Rifle’s Moeller will visit CU on Jan. 18
Finally, Ryan Moeller received interest from the college he’s wanted to play football for since he was a kid.
The Rifle senior running back who rushed for 3,002 yards this fall said Tuesday he’s been contacted by new University of Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre and will make an unofficial visit to the school Jan. 18.
“I liked CU since I was a little guy,” Moeller said. “My mom (Debbieanne) went there. I’ve always liked CU; I like Boulder.”
Throughout the season in which Rifle eventually made it to the Class 3A state championship, Rifle head coach Damon Wells expressed disbelief that no one from Colorado’s football staff had contacted Moeller, who had been expressing interest in playing for the Buffaloes.
Moeller also has received interest from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Tulsa University, the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University. Rams coaches visited Moeller twice, including head coach Jim McElwain last month.
Colorado Mesa University is the only school that has offered Moeller a scholarship.
Moeller said he recently spoke to MacIntyre by phone, and the conversation was mostly about “getting to know each other.”
“He seems like a good guy,” Moeller said of MacIntyre. “He turned San Jose State around to be real successful, and I think he’d do the same here.”
Colorado hired MacIntyre on Dec. 10.
The Denver Post’s Ryan Casey reported that during MacIntyre’s introductory conference last week, MacIntyre said he would dedicate resources to in-state recruiting, and Colorado has commitments from six Colorado products for the class of 2013, the most in the program since 2008.
The Denver Post also released its top-20 recruits list Monday. Grand Junction defensive end/tight end Austin Berk, headed to Colorado State University, is No. 9, and teammate James Diamanti, an offensive and defensive lineman who is bound for Wyoming, was No. 17.
The list is headed by Ponderosa’s Chris Fox, an offensive lineman who intends to play at the University of Michigan.
Moeller, whose single-season rushing total was sixth all-time in the state, did not make the list.
“It’s a little frustrating,” Wells said. “But what are you going to do?”