In-state QB has family tie to Colorado

Grand Junction quarterback Sean Rubalcaba has been in touch with both the Colorado and Colorado State football programs and says he would be thrilled with a scholarship offer from either, but it might be a little more special if he had a chance to play for the Buffs.

Sean Rubalcaba a 6-2, 180-pound dual-threat quarterback hopes to follow in the footsteps of his uncle and play for the Buffs.

Alvin Rubalcaba played cornerback for the Buffs from 1982-84, and Sean always has kept a close eye on the black, silver and gold growing up on the Western Slope.

Rubalcaba said he has received recruiting letters from Colorado, Colorado State, Boise State, UCLA and Wyoming and his hometown school Mesa State.

He said he has received handwritten letters from UCLA and CSU. UCLA coaches have told him they are keeping their eye on how his senior season goes, but Rubalcaba said he hopes to make his decision earlier in the process.

He is still waiting for his first scholarship offer.

While Grand Junction is by no means a small town, it is off the beaten path and not always a regular stop for college coaches around the nation. Rubalcaba said he that might have an effect on his recruiting to some degree, but it doesn't concern him.

Rubalcaba led Grand Junction to a 10-2 record and a trip to the quarterfinals in 2010 before losing to Regis. He threw for more than 1,400 yards while rushing for more than 1,200. Rubalcaba said the team lost some valuable seniors on both lines but nearly all its skill players return in 2011.

"I think with the success of our football team this year, we'll definitely have a little more spotlight going into next season," he said. "Yeah, it is tough, but you just have to perform your best and hope that somebody does recognize you."

Rubalcaba operates in a no-huddle offense that features the Pistol formation often and uses the read-option for the quarterback. He compared it with the offenses used by Oregon and Nevada.

"Just the way our offense is run, it's friendly for both your running back and your quarterback," Rubalcaba said. "Either way the defense can't be right, just by the way we do it."

Rubalcaba is a three-sport athlete at Grand Junction. He also plays guard for the basketball team and is a middle infielder for the baseball team.

"Football is what I want to do in college," he said. "I like basketball and baseball, but football, there is just something about it that I like a lot more. There is pretty much no sport like it. It's the ultimate team sport."

Rubalcaba said if his team advances far enough in the basketball playoffs to make a trip east to the Denver-Boulder area, he plans to make a side trip or two to visit the Colorado and Colorado State campuses and visit with coaches if possible.

Colorado State coaches invited him to junior day earlier this month but he wasn't able to make it because of a scheduling conflict with his basketball team.


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