July 31, 2009

Colorado State extends Shreve his first offer

When it comes to the college football recruiting process, many prospects hold a special place in their hearts for the school who offered them before any of the others. This is the case for Redlands (CA) East Valley quarterback Tyler Shreve and the Colorado State Rams, who offered him earlier this week.

On Tuesday, the 6-foot-5, 210 pound Shreve was informed that he was extended an offer to play quarterback at Colorado State from his recruiting contact, Larry Lewis, and he couldn't be happier.

"I'm pretty excited, I know they have a great program up there," said Shreve, who is ranked as the 24th best pro-style quarterback in the class of 2010. "I really want to get up and check out the campus. Me and my coach need to sit down and see where we go from here."

According to Shreve, Oregon, Arizona and UTEP have all said they want to wait until the season starts and see him in action before they decide to pull the trigger on an offer, but the fact that Colorado State offered first was a big step for the Rams in possibly landing this 3-star prospect.

"Oh, very much so. CSU was the first school to take a chance on me. It means a lot that they were the first school to give me a shot, especially when they've just seen my film and trusted Coach Lewis to give me that offer."

Shreve did not attend Colorado State's One-Day Camp last weekend nor Coach Fairchild's Quarterback School earlier in the summer.

While he's listed as a pro-style quarterback, the SoCal gunslinger likes to use his legs to make plays when he gets the opportunity. While he admits that sometimes it ends up hurting East Valley more than helping them, Shreve is a player who wants to make the big play, which adds to his appeal.

"I think I can use my legs pretty well. Last year I rushed for about 500 yards, but I also had about 200 yards in sacks," Laughed Shreve. "I'd always try to make that big play, but ended up taking the big loss-that's something my coach and I are working on this year.

"Our offense is schemed around myself and our running back running the football, but we also have some very talented receivers there for when we want to pass."

Shreve feels the best part of his game is his overall physical toughness, which is apparent in his desire to take off with the football. He's a player who loves to fight through injuries and stay in the game, no matter what the situation. He feels he's a tough player to tackle.

On the flip side of things, mechanically, Shreve is trying to work on his footwork as East Valley is trying to run more plays from under center during the 2009 season.

Shreve plans on committing by his fifth or sixth game of his senior season. He also gave a run down of what he is looking for in a school.

"I'm looking for a great staff, a great area where the school is located-I want a solid campus feel where I can also get a good education. I also want to play for a team that just has a desire to win, one that is always playing the tough teams to give us a shot where anything could happen."

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