Posted on: June 30, 2011 12:04 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 12:17 pm

Boise State ahead of the game, grab 2013 commit

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're getting closer to the halfway point to National Signing Day, and while most of the schools are focusing in on their 2012 classes, Boise State is proving it's scouting even farther ahead than that, picking up a commitment from class of 2013 Fruitland (Idaho) athlete Joe Martarano.

"I left it up to Joe. I said, 'You can sit this thing out and ride out the recruiting process,'" his father, Victor Martarano, told The Idaho Statesman. "He said, 'I want to play for Boise State.' And he was lucky enough to have Boise State want him."

The elder Martarano played tight end at Boise State in the early 1990s, but it appears his son will play on the opposite side of the ball for the Broncos as a linebacker. Joe was receiving interest from Washington State and held a baseball scholarship offer from Utah

"I've been doing this gig for almost 35 years. Joe's one of those kids that comes along every 15 years. He's an exceptional kid," Martarano's coach, Bruce Schlaih, told the paper.

Martarano led his high school to state championships in football, baseball and basketball last season as a sophomore. 
Posted on: June 26, 2011 6:57 pm

Boise State plucks another from Texas

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Without a doubt, Boise State has done a great job of developing under the radar talent from California over the past few years. With the way things are shaping up in 2011 and 2012, Texas might be the next state we'll say that about the Broncos. The program picked up their sixth commitment from the Lone Star State and 10th overall on Saturday, grabbing a verbal pledge from Spring (Texas) linebacker Ben Weaver.

"The coaches and the players played a huge part in it," Weaver told The Idaho Statesman. "It seemed like family already. The players seem to love it and they all say good things. Even though it's far away from my house in Houston, it didn't seem like it would make a difference."

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Weaver held scholarship offers from Arizona, Cal, Texas Tech and Utah among others. He recently visited the Bears and Red Raiders on unofficial visits but neither school gave the vibe that the Broncos did when he visited there.

"Those were my top three schools," he said. "After my trip, I knew I was going to commit. It was clear to me that Boise was the one."

It appears that Boise State has stepped up their recruiting efforts nationally as Weaver is part of a 2012 recruiting class that has players from Florida, Texas and California but none from Idaho or the surrounding states. The Broncos added five players from Texas in 2011 and have surpassed that number with over seven months to go until Signing Day.

Weaver had nearly 100 tackles, two interceptions and three sacks last season as a junior (highlights below).

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