At the Elite 11 regional workout in Berkeley (Calif.) a few weeks back, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley quarterback Joe Southwick told us Boise State was the one school that really stood out to him. After visiting the campus earlier in the week, the talented signal caller decided to put an end to his recruitment and commit to the Broncos.
Southwick, 6-1, 178 pounds is a player we've liked for some time. He's an absolute gamer and has been putting up big numbers since his sophomore season. As a junior, he earned several post-season honors including 1st team all-state Underclass after throwing for 3,185 yards and 35 touchdowns.
Scholarship offers came in from San Jose State, Boise State and Nevada but the Broncos have been the front runner for some time and Southwick sealed the deal on Tuesday.
"I went up there for a visit and just loved everything about the place," Southwick said. "Before I got on the plane to fly out there, I knew there was a good chance I would commit on the visit if I liked everything I saw there. The visit was amazing and just put them way over the top.
"Boise was nothing like I imagined it. I kind of had this vision of Boise, Idaho being somewhat of a hick town and all but it's not. It's a great city, the campus is great and the people there love Boise State football. It's the only game in town so the fans really get behind the football program and every home game for next season is already sold out.
"Boise State has a great football program as well and has won more games since 2000 than any other school in the country. They recruit a different type of player at Boise State. They may not get the tallest guy or the fastest guy, but they get guys who are good football players and I think that counts for something.
"They didn't take a quarterback last year and are just taking one this year. The coaches really made me feel like I was a priority and told me they wanted me to come up for a visit before their summer camps because they wanted to lock me up before any other quarterbacks could commit there. They made me feel like I was their top guy and that meant a lot to me.
"I spent seven hours on the campus and even met the President of the University. Some of the coaches were telling me they hadn't even done that. At the end of the day, my parents and I went back to Coach Peterson's office and that's when I told him I was ready to commit. Right now, I'm very excited to be a Bronco. I think I made a great choice and I don't think I could have found a better fit for me."