Star Durango quarterback, safety takes his chance as walk-on.
By John Livingston Regional sports editor
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020
Jordan Woolverton is willing to bet on himself. He has done it since the fifth grade, and he has yet to bust.
The Durango High School senior signed with the University of Colorado football team Wednesday afternoon during a ceremony held at DHS. He accepted a preferred walk-on offer and turned down scholarships from the nation’s top Division II programs.
And though he won’t be on a scholarship when he reports to the Boulder campus, the quarterback who led Durango High School to the 2020 Class 3A state championship aims to work his way toward a scholarship from the Buffaloes and head coach Karl Dorrell once he arrives.
“I want to go out there on Saturdays and represent my home state, represent Durango. The opportunity up there is like no other,” Woolverton said. “Growing up in Colorado, you always watch the Buffs and want to play for the Buffs. The opportunity that I have is hard to pass up on as a Colorado kid. The opportunity and the culture they are creating up there with coach Dorrell is awesome, and I am excited to get in it and be part of it.”
Woolverton talked with other Division I colleges such as Columbia and Holy Cross. He also had high-level Division II offers from Colorado State University-Pueblo, Pittsburg State and West Texas A&M.
But after he got a walk-on offer from Colorado quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf, he only imagined himself playing Division I football in a Power Five conference such as the Pac-12.
After Woolverton’s offer came in from Colorado, he expected a few more Division I schools to contact him. But during a recruiting dead period because of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the NCAA decision to grant all current college players an extra year of eligibility, there were few offers to be had in 2020.
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