Idaho high school football player makes PARADE All-America Team

Fruitland High senior Joe Martarano was chosen as an honorable mention selection for this season's PARADE All-America Team.

The complete team will be released in this Sunday's issue of PARADE magazine inside the Idaho Statesman.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker had 50 solo tackles, 84 assisted tackles, four interceptions, two sacks and one fumble recovery for the 3A state runner-up Grizzlies this past fall.

"He was excited, and he's such a grounded kid that there's not too much that he gets excited about," recently retired Fruitland coach Bruce Schlaich said. "He was thrilled and very, very surprised."

Martarano is just the third Idahoan to make the PARADE team, which was first released in 1963. Martarano joins Capital's Jake Plummer at quarterback in 1992 and Post Falls' Austin Lee at lineman in 1997.

Martarano has given a verbal commitment to play football for Boise State this fall, but also is considered a potential first-round pick in the June baseball draft.

The PARADE All-America Team was selected by Brian McLaughlin, who covers college recruiting for the Sporting News. McLaughlin said he considered all-state teams, state player of the year honors, statistics and his own game observations to select the team.

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