Colorado State football signs three quarterbacks as Steve Addazio seeks “it” factor he once saw in Tim Tebow – The Denver Post
Ask Colorado State football coach Steve Addazio for the most important traits in a starting quarterback and he’ll take you back to the 2000s while on staff at Florida and the sidelines of heated SEC rivalry games.
Adazzio’s quarterback in those days? Tim Tebow requires no introduction.
“The guy would stare a bear down, I promise you, and I’ve never been around a guy like him before,” Addazio said. “I could remember playing Tennessee one year, it’s fourth-and-1, and the game is on the line. (Tebow) comes to the sideline screaming: ‘Give me the ball!’ We’re like: ‘Woah, Tim, settle down a little bit.’
“But what did we do? Q-Power. Let him run the ball. He never got stopped one time.”
Addazio reminisced about football glory days during a virtual news conference Wednesday after CSU wrapped up the first day of the early signing period with the signing of three high school quarterbacks: Luke McAllister, Chance Harris and Evan Olaes.
Addazio told reporters that he learned early in his coaching career “to take as many quarterbacks as you can and hope that you get lucky and you find that one that can be that elite guy. How much success you have and how much you win is going to correlate heavily.”
It sets up for an intriguing QB room in 2021 as the Rams have potentially three scholarship passers returning on their roster. Senior Patrick O’Brien is eligible for another season under revised NCAA rules, but his decision is unknown, and backups Todd Centeio and Justice McCoy are also in the mix.
Addazio can’t tell you who will start at quarterback at CSU next season. But he’s seeking the kind of fire Tebow once provided the Gators.
“You’re trying to find a guy who has got ‘it,’” Addazio said. “He’s just a freaking competitor and he can put the team on his back. His mentality and attitude (are) relentless, and he lifts everybody up, including the coaches, on the football field. If you find one of those guys, you’re going to win a lot of football games. … It comes in a lot of different sizes and a lot of different styles — throwers, runners, a combination. I never worry about that.”
Here’s what you need to know about Colorado State’s QB newcomers:
— Chance Harris / 6-0, 200 / Clovis HS (New Mexico): A three-star prospect, per 24/7 Sports, with 3,829 passing yards and 56 touchdowns over three seasons. Harris did not play his senior year after New Mexico canceled its football season due to COVID-19 concerns.
— Luke McAllister / 6-4, 190 / Palmer Ridge HS (Monument): The top-rated quarterback in Colorado for this recruiting cycle, he reached the Class 4A state championship game. McAllister accounted for more than 4,500 career passing yards with 50-plus touchdowns.
— Evan Olaes / 6-0, 205 / Legacy HS (North Las Vegas): A dual-threat quarterback with 2,853 yards passing and 1,109 yards rushing as a junior and 36 total touchdowns. Nevada’s cancelation of a fall football season also led Olaes to miss his senior year.
Not done yet. CSU finished the early period with 19 players signed (10 offense and nine defense) from a collection of eight states — Colorado (six), Florida (three), Texas (three), California (two), Nevada (two), Arizona (one), Massachusetts (one) and New Mexico (one).
But Addazio and his staff will continue recruiting until the traditional February signing day.
“We’re saving five or six spots either for the second signing period, possible grad transfers, and a couple of deals like that,” Addazio said. “We’re expecting at least 10 Colorado kids via the walk-on program.”