Sanford trips to Florida, lands commitment from quarterback

BSU quarterback commit Alex Ogle (left) and offensive coordinator Mike Sanford (right)

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by Jay Tust

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Posted on January 30, 2014 at 4:42 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 30 at 11:05 PM

BOISE -- It's a reminder of how innocent the game can still be.

"He wanted to grab a milk shake, so we sat down and talked," Jensen Beach High School quarterback Alex Ogle recalled.

Patiently waiting for his life long dream to come true, at a Steak 'n Shake in Florida, it finally did late Thursday night.

"He took a minute to call coach (Bryan) Harsin," Ogle said. "The next thing I know, he's handing me the phone and coach Harsin was offering me (a scholarship) over the phone."

"It was crazy," an elated Ogle described. "I was like 'yes! 100-percent yes!'"

New Boise State offensive coordinator Mike Sanford went out of his way to fill a void in the Broncos' 2014 recruiting class.

Quite literally.

The fact Ogle was tough to find is no suprise. How a school located nearly 3,000 miles away managed to do it is.

"It's just not well known," Ogle explained. "No one has ever made it D-I or D-II for football out of my school."

Ogle is from a little known place called Jensen Beach, Florida. Located on the "Treasure Coast," it's approximately 30 miles south of Vero Beach and as far east as you can get in the Sunshine State.

Sanford specifically made the trek to watch Ogle workout late Wednesday afternoon.

"He came right as I was throwing and he loved me," explained a cheerful Ogle over the phone. "He was taking videos of me and everything."

"I was actually praying to God that that's what was coming," Ogle said of the scholarship offer that shortly followed.

"I love Boise State. I'm so glad I'm going to be a Bronco."

Despite the fact he threw for approximately 2,300 yards, 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a senior, Ogle had been lightly recruited. Following his junior season, Marshall offered him a scholarship. More recently, Florida Atlantic and Florida International came along, with Massacuesetts, SMU and Vanderbilt showing interest as well.

But Ogle said he was waiting for bigger and better. That "perfect" opportunity.

"I didn't commit because I wasn't sure and I wasn't going to commit unless I'm sure," Ogle said of his other offers. "So, all these other kids started committing to them and their quarterback spots filled up and my offer was gone."

Patience paid off though.

"I hear the greatest quarterbacks come out of (Boise State). I want to be just like one of them."

With that in mind, Sanford recognized something in the 6-foot-3, 205-pound right-handed signal-caller.

"You know what you want and you'll fight to get it," Sanford said according to Ogle.

As a result, Ogle just earned himself a scholarship to play for the winningest program in the NCAA since 2000.

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