The University of Colorado football has their first recruit of the 2016 class.

“Obviously, it’s a blessing. I’m honored to have this opportunity,” Beaverton High School (Ore.) quarterback Sam Noyer explained to Oregonlive. “I want to thank all of the programs who took a chance on me, but at the end of the day Colorado is the place I want to be to further my education and football career.”

“I’ve (sic) had told myself, ‘Don’t be satisfied with anything,'” he explained.

The Buffs were certainly satisfied when news came down that Noyer would be joining them for the 2016 season.

“They were all really excited when they got the memo. The response was great,” Noyer told (paywall). “They have definitely tried the most of any coaching staff to get me. That was a big key in my decision, the fact that they are really interested and really wanted me.”

During his junior year, the 6-foot-3 195 pound thrower passed for nearly 2,700 yards and 18 touchdowns. Highlights courtesy of

Noyer was not always a potential recruit for University of Colorado. Last year around this time, he worked with private quarterback coach Taylor Barton to improve his overall ability on the football field.  Barton told Noyer last summer that he had to improve with his play calling skills, physically and have more confidence in himself on the field.

“Recruiting for quarterbacks is mostly done off your junior year. He’s got the most professional build of any quarterback that was in this group, that’s in the Northwest right now,” Barton told The Oregonian/OregonLive. “He’s got that long frame, long arm. He’s kind of got that NFL body, and he’s got a rocket arm. He’s got some things, mechanically, that he’s got to clean up, and he’s willing to work on it. Sam Noyer is the one, I think, by next year is going to be not only one of the top quarterbacks in the Northwest, (but) one of the top quarterbacks in the country.”

Noyer was willing to put in the work to become a better quarterback. And work he did. He improved his mechanics and developed his body over the past 12 months.

Colorado took notice of the much improved Noyer and offered him a scholarship in May.

“It definitely takes some weight off of my shoulders because I’ve been waiting so long for it,” he told The Oregonian/OregonLive. “It’s obviously a big honor and a big accomplishment of mine. Hopefully this is just the start, but I’m grateful for the opportunity.”

When Noyer visited Boulder he immediately fell in love with the athmosphere and decided that CU would be his home for the next four to five years.

“From the very beginning, when they offered me, they showed how much they wanted me,” Noyer explained. “It began with them wanting me to get out there as soon as I could to see the place, and the fact that they made everything personalized to me… they took me on a tour of campus and I got to spend a lot of time with coaches. What really made it obvious was the fact that Coach (Mike) MacIntyre was with me and my father a lot, like an hour, a couple of hours. It made everything just so easy at that point.”

“Taylor Barton, Alex Brink, Jordan Johnson – all three of those guys – their whole staff really helped me get to where I am right now. They really worked on my mechanics and helped me with the recruiting process. I give them a lot of credit,” he told “I also need to give a lot of credit to my high school coaches. I wouldn’t be here without them. I’m thankful for coaches I have right now and I’m looking forward to my senior season.”