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    The recent cold weather along the Front Range will become a common piece of Bryce Conover’s life the next few years.

    Frederick’s starting quarterback signed to play football and continue his education at Western State Colorado University Gunnison.

I loved the town, Gunnison is so beautiful and I’m a big outdoor guy so I love the place,” he said. “The school is filled with very beautiful people, I loved the coaches. Even the players I met really took me in. It was an amazing experience.”

Conover was able to visit the school and meet his new teammates and new coaches.

“I went to their starting quarterback’s house, actually, and we had so much fun getting to know about their college football experience and asking them tons of questions,” Conover said. “I also ate breakfast with the coaches and learned about them and their stories as well.”

    Conover said his decision was more than just seeing the school and the environment.

    “It was much more than that. I wanted to make sure I chose a school filled with people I wanted to surround myself with,” he said. “And at Western I loved every single person I met.”

Conover talked with the University of Northern Colorado a bit “but that didn’t work out.” He also had interest from Doane College here and Knox College there.

    Conover completed 47 of 87 passes for 861 yards and nine touchdowns for a Warriors’ squad that went 9-2 last season. He also carried the ball 35 times for 335 yards and a TD. He wants to study business administration but hasn’t decided what happens after school, aside from opening his own business.

    Conover said pandemic-based recruiting was “a little weird.”

“Masks were required. But luckily, we were able to visit in person,” Conover said. “ But in my recruiting experience, I definitely had to do a couple of Webex visits and virtual visits as well.”

    Conover said the future keeps him up at night.

“I don’t know what to expect,” he said. “All I know is everything happens for a reason, so I know I’m in good hands.”