Rifle High School senior running back and safety Ryan Moeller has opted to attend the University of Colorado as a walk on, turning down scholarship offers from three schools.
A report first posted on the website of KREX-TV in Grand Junction on Monday morning said Moeller had opted to play for the Buffs instead of accepting offers from Colorado Mesa, Colorado State-Pueblo and Idaho State University in Pocatello.
Moeller had always had a desire to attend CU, and attempts were made as early as last fall to show the Buffs' coaching staff game film from the 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior's high school career. He also had a visit from coaches at Colorado State right before the Bears played in the Class 3A state title game against Silver Creek on Dec. 1.
Attempts to contact Moeller on Monday night were unsuccessful.
Moeller was named the Class 3A Player of the Year by The Denver Post and MaxPreps.com. He also earned mention on the Post's all-Colorado team, which recognizes players from all classifications. He rushed for 3,002 yards on 272 carries and had 57 tackles and eight interceptions as a free safety on defense. He was also recognized as a second-team defensive player on the MaxPreps All-America Team in January.
Rifle's football team finished the season 13-1, winning its second consecutive Class 3A Western Slope League championship.