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Mike MacIntyre plans aggressive recruiting of California, Colorado and Texas

The new Colorado head coach wants to change the trend of Colorado athletes playing elsewhere.

Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

New Colorado Buffaloes football head coach Mike MacIntyre told reporters on Monday that he hopes to change the current trend of Colorado's top athletes leaving the state to play college football elsewhere, while still keeping a strong recruiting presence in California.

"We're going to absolutely blanket the state of Colorado and we're going to absolutely blanket the state of California," he said. "I look at California as in-state and we're playing a lot of games over there, a lot of games in that area."

MacIntyre, 47, also told reporters that he plans to make recruiting in Texas a priority and that he will honor each of the 12 CU verbal commitments if those players still intend to play for the Buffs.

Prior to joining Colorado, MacIntyre served as the head coach of the San Jose Spartans for three seasons in his first head coaching job. He had served as a defensive coach for several college teams as well as the Cowboys and Jets in the two decades before that.

The Buffs finished with a 1-11 record in 2012, defeating only Washington State in September. At the conclusion of the season, the school elected to fire coach Jon Embree.