CU scholarship QB recruits and transfers over the past 10 years
2013: Sefo Liufau, Jordan Gehrke
2012: Shane Dillon, Jordan Webb
2011: Brent Burnette, Stevie Joe Dorman, Connor Wood
2010: Nick Hirschman
2009: Clark Evans, Josh Moten
2008: Tyler Hansen
2007: Matt Ballenger, Nick Nelson
2006: Cody Hawkins
2005: Mack Brown, Patrick Devenny
2004: Ryan Walters
In the past 10 years, the Colorado football program has recruited two quarterbacks out of the high school ranks who came to Boulder and completed their eligibility here under center.
Can you name them?
Cody Hawkins became the school's all-time leader in most career passing statistics five years after signing in 2006. Tyler Hansen joined the program in 2008 and was the Buffs' starter for all or part of the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Cade Apsay hopes to add his name to that extremely short list.
Apsay is a 6-foot-2, 175-pound pro-style quarterback from Canyon High School in Canyon Country, Calif. He committed to coach Mike MacIntyre in June after attending a camp at CU and he has remained true to his commitment throughout the recruiting process.
"I fell in love with the place," Apsay said. "I remember driving in with (offensive line coach Gary) Bernardi and we were driving down the main highway and I saw the mountains and I just fell in love with the place.
"And one thing that coach Mac stresses is brotherhood and family. I'm a very loyal person and I think that stuck out for me. I really appreciated that."
Apsay will send his national letter of intent to CU on national signing day today. Thousands of recruits around the nation in football and other sports will do the same with their school of choice.
CU is expected to announce a football recruiting class of at least 20 prospects today, including two junior college transfers, longsnapper Wyatt Smith and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, who are already part of the team and enrolled in spring classes. Apsay was the only quarterback expected to be a part of the class as of Tuesday night.
Apsay comes from what he called 'a very large Filipino family' that is extremely close-knit. He said he was raised to be loyal to those he loves and chooses as friends. His father is Filipino 'techie' for NBC and his mother is Caucasian and works with special needs adults.
"We're very close and everyone stays in touch," Apsay said. "I think (loyalty) kind of got drilled into me when I was a kid."
Apsay is not considered a blue-chip quarterback, but he is seen as a blossoming player at the toughest and most critical position in the sport. Rivals.com ranks him as a three-star prospect, the 84th best player in California and the 24th best quarterback recruit in this class in the nation.
Many of the other quarterback recruits who have chosen CU over the past decade have had similar ratings and success in the high school ranks only to fall short at the college level.
From 2004 to 2013, four different CU head coaches recruited a total of 17 quarterbacks to CU as scholarship players. Most came from the high school ranks, some came from junior colleges and several transferred to CU from other college programs.
Of those 17, only six completed their eligibility at CU but two of those six completed their eligibility playing other positions. Ryan Walters, a 2004 quarterback recruit, became a safety. Patrick Devenny, a 2005 quarterback recruit, became a tight end.
Josh Moten, a 2009 quarterback recruit, has been a defensive back throughout his career and is on target to complete his eligibility next fall. It should be noted that Sefo Liufau and Jordan Gehrke are counted among those 17 players and remain on the roster. Both will be sophomores in the fall.
Quarterbacks transferring or washing out of the sport all together is nothing unique to CU, although the numbers might be higher in recent years at CU than for many programs in major college football. Five quarterbacks have left the CU program in the past year alone, including four scholarship players.
The nature of the position is that generally one man gets the vast majority of the playing time as long as he stays healthy and performs well. When a young player earns the starting job at quarterback, it can lead others to reexamine their options if they believe they might have to use years of eligibility to watch from the sidelines.
Those issues have certainly played a part in some of the attrition at quarterback at CU over the past decade. Three coaching changes that led to four different offensive coordinators and quarterback coaches also have affected the program's ability to recruit and then develop numerous quarterbacks.
Apsay believes he will be a great fit in Boulder not only because of his love for the program and respect for its coaches, but because CU uses an offense that is remarkably similar to what he has operated in high school.
"I think it will make it a little easier to learn all the plays," Apsay said.
Last fall, Liufua was able to take over as the starter at midseason because of his work ethic, maturity and ability to lead older teammates by executing on the field. Apsay says he plans to compete for the starting job this summer.
"I think I have it in me," he said. "I think I'm very capable. I know it's a competition and if I come out on top and I get in there, that's how it is. I think I'm definitely capable