Valor Christian quarterback Blake Stenstrom has committed to play college football at the University of Colorado.
The junior announced his decision on Twitter on Saturday night.
— Blake Stenstrom (@BlakeStenstrom) December 18, 2016
He called Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre on Saturday evening to officially commit.
"It seemed like the right fit," Stenstrom told CHSAANow.com on Saturday. "I love coach Mac; I love the coaching staff. I like Pac-12 football, and it felt right."
Stenstrom said MacIntyre was "super excited" when he called on Saturday night.
"He said I made his Merry Christmas," Stenstrom said. "He was fired up, and I was glad to see him like that."
Stenstrom, a 2018 grad, threw for 500 yards and seven touchdowns on 49-of-74 passing this season while playing in a rotation with senior Dylan McCaffrey. Stenstrom also rushed for 264 yards and a score as the Eagles won the Class 5A title.
He is the son of former NFL player Steve Stenstrom, who also had a record-setting college career at Stanford.
CU started recruiting Stenstrom about a year ago, and offered him a scholarship during their junior day.
"I thought about it, and I thought, 'What other school would convince me not to go to CU?' I just couldn't find an answer to that. So I finally realized that's where I wanted to go."
Staying in-state for college, he added, is "a really great bonus to this."
"I'm glad to be able to near my family, and be near my friends, and people that have cared about me for a while," Stenstrom said. "I'm glad to be able to stay in-state and be close to them. My mom really likes the idea of me staying in-state, as well."