December 23, 2009

Shreve not surprised by Thomas commit

With the news that California High School quarterback Pete Thomas has signed a National Letter of Intent with Colorado State, Ram fans rejoiced in unison. However, perhaps the most unexpected reaction came from Redlands (Calif.) quarterback Tyler Shreve.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Shreve is listed as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and is ranked as the number 24 pro-style quarterback in the country. Shreve committed to play football for Colorado State in October. Popular thought amongst Colorado State football fans was that the recruitment of Pete Thomas was a sign Shreve had set his sights on a professional baseball career. Shreve said that is not necessarily the case.

"I hope it happens," Shreve laughed when asked if he was on target for a multi-million professional baseball contract. "But I am fully committed to Colorado State. I am not counting on it (a big baseball contract) at all. I am looking forward to playing for four years for CSU.

"I really liked the (CSU) coaching staff," Shreve added. "They have a great indoor facility that just got built. I think if everything goes right I could play there for four years. I think we could build the program up. That and they have a great head coach who coached in the NFL."

Last summer, Shreve said he played shortstop and hit .410, but after the season he started attending camps where they asked him to pitch. The result was some projections that have him going in the top four rounds of next June's amateur draft.

"They said I project pretty high," Shreve said. "I have such a strong arm, I am 6-foot-4 and 225. I am going to go out and try to produce. I throw a fastball, curveball, change up. My fastball clocks between 92 and 94 miles-per-hour."

Shreve said he wasn't taken by surprised by Colorado State's recruitment of another quarterback and welcomes the competition. 

I had no problem with it at all," Shreve said of the Thomas recruitment. "The coaches talked to me about signing another quarterback before they did (recruited a quarterback) it because they didn't want to be left out in the cold if my baseball career took off. I don't mind Pete coming in. I think I am one of the best quarterbacks out here. I am not scared of some competition."

As a junior, Shreve completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,575 yards and 11 touchdowns. This season he threw for another 1,502 yards, 12 touchdowns and another 534 on the ground. When asked, Shreve said his strengths are his mobility and can throw well out of the pocket. He added that he also has a quick release, the size and the ability to keep a play going under pressure.

With a level of confidence befitting a quarterback, Shreve said he is excited to compete for the starting quarterback job in the fall against Thomas.

"I have seen what he (Thomas) has got and I believe I am better than him," Shreve said. "I am not scared. I've been to a couple of camps he has been to. He is a big boy. He's a cool kid. I get along with him. I just think I am as good as as anyone. It is going to be battle."

Perhaps the biggest battle Shreve will fight in an effort to start for the Rams will come in June during the Major League Baseball draft. Shreve said he and his family have discussed his options, but will have to wait for the baseball season to play itself out before he knows for sure that he will be playing hardball or football in August.

"Me and my family have talked about it a little bit, but I couldn't tell you what it will take," Shreve said when asked if there is a specific round or dollar amount that it will take to get him to sign with a baseball team. "If I go out and kill it, I'll go up pretty high. If I don't, then I probably won't have to think that hard about it. It all depends on what goes on in the year."


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