Eagle High senior D.J. Dean is going to be a Bronco.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound receiver/safety called Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen on Sunday night and gave him a verbal commitment.
Dean said it was an easy decision to make.
“It’s close to home. I know a lot of people don’t like that, but for me, all my family is here and it will give them an opportunity to see me play,” Dean said. “Everything I love to do is in Idaho. I didn’t have a reason to leave or keep looking at schools. When I got the offer, I knew it was what I needed to do.”
Dean leads the 5A Southern Idaho Conference with six interceptions, and also ranks in the top five among receivers with 42 catches for 667 yards and three touchdowns.
“D.J. is an exceptionally hard working and focused young man. He’s a very gifted athlete and a great, great student,” Eagle coach Paul Peterson said. “… He’s got all the qualities that go along with Boise State football.”
Dean said the Broncos haven’t decided whether he’ll play receiver or safety at the next level.
“They said they’re leaning toward receiver, but that’s not 100 percent,” said Dean, who also had a scholarship offer from Idaho.
Dean is the second player from the Eagle football team to make a Division I commitment this year. Senior quarterback Tanner Mangum committed to BYU in April.
“A local kid and Boise State. That’s a dream come true,” Peterson said. “That’s something that only happens to a handful of kids.”