February 1, 2010

Pamona tackle will be a Ram

While he was happy at the thought of being an Eastern Washington Eagle, the chance to play for the team he grew up watching was too much to pass up. After being offered a scholarship last week, Pamona High School tackle Christian Stefo pledged to Colorado State this morning.

"I committed there this morning," said the 6-foot-6, 315-pound tackle. "I just felt like it was the right place for me to be. It has always been my favorite school, so when they offered me last Saturday, so I figured I would change."

Stefo said he was told this weekend that another lineman had decommitted, so a scholarship had opened up. With all of the talk of a 26-member recruiting class, Stefo said he had little interest in a greyshirt and for that reason, his recruitment to Colorado State may have taken long than expected.

"They tried to greyshirt me and they told me I didn't want to do that, so they came out with the real offer on Saturday," Stefo said. "I am probably going to redshirt up there to get my skills up. No reason to rush it."

Stefo carried scholarship offers from Colorado State, Eastern Washington, Marshall, Northern Colorado and South Dakota. Prior to this morning, Stefo was an Eastern Washington commitment, but he said the chance to play at a Division I school that he grew up watching was too much to pass up.

"I haven't told them yet," Stefo said of his impending call to the Eastern Washington coaches. "That is right after this phone call. That is going to be tough. I really loved the atmosphere, the players, the coaches, but they are I-AA, you know. I love the atmosphere, the weather and the coaches here too and they are Division I, so I gotta take it."

Stefo's strength is his strength. He said he has a squat over 500 pounds and comes from a high school system that stressed the run block. Until this season, the Colorado All-Stater said his high school ran the ball 90 percent of the time. He added that he believes his strength is his ability to get downfield quickly.

The future Business Major said his family has always followed the Rams since his dad was scouted by the team in years past. He said once he started getting looks from Colorado State his family made more than a few trips to Fort Collins and he fell in love with the city. This season Stefo saw the Rams' games against Utah and Colorado in Boulder. He was also in Fort Collins this weekend on an unofficial visit to meet with the coaching staff.

"Coach Fairchild offered me when I went up there on Saturday," Stefo said. "Today, when I committed, he seemed pretty excited. We went up there, took a tour of the campus and talked to the coaches. It was a one-on-one pretty much.

"I think it is a good fit," Stefo said. "They run a lot of similar stuff to Pamona. They do a lot of running the ball and then they will pass over your head. That is a good step for me."

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