Colorado recruiting wrap


The 2011 class

Recruits: 19, including 18 high school and one JC player.

Top prospects: DL Stephan Nembot was a nice poach from Washington, and OL Marc Mustoe was lured away from UCLA. Sherrard Harrington could be in the mix immediately at cornerback.

Needs met: The class included four defensive backs, three linebackers, three offensive linemen, two running backs, two quarterbacks, two defensive ends, a receiver, a kicker and an athlete. The Buffaloes needed to upgrade team speed, with an emphasis in the secondary and at receiver. Four new DBs help but the results at receiver weren't as good.

Analysis: New coach Jon Embree got a late start but closed fairly well, snagging Nembot and OG Paulay Asiata away from the Huskies. Toss in Juda Parker and LB K.T. Tuumalo, and Colorado ended up with perhaps the top three prospects from Hawaii, a good state in which to establish recruiting ties. It hurt losing QB Brock Bergland, the top prospect in the state to Kansas. Embree figures to do better next go-around when he gets a full year to plan and recruit. And he'll have to in order to quickly become competitive in the Pac-12.

ESPN recruiting grade: D