By Brian Murphy
Eastlake (Chula Vista, Calif.) High running back/safety Aaron Baltazar has committed to Boise State, he told the San Diego Union-Tribune. The Idaho Statesman confirmed the commitment with Eastlake coach John McFadden.
Baltazar (5-11, 198 pounds) had committed to Washington. He also had offers from Arizona, Cincinnati, San Diego State and UCLA, according to the Union-Tribune. Scout.com ranks him as a three-star prospect and the No. 53 running back in the country. ESPN.com ranks him as a four-star player and the No. 27 running back in the country.
Though Baltazar starts at safety, running back and punt returner (he is also the team's third-string punter), McFadden said the Broncos want him to be a running back.
Baltazar said he committed to Boise State in June. In December, he had committed to Washington.
“I didn’t feel wanted,” Baltazar told the newspaper of his second and final trip to Seattle, adding that the entire Boise State coaching staff converged for his visit to Idaho. “When I went up to Boise, I was like a rock star there.”
McFadden said his player's decision surprised him.
"I thought he'd take his five visits, but he decided there was no other place he wanted to go," McFadden said.
McFadden compared Baltazar to current Oklahoma safety Tony Jefferson, a former Eastlake player.
Baltazar plans to study kinesiology, the newspaper reported.
Eastlake has been a perennial power, qualifying for the CIF playoffs for 13 consecutive years and winning the Mesa League five of the last six seasons.
2013 RECRUITING CLASS
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
— 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.)
— RB Aaron Baltazar, 5-11, 198, Eastlake HS (Chula Vista, Calif.)
JUNIOR COLLEGE TRANSFERS
— DL Justin Taimatuia, 6-2, 285, Fort Scott CC