Rifle’s Moeller mulling his football future
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
RIFLE, Colorado – There’s been no talk of Ryan Moeller changing his phone number or the usage plan on his cell phone.
Granted, there’s been a good amount of phone usage for the Rifle High School senior running back and safety. It comes primarily in the form of frequent calls and text messages from college football coaches around the region.
But interest doesn’t always amount to offers from programs at the college level.
“No, not yet,” Moeller said with a wry smile in reference to coaches contacting him. “We’ll have to see.”
Moeller and the Bears’ head coach, Damon Wells, are disappointed with the lack of offers for the 17-year-old Rifle High senior. Headed into Friday’s season opener at Coal Ridge, none of the schools Moeller has been in contact with have made a scholarship offer to him.
“There’s a level of frustration there,” Wells said. “Colleges and recruiters will contact us, and the first thing they’ll ask is if he has any other offers.”
Moeller has made campus visits to Bowl Championship Series (BCS) schools Wyoming, Boise State and Colorado so far. Montana State and Northern Colorado, both Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) schools, have also expressed interest, along with Division II schools Colorado Mesa University and Adams State University.
Most of the notable accolades for which Moeller has reaped attention stem from his work at running back.
The 6-foot, 205-pound senior ran for a state-high 2,469 yards and 22 touchdowns on 280 carries in 2011, helping Rifle to a 10-0 regular season and a 3A state quarterfinals appearance.
Moeller was also stellar defensively, accumulating 39 tackles and a pair of interceptions as the Bears’ starting safety.
Much of the interest from college suitors has been focused on Moeller playing defense.
Wyoming and Mesa have expressed to Moeller he’d be a good fit as a running back, though Wyoming’s spread offense differs greatly from the power running sets Rifle ran most of last year.
Of course, Moeller fully expects a learning curve in jumping from high school to the collegiate level. Wells feels Moeller is fully capable of meeting that curve.
“Ryan plays offense, defense and special teams here, which is something you’re rarely asked to do at the collegiate level,” Wells said. “There’s a certain amount of specificity when you get to that level. But the great thing about Ryan is he wants to be coached.”
Of course, Moeller feels his final choice won’t just come down to how he fits in on the football field. He’s considering exercise science as a major and wants to know he’ll be getting the education he wants if the football thing doesn’t work out.
Right now, though, Moeller is focused on the upcoming season, with hopes that something will materialize as the season progresses.
“I’m not exactly getting tons of offers from people right now,” Moeller said. “I have to keep my options open. Hopefully something will come up.”
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