Casey Marksberry, left, and his father, Todd, pose at Folsom Field during a visit to CU earlier this year.
Casey Marksberry, left, and his father, Todd, pose at Folsom Field during a visit to CU earlier this year. (Courtesy photo)
After his senior season at Waunakee (Wisc.) High School last fall, Casey Marksberry was given a few opportunities to play small college football.

The dual threat quarterback really only had one team in mind, though.

"None of them really interested me," he said of the schools that offered him scholarships. "When I started talking to the (Colorado) coaches, I was like 'I would take a preferred walk-on over getting money towards school any day.' It worked out that way."

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Marksberry is set to join the Buffs this summer as a preferred walk-on and hopes to one day make an impact at CU.

Marksberry's interest in CU began in April of 2015, when his father took a new job in Castle Rock. Marksberry has three older siblings, but he and his mother stayed in Waunakee so he could finish high school. During the past year, the idea of going to school in Colorado appealed more and more to Marksberry.

"We started looking into schools out there and that's where I wanted to be," he said.

CU coaches asked Marksberry to take a visit, and that visit, which he took with his father, sealed the deal.

"After I had talked with (head coach Mike) MacIntyre, as soon as we left the room, we both looked at each other and were like, 'Yeah, this is where I want to be,'" said Marksberry, who was also offered a preferred walk-on spot at Colorado State. "It was where my heart was at."

Marksberry will join a crowded quarterback room.


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There are plenty of question marks surrounding the position, but there will be no shortage of arms when the Buffaloes get to camp in August.

In addition to the four scholarship quarterbacks - seniors Sefo Liufau and Jordan Gehrke, redshirt freshman Steven Montez and true freshman Sam Noyer - CU is expected to have four walk-ons. Junior T.J. Patterson and freshmen Chris Helbig and Tyler McGarry are also set to be in camp.

Marksberry is eager to compete with the other quarterbacks.

Casey Marksberry playing for Waunakee High School in Wisconsin.
Casey Marksberry playing for Waunakee High School in Wisconsin. (Courtesy photo)

"My main goal is just to go out there and compete," he said. "They said I'm going to for sure redshirt my freshman year. Hopefully that gives me time to put on a lot of weight and start learning the system, learning everything and getting adjusted to everything out there."

While he is coming to Boulder to play quarterback, Marksberry said he's open to playing anywhere on the field.

"They mentioned definitely, if they saw a possibility, of me maybe going to safety or receiver, something in that realm," he said. "Of course I'd like to play quarterback, but if they wanted to change me to one of those, I would be open to it of course."

Here are some highlights from Marksberry's senior season:

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.