Sugar Land (TX) Kempner athlete George Iloka had never been to the state of Idaho but that didn't keep the 6-foot-3, 194 pound prospect from committing to coach Chris Petersen and Boise State Broncos this past June.
This past weekend, he changed that fact as he made the trip from Houston for his official visit. After helping lead their team to a victory over Fort Bend Austin on Friday night, Iloka and teammate Chris Banjo took a flight to Boise early Saturday morning. He says that he came away impressed by every aspect of the school.
"That's the first time I've ever been there but I like it a lot," Iloka said. "The town is pretty nice. It's a pretty small town but it's a football town.
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"I was solid before the trip. I had had some schools say they were interested in offering me but I told them I was solid to Boise State. But now I'm definitely sure that's where I'm going."
Iloka, who is being recruited to Boise State as a safety, had a chance to experience a game on the blue turf as he watched the Broncos shut out New Mexico State on Sunday night.
"That was great- playing on the blue turf, you just get 14 points off the bat," he said. "The coaches had said that it was a big advantage and it definitely was. The fans were nice, too. The game was sold out.
"We were actually staying at the same hotel as the New Mexico State team. They had these shirts talking about how they were going to kill Boise and whatnot. That wasn't gonna happen, though."
Iloka said that Banjo, also a safety prospect, enjoyed his visit. Banjo currently holds offers from UTEP and the Naval Academy but the Broncos could join the mix at some point.
"(The coaches) just want to see a little more tape on him," Iloka said of Banjo. "They should give him an offer before signing day. If he gets an offer, we would love to play together in college."
While in Boise, Iloka said he got to meet other recruits as well as some current players.
"We mostly hung out with the guys that are redshirting," he said. "We were up there with some other recruits on their visits too. "Byron Hout, the linebacker from Idaho, he's committed to Boise too and he was there. Then there was a cornerback, Kevin Frank, from Sacramento, California that was on his official as well. He didn't commit or anything while he was there but he said he's gonna go think it over with his parents."
Kempner (3-3 overall, 3-1 in district play) return to action this Saturday against Hightower. Iloka has tallied three interceptions on the season and also leads the Cougars in tackles.