Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer
What a difference a year -- and significant on-field improvement -- has made for Colorado recruiting. After signing six four-star prospects in the past five classes combined, the Buffaloes already have six in the 2017 class with the commitments from center Xavier Newman and wide receiver K.D. Nixon earlier this week. The pledges also give the Buffs commitments from eight Texas prospects. After finishing with the lowest-ranked Pac-12 class three of the past four years, Colorado could have an opportunity to finish in the top half of the conference this year.