By Brian Murphy
Update: Here are the highlights of my conversation with Marcus Rios, Boise State's first 2012 football commitment.
Rios (6-0, 170) is from Cosumnes Oaks HS in Elk Grove, Calif.
• He said he has been a Boise State fan since the 7th grade. It was then that he met Brandyn Thompson, who just completed his eligibility at Boise State in 2010. He worked out with Brandyn at Eric Thompson's True Grit Sports.
"I grew up on (Boise State)," Rios said.
• He attended summer camp at Boise State. "I loved everything about it," Rios said.
• Rios said incoming Boise State defensive end Robert Ash is one of his best friends.
• "I'm sure Boise State is the right place for me and where I fit in best," Rios said.
• He said Arizona State is the only other school to offer him at this point.
• He expects to play cornerback and possibly safety at Boise State.
• He said coach Chris Petersen was very impressive and that Boise State "was my first choice." "It's a really great place and where I really wanted to go," Rios said.
• Rios said Boise State called him around noon Tuesday and offered a scholarship. He accepted on the same phone call.
• Rios also runs track for Cosumnes Oaks. He runs the 100 meters, the 200 meters and is on the 4x100-meter relay team.
Cornerback Marcus Rios (Cosumnes Oaks HS, Elk Grove, Calif.) is the first member of Boise State's 2012 recruiting class. Rios (6-0, 170) gave his commitment to Boise State coach Chris Petersen on Tuesday, according to Cosumnes Oaks coach Ryan Gomes.
"He knows in his heart that Boise State is the perfect place for him," Gomes said.
Rios had an official offer from Arizona State, and Gomes expects most of the Pac-12 to offer Rios a scholarship.
Boise State signed Robert Ash out of the same high school in 2011. Gomes said Rios and Ash are great friends. Rios also has a long relationship with former Boise State cornerback Brandyn Thompson, Gomes said.
Cosumnes Oaks does its summer camp at Boise State and the two staffs have a close connection, Gomes said.
"We have a real comfortable connection with Boise State," Gomes said.
Rios played cornerback and safety as a junior. Gomes said in his first varsity game, just days after his 15th birthday, Rios returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
"He's a pretty special player, a national-type recruit," Gomes said. "The UCLAs and USCs and Cals and some of those other places are going to still come knocking."
Commitments are non-binding until players sign in Feb. 2012.
Check out his highlight reel from YouTube, which includes footage of Rios on the blue turf:
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