In life, timing is everything.
For Colorado State Rams football, the timing of Ryan Glover’s de-commitment is extraordinarily poor.
Glover, the lone quarterback commitment due to join the Rams in 2017, who originally committed on July 1, de-committed on Sunday evening via social media:
Thank you for everything CSU and God Bless 💯 pic.twitter.com/QVhz389Z6G
— Ryan Glover (@rg2point0) December 12, 2016
Glover’s a 6-foot-2, 190-pound quarterback who’s compact throwing motion suits the timing needed at the college level, and he’s also a superb athlete, able to move in the pocket and throw on the run if need be. InsidetheRams.com rated Glover a two-star quarterback out of Atlanta, Georgia, and he was the only passer part of the Rams’ 21-commit class, which has now shrunken to 20.
It should be noted that the team’s latest recruit, Jadon Walker, played quarterback in high school. But Mike Bobo and his staff are likely to move the athlete to either wide receiver or cornerback.
Glover’s de-commitment from Colorado State hurts not only because he’s the only passer in the class, but because he announced the news the night before recruiting dead period, which starts today and goes for one month (Dec. 12-Jan. 11) per CSU Compliance.
Now, the Rams’ coaching staff will be scrambling to find a new quarterback for the class, and they won’t even be able to contact the new young men for a month. Of course, with only 10 days until the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Dec. 22, 5 p.m. MT kick on ESPNU), the coaching staff has its hands full preparing for the big game.
It’s possible Glover saw the two remarkable quarterbacks on CSU’s roster and wondered where he would fit in.
Nick Stevens has played so well since returning — passing for over 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns with one interception in six games — that he’s making a case to be the starting quarterback in 2017. Stevens will be a redshirt senior next year, and while it looked like Collin Hill’s time to shine starting in Week 3, the team may look at possibly redshirting Hill in 2017.
Hill, a true freshman, tore his ACL in the fourth quarter of the comeback against Utah State in Week 6 while running for a first down on a third-and-19 play. When CSU’s season kicks off next September, will 11 months be a long enough recovery time for Hill? It seems likely, but Bobo and Co. may play it safe.
At the very least, Hill and Stevens will battle it out to see who will be the starting signal-caller in 2017, because Colorado State possesses two young men with the talent to be “the guy.”
For now, the coaching staff will be looking everywhere to fill that major void Glover has left in the class everyone’s dubbed “Rampage17.”
The incoming class is set to be one of the best in years at Colorado State, and Bobo has done well to address both the need for speedy playmakers (5 WR/CB/RB) as well as reinforcing the line of scrimmage, on both sides of the ball (10 O/D-linemen).
Now, we’ll all have to wait and see what Bobo and his coaching staff can do to fill out the rest of the class in January.