Rifle’s Moeller bound for Boulder

Running back/safety chooses Colorado

Rifle High School senior Ryan Moeller, who rushed for 3,002 yards in the fall, will play football at the University of Colorado next school year.

Ryan Moeller had said it’s the college he’s wanted to attend since he was a kid.

And now Ryan Moeller is fulfilling a dream by going to the University of Colorado.

Moeller, Rifle High School’s running back and safety who rushed for 3,002 yards last fall, has committed to the University of Colorado as a preferred walk-on.

This, despite scholarship offers Colorado State University-Pueblo, Colorado Mesa University and Idaho State University.

Colorado State University had also offered Moeller a preferred walk-on spot, recruiting him as an “athlete,” Moeller said.

Moeller could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday.

Rifle coach Damon Wells said he’s glad Moeller is where he wants to be, but is frustrated Colorado did not visit Moeller or offer him a scholarship.

Wells said that CSU, on the other hand, had visited Moeller nearly every week since he led the Bears to the Class 3A state title game and, from his safety position, finished with 57 tackles and eight interceptions.

In the end, Moeller chose Colorado, the same school his mother, Debbieanne, attended.

“I don’t know why (CU) couldn’t make a trip over to talk to him,” Wells said. “That would have been great. This would have been a happy story if he’d received a scholarship.”

Moeller will play for new head coach Mike MacIntyre, who took over for fired head coach Jon Embree in December.

In December, Moeller said of MacIntyre: “He seems like a good guy. He turned San Jose State around to be real successful, and I think he’d do the same here.”


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