Rams sign five at mid-year

Colorado State and head coach Jim McElwain welcomed four junior college players and one early high school graduate to the program, according to a release issued on the school's official site.

The group includes Kapri Bibbs (Plainfield, Ill./Snow College), Terry Jackson (Tulsa, Okla./Coffeyville), Martavius Foster (Starkville, Miss./East Mississippi CC), LaRyan King (Vacaville, Calif./City College of San Francisco) and Austin Berk (Grand Junction, Colo./Grand Junction).

"It is very important that we're able to get these guys here at mid-term so they can start to work in our offseason program and go through spring ball with us," McElwain said. "We were very fortunate in each case, winning some heavy recruiting battles. Our coaches did a great job to get these guys and I'm happy they are part of the Colorado State family."

Bibbs is a 5-foot-10, 200-pound running back who rushed for 4,210 yards and 61 touchdowns during his high school career and amassed 415 yards and 6 touchdowns for Snow College in 2011. He originally signed with Colorado State's 2011 class as a three-star prospect.

The 6-foot-2, 260-pound Jackson, a defensive lineman, earned second team all-conference recognition this season after posting 41 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 4 sacks.

Foster could line up at tight end or defensive end for the Rams. The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder most recently played defense at East Mississippi CC registering 22 tackles, 4 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.

King's a 6-foot-2, 290-pound defensive tackle who posted 46 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 1 interception (returned for a touchdown) this season.

The 6-foot-5, 223-pound Berk has signed a financial aid agreement and plans to graduate from high school early in order to enroll for the spring semester. He recorded 119 tackles and 14.5 sacks over the last two seasons. Berk earned an all-state selection as a junior and is expected to make the team again this year.

In addition to their five early signees, the Rams have 12 other players committed for 2013.