FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Charles Favors could end up being the biggest signing Colorado State received from its 2010 recruiting class.
No, he's not a big arm quarterback like Pete Thomas or a speedy running back like Tony Drake, but that won't keep him from making an impact with the Rams-possibly at an early date.
The 6-foot-1, 235 middle linebacker from Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips has high hopes for his career at CSU, building on what was already an impressive four years of high school.
At Dr. Phillips, Favors broke three school records-career tackles, season tackles and most tackles in one game (22)-and hopes to shatter even more in Fort Collins.
"My goal is to break all the defensive records there are," Favors said.
His dream might not be so far fetched.
Favors says what he does best is stopping opponent's ground game, holding running backs to short yardage. And playing in the Mountain West Conference where many schools try to focus on grinding it out in the trenches, the opportunities will be there, it's just a matter of Favors earning a spot on the field.
Junior outside linebacker Mychal Sisson feels Favors will have his chance soon enough.
"These young guys out here are looking good, paying attention to what they're supposed to be doing both on and off the field," Sisson said. "Charles is a guy who could break some records, you just got to put your mind to it and just go out there and work."
The attitude of hard work is something Favors is focusing on, and has some extra guidance doing so, as senior linebacker Ricky Brewer has taken several of the freshmen under his wing in somewhat of a mentor role.
Favors says that Brewer has taught him a lot since arriving on campus, but one thing stands out above all.
"Rick has taught me to keep God as the first thing in my life. Keep him first and just stay focused at all times," Favors said.
And while the Sunshine State native is happy to be a Ram, he is somewhat disappointed that his teammates Marquise Hood and Marvin Ford weren't able to join him at CSU like originally planned, but he's not holding any hard feelings about it.
"It's a bum, man, but they ended up having other plans," he said. "But hey, as long as they're in school and getting an education with a chance to play football, it's alright."