CSU coach visits Rifle’s Moeller

Colorado State University coach Jim McElwain visited Rifle High School on Tuesday to visit with Bears running back Ryan Moeller about the possibility of the senior playing for the Rams.

Rifle Athletic Director Troy Phillips said he did not believe McElwain offered a scholarship to Moeller, a senior who has rushed for 2,857 yards and 41 touchdowns.

No. 1 seed Rifle (13-0) plays No. 10 Silver Creek (11-2) in the Class 3A state championship 1 p.m. Saturday at Legacy Stadium in Aurora.

“Things aren’t completely figured out for them as far as who (Colorado State) has at what positions,” Phillips said. “(McElwain) said things could change within a week.”

During the regular season, Rifle coach Damon Wells said the University of Colorado was not recruiting his all-state running back. Moeller said earlier this season that only Colorado Mesa University had offered him a scholarship.

“And Ryan would play for Colorado in a minute,” Wells said at the time.

Yet it’s McElwain, who was 4-8 in his first year with the Rams, who traveled to Rifle to speak with Moeller.

Moeller would not comment Tuesday on his thoughts about Colorado firing head coach Jon Embree this week after a 1-11 season, and said he was still keeping his options open for college.

Wells said about Embree’s dismissal, “We’d never celebrate at someone’s unfortunate circumstance, but ultimately you want what’s best for your kid, too.”


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