November 18, 2008
CSU still number one with Raineri
Coming into the weekend, Colorado State was the leader for the services of Orlando quarterback Nico Raineri and the Sunshine State signalcaller's visit to Fort Collins, did absolutely nothing to change his mind.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound quarterback was at CSU's 20-6 win over New Mexico last weekend with teammate Victor Gray. Currently Raineri holds offers from Colorado State, Middle Tennessee State and Furman and is hearing from Cornell and Boston College.
"I thought it was great," Raineri said of the visit. "I enjoyed myself. It was different than I had expected out there. I really liked the area. Colorado was nice. I was very impressed."
"I expected it to maybe not be as active or maybe boring compared to Florida," Raineri added. "When I got there, it wasn't like that at all. I had a good time and enjoyed myself. I definitely wasn't bored and don't see myself being bored in the future."
Raineri said he enjoyed his meeting with CSU head coach Steve Fairchild and was impressed with the coach's knowledge about playing and coaching quarterbacks.
The recruiting process now gets interesting for Raineri, who has visits in January planned to Florida Atlantic, Middle Tennessee State and Boston College. While he said he wasn't sure when he would make his decision, he added he thought it would come soon and before his next group of scheduled visits.
"They (Colorado State) are still, especially after this visit, number one on my list," Raineri said.
It was a busy weekend for Raineri who gave us a synopsis of the weekend.
"We landed in Colorado around 9:30 and they took me straight to the game," Raineri said. "I liked the stadium, liked the field. We watched warm-ups and I was pleased to see the win. I liked the offense from what I saw too. After that we met with the coaches, went into the locker room. After the game we went back to the hotel to clean up, went to dinner with the coaches and free time with the player host was a good time. Met on Sunday with the academic people and got a tour of the college of business before going back to tour the athletic facilities and a one-on-one with Coach Fairchild."
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