Boise State football lands commitment from versatile defensive player

By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

The Boise State football program has found a versatile player to fit into one of the team’s most versatile positions.

Mat Boesen of West High in Torrance, Calif., gave the Broncos an oral commitment Thursday. He plays tight end and defensive end in high school and was recruited by some schools as a tight end. His only other offer was from San Diego State, which wanted to bring him in as an athlete and figure out a position later.

Boesen is 6-foot-4, 210 pounds. He also wrestles.

Boise State was the first school to recruit him. Defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake told him since Boise State is a frequent Top 10 team, it would be difficult to beat the offer, Boesen said.

“That made me think of how high they are,” he said. “The coaches are great. I loved everything about it.”

Boesen has been following the Broncos since the 2007 Fiesta Bowl defeat of Oklahoma.

“Ever since that, I’ve always been a fan,” he said.

He said his strengths are his speed, technique and conditioning — tools that help him defeat the much larger offensive linemen he sees.

“My coach, he’s always saying I’ve got a motor and I’m always finishing first in conditioning drills,” Boesen said.

He has high hopes for football — even beyond college.

“Football has always been my passion,” he said. “I’ve dreamed ever since I was little to play college football and make it to the next level after that. … I told all the coaches that I love both sides of the ball and I’ll play whatever.”

— LB Joe Martarano, 6-3, 215, Fruitland HS
— TE Alec Dhaenens, 6-4, 235, Fruitland HS
— QB Ryan Finley, 6-4, 180, Paradise Valley HS (Phoenix)
— OL Eli McCullough, 6-5, 255, Rocky Mountain HS
— C Andrew Tercek, 6-3, 285, East Central HS (San Antonio, Texas)
— LB Tanner Vallejo, 6-2, 220, Nevada Union HS (Grass Valley, Calif.)
— LB Durrant Miles, 6-4, 225, Bingham HS (South Jordan, Utah); expects to join in 2016 because of LDS mission
— WR Jack Austin, 6-3, 205, Chino Hills (Calif.) HS
— N Mat Boesen, 6-4, 210, West HS (Torrance, Calif.)

Welcome to Boise

Best of luck at BSU Mat, hope to see ya playing a bunch.

Mat, Thank you for coming on Board.

Welcome to Bronco nation, we are excited that you are coming to Boise.


from your picture you look like a happy kid, and we're happy to have you at BSU. Have fun, work hard, and help build the the Boise State tradition. We're still in the early stages of establishing our program in a comparable fashion to all the old major schools like Michigan, Notre Dame, Alabama, etc., and Coach Pete is going to stay here until he gets it done. You are joining an up and coming program that is looking to challenge all the historically elite teams.

Ha Ha !

Cupcake State fans are a hoot!

And you...

are still a dumb-a-s-s.

got kicker?

The Megatouch game at the bar had a GREAT KICKER

Not eligible for NCAA rules though.


You fry wants with that?