BUFFS MAY GET BIG BOOST IN RE­CRUIT­ING BY PLAY­ING IN TEXAS

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san an­to­nio» Any ques­tions about the fer­tile na­ture of the re­cruit­ing ground in all cor­ners of the huge state of Texas were an­swered at a ta­ble on an el­e­vated stage in­side a ho­tel ball­room Mon­day.

Ok­la­homa State sent four play­ers from its de­fense to an af­ter­noon news con­fer­ence to pro­mote the Alamo Bowl on Thurs­day, when the Cow­boys play Colorado. The four Ok­la­homa State play­ers — de­fen­sive tackle Vin­cent Tay­lor and de­fen­sive backs Ra­mon Richards, Jor­dan Sterns and Tre Flow­ers — hail from San An­to­nio, which has long been placed be­hind places such as Dal­las, Hous­ton and col­lec­tive East Texas as a re­cruit­ing des­ti­na­tion.

“I think it’s get­ting re­cruited a lot more now,” said Ok­la­homa State de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Glenn Spencer. “These four guys to my left are the rea­son why. (Other schools) are say­ing, ‘Geez, these guys from San An­to­nio are beat­ing our tail ev­ery year.’ Last time I checked, our record against Texas schools was pretty stout, and I think (other schools) all get­ting smart, which is bad for me, bad for us. But it’s these guys that have — they made the rep­u­ta­tion.”

Colorado has made no se­cret about try­ing to make its own foray into Texas, and the Buffs have found suc­cess. Nine play­ers from Texas have ver­bally com­mit­ted to play for CU next sea­son, in­clud­ing three from De­Soto High School, which last week won a state cham­pi­onship in the state’s high­est clas­si­fi­ca­tion.

Yes, the big­gest goal for the Buffs this week is grab­bing a vic­tory that will make them just the fourth team in school his­tory to win 11 games. But there’s also the mat­ter of leav­ing a last­ing im­pres­sion in a state that is im­por­tant to the pro­gram’s fu­ture.

“This is where we’re sup­posed to be,” said Dar­rin Chi­averini, CU’s re­cruit­ing co­or­di­na­tor, co-of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and for­mer wide re­ceiver. “You know, win­ning I think lit a fire not only from our alumni and peo­ple that fol­low the pro­gram, but kids that we’re re­cruit­ing or the kids that are com­mit­ted to our class, they didn’t get a chance to see Colorado like I did grow­ing up. So it’s been great not only for re­cruit­ing, for our play­ers, for ev­ery­body around the pro­gram, but in my mind, this is long over­due.”

It takes two.

The co-co­or­di­na­tor sit­u­a­tion that has Chi­averini and Brian Lind­gren di­rect­ing the CU of­fense isn’t found too many places across col­lege foot­ball.

But se­nior quar­ter­back Sefo Li­u­fau said it’s worked out great for the Buffs this sea­son.

“I didn’t know what to think at first,” Li­u­fau said. “I’ve never really heard of a co-of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor kind of sys­tem. But as the year pro­gressed, it’s been won­der­ful. I think the cliché of say­ing two minds are bet­ter than one or how­ever it goes, it’s been great.”

Foot­notes.

For­mer CU quar­ter­back Koy Det­mer was among the vis­i­tors to the Buffs’ prac­tice at the Univer­sity of the In­car­nate Word on Mon­day. … CU play­ers at­tended the SpursBulls game on Christ­mas. Their team event Mon­day was a trip to SeaWorld San An­to­nio.

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