Boise State is home for Chase Blakley. But that has little to do with the fact that the school is located inside the borders of Idaho, where the four-star tight end was born and raised.
Home is a feeling in the case - a feeling that caused Blakley to break his verbal commitment to Washington and give it to the Broncos. So despite how it looked a few weeks ago, the Coeur d'Alene High School standout won't have to cross state borders to attend his first college practice.
"It's awesome," Blakely said. "I'm excited. I had a better overall feel for the university. As soon as those coaching staffs turned over, the first person Boise called was me. At first I told him that I would listen to him but I was still committed to Washington. We went through that for a few weeks. I was only in contact with U-Dub every once in a while, but Boise was hitting me up, like, every day."
Blakley didn't decide to change his mind based on Boise State's proximity to his Idaho-based family home. The decision was a about fit. The decision was about relationships. The decision was about being comfortable.
"I just felt more comfortable with Boise than I did with Washington," Blakley said. "Over these last couple days, in visiting with the Boise staff, I just felt like it was a better fit for me. There's a new offense. It's like the old Arkansas State offense. When they came in for the home visit and showed me how they want to use me. That helped a lot."
Blakley, who committed to Washington last May, had 46 receptions for 775 yards and 11 touchdowns to go along with 35 tackles and eight sacks as a senior at Coeur d'Alene.
Rob Cassidy is a West Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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