Blake Renaud said the decision between Boise State and Oregon State was difficult but after considering all his options he felt the Broncos were the better fit and so he committed to Chris Petersen's club this weekend.
"It was a very hard decision between Oregon State and Boise but it came down to what my gut decision was and I just thought Boise would be a better fit for me and I went with it," Renaud said.
"It was just a feel. I felt like this was the spot for me, this is where I could play. That's it. I loved all the coaches and stuff too but it was just a feel I got."
During his trip to Boise State days after he and Concord (Calif.) De La Salle teammate Dylan Wynn visited Oregon State, Renaud got to speak with Petersen, defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski and linebackers coach Jeff Choate.
Those conversations helped Renaud, a 6-foot-2, 233-pound inside linebacker, make his decision but more than anything it was just a sense that Boise State was the right place for him.
"I got to talk to my position coach, the defensive coordinator and coach Petersen," Renaud said. "They just seemed so excited to win and they're so focused on their season and how good they can do. It gets you fired up thinking I can be a part of that.
"It's pretty cool. Playing at that level and being a part of something like that would be really great."
Rivals.com rates Renaud, a three-star prospect, as the No. 25 inside linebacker and No. 35 recruit in the California state rankings.
Minnesota, Ohio and Oregon State had also offered. A bunch of Pac-10, Big Ten and Big 12 programs were also showing interest in the De La Salle standout.