By Brian Murphy
Boise State has been Joe Martarano's dream school since he was in the third grade. On Tuesday, Martarano — a Fruitland High junior-to-be — committed to play football for the Broncos.
Martarano played for Fruitland's state championship football, basketball and baseball teams as a sophomore. He is considered a draft prospect in baseball and had an offer to play at Utah.
Washington State has been giving him heavy interest in football, Fruitland coach Bruce Schlaih said Wednesday night. Martarano played quarterback and middle linebacker for Fruitland.
"I left it up to Joe. I said, 'You can sit this thing out and ride out the recruiting process,' " said his father, Victor Martarano, who played tight end at Boise State in the early 1990s. "He said, 'I want to play for Boise State.' And he was lucky enough to have Boise State want him."
Victor Martarano said Boise State considers his son to be a linebacker, possibly a rush end.
The Martaranos visited Boise State coach Chris Petersen's office Tuesday night. Petersen offered a scholarship and Martarano committed.
"I've been doing this gig for almost 35 years. Joe's one of those kids that comes along every 15 years. He's an exceptional kid," Schlaih said.
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