Colorado State earned its fourth verbal commitment for the 2018 class over the weekend when Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep long snapper Ross Reiter committed to CSU following a Friday Night Lights camp at CSU's new on-campus stadium. Reiter picked the Rams over an offer from Air Force.
The commitment gives CSU one of the nation's top specialists for a second consecutive year, as three-star punter Ryan Stonehouse, rated as Scout's top punter in the 2017 class, signed with the Rams in February.
"I've been to plenty of universities and campuses, but Colorado State was the one school that, when I went there, I immediately fell in love with it. It's hard to explain, but it was kind of a gut feeling, like, 'Oh my goodness, this is the place I want to be,'" Reiter told Inside The Rams. "I've never had a better relationship with a coaching staff. Just talking to Coach (Mike) Bobo, he's a great coach. Then Coach (Ben ) Larson and Coach (Jamie) Bryant, the special teams coaches... they're on board and I'm on board and I'm just looking forward to a future with them. It's going to be great."
Reiter participated in several agility and combine drills in front of CSU head coach Mike Bobo and special teams coach Ben Larson under the lights at Sonny Lubick Field. Reiter also performed around a dozen long snaps for Bobo, who informed Reiter and his father after the camp that CSU was offering him a scholarship.
At the Rubio Long Snapping Vegas XXIX camp in Las Vegas on January 14, Reiter was one of the top camp performers, which features over 400 of the country's top specialists. His efforts helped earn him a five-star rating and no. 2 overall long snapper ranking in the country from Rubio Long Snapping for the 2018 class.
The 6-foot, 245-pound Reiter camped at Arizona, Arizona State, and Oklahoma earlier this summer. CSU's facilities impressed Reiter, but the long snapper had decided prior to touring CSU's new facilities that he wanted to be a Ram.
"My decision wasn't made off of any facility. It was strictly I felt at home there. I snapped 10-15 balls when I was there to Ryan Stonehouse, my future punter. That was pretty cool to meet him in person for the first time.
"The next day, we had a 30-minute meeting with Coach Bobo, my dad and I, and at the end of it I told him, 'Hey, Coach, I want to be a Ram. I'm ready to commit.' He was excited and all the other coaches were excited."
CSU's coaches felt compelled to offer Reiter, he said, based on his footwork, agility, snap speeds, ability to block off a snap, and size. Reiter had plans to camp at other schools this summer, but said he is a "hard Colorado State commit" and has no plans of visiting any other schools.
"Colorado State's on the rise and that's another reason I committed. As a team on the rise, I'm definitely going to try to recruit other guys," Reiter said.
Reiter plans to sign his letter of intent in February, as his school does not allow him to sign early.
"I truly love the school and I love everything about it. I'm speechless to describe how I feel in being a Colorado State Ram. It's always been my dream to play division one football at a top tier level. We have a tough schedule this year and a tough schedule next year, too. I'm looking forward to the future and I'm grateful and blessed by God to play the sport I love."