For more than a year, Sam Noyer has been planning to become a Colorado Buffalo.
His wait is almost over.
The quarterback from Beaverton, Ore., will arrive at CU on June 19 to begin is college career.
"I'm really excited," he said. "I'm anxious to get out there and start focusing on this upcoming season and doing everything to help the team."
Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Noyer gave his verbal commitment to CU on June 3, 2015 — the first player in the class of 2016 to commit — and signed his letter of intent in February.
Following a stellar high school career, he's now eager to join the Buffs.
"I honestly feel ready and I feel the most prepared I'll be," he said. "I'm just excited to get out there and start working. Working out with (senior Sefo Liufau) this weekend it made me that much more excited. We were talking about plays and going over stuff. It was a good time and it made me that more excited."
Liufau flew to Oregon this past weekend to workout with Noyer and Noyer's quarterback coach, Alex Brink, in Lake Oswego, Ore.
"He's done that a few times now, so we've gotten to know each other pretty well," Noyer said of Liufau.
Liufau is recovering from a left foot injury that ended his 2015 season early, and Noyer said he was impressed with his new teammate over the weekend.
"Sefo looked great," Noyer said. "He's lost a little bit of weight. He's in the best shape I've seen him be in, so he looked really good, and was slinging the ball really well. His footwork was great. From that workout, I think he looked ready, and he's determined.
"You can tell he's really determined about this season. He wants to have the best season he's had."
Liufau is a three-year starter who needs just 13 yards to break CU's all-time passing record. Noyer has a long way to go in that regard, but said Liufau has been a good mentor to this point.
"So far, he's done a great job of taking me under his wing," Noyer said. "He's put me in the group chats with all the quarterbacks, just making me fit in. I appreciate that a lot. We've gotten to know each other a little bit and once I get out there, it'll be a lot better."
As a true freshman, Noyer might be a year away from seriously challenging for playing time, but he's not going in with the mindset of redshirting. In addition to Liufau, Noyer will compete with senior Jordan Gehrke and redshirt freshman Steven Montez.
"I'm just going to go in there, work my hardest and just compete and do everything I can," he said.
Since last season, Noyer has grown nearly an inch, to 6 feet, 4 inches. He's also put on more than 10 pounds since singing day, and weighs in at 215 pounds.
Noyer was a top pitcher for the Beaverton High School baseball team, but throughout the season, he said he continued to throw the football and keep his arm in shape.
"Ever since baseball ended, I've just been grinding and really trying to fix the small things and work on my mechanics and get in shape and get ready for the summer," he said.
Noyer wasn't able to visit Boulder during the spring, but said he watched video of every one of CU's spring practices and has studied the playbook quite a bit, and he loves what CU is planning to do on offense.
"I love the new stuff, I love the old stuff," he said. "(Co-offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini), so far he's brought in some good stuff. He and (co-coordinator Brian) Lindgren working together is really, really nice."
Noyer and Liufau talked about and worked on some of the plays over the weekend, and Noyer said the other quarterbacks love the tweaked offense, as well.
Now it's a matter of executing the offense on the field and Noyer is confident the Buffs have the quarterbacks to be successful.
"Whoever gets the starting job, we're going to be in good hands," he said.