think the word is getting out that we have a good program and

kids like it here,” defensive line coach Tom Ehlers said.

The class might also be one of the biggest classes physically,

as 20 of the players are over 6-feet tall, five are 6 feet 5 inches

or taller and six weigh 250 pounds or more.

“We try and make an effort to get good size, but at the same

time it was kind of luck of the draw,” Lubick said. “We always go

in thinking we want these 6-foot-5, 250-pound monsters and this

year we got them and they have great potential.”

The CSU football coaches announced a very balanced selection as

14 of the signees are offensive players and 13 are defensive. Nine

of the recruits are from Colorado, 11 come from California and the

remainder comes from western states.

With vacancies on the offensive line and in the receiving corps,

CSU signed three offensive linemen and four wide receivers

including Damon and Dion Morton from Riverside, Calif.

“They are very good athletes and good kids too,” wide receiver

coach Matt Lubick said. “They have played together for three years

and brought their high school team two league championships.”

After 21 seniors graduated from CSU’s 2003 team, Sonny Lubick

hopes some of the recruits will step up and get some playing time

in 2004.

“We are not looking for a better program in the long distant

future, but the near future,” he said. “There will be more

opportunity for them to get on the field.”

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown (Prev. School)

Kyle Bell RB 6-2 210 Fr. Keenesburg, CO (Weld Central)

Ciarre Campell DB 6-2 185 Fr. Aurora, CO (Denver South HS)

Anthony Celestine WR 5-11 170 Fr. Ridgecrest, CA (Burroughs

HS)

Robert Clark FS 6-2 190 JC Cypress, CA (Fullerton College)

Chris Davis LB 6-1 230 JC Oxnard, CA (Moorpark College)

Chauncey Duckett WR 6-3 185 Fr. Colo. Springs, CO (Wasson

HS)

Cleodis Floyd DL 6-2 285 JC Seattle, WA (Compton City

College)

Jamaal Floyd RB 5-10 185 Fr. Claremont, CA (Claremont HS)

Dan Gury OL 6-4 275 Fr. Boulder, CO (Monarch HS)

Caleb Hanie QB 6-2 230 Fr. Forney, TX (Forney HS)

Robert Herbert CB 6-1 195 JC Victorville, CA (Compton City

College)

Tommie Hill DE 6-6 210 Fr. Englewood, CO (Arapahoe HS)

Jeff Horinek LB 6-3 230 Fr. Atwood, KS (Atwood HS)

Chris Kawulok DE 6-3 200 Fr. Boulder, CO (Monarch HS)

Paul Madsen DL 6-4 270 Fr. Pleasanton, CA (San Ramon Valley

HS)

Tramell McGill RB 5-10 185 Fr. Chandler, AZ (Hamilton HS)

Kevin McPeek TE 6-6 200 Fr. Castle Rock, CO (Douglas County

HS)

John Morris LB 6-2 230 JC Garden Grove, CA (Fullerton

College)

Damon Morton WR 5-11 175 Fr. Riverside, CA (John W. North

HS)

Dion Morton WR 5-9 165 Fr. Riverside, CA (John W. North HS)

Michael Myers DB/RB 6-1 185 Fr. Riverside, CA (Martin Luther

King HS)

Richie Plunkett OL 6-6 270 Fr. Las Vegas, NV (Las Vegas HS)

Matt Rupp DL 6-3 250 Fr. Laguna Beach, CA (Santa Margarita

Catholic HS)

Kory Sperry TE 6-6 185 Fr. Pueblo, CO (Pueblo County HS)

Alex Square RB 5-9 160 Fr. Fort Collins, CO (Poudre HS)

Dane Stratton OL 6-5 260 Fr. Cheyenne, WY (East HS)

Chase Weber DB 5-11 180 Fr. Euless, TX (Navarro College)

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