January 19, 2010

CSU brings in new three-star quarterback

It didn't take long for the Colorado State coaching staff to pick up a new quarterback after the loss of Tyler Shreve to Utah last week. In fact, Vancouver (Wash.) quarterback Garrett Grayson committed to Colorado State last week before the announcement that Shreve had changed his verbal pledge to Utah this weekend.

"They told me he (Shreve) was a baseball kid and they weren't sure if he was going to go baseball professionally or not," Grayson said. "They ended up talking to him and that was why he ended up de-committing. They had been recruiting me for a while. At first, they came to me and wanted me to graduate early like Pete Thomas. Now, they are basing off how he does in the spring whether or not I will come in August or will greyshirt."

Grayson projects as a dual threat quarterback in college after passing for 2,800 yards and 21 touchdowns last season in addition to 953 yards on the ground. He is a three-time All-Region and All-League selection and was the offensive MVP for his league the past two seasons. Grayson led his Heritage HIgh School to a 4-6 record, with three of those losses coming by a combined 12 points.

"I guess you could say just making plays happen when I need to and leading by example," Grayson said. "I have been known to not be the most vocal guy and my coaches have gotten on me about it. My whole career I was more of a leader by example. I feel like that got the program to where are at."

Athletically, the 6-foot-3, 202-pound Grayson runs a 4.63 time in the 40-yard dash and offers a 38-inch vertical leap. Rivals.com has ranked Grayson as a three-star prospect and the number 16 prospect in the state of Washington regardless of position.

Prior to his commitment to Colorado State, Grayson had offers from Miami (OH), Eastern Washington and Idaho State. Grayson said he had visited other schools and that Steve Kragethorpe, formerly of Louisville, actually recommended him to Colorado State coach Steve Fairchild. Grayson said for him, Colorado State gave him the best chance to fulfill his dream of playing NFL football.

"Colorado State offense is an NFL kind of offense," Grayson said. "I wanted to go to the spread and pass a lot early in my recruitment, but the CSU offense is what I really, really wanted to get to because all these college quarterbacks who are in the spread in college are having a tough time once they get to the NFL."

Grayson said he visited Fort Collins on Halloween weekend and enjoyed the town as well as the offense and atmosphere of the team.

"I watched one of their games to see how the offense works," Grayson said. "The NFL offense, I liked. I got to be around the players. They said Coach Fairchild is tough for you, but it brings out the best in everybody. It (Fort Collins) is really a college town. It isn't like a (Washington State) college town. There are a lot of things to do."

For Grayson, there isn't much concern about being made to compete for the quarterback job against a stable of experienced college quarterbacks as well as highly touted freshman signalcaller Pete Thomas. Grayson said being handed the starting spot is no way to get better and he looks forward to the competition. He added he also wasn't afraid of being asked to greyshirt.

"I've talked to Greg Barton - he is the quarterback guru of the Northwest - and he said it is a benefit to me because it will let me get bigger-faster-stronger. I will also have another year to learn the system - or even two if I redshirt. I'm okay with it."

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