While Chris Helbig's body goes through injury rehabilitation, his mind has been focused on a life-changing decision.

The Holy Family High School senior, who injured his right knee on Oct. 30, has been given an opportunity to walk on at Colorado and he's giving serious consideration to becoming a Buffalo.

"That's one of my top choices right now," Helbig said. "I told (CU coaches) I wanted to be a Buff, and now it's just seeing what other colleges have to say."

Earlier this week, Helbig visited Fort Hays State, which is offering him a chance to play both football and basketball. He also plans to visit Colorado State-Pueblo and Northern Colorado for football, and Colorado Christian wants him to play basketball.

"The big thing is, where am I going to get a good education?" Helbig said. "That's what I'm trying to figure out: Where would I go to school if I didn't play sports? That's how I'm trying to think about it."

The 6-foot-4, 180-pounder threw for 6,634 yards, 72 touchdowns and only 16 interceptions in 20 games during his final two seasons at Holy Family. He threw for 3,517 yards and 39 touchdowns in only nine games at Holy Family before a season-ending knee injury this past fall.

Helbig tore the ACL, MCL and meniscus in his right knee on Oct. 30 and had surgery on Nov. 19. He said he would be ready to go by fall camp, regardless of where he plays.

"I'm hoping that I can start participating in everything again early to mid summer," he said. "That's what I'm shooting for."


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