Clayton Ridge athletes sign with state universities

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Ryan Moser signed a letter of intent with the University of Northern Iowa on Feb. 4. From left are Eagle Coach Chad Harbaugh, Garry, Ryan and Sandy Moser. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

Colten Rastetter signed a letter of commitment as a preferred walk-on with the University of Iowa on Feb. 5. From left are Eagle Coach Chad Harbaugh, Colten and his parents, Julie and Thor Rastetter. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins

Two Clayton Ridge High School seniors have been recruited into the football programs at two state universities.

Ryan Moser signed a letter of intent with the University of Northern Iowa Panthers football program on Feb. 4. On hand for the signing were his parents, Garry and Sandy Moser of St. Olaf, and football coach Chad Harbaugh. Moser will receive full tuition and books for his freshman year. 

The 6-ft. 6-in. senior is pleased to be wearing the purple and gold next fall. "I'm looking forward to playing with people who love football like I do," said Moser. 

Coach Harbaugh said Moser has had a passion for football since he was a youngster. "I think his success is a result of all his hard work and dedication for the last four years," he said.

In a letter to Moser, Ben Messerli, UNI assistant Athletic Director, congratulated and welcomed him to Panther athletics. "We are thrilled that you have chosen to continue your academic and athletic career at our fine institution," he said.  

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Colten Rastetter signed a letter of commitment with the University of Iowa on Feb. 5. On hand for the signing were his parents, Thor and Julie Rastetter of Guttenberg, and Eagles football coach Chad Harbaugh.

Rastetter, a 6-ft. 3-inch senior, is headed to Iowa as a preferred walk-on. Recruiters were interested in his speciality skills, especially punting. 

The Eagle senior is planning to work hard to earn a place on the the Big Ten team. "I'm looking forward to having this experience to walk on at Iowa to further my football career," he said. "It's always been a dream of mine to play with the Hawkeyes."

Eagle Coach Chad Harbaugh said that during his high school career Rastetter has proven to be talented at many positions. "He's helped us in so many ways as a football player because of the number of positions he's played," said the coach. "I think he'll excel at punting at Iowa, and I know he'll be successful.".

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