Defensive tackle is a position that CSU football needed to recruit in the class of 2010, with so much of their current roster being upperclassmen.
With Texas native Trevor Murphy being the only commitment on record and with only one week until National Signing Day, it appeared as if the Rams would be forced to scrape the bottom of the barrel for one more interior defensive lineman.
All of that changed late Sunday night when CSU got a call from three-star defensive tackle John Froland, who informed assistant coach Larry Lewis he wanted to be a Ram.
At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, Froland is the second-highest ranked player in CSUâ€™s class of 2010 behind quarterback Pete Thomas. Froland, who originally committed to Northwestern in August, is ranked as the No. 60 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 9 player from the state of Washington.
Froland also held offers from Air Force and New Mexico.
Sunday night wasnâ€™t all about Froland, however, as defensive end Nordly Capi from Ocoee, Fla. also gave his verbal commitment to CSU. Capi was becoming a rising prospect in the late days of the recruiting period, hearing from the University of Illinois.
Capi stands at 6-foot-4, 242 pounds and has good speed, clocked at running a 4.72 40-yard dash.
Sports Editor Matt L. Stephens is a recruiting analyst for Gold and Green News of the Rivals.com Network. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.