Cherry Creek (Colo.) quarterback Kain Colter had no want for influences when trying to decide where to attend college.
"My dad actually played safety for Colorado University when they won the National Championship in 1990," Colter told The Bootleg. "My uncle played at USC and was a two-time All-American, so my whole family wanted me there. But they didn't come into the picture, so I couldn't pass up Stanford."
After an offer was extended, it only took two months for Colter to make a verbal commitment to play on The Farm. He chose Stanford despite a nudge to stay in his home state and play for his father's alma mater, and he will now have a chance to beat the school the rest of his family wanted him to attend.
"Even before [Stanford] offered me, I was hoping to get an offer from them," Colter said. "I went up there to visit and the campus was amazing. The coaching staff is really down to earth, and I got introduced to some of the players and they were great."
Colter led his high school team to an 11-3 record and the Colorado state championship game last season. The 6-1, 185-pound talent compiled perplexing stats in the Centennial League, where the school has won eight state titles.
Colter accounted for 30 offensive touchdowns his junior season. He completed 139-of-226 passes (61.5 percent) for 1,780 yards and 15 touchdowns against four interceptions. The dual-threat signal caller also carried the ball 189 times for 928 yards (4.9 average) and 15 touchdowns.
Perhaps the most impressive statistic Colter posted didn't relate to offensive production, but rather ball security. A player who handles the ball every snap, and keeps it half of those offensive possessions, Colter lost only two fumbles in 14 games.
"A lot of people want to carry the ball with their natural running motion and get the ball way out, but every day in practice, we run drills where the guys slap at the ball," Colter said. "That is just one of the things the coaches here have really instilled in us."
Colter is a multi-faceted athlete who also plays basketball and runs track. His versatility isn't limited to the offseason either, as he heard his name called on the other side of the ball this past season.
"One of our corners was actually out for half the season so I stepped in for him," said Colter, adding he played about 75 percent of the snaps in most games. "I actually didn't have any picks this year, but I know I had some big hits."
Colter said he definitely wants the opportunity to play quarterback at Stanford, where he believes he can be most effective. If that doesn't work, however, he is willing to play wherever the team needs him.
"Most of the schools were recruiting me for quarterback, but recognize that I'm an athlete and can play every position," said Colter, who boasts a 4.5 forty-yard dash time.
Air Force, Akron, Arizona State, Colorado, Kansas State, Northwestern and Wyoming had offered Colter prior to his commitment to the Card. He said he had also drawn interest from Vanderbilt and Nebraska.
Academically, Colter sports a 4.2 GPA, takes AP-level classes and understands the importance of a prestigious higher-learning experience.
"Probably the biggest thing is the education," Colter said of Stanford's appeal. "Stanford allows you to set up a good life for yourself after football."
Colter took the ACT last week and is eagerly awaiting his results to get a jumpstart on the Stanford application process.
"I'm going to have to send in my ACT score, but I want to get that application before school ends because I want to get admitted as early as possible."
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