Posted by Bryan Fischer
With unprecedented levels of exposure the past few years thanks to several undefeated seasons and BCS bowls, Boise State is a household name for many recruits. The Broncos were certainly have expanded their recruiting reach as well and managed to dip into the state of Florida to find their quarterback for the class of 2012 with the commitment of Orlando (Fla.) signal caller Nick Patti Thursday night.
Boise State coaches were one of the few to extend an early offer to Patti and recruited him heavily over the past month or so. Seeing how they would incorporate him into the offense made them the quarterback comfortable enough to commit without worrying about other programs coming along.
"I don't see that happening and that's why I pulled the trigger so soon," Patti told The Orlando Sentinel. "Anyone could come and put them right next to Boise and it would still be the best place for me."
The 5-foot-10, 180 pound Patti is similar in stature to the Broncos current starter, 6-foot quarterback Kellen Moore. On top of fitting into a system that allows shorter quarterbacks to be very successful, a recent unofficial visit to the school left Patti feeling like the place would be his home for the next four years.
"I loved it then and since I left there I have never had a doubt," he said. "A lot of people say it's like a weight lifted off your shoulders, and I know that's figurative, but it really is ... Actually more like a weight taken off your heart."
Despite his size, Patti has one of the stronger arms in the class of 2012 and would likely have offers from every BCS conference team if he were a few inches taller. He has preformed well during the spring camp circuit and was picking up several offers as coaches stopped by Dr. Phillips High for the evaluation period.
He threw for 1,883 yards and 28 touchdowns with just one interception last season as a junior, often not playing during the later stages of the game because Dr. Phillips was so far ahead.
Patti is the second member of Boise State's upcoming recruiting class.