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FORT COLLINS –– Although Colorado State’s football program has only just begun its winter training regimen, developments surrounding first-year head coach Jay Norvell’s squad continue to trickle in. in days.

From the realm of recruiting to Norvell’s efforts to round out its inaugural staff, the seven weeks since the new CSU command chief took over the helm hasn’t included many dull moments.

Without further ado, a few noteworthy notes and updates regarding the Rams football team:

Chang’s departure prompts staff reshuffle

Although he’s set to serve as CSU’s wide receivers coach after shadowing Norvell from Reno to Fort Collins, Timmy Chang’s departure prompted an unexpected reshuffle on the Rams’ staff.

Putting CSU back in the market for a wide range coach, Chang accepted an offer to become Hawaii’s next head coach last weekend — where he operated as a quarterback for the Rainbow Warriors during his playing days. college.

Apparently, Chang will bring CSU special teams coach Thomas Sheffield with him to Honolulu — who also followed Norvell from Nevada to Fort Collins.

Since leaving Sheffield, the Rams have wasted no time in replacing their special teams coach. According to Football Scoop’s Zach Barnett, CSU will fill Sheffield’s shoes with Thomas Perry.

Perry served as Texas-San Antonio special teams coach for the past two seasons after working under Norvell for three years.

Rams rip off a pair of defensive commits

According to Norvell, Green and Gold will have around six purses available to them for the regular February 2 signing day.

With next Wednesday’s signing festivities fast approaching, the Rams recently secured verbal commitments from a pair of defensive players in D’Andre Greeley and Nuer Gatkuoth.

In light of signing 19 attacking assets and just three defensive players early in the period, Norvell has expressed its intention to focus on the final side of the pigskin this time around. Specifically, CSU’s staff aspires to prioritize their defensive back in the current recruiting cycle.

Securing Greeley’s commitment on Monday aligns with those intentions. A 6-foot-1, 195-pound cornerback, Greeley selects the Rams over UNLV, Buffalo, Northern Colorado — from more than 10 total offers. considers the City College of San Francisco product a three-star recruit, as well as the No. 14-ranked junior college prospect in the Class of 2022 — and the nation’s No. 5 JUCO cornerback.

In one season at City College of San Francisco, the California native totaled 22 tackles (19 solo) and a mind-blowing 10 interceptions over 12 competitions.

Meanwhile, Gatkuoth — a high school freshman — verbally committed to CSU on Monday after garnering offers from Western Kentucky, Illinois State and North Carolina A&T.

The Canadian-born, who transferred to Georgia Prep Sports Academy in Atlanta as an upper class member, has also attracted interest from several Power-5 programs in South Carolina and Virginia Tech.

247Sports lists Gatkuoth — a 6-foot-4, 220-pound linebacker — as an unrated prospect.

In an interview with Virginia Tech football reporter Tim Thomas of, Gatkuoth described how he chose the Rams “because he feels like they can help him reach his full potential by as an athlete and they believe in him. ) most.”

On Thursday, CSU officially added Greeley and Gatkuoth to its 2022 signings list — along with California transfer DB Chigozie Anusiem, Rutgers transfer DL CJ Onyechi, Nevada transfer DL Teivis Tuioti and Nevada transfer punter Paddy Turner.

John Tonje injury status

In CSU Men’s Basketball News, John Tonje clarified the goaltender’s recent injury via Twitter on Wednesday.

Tonje, an effective sixth man who ranks third on the team in points (10.6 per game) and minutes (22.9 per game), suffered a knee injury in the Rams’ clash at the Air Force last Saturday before sitting out Tuesday’s battle against Nevada.

According to Tonje, the specifics of said injury involve a “meniscus tear in (his) right knee.” The junior also clarified that he plans to return to hardwood shortly before undergoing mandatory surgery following the conclusion of 2021-22.

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