Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo announced the addition of six players on National Signing Day, bringing the Rams to 23 total players for their 2018 signing class. CSU signed 17 players in the first signing period back on December 20.
Besides welcoming the new players, Bobo formally announced the five new coaches joining the Rams next season.
Cam’Ron Carter (LB, Tucker, Georgia) was the first to become a Ram, sending in his national letter of intent just before six o’clock Wednesday morning.
With three members of their offensive line graduating after this past season, the Rams made big moves to reload the position with the signings of Keith Williams (OL, Baltimore, Maryland), Kavesz Sherard (OL, Anderson, S.C.), and Ches Jackson (OL, Tifton, Georgia).
14 of the 23 players in this years' signing class play on the defensive side of the ball. Last season, CSU’s defense ranked 88th in the country, giving up 426 yards and 27.5 points per game. With the addition of Malcom Magee, a six-foot, 180-pound cornerback from Collins, Mississippi, the Rams are taking a step forward towards putting together a stingier defense.
The final signee was wide receiver Nikko Hall, a wide receiver from Calabasas, California.
The Rams also added three walk-ons to the program: Ryan Lynch (WR, Broomfield, Colo.), Jacob Stanton (LB, Parker, Colo.), and Hunter Williams (DB, Frisco, Texas).
Bobo answered select questions about the 2018 signing class but a majority of the discussion revolved around his new coaching staff. The first to follow Bobo at the podium was newly-promoted offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Dave Johnson. Defensive coordinator John Jancek was the final coach to take questions at the podium. The rest of the position coaches spoke to the media in a more casual, roundtable format.
Following the retirement of defensive coordinator Marty English, Bobo nearly cleared house with his defensive coaches, giving Jancek a rare opportunity to build his staff from scratch. His first hire was cornerbacks coach Eric Lewis, followed by special teams coordinator/linebackers coach Chase Gibson and defensive line coach Keith Gilmore.
Along with Johnson's promotion to offensive coordinator, three other coaches jumped in rank heading into next season. Quarterbacks coach Ronnie Letson will also serve as assistant head coach, George Helow was promoted from quality control coach to safeties coach, and running backs coach Bryan Applewhite added the title of recruiting coordinator to his duties.