I am going to start this out by saying I hope I am embarrassed within minutes of posting this because I missed something obvious and it is pointed out to me. With that being said I am a little unsettled because I think the Buffs only have 19 scholarships available for the 09' class. By my count we currently have 66 players under scholarship, and per NCAA rules you are allowed to have a maximum of 85 under scholarship. This number is based off the posts from irish breaking down the returning players which can be found here:
Players under scholarship with 1 year of eligibility remaining (13):
Taj Kaynor, Marcus Burton, Shaun Mohler, Jeff Smart, Chappele Brown, Ben Burner, Matt Dilallo, Justin Dresher, Kevin Moyd, Jake Behrens, Riar Geer, Pat Devenny, Devin Head.
Players under scholarship with 2 years of eligibility remaining (14)
Eric Lawson, Marquez Herrod, BJ Beatty, Michael Sipili, Jimmy Smith, Jalil Brown, Aric Goodman, Cody Hawkins, Corey Nabors, Demetrius Sumler, Scotty Mcknight, Josh Smith, Nate Solder, Evan Eastburn.
Players under scholarship with 3 years of eligibility remaining (26)
Curtis Cunningham, Eugene Goree, Lagrone Shields, Conrad Obi, Tyler Athles, Josh Hartigen, Anthony Wright, Jonathan Hawkins, Lamont Smith, Patrick Mahnke, Anthony Perkins, Jameson Davis, Matt Ballenger, Tyler Hansen, Darrell Scott, Rodney Stewart, Brian Lockridge, Marquez Simas, Ryan Deehan, Matt Bahr, Blake Behrens, Ryan Miller, Ethan Adkins, Shawn Daniels, Mike Iltis, Sione Tau.
Players under scholarship with 3 years of eligibility remaining (13)
Will Pericak, Lynn Katoa, Jon Major, Doug Rippy, Steven Hicks, Vince Ewing, Paul Vigo, Ray Polk, Chase Blackmon, Ryan Wallace, Bryce Givens, Ryan Dannewitz, Max Tuiotu-Mariner.
If all these guys are under scholarship stay how does Hawk bring in more than 19 this recruiting class? I realize between now and next fall a couple people will probably transfer or quit the program and a couple we bring in this year may not qualify or something will happen along the way that causes them to not be a buff next year. Maybe this allows the class to grow a little bit, but it may be a stretch to bring in 22 like Hawk is talking about. The thing that worries me even more is that we should have a much improved record the next couple years and we will only have around 15 scholarships available each year when we will be in a position to make significant inroads in recruiting.