The CSU football team received verbal commitments this week from four athletes who plan on signing with the Rams during National Signing Day on Feb. 2.
The recruits include running back Donnell Alexander (Blue Springs, Mo.), quarterback Lee Clubb (Iowa Park, Tx.), cornerback DeAndre Elliott (Dallas, Tx.) and defensive tackle Isiah Norton (Dallas, Tx.).
Norton appears to be the jewel of the group. The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder is rated as a three-star prospect and is ranked No. 36 among defensive tackles while ranking No. 57 among all prospects according to Rivals.com.
His presence could add some strength to a defensive line that struggled against the run this season and help compensate for the loss of first-team all-conference member Guy Miller. Miller notably recorded 4 1/2 sacks in an October win over UNLV this season and started the final 24 games of his career at the defensive tackle position.
It is yet to be determined if Norton will be on campus this fall, or if the Texas-native will go the junior college route before heading to Fort Collins.
Elliott will aim to help a 2010 secondary that struggled mightily, despite being one of the more experienced units. At 6-foot-1, 175 pounds Elliott provides good size along with his impressive 4.43 second 40-yard dash time.
Clubb will undergo a position change upon his arrival at CSU. After playing quarterback predominantly in high school, Clubb is listed as an athlete by Rivals and is expected to play receiver for the Rams.
Clubb will add to the long list of Ram wide receivers who have converted to the position.
Sophomore Tony Drake began 2010 as a running back before making the move to slot receiver mid-season. Much like Clubb, senior T.J. Borcky originally committed to the Rams as a quarterback. Junior Byron Steele was recruited as a defensive back. Even Lou Greenwood, the Rams leading receiver in 2010, converted from running back after his freshman year.
Alexander could fight for time at the running back position with returning key contributors Raymond Carter and Chris Nwoke.
According to Rivals.com, Alexander is 5-11, 200 pounds and runs a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash.
NCAA rules prohibit college coaches from discussing specific recruits until they have signed national letters of intent.
_Football Beat Reporter Kevin Lytle can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. _