Buford High School (Buford, GA)
LOI Status: Received
Offers: Arkansas State, Boise State (OV), East Carolina, Georgia State, Illinois, Indiana (OV), Mercy, Navy, Wake Forest, Wisconsin (OV)
Player Bio: Helped lead Buford High School to the Class AAA Georgia State Championship in both 2012 and 2013...squad went undefeated during his senior season...received both the Coaches Most Improved and Green Club Fitness Awards in 2013...named second-team all-state as a running back during his senior season...named to the offensive honor roll three times...recorded 13-career touchdowns...lettered three times in football and twice in track and field...played for head coach Jess Simpson
Buford High School senior Zavior Hoxie was one of the more highly recruited football players in the state of Georgia this season.
He had offers from three Big 10 programs, one ACC school, one Independent and a handful of others.
So how did he wind up at Boise State?
Simple: New Broncos head coach Bryan Harsin.
"I had an offer from them at Arkansas State. They continued to recruit me," Hoxie said once Harsin accepted his new position at Boise State.
"I love coach Harsin and the whole coaching staff. I think they're all great guys. They're extremely smart and they have a lot of energy.
Hoxie was officially offered by the Broncos on his official visit to Boise on Jan. 24. It took him all of one day to realize it was the perfect fit.
"As soon as I got there, I got around the team and it felt like I was part of the team already. They liked me and I liked them. We all got along," Hoxie recalled.
"The facility is also really nice and I loved the environment - the fan base and the people around the town."
Zavior the Secondary Savior
Hoxie was a two-way standout at Burford High.
"I really went where the team needed me depending on what game," Hoxie said.
That included getting carries at runningback, operating out of the Wildcat package and spending time as a slot receiver in addition to playing cornerback, where he will line up in college.
"They're going to have a plan put in for me," said Hoxie, who also mentioned his fondness of Boise State defensive coordinator Marcel Yates.
"I love (Yates). I really had some good conversations with him. He's going to keep everything straight forward with you," Hoxie explained.
"He's been through just about everything a kid has been through. He can really relate to you, so that was a big thing for me."
As for if he can make an immediate impact to a secondary that ranked 98th in the NCAA against the pass last season: "Playing time is up to me and how I perform when I get there," Hoxie said.
One particular reason that Harsin wanted to get Hoxie on campus was to get an update on his health.
Hoxie suffered a hip injury last year and continued to play on it, prolonging the healing process.
"They wanted to make sure I got seen by the team doctor," Hoxie said about the Boise State coaching staff.
"I'm 100-percent," he continued. "After everything was A-okay, they offered."
The Winner Within
There was one other thing that won over Hoxie's heart in the recruit process.
"They have a winning tradition. At my high school, all we really do is win, so that's all I know," Hoxie explained.
"So that was a real big thing for me."
Considering that no program in country has a higher winning percentage than Boise State since 2000, it sounds like a perfect fit.
Did you talk with fellow 2014 recruit Dylan Sumner-Gardner, who enrolled at Boise State early, on your visit?
"I got to talk with him a little bit the second-to-last night I was (in Boise). He went out to dinner with us. He's a real cool guy."
Did the coaching staff inform you about all the defensive backs that have been drafted out of Boise State over the years?
"They went over that with me when we had a position meeting. They had them put up on the wall, so we went over each one of them. The corners that have come through here get a chance to get to the (NFL). They're going to put me in the best position to get to the league, if that's at all possible."
- Hoxie said he started playing football when he was just six-years-old. When asked about the opportunity to play in college, he said "it's big. I really feel like anyone who has played football since they were six has always had the dream to go D1 and play college football to continue their career and be on TV. I'm real blessed to have the opportunity to continue my career and get my education at the next level."