Posted On: 04/5/21 7:35 PM

2024 Rio Rancho(NM) Cleveland outside linebacker Stratton Shufelt is just a freshman in high school but he already knows he won’t have to pay a dime for his college education.

Shufelt, who emerged this spring as a solid starter on a dominant Storm defense, received his first scholarship offer a week ago from the University of New Mexico.

Former Rio Rancho head coach David Howes, who now serves as the Lobos safeties coach and has a prominent role recruiting the Land of Enchantment, extended the offer.

“I was speechless and very surprised when I got the offer,” Shufelt told Prep Redzone New Mexico. “It was an emotional time for me and my family. My conversation with Coach Howes was great. He could really relate to me as a player. He talked about my work ethic and the ability to adapt to the varsity level of football. Seeing the numbers I put up in the weight room, he was really impressed with my genetics and my growth through the offseason.”

Shufelt is currently listed at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds. Considering he’s only 15 years old, he’ll likely grow a couple more inches and add some weight to his frame before he graduates.

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