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.”
2013 RECRUITING CLASS
— 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.)