Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008 | 11:40 a.m.
During a visit on Saturday and Sunday, Broyles instantly fell in love with what the school had to offer and verbally committed at the end of the weekend. The trip included attending Boise State's game against Utah State and eating dinner at coach Chris Peterson's house.
"The crowd atmosphere was just ridiculous," Broyles said. "They sell out no matter who it is. Everyone in that town is a Boise State fanatic."
The 6-foot-6, 250-pound senior was offered a scholarship at the end of his trip, but told Peterson he had to consult with his parents, who also traveled to Boise, before accepting.
"My dad was so excited," Broyles said. "He got to talk with the coach and liked everything, too. He was mad at me for not accepting right away."
Broyles is a three-year varsity performer at Foothill, where he also played defensive line. He helped Foothill reach the Sunrise Regional quarterfinals this year.
"He's a top notch kid," Foothill coach Marty Redmond said. "When you look at the film, he was the best lineman we have seen all year."
Broyles received interest from Fresno State, UNLV, Brown and Princeton, but Boise State was the lone school to make an offer, Redmond said.
Broyles is the third player from the Southeast Division to make a verbal commitment. Silverado's Keenan Graham (UCLA) and Michael Wadsworth (Hawaii) committed last week. The national signing day is in February.
Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected].