November 16, 2009

Shreve talks about his future

After a season of watching gameday completion percentages hovering around 50 percent, you can't blame Colorado State fans for looking to the future at signalcaller. For the Colorado State Rams, that future will likely include Redlands, Calif. quarterback Tyler Shreve.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Shreve committed to Colorado State in Oct. after a visit to the Fort Collins campus. Shreve is ranked as a three-star prospect by, the 25th-ranked quarterback in the country and the number 67 player in the state of California regardless of position.

"I think I can buy time for my receivers to get open with my legs and I have a strong arm," Shreve said. "I am pretty hard to tackle. If I have time and my receivers catch the ball, I'll make things happen."

This season Shreve has accounted for 1,700 yards, 21 touchdowns and two interceptions in leading his East Valley High School team to an appearance in the Division I-AA California State Football Playoffs.

"We did pretty good," Shreve said on Monday night. "We are 10-0 going into playoffs. We just played a great game against our rivals and we're looking to go pretty far in this playoff run. We're ready to go. I think I am doing the right thing getting the ball to our receivers and tight ends."

Shreve's playoff run will help add to his exposure which has already netted him scholarship offers from Fresno State, UTEP, Idaho and Colorado State. Shreve said he committed to play for the Rams during his visit in October.

"Coach Fairchild does a heck of a job with that program," Shreve said. "I sat down with (CSU Quarterbacks Coach Daren Wilkinson) and we talked. I thought I could play early and do some big things with them.

"Coach Fairchild invited me into his office," Shreve added. "I liked what he had to say and I committed to him off the bat. He jumped out of his seat and was pretty happy."

Academically, Shreve looks to be a full qualifier on the basis of his 3.0 grade-point average and 1850 SAT score.

While it appears all the stars are in alignment for Shreve to play quarterback for CSU, there is the matter of his baseball talent. Shreve said he is a high school pitcher who throws a 92-93 mile-per-hour fastball and is getting some interest from Major League scouts. He said it would take a lot of money to get him to do anything but play for the Rams starting next fall.

"That is not the case at all," Shreve said when asked if Colorado State was a fallback in case he didn't get a Major League contract. "I am looking forward to going to CSU to play college football. The baseball thing is a fallback. I don't want Colorado State as a fallback. I mean baseball-wise, if the money thing happens, then it happens, but it would have to be money I couldn't walk away from."

Shreve said he was impressed by Colorado State's offense while on his visit and believes it is the best for getting him to the next level.

"I love Colorado State's pro-style offense," Shreve said. "I think it will set me up well with the next level if I have the talent to get there. That is the best school for me to get to play pro football if I can do it."

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