"But I'm really relived and I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Now I can look at other options and not worry about what Stanford will say."
Colter visited Arizona State the weekend of December 11th and told Devils Digest that he enjoyed his visit to Tempe.
"Things are going pretty well with Arizona State," Colter remarked. "I liked my visit to Arizona State, being around the staff and players. I hung out with Matt Tucker who was my host and I know him really well from Colorado and it was cool hanging out with the rest of the players too.
"I really liked Coach Erickson. He and the rest of the coaches seemed like great guys. Coach Lubick is recruiting me and a few weeks ago he, Coach Erickson and Coach Bray all visited me. That showed me how much they are really interested in me when you have the head coach visit you. That meant a lot." Education is obviously very important to Colter and that aspect of his ASU visit left an impression, if not surprised him a bit.
"I really liked the Barrett Honors College and I could enroll there if I went to Arizona State," Colter said. "That probably stood out the most during my visit."
Colter is very familiar with Tempe and the surrounding area and that's something that could play a factor in his decision. "My uncle played at (Tempe) McClintock High School," Colter stated, "and I have lots of family there which can be a good thing. But really all the schools I'm looking at are just a flight away from Denver so I don't know if it (proximity) really matters."
Northwestern, Nebraska, and TCU are the only other schools Colter is currently considering, as he is giving preference to programs who are recruiting him as quarterback. He added that none of his suitors have an advantage over the others.
Northwestern, as well as ASU, offered him a scholarship, while Nebraska and TCU are expected to follow suit in the upcoming weeks.
"I visited Northwestern the week after Arizona State," Colter recalled. "It was obviously a different environment with the academics and being located in Chicago. Both are great schools, and each is different in their own way.
"Nebraska and TCU will be my other two visits I just have to set the dates. I'm going to take as many visits as I need to make a decision if I haven't made up my mind after a few visits. Once I know where I want to go there's no reason for me to take other visits."
Colter, who was voted to the Denver Post All-State Football Team, is by his own admission a dual-threat quarterback and said his versatility was appealing to the Sun Devil staff when he visited with them.
"I sat down with the coaches and watched game film," Colter said. "The (ASU) coaches told me that if I come there I would start out at quarterback which is the position I want to play and I think I will play next year. On the other end I could play wide receiver or defensive back, whichever works out better.
"Some people like to put me in the box as a shotgun quarterback but I'm definitely going be able to prove that I can line up under center and drop back."
Colter said that he was injured all season after tearing a bicep muscle (had surgery on it two weeks ago) during the first game of the season and subsequently missed four games. "Injuries really plagued us," he said. "Our tight end missed some games too. We ended up losing in the second round of the playoffs. It was frustrating not repeating the state championship."