College football teams may not be allowed to officially practice right now, but recruiting is a different story, especially for CSU. The Rams picked up three verbal commitments over the weekend, bringing the schoolâ€™s total number of pledges for the class of 2011 to six.
First pledged Darius Johnson, a 6-foot-5-inch, 257-pound offensive tackle from Orlando, Fla.â€™s Dr. Phillips High School. Johnson becomes the fifth player from Dr. Phillips to commit to CSU in the past three years, joining a list that includes current quarterback Nico Ranieri.
And while central Florida had been a recruiting hot bed for the Rams and offensive coordinator Pat Meyer during the past three seasons, the second and third commitments of the weekend came from a previously untapped field, the Chicago area.
Pat Meehan is a 2-star recruit from Lincoln Way East High School in Frankfort, Ill. The 6-foot-2-inch, 192-pound inside linebacker was timed having a 4.7-second 40-yard dash at an official Rivals.com event, but his father, Mike Meehan, told GoldandGreenNews.com Monday that his current 40 time is now under 4.6 seconds.
Lastly, running back Kapri Bibbs, a 3-star prospect from North High School in Plainfield, Ill., pledged this weekend. As a junior in 2009, Bibbs rushed for 1,556 yards and 23 touchdowns in only 10 games, averaging 7.2 yards per carry.
Heâ€™s listed at running a 4.4-second 40-yard dash and had offers from Illinois State and Toledo.
Sports Editor Matt L. Stephens is a Senior Analyst at GoldandGreenNews.com, part of the Rivals.com network. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.