Jul 272010
Authors: Matt L. Stephens

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 school’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.’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.

He’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 sports@collegian.com.

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