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From: Aurora, Colorado
High School: Grandview
Ryan Walters did what few high school students even think about doing. The former star quarterback at Aurora's Grandview High School took care of things in the classroom and graduated in December in order to get to college early. Walters, who is the son of former CU quarterback Marc Walters, finished his first day of classes and football meetings at Colorado Monday. Is he concerned that he is coming in as one of CU's five scholarship quarterbacks, none of whom are seniors?
No. Walters said he's simply looking forward to getting the chance to compete. Here's what else he had to say.
Question: When did you know you wanted to play football in a Colorado uniform?
Ryan Walters: About when I was 2-years old, when my dad played. We lived literally a sidewalk away from the CU practice field when I was a little kid. We lived in family housing. I used to go and play catch with all the guys when I was little. I used to go play catch with Michael Westbrook and Rae Carruth and all of them.
BC: How much has your dad talked to you about the differences between high school and college football?
RW: He's talked more about the difference between high school life and college life. As far as football goes, he said it's the same - you're just out there competing. He said the game is a little bit faster, but you adjust to that quickly. He said you just have to take care of stuff off the field and then things on the field will fall in place.
BC: There are five scholarship quarterbacks on the team now, and none of them are seniors. Does that concern you at all?
RW: No. When it all comes down to it, it's who's going to go out there and play. Whoever is the best quarterback is going to play. All I can do is go out there and compete.
BC: What do you feel like your strengths are as a player coming in?
RW: As far as physically, I'm pretty ahead of the game for my age. I've been working out and lifting weights since I was in the eighth grade.
BC: Do you have any personal goals for spring ball, and how much are you looking forward to getting started?
RW: I can't wait. We had our first meeting today. It just sent chills down my back because this is what I wanted to do for so long, and I'm finally here. As far as goals: First, I want to take care of things in the classroom, so there's no issues there. And then, I want to be where (Joel) Klatt is, as far as knowing the offense, by the time spring ball ends. Everything is cool up here. I like being on my own just getting to do my own thing. We are lifting and throwing everyday one on one and I am getting to know the guys. Boulder is cool and I am just excited to be in a position to contribute to the team.
Although Ryan cannot meet with position coaches, he and the rest of the team are working out with guidance from the S&C coaches. Ryan has been lifting hard and has already 15 pounds to his bench.
To elaborate on whether or not he is going to redshirt, Ryan is unsure. He says the coaches want him to contribute this year as does he, but with five QBs on scholarship and two walk-ons, it makes for a crowded house. Ryan plans on learning as much as he can and letting it all loose in the spring. This would make for three freshman QBs on the depth chart this fall and an interesting battle for playing time. Considering the injuries Cox, Greenburg, and Klatt sustained last year #4 may play this year.
On a lighter note, Ryan has been banged up for two years playing behind a small offensive line and a year of rest and study may add to his potential career longevity for the Buffaloes.
Of interest to Colorado prep fans, Ryan's best friend and teammate, super soph WR Aubrey Quarles is said to be very high on Colorado. It would very interesting to see this dynamic high school duo to hook up in college at the base of the flatirons!
The early word on Quarles is that he could be the best wide receiver to ever come out of the state.