Buffs Land Another Early Pledge for 2018

There is still a month-and-a-half remaining until National Signing Day for the Class of 2017, and the Buffaloes already have three commitments for 2018...


Quarterback Blake Stenstrom joins fellow in-state recruit Ray Robinson and Tennessee offensive tackle Walker Culver as an early Colorado pledge.


“I’ve been watching them, it’s been awesome,” Stenstrom said of Colorado during a recent interview with Kyle McCall of BuffStampede.com. “They’ve really turned their program around. I’m excited for Coach Mac, I would love to see him stay there. He’s such a great guy. I really appreciate he’s a Godly man and he’s not afraid to show it.”

Colorado became the first program to offer Stenstrom last summer, and the Buffaloes' staff continued to closely evaluate him during his junior campaign. Curtis Chiaverini, the son of Colorado co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini, played with Stenstrom at Valor Christian this season.

Northwestern, Purdue, Stanford and Nebraska are some of the other programs that showed early interest in him.

Blake is the son of Steve Stenstrom, who had a record setting collegiate career at Stanford and earned a paycheck in the NFL for seven seasons, including four year stint with the Chicago Bears.

The younger Stenstrom chose to go to Valor Christian in Highlands Ranch so that he could play with the best players in Colorado, even though he had to sit behind Michigan pledge Dylan McCaffrey the last two seasons.

“We played five league games this year, all those games I got the third series. We were lucky enough to beat those teams pretty handily so I got to go in after we got a good lead,” Stenstrom said of how much he’s played as a junior.

In game action as the Eagles' back-up the 2015 and 2016, Stenstrom completed a total of 61-of-88 passes for 662 yards and 11 touchdowns with two interceptions. He also rushed for 300 yards and two scores.

"The three-star prospect showed fluid mechanics and a knack for extending plays with his legs in a blowout victory against Fountain Fort-Carson," Scout.com recruiting analyst Blair Angulo wrote after watching Stenstrom play in person.

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