2024 quarterback Daniel Kaelin excited to now have Colorado as a college option

Colorado recently became the 12th Power 5 program to extend an offer to 2024 prospect. Daniel Kaelin. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback from Bellevue (Neb.) West is hoping to get out to Boulder for an unofficial visit before the end of January to get a closer look at what the Buffaloes have to offer.

“My early impression is (new Buffs offensive coordinator and quarterbacks) coach (Sean) Lewis seems like a really genuine coach,” Kaelin said. “I haven’t talked to him a crazy amount because that offer just came in but I am looking forward to talk to him more and developing even more of a relationship.

“And obviously with Coach Prime taking over as the head coach at Colorado, that is definitely an exciting idea for the future for sure. There has been a lot of hype around him and he has been having success recently in his coaching career. That is definitely intriguing about Colorado.”

Kaelin has already taken trips to see Kansas State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Vanderbilt, all schools that have offered a scholarship. He is looking at also potentially visiting Kentucky before making the call.

“Those are all schools I am still in contact with,” Kaelin said. “As of now, those are all schools that have caught my eye and I have built a good relationship with. I have also been in contact with Miami. They haven’t offered yet, but if they do that might be another visit.”

Kaelin would like to make his commitment sometime in March, but he added his decision timeline is not set in stone.

“I don’t have a date in mind or anything. It could be earlier, it could be later,” he said. “I have been talking to a good amount of schools that have offered and I am just kind of playing it by ear right now. But, yeah, in an ideal world, it would be March that I am committed.

“Relationships are important for me. I am going to continue to develop relationships with each school. Another big factor is somewhere I think will develop me to be the best possible player I can be so that I can get to the next level. Getting to the NFL one day is my goal. So I want to commit to a college I can be successful at and where I can trust the coaching staff to develop me.”

Kaelin currently has an 89 rating on 247Sports and he is ranked No. 27 among 2024 quarterback recruits. He completed 63.6 percent of his passes for 3,186 yards with 36 touchdowns and seven interceptions as a junior at Bellevue West. Kaelin also added three rushing scores. He was the Cornhusker State leader in passing yards and quarterback rating.

“I feel one of my strengths is my cognitive ability, being able to see the whole field, reading defenses quickly and being able to make quick decisions,” said Kaelin, a first-team all-state selection in 2022. “I also feel I am able to make every single throw on the field. I think those are probably my strengths.”

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