Feb 022011
 
Authors: Kevin Lytle

The CSU football team announced the signing of a 27-man recruiting class on Wednesday evening as part of National Signing Day.

As Head Coach Steve Fairchild addressed an assembled crowd of about 175 CSU supporters, he called the 2011 class his “fastest” and “best academic” class he has recruited in this, his fourth recruiting class.

The group doesn’t consist of one particular headline player. Instead, it is a class Fairchild feels will help at every position.

“These are the type of players you need to get to reach the top of the league,” Fairchild said. “We’re starting to build depth in every position. We addressed every position. It’s about getting good players; they’ll find a way to play.”

Of the 27 newly signed Rams, four have already enrolled in classes this spring, including running back Dorian Brown of Loveland.

Brown was a top prospect after his junior year, but suffered an injury that prevented him from playing in his senior season. Despite the injury, the Rams stayed committed to Brown and landed the once-prominent recruit.

Fairchild told the crowd he would be surprised if Brown didn’t have an impact by next year.

Another early-enrollee is 21-year-old true freshman Drew Reilly.

Reilly, a high school safety, kept his commitment to CSU after returning from a two-year mission. He is expected to compete at the safety position, where the Rams are thin following the position change of Elijah Blu-Smith from safety to cornerback.

“I felt like the coaching staff was one of the best I’ve seen,” Reilly said.

The Rams added another highly touted running back by signing Illinois’s Kapri Bibbs, who was named the best offensive player in Chicago by ESPNChicago.com.

Bibbs gave a verbal commitment to CSU in the summer before his senior season and stayed true to his word after a huge 520-yard single-game performance caused several big-time schools to pursue him.

The CSU defensive line will receive some much-needed help in the form of Isiah Norton, a 6-6, 300-pound lineman out of Dallas.

“He has tremendous explosion for a 300-pound guy,” Fairchild said of Norton.

In total, the recruiting class contains 15 players from the offensive side of the ball, 11 on the defense and one kicker.

The Rams captured much of their talent from the state of Texas, signing 10 players from the state. CSU was also able to keep five Coloradans from leaving the state.

Fairchild was pleased with the job done by his staff, which signed players from nine different states.

“I’m proud of the job these guys did. We got into some fierce recruiting battles, and we won our share.”

Football Beat Reporter Kevin Lytle can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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