Valor Christian’s Blake Stenstrom has yet to be a starter in high school, but he already knows where he’ll play in college.
On Saturday night, the junior quarterback gave his verbal commitment to Colorado for the class of 2018.
“It has been my dream to play Division I football for as long as I can remember and today I am excited to take the next big step in that journey,” Stenstrom tweeted. “I would like to thank Coach (Mike) MacIntyre, Coach (Brian) Lindgren and Coach (Darrin) Chiaverini for believing in me and offering me this incredible opportunity. With that said, I am humbled and honored to announce my commitment to The University of Colorado!”
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Stenstrom has a three-star rating from Scout.com. He has spent the past two seasons as the backup at Valor Christian to Dylan McCaffrey, who is set to graduate this spring and play at Michigan.
In a limited role this past season, Stenstrom completed 49 of 74 passes (66.2 percent) for 500 yards, seven TDs and two interceptions. He also ran 33 times for 264 yards and a touchdown.
Strenstrom is the son of former Stanford star and NFL quarterback Steve Stenstrom, who is still the all-time leading passer in Stanford history (10,911 yards). He then played in the NFL from 1995-2000, retiring shortly after signing with the Denver Broncos in the 2001 offseason.
CU already has three commitments for the 2018 class: Stenstrom, Highlands Ranch safety Ray Robinson and tackle Walker Culver from Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn.