Fruitland's Garrett Larson: Boise State's first verbal commit for 2015

Fruitland's Garrett Larson: Boise State's first verbal commit for 2015

Garrett Larson - #72

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by Jay Tust

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Posted on February 7, 2014 at 3:51 PM

BOISE -- When it comes to college football recruiting, not much was disclosed over the last month.

With the new Boise State coaching staff frantically trying to assemble their first recruiting class on a limited amount of time, they spent the better portion of their time either hosting or traveling to the homes of prospects.

"I went to work. I went to factories. I went to schools. I went to school lunches. I went to gyms. I went to basketball games," said offensive coordinator Mike Sanford, who could not help but smirk when he recalled the details of his travel itineraries.

"If you're a college football coach, you know that January is where it counts," linebackers coach Andy Avalos added. "It's a race, and you're coming around the last turn, and you know you have to give everything you've got.

With that in mind, pictures would popped up on social media documenting most of their moves.

A number of prep prospects posted images posing with one of the number of Boise State assistants or new head coach Bryan Harsin.

If there wasn't photo evidence, usually there was at least a tweet that indicated a recruits interest in the blue and orange or vise versa.

But possibly the best kept secret during it all?

Fruitland High offensive lineman Garrett Larson, or, Boise State's first verbal commit for the 2015 recruiting class.

"They offered me a couple weeks ago, but I had to keep my mouth shut until the class of 2014 signed," Larson told KTVB sports director Jay Tust on Friday. "Then I could let it go."

Two weeks ago, the 6-foot-4, 250-pound junior from Fruitland visited Harsin and offensive line coach Scott Huff over at the Broncos new football facility.

"They wanted me to be the poster child for the 2015 class, at least that's what they told me," Larson recalled. "They offered me, and I committed right there."

Larson has been a two-way varsity standout at Fruitland since his freshman year. During that season he had the change to suit up and play with linebacker Joey Martarano and tight end Alec Dhaenens, both of whom currently play at Boise State.

"I've talked to them quiet a bit," Larson said of Martarano and Dhaenens. "I asked them what they thought about the school. They like it. I had no second thoughts after they told me that. They sold me right there."

Larson said that Boise State has hinted about keeping him on the offensive side of that ball. Larson has played both tackle positions throughout his career at Fruitland, however, he mentioned that he and Huff, who has been running point of his recruitment, have not really discussed specifics.

Either way, Boise State appears to be getting a high effort player with a passion for the game.

"I play hard, whistle-to-whistle," Larson said. "I'm in wrestling season right now, and I can't wait for football to come back around. I just love playing the game, and I'm definitely aggressive."

Going back to Wednesday, when Harsin announced his 2014 class of recruits he emphasized the importance of keeping in-state talent.

"We want this to be the program that is their dream school," Harsin explained.

Mission accomplished, coach.

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